Finding the perfect routine or technique for frizz-free curls is not as easy as some make it out to be. A lot of what we do as curly girls is learn a new technique and then troubleshoot the issues that come up. That is the perfect time to head over to our Curly Q&A like cindy1 did and ask your burning questions about any technique and what steps you need help with.
After you Squish to Condish should you still use a leave in conditioner?
No, it is not a necessary step and let me tell you why but first, let’s explain the Squish to Condish method first.
What is the Squish to Condish method?
The Squish to Condish method was created by Melissa Stites, a NaturallyCurly veteran who wanted to show curlies how to get hydrated hair without using a ton of conditioner. To get hydrated and frizz-free curls, you start with freshly washed, soaking wet hair, bend forward in the shower, and apply conditioner evenly throughout your hair. As you rinse, take the conditioner and water that drips into your hands and squish them back into your curls. You may need to add some conditioner, but the object is to keep squishing the conditioner and water to fully hydrate your strands until hair stops dripping.
Here is an excellent video explaining and showing you how to do it.
Do you need to add any leave-in conditioner?
No, because the method gives hair enough conditioner and water to properly condition the hair and work as a leave-in conditioner. Actual leave-in conditioners may not be thick enough to use in this method, since it is already thin and may not be as effective with added water from the shower. Your hair after this method is primed and ready for a styler. Many want to preserve the optimal clumping that has occurred in the shower after they squish and condish. Consider plopping your hair before or after applying gel to see what works best for your curls.
Now, if you try this method without the leave-in and feel it is not working, then by all means try a leave-in conditioner. The point to remember whenever trying new methods is that they can always be altered to suit your needs. Make sure to give yourself plenty of tries before altering a routine, as you want to give it a chance to work before making a hasty decision.
Trying any new technique or product requires a few tries attempts. When you use too many new products or techniques at once you run the risk of not knowing what is actually working or what is causing problems.