All About Finger Coils
If you’ve been looking for a new hairstyle to do, then look no further! I got the perfect hairstyle to add into your arsenal: finger coils! This hairstyle has been around for a while, but I don’t think they get the love they deserve. While you do have to put some time into them at first, they can last up to a week (or longer) and are amazingly easy to fix. Say if one section of your hair just doesn’t hold that curly bounce anymore, just spray some water on it and retwist! It’s that simple!
Finger coils are perfect for your natural hair type no matter the length or curl pattern so don’t count yourself out just because you have 4B or 4C hair types. The only thing you need for this hairstyle to work is healthy, detangled hair (and some gel). If you are still working on repairing your hair (from chemicals, heat damage, etc.) or you are transitioning, the coils might not come out perfectly and may require extra time to achieve the coiled look. Don’t fret though! If you keep using our delicious Repairing Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner two times a month and you’ll have beautifully healthy hair ready to stand out in this look in no time!
What’s a Finger Coil?
A finger coil is a type of curl achieved by wrapping your hair around your finger. The end result is these tight and bouncy coils in your hair. They are fun yet professional and full of volume! The key to amazing results for your finger coils is a little bit of patience and a whole lot of care. If you take your time to do your finger coils properly, they can last up to a week or even longer! The fun thing with finger coils, in my opinion, is that they work on all hair types and curl patterns no matter how long or short your hair is.
These finger coils are actually next on my list for to-try styles. These are super cute curls that you can easily do by yourself (with some patience) and there is no heat required. Use this style to make your own and accessorize how you see fit. Wear them for date night, girl’s night out, or for the office, they are perfect in any setting.
Benefits of Finger Coils
Finger coils work on all-natural hair types. So, no matter if you’re a 2C or a 4C girl, you can achieve wonderful results. Also, if your curl pattern tends to different in one section or your hair type is a 3B, but you have one section that is 4B, it’s totally fine! All that is required for this hairstyle is healthy, clean hair and a little love.
One awesome thing about finger coils, is that you can easily control how much volume your hair has. So, if you really want to pump up that volume, all you have to do is make smaller sections. If you are looking to play down the volume in your hairstyle, opt for some bigger sections instead. Make the hairstyle what is best for you and your style!
Also, if you are looking to start your locs, this is a method you can use as well. Just remember to use loc cream instead of a gel. You can check out our AvoKiwi Ultimate Locs 3-Step Recipe for an all-natural way to get locs without having to worry about any of that nasty product build-up. So, if you’re ready for that full time commitment and less hair maintenance then finger coils are also a great style to know.
Prepping Your Hair for Finger Coils
For this hairstyle you are going to need clean hair to start with. It just won’t work any other way. You can use our Hydrating Shampoo and Hydrating Conditioner to cleanse your hair and lock in some extra moisture so your coils will come out extra shiny and juicy. To ensure you don’t miss a step for cleansing your hair properly to achieve and maintain your finger coils, just use our AvoKiwi Protective Styling 6-Step Recipe. This will leave your hair squeaky clean and smelling delicious for the finger coils of your dreams!
Next, work in some of our Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner while your hair is still damp and section out your hair to detangle it thoroughly. All throughout this process to achieve finger curls, your hair will need to be damp so make sure you have your misting spray on hand to help with sections that dry while you’re working on another. To help in the detangling process, you can use our Essential Styling Kit with Alligator Clips for sectioning parts of your hair. When you section your hair, it makes detangling easier and more thorough. For this hairstyle especially, you want fully detangled hair where you can run your fingers through it since your curls are going to be in small pieces. Try the Detangling Brush that comes with the Essential Styling Kit for help with brushing and minimizing hair loss. Our Detangling Brush is made specifically with you in mind! With this brush and our Ice Cream Treatment Deep Conditioner, getting all of those kinks out of your natural hair will be no problem. It will cut down on the time it takes to detangle making wash day super easy!
Steps to Achieve the Perfect Finger Coils
Now that you have your hair clean, soft, and detangled, it’s time to get to styling! The hardest part of styling finger coils is knowing just how tight to twist your hair. So, don’t be afraid to try different twisting methods or going back to retwist a section of your coils if it isn’t coming out to your liking. Next, are the three easy steps to achieving this super cute look:
Step 1: Make sure your hair is still in sections. Try at least four sections to make this look easier on yourself. If your hair is already drying from the detangling process, use your misting spray to dampen it again. Next, section out an even smaller section of hair and apply a generous amount of our Styling Flaxseed Gel Curl Custard to that section. Our gel will help hold your hairstyle in place without that crunchy feeling when it dries. Be sure to focus especially on your roots! This is essential in preventing your roots from puffing up when doing finger coils and keeping your hairstyle looking fresh for the max number of days.
