Current Date:September 25, 2023
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How the “Squish-to-Condish” Technique can Benefit Your Hair

Curlyheads, listen up!

Gone are the days when you spend hours straightening your hair to fit in with the crowd. Nowadays, there are umpteen tips and tricks (almost too many!) specially curated for curly hair. 

Squish and Condish

One technique that is generating some well-deserved buzz is ‘squish to condish’. Apart from being a fun phrase to say, squish to condish is excellent for naturally frizzy hair as it helps lock moisture in. And as anybody with curly or wavy hair can attest, moisture is life!

So bid adieu to your current conditioning technique of raking large amounts of product through your hair and washing it all out! With just shampoo and conditioner and plenty of water, you can flaunt your picture-perfect curls!

Stick around to learn more about this miracle technique and how to incorporate it into your curly hair routine. 

P.S. We at Femica will also be spilling some juicy secrets on properly prepping your hair before conditioning. Read on to know more!

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Unravelling Squish To Condish: Brilliant or Bogus?

The major problem with curly hair is the inability to hold moisture, leading to stringy, dry, and lifeless curls. Many of us think that the answer is applying copious amounts of conditioner. However,  Melissa Stites, the founder of ‘squish to Condish’, proved that using only hair conditioner without enough water cannot provide total hydration to hair. 

Curly Hair Care Routine

With squish to condish, both water and conditioner work in tandem. This technique involves manipulating curly hair by squishing or scrunching upwards to raise hair cuticles and forcing the water inside. By pushing water into the hair and sealing them with conditioner, she achieved moisturized, bouncy, and well-defined curls that held their shape even a few days after being styled.

This method works wonderfully for all types of curly and wavy hair and has multiple benefits!

Less product use– check


Fuss-free curls- check!

The best part is that you don’t need to apply a leave-in conditioner, as the water alone provides enough moisturisation!

How To Use Conditioner For The Squish To Condish Technique

No more praying to the curl Gods for a good hair day! Take matters into your own hands by incorporating squish to condish into your haircare routine.

Mild Shampoo Is The Way To Go!

Natural Hair Care

Shampooing your hair is the start of any haircare routine. It cleans the scalp, removes excess oil and encourages hair growth. Washing your hair with just a hair conditioner is called co-wash and is used by curlies to expand a wash cycle.

If you are in the market for mild shampoo, check out Femica haircare products here.

Apply Conditioner And Detangle Thoroughly

Hair Conditioner

Slather on your favourite curl-friendly conditioner and gently detangle your hair. Fingers or a wide-toothed comb can do the job of detangling. Doing this will make it easier for you to create curl clumps and reduce hair fall.

A helpful tip from Femica– over-conditioning is unnecessary. Stop when your hair feels slippery like seaweed!

Scrunch, Scrunch, Scrunch!

Now comes the fun (sometimes painful) part! 

frizzy hair care

Flip your hair upside down, take some water in your palms and gently start squeezing upwards. Press your fingers together and release them to create clumps. Use an adequate amount of water in this process. Be prepared to hear some loud and clear “squelching” sounds!

Reload And Repeat 

Take some more water and continue squishing. If you feel the onset of frizzy hair or drying, apply more conditioner and continue this process.

Repeat at least twice. The goal is to slowly rinse out the conditioner while infusing water into your hair strands. Once the hair is no longer dripping wet, wrap it in a soft microfibre towel and leave it to dry!

Browse through our website to get some Femica haircare products like oils and serums to separate curl clumps. Voila! Your dream curls are ready!

Hair Masking- The Cherry On Top

Curly Hair care

We at Femica have found a way of making squish to condish better! 

Not kidding! Using a strengthening hair mask with your shampoo and conditioner can provide extra nourishment and revive lifeless hair. 

Get some TLC in by applying these four Femica-approved masks on damp, shampooed hair. Wash them out and continue with the squish-to-condish technique and notice the difference!

  • Is frizz your foe? – Mamaearth’s Argan Hair Mask is the answer to all your prayers. Fight frizz and damage with one mask and enjoy strong and healthy hair in no time!
  • Revive, repair, rejuvenate- Made with the goodness of aloe vera and Vitamin E, this WOW Skin Science Hair Mask is perfect for combating sun and heat damage.
  • Hair fall no more!- A power-packed solution for falling hair, this Onion & Egg Hair Mask from Bombay Shaving Company checks all the right boxes! The icing on the cake is to use leave in conditioners after. 
  • The organic way to end split-ends- A complete deep treatment, Love Earth’s Organic Onion Hair Mask And Spa is the stuff of dreams! Repair your hair’s structure, prevent breakage and smoothen curls with this mask!

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Wrapping Up

Squish to condish is a lifesaver for curly-haired gals! Incorporate this technique into your wash day. We promise that you’ll never go back! Beautiful, bouncy and boisterous curls are just a few steps away!

If you want to revamp your hair care routine, Femica is your one-stop solution. We host a range of Femica haircare products, free of toxins, parabens and other nasties. We also run great offers year-round! Gear up for an ultimate shopping haul with Femica!


1. Is there any specific conditioner I must use for the squish to condish technique?

No, but it is always better to use cream-based conditioners high in oils and fats. This is because they emulsify easily and absorb water better. 

2. How long will it take for me to see results after I start doing this technique?

If you are just starting your curly hair care journey, you will notice defined and frizz-free curls after the first wash! But, if you are switching to the squish to condish method from another technique, results can be seen within 3-4 washes. 

3. What are some great curly hair-friendly brands available at Femica?

A few of our favourites are Curlin, Fix My Curls, True Frog, Spantra and Anveya. 

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