Conditioner Only Styling

Those of you who conditioner only style, what's your technique/method? Do you use the Chupie method (basically combing, towel blotting, emulsifying conditioner to a cream, and scrunching)? Or do you apply to wet hair? Rake or scrunch?
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


I apply my Kenra conditioner to soaking wet hair...mostly smooth and rake it through. I scrunch a little. Then I give my hair a little baptismal rinse. Then I put in a little of the Shea moisture smoothie. I smooth and rake that through with a little scrunching. After that, I blot a little with my curl cloth and plop for 30 minutes. I don't use a comb at all. That's it.
Started CG July 8, 2008


3

Pre Co-wash: Coconut oil (plain & rosemary)
Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
When I've had success with conditioner only I scrunch conditioner into very wet hair and then plop shortly. I then add more conditioner and and smooth strands and scrunch some more and seal with a little oil. As it dries I keep an eye out for any dry spots and apply more conditioner as needed. I need to revisit this method. I've done it it on and off and usually get very good results. I haven't tried it this summer though. I have not tried the "chupie" method but want to try this.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

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I have 2 ways of doing it that gives me different results:

1. Chupie style... I rake it in, sometimes scrunch a little (sometimes I don't scrunch at all) and air dry. It looks not as great day 1, but I sleep on it and I get nice beach waves days 2-3. SM C&Style Milk and SS Caitlin's have worked well for this process.... in hard water and high dews.

2. I scrunch condish in on wet or soaking wet hair. Here I'm going for clumps, so I get clumps and a 2b-c look. It's not super for frizz control but I do get a decent amount of volume and soft waves and spirals. It seems to be a little bit of a tradeoff between softness, hold and frizz. I've used the Alba Botanica LI for this purpose.


If you want to do co-only styling, you have to play around with choice of conditioner... really. I think choosing the right condish is possibly even more important than choosing the right gel if you want to do co-only styling...
fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

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So is SM S&C Milk a conditioner? I just got some in one of those Walgreen kits. It seems very similar to the smoothie (also in kit). I have to admit I did a dry perk up the other day taking *half a pea size* if the smoothie and emulsifying it like with the CO method and rake scrunching it in dry hair. It worked pretty well to use in that way. But I am kind of confused on those products. Seems like some people use both of them like a conditioner.
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Thanks everyone! I'll be trying these out. =D
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


So is SM S&C Milk a conditioner? I just got some in one of those Walgreen kits. It seems very similar to the smoothie (also in kit). I have to admit I did a dry perk up the other day taking *half a pea size* if the smoothie and emulsifying it like with the CO method and rake scrunching it in dry hair. It worked pretty well to use in that way. But I am kind of confused on those products. Seems like some people use both of them like a conditioner.
Originally Posted by chupie
I'm not sure they're "true" conditioners because they are heavy on oils and don't have (as many if any) fatty alcohols and cationic surfactants blah blah etc etc Don't have the ingredients right beside me but that's what I remember.

If you emulsify the SM C&Style Milk in your hands, you'll see it doesn't quite emulsify the same way another conditioner like SS Caitlin's does. I think that's account on it not being a "true" conditioner and having enough ingredients that can create an emulsion between the water and oils.

I think people refer to it as a conditioner because it is creamy in texture, like a conditioner but the brand has it right in calling it a "style milk."

It has that part right despite calling itself "SheaMoisture."
fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

iherb discount code: CFN646
I've done emulsify then apply to very wet hair, then plop or scrunch out the excess water, then usually air dry but have tried diffuser drying to mostly dry.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I've done emulsify then apply to very wet hair, then plop or scrunch out the excess water, then usually air dry but have tried diffuser drying to mostly dry.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Do you find one method works better?
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


I just wanted to share... I did something different today and I like how it turned out.

Dew point: 57
Humidity: 84%

Lowpoo: SM Coconut/Hibiscus
RO: SheScentIt Okra Reconstructor + CNPF
1st LI: a dime size of SSI Okra Reconstructor
2nd LI: a pea size of SM C&Style Milk

Plop for 5 min
Air dry

So basically what I did differently was I layered 2 leave-ins.

I've been struggling a little lately... I seem to OC easily despite the copious amounts of protein I feed my hair (I think the protein is actually keeping the moisture in... my hair is never ever ever dry anymore) and may have actually lowered my porosity within the last 2 months or so. Anyway what this means is that it's not reacting so well to my previous co-only styling... products are taking a bit too long absorb and I really can't use too much or I get stringy oh AND I'm out of FL and the water is softer here and I swear this is messing things up. For whatever reason my beloved SM Curl & Style Milk doesn't work as well in soft water?????

Anyway, sorry for this being so long. Basically, I can't use the SSI Okra as my only leave-in for co-only styling because the aloe would just suck in too much moisture into my hair, and I can't use the SM Curl & Style Milk alone because it's a bit too heavy now soooooo I decided to layer the two, to basically seal with the SM C&S Milk and it worked wonderfully.

