Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by ajoke, Jul 12, 2019.
Interesting! Is squish to condish supposed to replace a DC? Take place after a DC?
I don’t think it takes the place of a DC, it’s just a way to get more water into your hair and distribute your conditioner to all your strands.
You could also squish in your DC.
Thanks! How do you incorporate it into your regimen?
I do this with my rinse out conditioner every time I wash my hair. I don’t DC, but if I did I would squish that in too. It only takes me a few extra minutes to squish in my conditioner.
The technique sounds really interesting. I need to give it a try.
It made a HUGE difference for me. I try to spread the word as much as I can.
This post helped me so much. I was looking at squish to condition because my hair just doesn't seem to get moisturized with deep conditioning. I didn't see much success with this method the first time but on my next wash day I'm going to try deep conditioning with heat first. It's just that my hair doesn't retain the moisture it seems to have just after I rinse out the conditioner.
In addition to trying squish to condish, i also got some S curl to moisturize with daily. THAT made a huge difference. It's like my hair has grabbed on and doesn't want to let go. I'll spritz it on and follow with some shea butter to seal (I follow the 2019 SB thread and already love how SB minimizes tangles). This is honestly the softest my hair has been in years.
Thanks @caribeandiva and @Chicoro! Now I just have to figure out how to retain moisture on my wash days.
Good for YOU and YOUR Hair!!!!! Thanks for the feedback, too.
Yay!! I’m glad it’s working for you! Adding S-curl and Shea butter has made the biggest difference to my hair too.
It's truly amazing. Did you start noticing increased retention immediately?
If any of you want to comment on which technique made the biggest difference to your hair retaining moisture after wash day, please feel free to share.
@ajoke thanks for starting this thread!
Yes I noticed it but not until I took a comparison picture a month after I started using it. Until then all I knew was that my dryness was gone.
Nice! I know that must have been a fantastic moment. Great job on consistency!
I suppose I can add a few things that are working for me currently.
It seems like with each length milestone, my hair behaves a bit differently. My roots give me the biggest issues since i have to wash in order to keep my sensitive scalp clean, but my roots need moisture, especially if they've been freshly relaxed. My long stint with using butters and oils has helped a lot.
Currently I've been able to stretch my washes to once a week, but with my hair now being at the bottom of my butt, I dont really have anymore room to expose my longer lengths to manipulation. If i can avoid touching my hair in any way i try my best not to. So the task ive been faced with for a while now is figuring out what products can keep my scalp as soothed as possible so that i dont have to wash so frequently. Cedarwood has been an amazing selection concerning its ability to keep bacteria and microorganisms as well as my own scalp sweat from irritating my scalp enough to allow me to keep my hair in a protective style longer.
The very ends of my hair actually dont give me any problems really. I suppose they're just very old to the point where they respond well to literally anything i put on them. But I mostly put protein based products on my ends and seal them with butters or oils. My mid length and the hairs that make up the canopy of my head are a different story. Theyre always dry, and they are always the first ones to break. They're also the more finer textured hairs so they're even more fragile. Using something that creates a bit of a soft cast over my hair really works. I dont really care for gels all the much, but I look for a hold that flaxseed gel gives, but without the crunch and hardness. Butters do a really good job of that depending on how much fatty acid percentage they possess, in conjunction with a really good quality moisturizer.
I find that by day 3 or 4, I'm able to achieve that cast. Not hard, but flexible, and can be reactivated with a bit of water. Kind of gives my hair a waxy feel, but its soft, and very moisturized. If i can just managed to keep my hair like that for 2 weeks at a time between washes, I think i can take my hair care regimen to a completely new level of length retention. But it all goes back to making sure my scalp is happy to begin with.
Congrats on achieving a new length! I just saw in the shea 2019 thread. Thanks for the advice.
Products I'm currently using:
Decided to stop being a products junkie a few years back, so now I use up my stash, before purchasing new ones .
Was able to score these on Amazon, was so happy, since they are so hard to come by
Have come to the conclusion that our hair really only needs 4 things: to be moisturized, strengthened, clarified and chelated. Made a natural chelating spray using chlorophyll (since it breaks down heavy metals), ACV, filtered water, cedar wood oil, lemon oil and orange oil.
Hot oil treatments will be of the essence this Fall and Winter. Also, grapeseed oil is so good for styles that require the usage of heat.
I have used flaxseed to make gels, but I'm still sleeping on black tea as a hair rinse.
Made my own protein spray, using the products showcased here + Keratin oil (not pictured here unfortunately). Used it overnight and then washed with a moisturizing shampoo + conditioner the following day.
This is. the line that is going to become my staple . They are cheap and 99% natural, this has become so important to me.
