I tried the conditioner-only thing a few weeks ago because it seriously appealed to my minimalist tendencies. Unfortunately, my hair was just a little...too...fluffy. Couldn't handle it. Had to keep fixing/touching it, which seemed to add more work and defeat the purpose of deleting a step.
What it DID make me discover is that I only need a very, very tiny amount of gel to be happy - about half of what I had been using. In addition to looking slightly BETTER (more curly, for some reason), scrunching out the crunch is easier and dry time decreased about 15 minutes.
Minimalist self = happy.
I wrote a book. It's called Freefly. It's about a girl who can fly and how that's, uh, problematic. Be all wonderful and check that stuff out.