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What You Didn’t Know About Finger Coils for Natural Hair

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Even if you think you are a hair expert, there are probably one or two things that you do not know about finger coils for natural hair. Do you want to prove me wrong? Stick through to the end of this highly informative (yes it is!) blog and leave a comment below!

Defined curls are the stuff of many a girl's dreams. While some have been rocking this style since infancy, for others it seems like the proverbial white elephant.

If you are that girl that has always wanted to know how to achieve those perfect coils, on almost any kind of hair, buckle up and enjoy this ride. And what’s best? You need only your fingers, and very little product to achieve this look!


What Are Finger Coils?

Finger coils are curls that are made on natural hair using, you guessed right, fingers! They can work on any hair length and will remain intact for about 10 days if done correctly. For a mental picture, they look something close to locs.

how to do finger coils?

Finger Coils on 4C Hair

Apparently, having finger coils on your 4c hair is very possible! Because 4c hair is considered to be the kinkiest of all hair types, many people shy away from managing it on their own. Not to worry if your hair falls in this category. Finger coils can be achieved in the few steps below:

  • Clean your hair with a good range of products that will completely clean and detangle it.
  • Apply curl enhancing cream to your hair.
  • Section your hair into four sections for easy management.
  • On the first section, separate smaller 1-inch sections of hair and twirl them from the roots to the tips using your fingers. Depending on the density of your 4C hair and the look you are trying to achieve, you could even choose to go smaller. 
  • Ensure that you begin the twirling motion as close to the roots as possible and continue the motion to the ends of the hair. For added definition, you can add curl-enhancing cream.
  • Alternate the direction in which you do the twirling to ensure your curls look natural.  
  • Work through all the sections of your hair until your whole head is curled.
  • Use a blow-dry that has a diffuser, or a hooded dryer to maintain the patterns of the curls.
  • To eliminate frizz, use a curl-refreshing spray. 
  • Ensure that your curls are completely dry before trying to separate or style the curls.


Finger Coils On Short Natural Hair

Finger curls on short natural hair are perhaps the easiest to achieve. While longer hair requires a lot of decorum, short natural hair can get done in a matter of a few short minutes.

So if you are wondering how to add pizazz to your short natural hair, go ahead! This style will look amazing on your hair and it keeps for up to three weeks!


Finger Coils on TWA

The Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) has become a hit in recent years. It is not only convenient and easy to maintain, but it is also fashionable and allows you to switch to other styles like braiding and weaves.

Ensure that your hair is freshly washed before you start coiling your hair, as buildup will affect the final result. 

Not to be left behind in the TWA bus are the finger coils. It is a relatively easy to achieve, versatile look that will break the monotony of your usual afro with relative ease. You can have them done at your nearest salon, but if you are willing to invest the time, you could even do them in the comfort of your home.

Ensure that your hair is freshly washed before you start coiling your hair to avoid residue or product buildup that can affect how your curls turn out. Your hair should also be slightly damp to achieve the best results.

A curl-enhancing cream works best. If you prefer to use a gel, it is better to use it last to ensure that your hair doesn’t dry out and become brittle. That is why you should thoroughly moisturize your hair to ensure that the gel does not affect it.


Finger Coils on Transitioning Hair

When people choose to transition from relaxed to natural hair, they are faced with the decision to cut off all their old hair and rock a short hairstyle.

As this may not be ideal for some, they choose to go into a transitioning period where they allow their natural hair to grow out before they cut off the relaxed. Some will trim 1-2 inches of relaxed hair regularly, which allows them to maintain some length of hair. 

When people choose to transition from relaxed to natural hair, they are faced with the decision to cut off all their old hair and rock a short hairstyle.

The major challenge in transitioning is having two conflicting textures to deal with at a go. Luckily, finger curls are perfect for transitioning hair. As long as the hair is clean, moisturized, and has a curl-activating cream, the curl can still be worked from the root to the ends, through the different textures. Be careful to dry out your hair properly to prevent the curls from collapsing, especially in the relaxed part.


Best Products for Finger Coils

There are as many products for your finger curls as there are preferences out there. The basics of finger curling are cleansing, moisturizing, curl-enhancement and setting, if necessary. A few products that might help you achieve stunning finger curls are:

  • Shine n' Jam Black Castor Flaxseed Oil Styler for styling
  • Luscious Curl Cream with Flaxseed Oil
  • No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream
  • Blueberry Bliss Repair and Grow Curl Sculpting Mousse
  • Eco Styler Gel

To add shine and moisture, you can finish with Ampro Vitamin E Oil.

For Curl Refreshing, you can use:

  • Botanical Boost Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray
  • The Guardian Curl Refresher
  • Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer
  • Miracle Curls Curl Refresher Spray

Applying Argan Oil to seal in the moisture as well as clipping the coils down will ensure that they hang in the direction you intend.


How To Do Finger Coils Correctly

Perhaps the hardest part of achieving finger curls, especially on longer hair is the constant detangling. After you have moisturized your hair, sectioning it loosely helps to minimize the tangling.

It is always best to start the styling from the nape of your neck. Separate the small part you are twisting, apply your curling-gel and start twisting from the tips as you work your way to the roots. Focus on the roots, winding them tighter to keep them from puffing up. Be prepared for the process to take a bit of time, especially if you have a full head, but the results are so worth it.


finger coils on natural hair


It's that simple. When completely dry, you can tease the curls using an Afro pick for volume, or stretch them out into an updo! Make sure that you do not keep these curls for longer than 2-3 weeks because then you will be unable to untangle them and you could end up with dreadlocks!

Also, remember to keep your hair constantly moisturized and your curls refreshed. 


How To Make Finger Curls Longer?

There is only one sure-fire way to achieve that bouncy look with longer finger curls; HeyCoils Clip-in Hair Extensions!  

If you want those coils to gain inches instantly, you should consider trying these clip-in extensions for natural hair. As the name suggests, all you need to do is clip ‘em in and you will be good to go. 

Thanks for sticking to the end. You are welcome to leave a comment or ask a question below!

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