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How to Finger Coil

By January 27th, 202121 Comments
Check out Isabel’s quick video on how to achieve finger coils!

CN Says:
I used to love a good coil-out. I rocked one regularly when I was newly curly. It is very time consuming which is why I’ve since moved on, but it served me very well. I would do the coils on soaking wet hair with a leave-in and styler (in this pic probably Garnier Soft Curl Cream), allow them to fully dry, then separate the coils and fluff. Great definition!

Nik’s curls circa 2007

How to Finger Coil


  • hunnybun says:

    I love to do this but it is very time consuming but lord have mercy the definition and shine is amazing

  • Anonymous says:

    I recently tried to finger coil my hair but my roots would puff up… I would like to try it again but what products would be recommended to keep my hair from puffing up

  • Anonymous says:

    this looks like wave nouveau hair….i used to have one and it looks awfully familiar…hmmmmm

  • MelMelBee says:

    I tried finger coils for the first time. I love them. I think they are quicker to do than 2 strand twists and create a fuller look with less "scalpiness". I can't wait to do a coil out to give it more body 😀

    Can anyone suggest something other than gel to use to give is a slight, but not crunchy hold. I'm scared that the gel will make it difficult to uncoil. We'll see!

  • Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this would work on my hair…it just does not like twists and such, but coils-that's something different!

  • Anonymous says:

    very pretty

  • kitka82 says:

    Anon 6:48~

    You may not get a "slick" twist and curl as a type 4, but here's a vid of a type 4 twist & curl:

    Plus, glossers are great for quick shine (unless you're a devoted CG).

  • kitka82 says:

    I do coils occasionally on my 4b hair, and I get great definition. I make sure my hair is WET, use a light leave-in and some EcoStyler.

  • Nadia says:

    That was a very cute and concise video. Great work!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm type 4 and could not achieve this style without a lot of manipulation and product to hold them plus I believe you need somewhat even length hair for it to look good. Some type 4s can do it but probably 4as. The outcome is going to be different depending on your hair type and since the girl in the video is in the 3s, 4b-cs shouldn't expect their hair to look anything like that.

    I also cannot do a twist and curl or any other slick smooth styles. My texture does not allow it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Twp thumbs up for the shortest and clearest (easy to understand) video EVER! Loves it!

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    This is beautiful! Does anyone know how long this style would last on shorter TWA length hair (1-4 inches)??? Also, how would you preserve it at night??? I'm also interested in that Eco Styler Squeeze Tube Gel. That would be awesome!

  • LaNeshe says:

    I've never tried finger coils. Looks very well defined tho.

  • Moni says:

    @Anonymous: I have type 4 hair and did coils when my hair was shorter. Like others have said, I couldn't imagine doing them now on my shoulder to BSL hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where do you get eco styler gel in a squeeze tube like she had? Anybody know? That would be so convenient for travelling this Christmas.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you can do this with type 4 hair..her hair looked liked a 3c and idk if i could do the same

  • Anonymous says:

    I was thinking about some coils last night I guess this is a sign that I should do them great vid

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    @Tasha, definitely. I stopped doing them once my hair got to collar bone length and got some hang time. So you should be fine doing it on nl hair. You just have to make sure the coils are really small, hence why it takes so long to do it. Even if you don't think the coils themselves look good in the end, you'll be able to do a nice coil out the next day.

  • Anonymous says:

    i've tried these a couple of times and my ends coil but my roots puff up *sigh* i usually just end up with a wash and go =/

  • Tasha says:

    I like that idea. Wish I had known that when I was rocking a TWA..

    @LaMaraVilla…So do you think that can be done on longer hair? I do mini two strand twists on my neck length hair now and it takes about 6 hours with no breaks in between? Buuuut they last a loooong time. I would like to try finger coils. But I want the work to be worth the time.

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    When my hair was much shorter, my twa stages, that's the only style I ever did; finger or comb coils, the coil outs when those got old. Can't imagine doing it now on my hair. It would probably take all day.

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