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I discovered finger coils when I was transitioning out of relaxed hair many moons ago. Try as I might, I couldn’t get them to turn out like I wanted.
I eventually gave up trying but in recent times, my interest in finger coils was renewed after watching a lovely video from Mo Knows Hair.
What Are Finger Coils?
Finger coils are a simple style for natural hair, which can last for up to three weeks if taken care of properly.
Finger coils are achieved by parting out a small to medium size section of hair and twirling round and round until the length of hair is coiled.
It sounds simple enough but this could take hours and if you’re horrible at styling like I am, you could end up looking like you stuck your hand in an electric socket while styling.
And then a few days ago, I stumbled on another video from Curl Daze. The process looks like the simplest way ever to achieve finger coils on any hair length without developing tennis elbow along the way.
A little bit more about benefits of finger coils and how to make them last as long as possible before we go into the tutorial for the style.
6 Reasons Why You Should Try Out Finger Coils on Natural Hair
- Finer coils a great protective style.
- Finger coils are simple to achieve using the method in the above video.
- Finger coils require minimal maintenance.
- A good finger coil set can last up to 3 weeks but be careful your hair doesn’t matt.
- If you want to try locs but aren’t sure how you’ll look, you can try out finger coils for a few weeks. While not exactly locs, they are similar.
- You’ll probably look fabulous in finger coils because it works on every length of hair.
What You Need to Achieve Defined Finger Coils on Natural Hair
- A spray bottle
- Rose water or distilled water, although plain water works fine as long as it’s not hard water.
- Your favorite leave-in conditioner. Some good recommendations for this are Kinky Curly Knot Today, Camille Rose Naturals Curl Moisture Milk and Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner.
- A non-drying styling gel. Some recommendations for this include Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Giovanni LA Styling Gel, and Max Green Alchemy Organic Styling Gel
- A Denman brush. The Classic D3 is very popular among curlistas.
How Long Do Finger Coils Last?
If you follow the directions properly and use the right products, a great finger coil style can last as long as three weeks with minimal maintenance required.
How to Sleep with Finger Coils
How to Refresh Finger Coils
Spray lightly with a mix of water and leave-in conditioner then give your hair a shake. This should plump the style back up. Try not to agitate it too much with your fingers.
Tips for the Getting the Best Out of Your Finger Coils
- Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
- Section hair and focus on one section at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed halfway through.
- Start from the back and work your way to the front.
- Take a break if you have to.
- You can let it air dry or sit under a hair dryer for about 15 minutes when it’s almost dry.
Finger Coils on Natural Hair
I am currently wearing braids but will try this as soon as I take my hair out of braids and report back. View more pictures of gorgeous finger coils HERE.
Have you had a lot of success with finger coils? If so, which method did you use?