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Finger coils are a simple style for natural hair, which can last for up to three weeks if taken care of properly. The style is 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.
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 and eventually gave up trying but in recent times, my interest in finger coils was renewed after watching this lovely video from Mo Knows Hair. 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.
6 Reasons Why You Should Try Out Finger Coils on Natural Hair
- It’s a great protective style.
- It’s simple to achieve using the method in the above video.
- It requires minimal maintenance.
- Lasts 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 with it because it works on every length of hair.
What You Need to Achieve Defined Finger Coils on Natural Hair
- A spray bottle with rose water or distilled water, although plain water works fine as long as it’s not hard water.
- Your favourite leave in conditioner.
- A non-drying styling gel. I recommend Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Giovanni LA Styling Gel and Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter. Some people have reported excellent results with Ecostyler Gel.
- A denman brush. The Classic D3 is very popular among curlistas.
Tips for the Getting the Best Out of Your Finger Coils
- Start on freshly washed and conditioned hair.
- Section hair and focus on one section at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed half way 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.
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?