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Bette Davis Eyes

Melanated Queen
They’ve been here for years, major companies too. Where do you think all these co-washes, products with exotic oils, rice water, pre-shampoo treatments etc.... come from. This place is marketing and product development heaven.


I have had ignored customer service issues magically resolved after venting on here.
Oh, I know they do. I'm just annoyed.

Major companies started off of haircare forums. I stopped posting on Naturally Curly because youre censoring me yet youre getting revenue off my posts. @MilkChocolateOne
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
I’m not sure who posted about squish to condish but I have to say thank you. The change in my hair was IMMEDIATE, clumped curls everywhere. This week, I didn’t have enough time/energy to do it well or thoroughly and it shows. I’ve also incorporated this technique into my mid-week detangle session & it’s helped TONS in actually retaining moisture.
Thank you, thank you!
 

GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
I’m not sure who posted about squish to condish but I have to say thank you. The change in my hair was IMMEDIATE, clumped curls everywhere. This week, I didn’t have enough time/energy to do it well or thoroughly and it shows. I’ve also incorporated this technique into my mid-week detangle session & it’s helped TONS in actually retaining moisture.
Thank you, thank you!
That was me!! I LOVE squish to condish, I’ve posted about it in a lot of threads. I’m so glad that it worked for you.
Does it take you a long time to do?
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
That was me!! I LOVE squish to condish, I’ve posted about it in a lot of threads. I’m so glad that it worked for you.
Does it take you a long time to do?
Yes & no. It adds maybe an extra 20-30 minutes. Not a lot in terms of how long wash day can take but challenging when I’m already low-energy or crunched for time. But this week’s wash shows that I just need to make it happen every wash so I’ll have to plan my time and energy better.

Edit- and I may just need to do it more often to get used to it and perfect my process.
 

Destiny9109

Well-Known Member
Almost 10 years on this hair journey. I no longer run to the haircare aisle in every store, use heat when I want, my stash only contains 5 products(and I currently use every single one), relax bone straight, and my hair has never looked and felt better. I can't believe I used to follow all those dang rules lol.
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
20-30 minutes extra? Do you have super dense hair? How exactly are you doing it?
My hair is very dense but usually it’s not a hard thing to deal with. I work in 6-10 sections & I use a wide tooth comb, tips to roots after squishing. The tangles slide right out so much better.

I’m also thinking that, hopefully, with consistent use of the technique my hair won’t take as long to reach that point of optimal absorption.
 

Nightingale

On the Grow and Keeping it Semi-DIY
Yes & no. It adds maybe an extra 20-30 minutes. Not a lot in terms of how long wash day can take but challenging when I’m already low-energy or crunched for time. But this week’s wash shows that I just need to make it happen every wash so I’ll have to plan my time and energy better.

Edit- and I may just need to do it more often to get used to it and perfect my process.
How do you squish to condish?
 

blazingbeauty

Well-Known Member
I didn’t know those things could expire.
I didn’t think so either until I saw a symbol of an open jar with a 12 m on my bottle. I’ve had this bottle for 2 years now. The expiration is most likely not the reason it’s stopped strengthening my hair (it still hardens with heat), I’m just trying to figure what next *sigh* - it’s my favorite protein rx.
 

Lissa0821

Well-Known Member
I did a two process wash day this past weekend, which consisted of an overnight pre poo, followed by a next day wash and stream treatment, overnight air dry then styling hair. I use to do this years ago with relaxed hair. Now that I am natural is works equally as well. My hair has maintain moisture for several days before needing to be moisturized. I am quite please and plan to keep it up through the rest of the year.
 

GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
Will you detail how you squish to condish?
This is how I squish to condish- but I don’t think I do it 100% correctly
- I make sure my hair is SOAKING wet
- I add a LOT of conditioner - my hair feels slippery
- I finger detangle and detangle with a wide tooth comb
- I make a cup with my hands and get water from the shower
- I add that water to my hair and squeeze it in
- I keep doing this until I hear a “squishing sound” and my hair stops dripping
- I do this to my hair in 4 sections

Make sure you use a LOT of conditioner and that your hair is completely drenched.

When I’m done my hair is unbelievably wet, but it doesn’t drip at all. It feels very heavy from all of the water. At this point you are supposed to continue with your hair routine without rinsing out the rest of the conditioner, but I rinse the conditioner and then add my leave-in. At some point I’m going to skip this last rinsing step.

There are lots of videos on YouTube of the process. Lots of people flip their head upside down to do it, but that seems like it would cause too many tangles for me.

I hope it works for you, it’s been like magic for me.
 

imaginary

Well-Known Member
Almost 10 years on this hair journey. I no longer run to the haircare aisle in every store, use heat when I want, my stash only contains 5 products(and I currently use every single one), relax bone straight, and my hair has never looked and felt better. I can't believe I used to follow all those dang rules lol.
But you are following rules. You just know the specific ones for your hair by heart now. Congrats!
 

Destiny9109

Well-Known Member
I'm browsing Ensley's site and noticed they finally reduced their shipping to $5.95 flat rate. It's about time, I can't tell you how many times that $12 shipping kept me from ordering from them.
 

vevster

Well-Known Member
I know I have to clarify eventually, but I'm terrified of shampoos right now. My hair was JACKED.

#COWASH4LIFE
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
How do you squish to condish?
Basically, once your hair is good & wet, you apply conditioner to your hair and push or “squish” it in before rinsing it out. You keep adding conditioner and water until your hair is saturated and no longer so drippy. When you rinse, don’t be aggressive about it & be mindful of how you dry your hair as well so you’re not squeezing out what you just put in. My process is just like GettingKinky’s except I do it in more sections.

Apparently, here is the first post on it by the hair stylist who came up with it. This article is also one of the ones I read.
RachaelCPR shows how she does it but with a bowl (had no idea that was a thing) in the first part of this video.
 

KinksAndInk

Professional Napper
Doing an impromptu big chop in the morning. Got extremely lazy and wasn't caring for my hair as I should. Ended up with a large section that is matted and tangled. Have been working on it for days now and getting almost nowhere. Will be going from hip length to about 4 inches of hair or less. Getting box braids or kinky twists Friday...
 

Prettymetty

Natural/4b/medium-coarse
Doing an impromptu big chop in the morning. Got extremely lazy and wasn't caring for my hair as I should. Ended up with a large section that is matted and tangled. Have been working on it for days now and getting almost nowhere. Will be going from hip length to about 4 inches of hair or less. Getting box braids or kinky twists Friday...
What? I’m sorry girl. I’ve been there though. I had an impromptu big chop from mbl relaxed to 1/2 inch natural. I was being lazy and working too much. I neglected my hair and paid the price big time.
 
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