Finger Coiling for Stubborn Wash-and-Gos



Wash-and-gos have been around since naturaldom and have probably been attempted by all curlies at least once. For some, wash-n-gos are super easy and simply involves raking product through their hair. For others, wash-and-gos involve a bit more work and will require the curly to not only rake, but do the accordion method and smooth as well.

But for a small few, wash-and-gos are even more complicated because of uneven curl patterns, frizz and those patches that refuse to curl. If this sounds like your hair at all, then finger coiling may be the answer for you.

Finger coiling helps smooth out your curls, reducing frizz, defining curls in your frizzy areas, and evening out your curl pattern by forming uniform curls.

How to Master Finger Coiling
  1. To begin, start off with freshly cleansed, dripping wet hair that is separated into small sections. Apply your product to one section ensuring that you apply a nice gel or thick styling cream on top of your moisturizer or leave-in. The gel or cream will allow you to mold your curls for this style and give more hold than a moisturizer or leave-in alone.
  2. After applying your product rake it through your hair with your fingers to distribute it evenly and encourage your curls to clump. This step is optional, but to really get smooth curls and major clumping I often run a Denman brush through that section. Once done, hold the section in one hand and use the fingers of your other hand to separate a small piece. Then with your free hand use your index finger to wrap the small piece of hair around it whilst moving your finger down the hair shaft- this is called finger coiling. The technique may take some getting used to but once you have it down it will be easy to get through the rest of your hair.
  3. Continue to separate more small pieces from your section to finger coil until all the hair in that section has been defined. Once done with that section move on to the next repeating the steps above.
  4. Remember to re-wet a section using a spray bottle filled with water before applying product to it if it is dry.
To vary your styles, you can finger coil smaller or bigger sections to change the diameter of your curls. Also, to decrease your hair’s volume, try finger coiling larger sections and to achieve big hair, use smaller sections.

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This may seem like a lot to do for one hairstyle, but for women out there with hair that does not fare well with the traditional wash-and-go method but who still want to rock a wash-and-go this summer, this method may be a godsend. Also, keep in mind that, as you become better at it, the time it takes will lessen. If this still seems like a lot for an everyday style, then save it for special occasions instead.

If you have tried this method, then let me know down below how you do it and what your results were like. 


CN Says:
^^^^^^ that's exactly what I do to the frizzier bits.  Take note. I'll refer back to this article tomorrow.  I tried a new routine after the Eco fail with stellar results! Boom.

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Mel said...

My hair has so many textures, I need to try this method. Looking forward to the new routine deets tomorrow Nik.

Danicurls said...

I use this method only I do not twist so much anymore. I section, spray with water, coat with plenty of Aussie Moist conditioner, brush with Denman brush, then apply Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey to seal moisture. After that, I section peices but only slightly twist the peices. When I first tried this method, it took well over an hour to do my entire head! Now, it only takes about 30-40 minutes, and my hair is long and thick. The BEST part is that my style lasts a WHOLE WEEK! Sleep on a satin pillow case and just spritz sections that frizz a little with water and put a little conditioner on it. Every morning, all I do is shake and go! Oh, one more thing, to prevent buildup from styling with conditioner only, I wash with Tresseme Deep Cleansing shampoo. It is great at removing product. This method has been my tried and true for a few years now. Hope this helps!

Imani BeautifullyPissed Monroe said...

I did my first wash and go the other day and found this very effective on my 4c hair on the frizzy bits but i think my problem was more of the clumbing my hair tends to be just frizzy roots and curly tips

Trishanda Daniels-Cameron said...

I just revisted this method today on my failed flat twist out. All I did was put leave in conditioner on my hands and twisted in small section.

Christi Walton Biggers said...

I have on especially stubborn patch on the left side of my head. This method is essential just to make that area "match" the rest of my WnG. I like the look of twists, but am far too pressed for time more often than not to achieve it on any consistent basis, so I'm a Wng girl!

LaToya Myers said...

Thanks for posting this Nik. I'm going to give this a try.

Davina916 said...

I think I'll try this.

CurvyCurly said...

I'm one of those curlies who has several different textures, frizzy areas, and sections (my crown) that just won't curl. I've tried to take the time to finger coil just as the auther suggested but for me it's just too time consuming. I've also tried using the denman brush which worked great on some areas but made others worse o_O If I do rock a wash-n-go I just minimize how much I touch it after I put the leave-in and gel in while in the shower. I also use clips to areas that shrink too much to elongate them while hair is drying. I've learned to live with and accept the frizz and lack of uniformity throughout for the sake of time. ;-)

Nyjae said...

This is my go to style for my wash n go twas.

barbaranaturallyspeaking said...

I need to try fingercoiling. This may be the answer to my different textures of hair. As the front has gotten longer it hangs more, and the back curls more. I have to try fingercoiling those pieces that need an extra spring.

Imogen said...

I actually did this today! But a little differently: I wanted to do a wash n go yesterday, but I tried like 50 new products at once and my hair wasn't having it. So I was left with super sticky hair...ewww. So I washed it out today, put in some conditioner and proceeded to do around 30 or so large/medium finger coils. After they were dry I then oiled them, and separated the coils. Then I hopped back in the shower and they came out GORGEOUS! for some reason this really works on my hair. But I have to figure out how to make it so my roots aren't poofy....

Megan M. said...

I cannot finger coil it is hard for me. I tried watching videos but they go so fast that I just never catch on.

Thetruthisoutthere said...

I will try this with my next WNG tomorrow night. I have 4c coils, but the edges are wavy frizzy and won't coil.

Derika said...

I am 6 months into my transition so I can't do WNGs just yet. One day I will try this method when I am fully natural.

Ellen Atkins said...

This is one of my favorite styles! It takes 30 min to 3 hours from start to finish depending on your hair length and skill level, but it lasts 2 weeks for me! any longer and I'd have dreads LMAO

Shashou said...

My downfall: laziness and sometimes lack of time. However, I have done this to small section of my hair, it looked great. I had to stop well because I was beginning to run late for work.

Cecily Walker said...

Figuring out how to do this has been a mood-saver. My hair feels like it's eleventy-billion different textures all over, and after my big chop, it seemed to curl up easily. Not so after three months of growing it out. I do this on my day off or on weekends, and my hair usually holds up fairly well until the end of the week. Thanks for posting about this!

Pat Allen said...

I didn't do the wash and go but I did do the coiling last night. It works for my kinky coily hair and I love that it gives me texture. I actually started doodling with coiling Friday when I bought this Nice and Curly stretching creme. I was going out with the girls and wanted to wear a hat so I just coiled the hair that was hanging from underneath the hat and I loved it. I'm hooked.

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