Styling Adventures: Finger Coils!

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Today I’m sharing my current hair style: Finger coils!

Simply put, a Finger coil is achieved by twirling and twirling a section of hair with, and round your finger. Stay with me.

What You NEED:


  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Gel [I used Pink EcoStyler]
  • Wide tooth comb + Denman brush + Rat tail comb

I Also Used:

  • CeCees Curls Whipped Shea Butter
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Sunny Isle) from The Kinky Apothecary. 

Considering how humid these parts are, I was advised by twitter curlfriend @PharmNikki, to avoid products with glycerine. Glycerine is a humectant, it draws moisture into your hair which is mostly a good thing, except when you’re trying to avoid frizz.

The only gel I have (Eco Styler) contains glycerine, so I didn’t want to use any of my humectant-packed leave-ins. My hair was freshly hydrated and well conditioned after Washday, so as I put the wet hair in sections, I sealed with the Whipped Shea Butter.

This style took me over 4 hours to do (I’m quite the snail it seems), so to do each section, I:

  • Undid the chunky twists
  • Sprayed water
  • Rubbed a little JBCO to aid detangling
  • Got to work.

The Main the Main: How To Do Your Coils

You need to see a video to really get it, so here’s this one from MyNaturalSistas:

For a coil to hold, it’s best to work on wet hair, with the aid of some styling gel.


You are advised to detangle hair very very thoroughly before you get a-twirling, so that take-down isn’t a nightmare. Which was why I detangled in this order: Fingers, Wide-tooth comb, Denman brush and finally Tail comb. I’ll let you know if all the combing was worth it when I take this down.

Long story short: Wet hair- Apply Gel- Thoroughly detangle- Twirl.


In other news, my hair isn't longer than it was in September :(

In other news, my hair isn’t longer than it was in September 😦



look at that belly well well! It won't be here in 3 months!!

look at that belly well well! It won’t be here in 3 months!!





Aerial view LOL from the top

Aerial view LOL from the top

Up close

Up close

Signing out with a pout. Peace.

Signing out with a pout. Peace!!


So far, I spritz with plain water when it feels dry. Then I rub oil on my palms and just spread it over to seal. And I tie it down with a scarf at night, to prevent the coils from taking awkward positions.

A Warning

Can you see how this style looks similar to dreadlocks? It’s very easy for hair to matt and start loc’ing in this state, so you are advised not to leave it in for long- i.e. not more than 2, 3 weeks.

Finger Coils, Are They Worth It?

Yes my roots are quite poofy but Lord knows I tried. Like I always say, A for Effort!! 🙂 I trust I’ll get better with time. This hair took a lot of time to do (5-6 hours in total), and I haven’t detangled like that in ages! I kept thinking about my comb avoidance policy, but if this lasts me 2 weeks, I think the effort would be well justified & I’d definitely do this again. *fingers crossed*

Why Finger Coils Rock

In addition to being cute, one thing to note about Finger Coils is that this style looks great on high and low density hair alike. I think it’s even an advantage with low density hair (that is, hair that isn’t very full). You could go see Black Zulu’s pretty Finger coils over at her blog here.

Styling short natural hair can be a conundrum. This style looks cute on all lengths, but it’s better for us shorties cos we don’t have as much hair to work with.

And I think Finger Coils look even cuter on Tapered hair cuts (this is you if your hair is shorter at the back and in the sides)

So luvvies. What do you think? Have you ever Finger coiled? Would you try? What style are you wearing right now?




P.S. You can get EcoStyler for 1000 naira from The Kinky Apothecary. Contact information for both the Apothecary and CeCees Curls is in the Where To Find Directory.

41 thoughts on “Styling Adventures: Finger Coils!

  1. I’m so drooling over your finger curls. I wish i could do this. I need to get over this laziness!

    Err… I’ll sha give it a try. Well done! But 4hours? That’s really a scary long time for me. *shivers*


  2. Hallo AB,

    Patience and finger co – ordination is your new name! How do you take down your fingercoils? Do you loosen it like a twist of weave? I hope you will do a post showing how you’ll take it down. Looking forward to it.



  3. Are you pregnant?? OMGAASHH congrats!!

    Btw, about your hair not growing: are you getting enough protein? Is your hair breaking too much? I had the same problem, maybe you can look into that


    • LOOOL
      This is a wakeup call 😦
      I just forgot to “suck belle”
      I’m not pregnant, Kelly, not even close.
      I obviously need to start doing sit ups. That’s what I was referring to. LOL!
      My hair isn’t breaking, but I’ve started doing protein DCs more often than I used to. Thanks! 🙂


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  5. yay! @pharmnikki here..I made a début on your blog :)…glad to be of help. Well, I do have another tip for you. You can use flaxseed gel as an natural alternative to your ecostyler gel. It is very easy to make (naptural 85 has a youtube tutorial), has slip, packed full of nutrients, is moisturizing and is without glycerine of course. You can get flaxseeds from naturalnigerian.


    • Thanks for the tips! 😀
      I saw Naptural85’s youtube tutorial a while ago but I’m chilling small. I’ve banned myself from buying natural hair products for a while. Maybe in the next quarter.
      Thankfully, the Glycerin in the EcoStyler isn’t working against me.


  6. I had given up on finger curls because I thought I had too much growth and just wouldn’t have the patience or time to go through with it. But since you’ve done it with your length, I have to say I’m pretty inspired to try it out still! Nice one!


  7. I just literally took out my finger coils this morning, and I hated that they looked like dreads. I had them in for a week and a half, but got tired of the frizz so I’m back with my fro. Yours came out cute. I think the longer the hair, the better they look.


  8. My hair is really full and the length, a little lower than average. Don’t think my hair can do the finger coils although I intend to try it out soon. What’s your opinion? Thank you


  9. Your finger coils look great!! I love finger coils and I also posted a picture on my blog when I wore my coils as well. It’s an easy style, low to no maintenance. I love it! Your coils looked nice and shiny.


  10. Thanks for the tutorial, please where can I get eco styler gel and other natural hair products in lagos ( especially around ikeja.) D scarce availability of natural hair products is frustrating me. Thanks


    • Hey Ife, I know you can get Eco Styler Gel from The Kinky Apothecary, so I think you should call to find out if they have it at their Sacred Beauty concession in Maryland (Shonibare Estate off Bank Anthony Way) Also, Allure Cosmetics on Opebi has some natural hair products. Visit them, but check their website before you go to see what’s available. See our Where to Find page in the menu for addresses & phone numbers xx


  11. hi dear, thanks for the beautiful tuorial, if i leave mine for longer than 3 weeks will it turn out like the normal dreads ? ps i want to do dreads but i started with finger coils,


    • Hi Ronke! Really sorry about the late reply. Yes, if you leave your finger coils for a long time they could become locs. After 3 weeks, the hair will matt, but locs proper? I believe this takes a longer time. I know loctitians that start locs as finger/combcoils, and also as twists. What I don’t know though, is if there are any reasons in particular for pursuing a particular method. Thank you for stopping by!


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