Fragrance oils I use them in my steam iron + showers gels.
ACVs were €1.32/each, needles to say, I stocked up
Almond oil + a few drops of peppermint oil are my hair growth secret .
Also, let's not forget to keep educating ourselves
Ooooo please do elaborate on how this ingredient treats your hair. My curiosity is very peaked now.
Will be sure to do so
Starting my peppermint oil/rosemary oil/castor oil/avocado oil regimen.
Y'ALL. My hair has never been this continuously moisturized. I had a wash day on Saturday. DC'd with heat then squished to condish. I did the LOC method with s curl, KK detangler, SM jbco leave in, an ayurvedic oil blend and a shea butter blend to seal. I this this may have been a lot of product and am thinking to eliminate the SM leave in. At first my hair felt cold and stiff. I cornrowed it down and went to sleep. I woke up to the softest most moisturized hair I've ever had. Talk about curls clumping! This made me reconsider whether I should eliminate anything... thoughts? I used s curl and shea oil last night and woke up to laid edges, nape, everything.
Thanks so much for the advice in here ladies. I have a long way to go in developing a good regimen but I believe this is a start. I guess my experience will be a contribution that may help someone else.
Shea butter has helped minimize tangles from PP shedding but I'm still dealing with breakage. I think having a baby and losing my dad this year have contributing to a lot of my thinning but I'm using essential oils and trying to stimulate my scalp.
This the longest + healthiest my hair has ever been and honestly I followed @Chicoro protective styling tips. Before I used to hate Shea Butter. But after discovering whipped Shea butter.... my hair loves it. Especially having healthier hair, it responds better to Shea butter.
I definitely could exercise more care & diligence when washing & detanging. But overall, utilizing wraps & satin beanies for 5-6 months, really helped me retain length. I never had to worry about dried out ends because I followed the methods laid out in Chicoro Shea Butter challenge.
From the beginning of October to the New Year... I plan on using the Shea Butter method on Stretched hair only doing styles like the baggie method, faux puffs, half wigs, beanies, etc.
@Chicoro and @ThatJerseyGirl got everybody hooked on shea butter. Going from this
@sheanu, is that you and is your hair loss from postpartum shedding? My hair is currenlty almost like that and i'm 4 months postpartum. I've never lost my edges this way before and I'm totally freaking out. I need to take a pic for my records
No that's not my picture. It was almost close to it about a month ago (around that 4 month mark). I'm so sorry about the shedding. It's almost demoralizing given all the changes you go through with pregnancy and post partum. I've been using edge entity and surprisingly it's been helping my hairline recover. I also use shea butter on it.
Do you mind sharing what you've been doing? Maybe some other mums can help advise on what can help.
I will never understand why doctors don't mention this part to pregnant women. It's a completely normal process and I promise you it will stop and your hair will grow back. Nothing topical is going to help unfortunately since it's a result of your hormones balancing back out. Be super gentle with your hair right now and continue taking your prenatals in the mean time.
I'm currently 3mpp and experiencing the dreaded shedding. It could definitely be worse. My plan of attack is keeping my hair stretched, using glycerin free moisturizers in order to minimize shrinkage and sealing with whipped shea butter to help the shed hairs slide out. I can no longer detangle outside of the shower with conditioner on damp hair. I have to get it done in the shower while dipping my head under the water with a head full of Aussie moist, vegetable oil and my handy dandy Felicia leatherwood detangling brush
Lately, I have been using oil (avocado, olive, and/or shea) to deep condition right after washing and Taliah Waajid curl elixir to detangle and style in twists with braided roots for longevity... I leave the oil on since I have started washing every two weeks instead of weekly.
Not my proudest regimen, but I just started my second year of college wherein I am completing an engineering degree-- more time has shifted to school work, leaving me to quickly and effectively do my hair. Moreover, I am still finding that I will reach past my goal below.
Is anyone here still bagging their ends (green-house effect)?
If so what products are you using to increase the moisture? I currently have Grapeseed oil and Aloe Vera gel on under the bag.
Demoralizing is correct! You go through so much during pregnancy and postpartum! I heard about postpartum shedding and thought I was mentally prepared for it but I was not expecting my edges and hairline to recede the way it did. I’m currently massaging nightly with oils putting a satin scarf over my hair, processing cap and night cap... I’m hoping my edges grow back soon because the only thing I can do in the meantime Is wear a wig.
It’s a lot of things doctors don’t mention...smh. I’ve had to find out the hard way. I’m still taking my prenatal and I’m upping my iron intake.
I’m thinking about adding peptide collagen but need to make sure it’s safe to use during lactation