I had a good hair day today so thought I'd share.
fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: no guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gelatin gel

Recent findings: my hair likes Cure Care diluted with water as a cowash; does NOT like guar h.c.!

iherb discount code: CFN646
I did conditioner only yesterday and had very good results, great actually. I cleansed and conditioned as normal. I left in a lot of tresseme naturals moisturizing conditoner and a pump of kenra moisturizing (protein). My hair felt like seaweed, squishy. I then plopped a few minutes. I scrunched with a MF towel to "set" the conditoner. I then added a little more of the TN (mixed with a few drops of oil) to the lower half of my hair and then smoothed sections/strands. I diffused to bout 85% and finished air drying. Results were great . I haven't found another conditoner that I like as much for conditoner only. I knew I'd be home all day yesterday so I figured if my hair didn't turn out so great it wasn't a big deal. It's good to know this method works during summertime too. I bought some Yes to Carrots and want to try it with this method too.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

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I did conditioner only yesterday and had very good results, great actually. I cleansed and conditioned as normal. I left in a lot of tresseme naturals moisturizing conditoner and a pump of kenra moisturizing (protein). My hair felt like seaweed, squishy. I then plopped a few minutes. I scrunched with a MF towel to "set" the conditoner. I then added a little more of the TN (mixed with a few drops of oil) to the lower half of my hair and then smoothed sections/strands. I diffused to bout 85% and finished air drying. Results were great . I haven't found another conditoner that I like as much for conditoner only. I knew I'd be home all day yesterday so I figured if my hair didn't turn out so great it wasn't a big deal. It's good to know this method works during summertime too. I bought some Yes to Carrots and want to try it with this method too.
Originally Posted by Curlsnswirls
I use a different method to you, but I also just recently started trying Yes To Carrots for conditioner-only. I tried YTC as both RO and LI, but the result was way too frizzy for my liking. Now I'm trying TN as RO and YTC as LI and I like it a lot so far. I think the oils in YTC act a bit like a sealer. My hair seems a bit softer and, as a bonus for me, it doesn't seem to be aggravating my skin either.
I was very very very lazy on Friday (something happened and I got quite depressed, but that's a whole other story).
I went for a swim with a friend, and afterwards I low pooed and used my RO...
I was really really really lazy though and I didn't even bother to use LI or stylers or to plop or do anything with my hair...
I left my hair to airdry without any technique or product and expected my hair to dry fluffy, not defined and less curly looking than normal. My hair didn't go that fluffy and was reaaaally more curly than I expected (seems this CG thing is paying off!) and was still ok!
So I am thinking conditioner styling only might be good for me as well... I now have 3rd day hair without doing anything and it still looks ok (not great, but ok, and really good considering I went that lazy).

I still have a couple of questions about that though:
1) Does conditioner styling only give some kind of "hold"? More than not adding any product at all?
2) Do you use more conditioner when you conditionerstyleonly compared to when you add LI and a styling product?
2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume


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I get a ton of hold from it.
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I get a ton of hold from it.
Originally Posted by chupie
Really? That sounds great. Do you only get hold if you emulsify first?
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


I've only tried it that way but I suspect with my hair it has to be emulsified. I have weak wave.
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I apply to soaking wet hair in sections then flip head over and scrunch with a MF towel and plop. Like another poster said its important to watch as it dries for dry/ frizzed spots.

I get a lot of hold and shine from conditioner only. Actually if I use the wrong conditioner my hair is (dare I say it) TOOO CURLY! Sometimes if I use GVP CB my hair will spring up and I swear I loose 4 inches.lol.

I always have used a different RO and LI. I tend to use a heavy RO. But you can definitely use the same one. Some people use a RO and only wash partially out and go.

I hope you all have good luck because conditioner only styling is really amazing. I just feel its healthier and less drying for me.
3A 3B mix
Very thick hair
Colored
Low porosity
Medium coarse texture

Lo-Poo- Yes to Cucumbers
Co-wash- Yes to Cucumbers, As I Am Co-wash
RO-Yes to blueberries, GVPCB, CJ curl assurance conditioner
DT- CJ curl rehab
LI- As I Am leave in, KCKT

Style- Sauve Everlasting Sunshine
Misc- CJ Smoothing lotion
Can anyone that has success with the conditioner only method please share your favorite conditioner with this method?
I'm going to experiment with suave and VO5 and a couple others. So far the only conditioner that works is tresseme and I'd like to have something else as a back up. TIA.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

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I do everything that I do when I use styling products...but instead just use conditioner as a leave-in. I like to use tresseme naturals or KCKT.

I apply my chosen leave-in in the shower smoothing and raking it in to detangle, then scrunch a bit because my hair is pretty long, and do the baptismal rinse with cold water. Then once out of the shower I just grab an old t-shirt (I keep them in my bathroom cabinet), scrunch lightly from ends to scalp (mostly to get out all the water), plop for 20 minutes, and then air dry.

Sounds like a lot but it's not much at all to me anymore I am so used to it. I love my routine so much and sometimes get to 5th day hair with it!
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
I put in in on soaking wet hair, and it makes a huge difference to me wether I wet my hair under the shower or under de faucet (different kind of pressure and all), I usually don't really section it, but sometimes I do and I just squeeze out the excess water out with a t shirt (also sometimes not always) and let it air dry

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