Step 2: Take a tiny piece of hair and twirl it around your finger. Start at the roots and coil tightly. By taking small sections of hair to coil, you can easily prevent your roots from puffing up and ruining your new hairstyle. For best practices, start at the back of your head by the nape of your neck and work your way to the front. Continue this method of sectioning out your hair, adding Styling Flaxseed Gel Curl Custard, and twisting tiny pieces of hair around your finger until you finish off the section. Then, dampen the next section of your hair again with your misting spray and do the process again until your whole head is covered in these gorgeous finger coils!
Step 3: Grab some Flaxseed Gel Edge Control and slay those edges down! We always want our edges to be as fierce as our style so don’t shy out on spending time with that. After your hair is finger coiled to perfection and your edges are laid back, sit under a hooded dryer or allow your hair to air dry until there is no more dampness. Once your hair is completely dry, add in some Hydrating Oil Blend to keep your hair looking shiny and hydrated until you are ready to take them out.
With these finger coils, don’t shy away from going back to a completed section and reworking those coils. If you feel, once your hair is starting to dry, that you want the coils tighter or you need more volume, just go back through the steps to get even smaller sections.
Maintaining Your Finger Coils
The great news about hair maintenance for this hairstyle is finger coils are extremely easy to revitalize! Just go to the section of your hair that is needing a bit of a boost, dampen the hair with your misting spray, add some Styling Flaxseed Gel Curl Custard to the section and with a little bit of Hydrating Oil Blend, just twist that section around your finger until you get the perfect coil again. Remember, and I cannot stress this enough, to coil tightly at your roots! There is nothing like puffed up roots to ruin a whole hairstyle you were excited about. So be sure to take the time to do tiny sections of hair and coil them to perfection. Trust me, the outcome will be worth the time and effort!
Once you are all finished with coiling your hair, add in some Hydrating Oil Blend to keep your hair next and moisturized. When going to sleep, use a satin bonnet to reduce hair loss and avoid flatten out your finger coils. By using our Hydrating Oil Blend, you can lock in moisture and keep your hairstyle looking beautiful and fresh for a week or more!
Whenever you’re ready to take your finger coils out, you’re going to want to unravel the coils before shampooing and conditioning your hair. This will help eliminate the number of tangles and hair breakage for when you’re ready to brush your hair out again. For this, I recommend taking out your finger coils by hand and then using our AvoKiwi Wash & Go 6-Step Recipe to give your hair a small break from manipulating and styling it. Our wash and go bundle is a little bit different from the protective styling bundle and is made specifically for giving your hair the break it needs every now and again. You can find the following essential haircare products in the bundle:
Step 1: Hydrating Shampoo
Step 2: Hydrating Conditioner
Step 3: Hydrating Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner
Step 4: Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner
Step 5: Hydrating Custard
Step 6: Hydrating Oil Blend
With these six simple steps, the perfect wash day is made so much easier. Plus, you can use this bundle to easily style your natural hair if you’re in a bit of a rush and don’t really have the time to install a new hairstyle. As always, remember to section out your hair when brushing to prevent lots of breakage and wet hair is easier to work with than dry hair. So, keep your misting spray bottle on deck to help out.
Styling Your Finger Coils
Finger coils are lots of fun and totally worth the time and effort they require. Never be afraid to go back and section out your hair into even smaller pieces or recoil a section so it’s nice and tight. Remember, the smaller the section the more volume you’ll have for this style.
And if you really want to shake things up, add in your favorite headband or hair clips for a little extra pop. Or try fluffing out your coils for a more afro-like style. With finger coils, you can play them up or play them down and still have lots of fun with the results. Try tying your hair up in a ponytail, making different parts for your hair to lay, or just shake your fingers through your hair and get going when you do this look.
Overall, finger coils are really a hairstyle you want to learn to master for whenever you are ready to skip out on the hair salon trip and leave out the damaging heat to your hair. Perfect to just wake up and go or tighten up a couple curls if they lost their voluptuous volume you worked so hard to maintain. While your hair is still exposed, finger coils are a protective look you can use for when you’re looking to change things up. So, try this instead of installing your favorite braids next time you need a low manipulative hairstyle that you can keep in your hair for weeks to come!
Gives us some comments on how you tackle any puffy roots or hair hacks to make this the best look possible!