Struggle with curl clumping? Do you have a mop top for curls and want to organize them? The Finger Coiling method is a sure way to get your curls organized – no, not like George Washington’s wig, but better.

I’ve finger coiled my hair since Jan 2018 to “train the curls to curl”. Now my hair just falls in a fixed pattern, more or less, which is far better than the bushy hair I had before. With practice, got it right only in Mar 2018. So, it’s only been a month of “proper” finger coiling and I’m now reaping the benefits!

The BEST part about this method

After only one month of proper finger coiling work, I don’t have to finger coil anymore!

Plus, a coil will separate immediately, if it’s not coiled in the “right” direction. So that’s a cue for you to start over and coil the other way. Easy Peasy.

If you have loose curls like me – type 2, type 3, then you only have to do it for some time. After a while, your curly hair will learn how to coil in that same pattern, more or less. That’s the goal, to get them organized.

I’m not sure of the same effect on Type 4 curlies but I have a few videos for you, for reference, you beauty! I got you 🙂

You don’t even have to do your whole head. You can also just focus on wonky curls while styling or during refresh and finger coil to boost definition.

The arguments against this method

It takes so much time!
It’s not natural!
It looks fake!

If you’ve thought this at any point, I get it, I understand – and let me clarify.

  1. Finger Coiling should only be done with products with “slip” and only then it gets faster. Takes me a TOTAL 6 minutes to style AND finger coil. With practice, it gets faster, yo!
  2. This is manipulating your hair, yes, but it’s better than hot curling wands or perming. With the right technique and practice, you’ll get the hang of it and feel the difference. With the wrong product, you may break your hair, that’s not good.
  3. It will look artificial if you leave the coils as they were. Uncoil the coils, silly! And fluff your hair for that natural look. Make sure you use little oil or a curl cream while you separate coils to avoid frizz.

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When I first started talking about this method on my Instagram page back in January 2018, there were a lot of skeptics. Can’t say I blame them. I can see why people would think that it takes too long, isn’t natural, or looks fake. But it really is something that you have to try. A lot of my critics gave it a shot eventually – I am persuasive, it seems – and now a bunch of them have videos of their own on YouTube with How To’s for finger coiling. And hey, if the critics loved it, there’s a good chance you might too.

Finger Coiling is NOT for you if:

  • You are not a beginner.
  • Already have defined curls.

You want to give new methods a chance, actually 3 full chances before you jump to conclusions. Do not give up. This curly/natural hair care is a journey. There will be different paths, and this is only one of them. Try it to see if it leads to your destination.

? I M P O R T A N T ?

Finger coiling is FASTER with a product with a great SLIP, for example, Flaxseed Gel.  You can use the @curlsandblondies recipe or use my modified-FSG recipe and finger coil AFTER you’ve applied your regular things. Visit article here – Homemade Flaxseed Gel Recipe

Here’s the thing though. If you already have the definition, finger coiling isn’t for you. Your hair probably already is what it needs to be. What you can do, however, is encourage people without your definition to give this method a shot. Finger coiling helps nudge our hair gently but persistently in the direction we want it to go, and you might be able to help someone get the great look you already have.

When to Finger Coil for best results

You can finger coil with your conditioner, while deep conditioning (DC), or styling or all of it. It’s up to you. If you are not sure about styling, that’s fine. You can finger coil while you deep condition. Look here, which side did you think did better after washing?

In this result, I only finger coiled during my DC and styled with the pulsing method I learned from @PowerDomi. Anyway, here’s a quick video of how I do it:

Best product for finger coils

You don’t have to use a lot of products. After you’ve applied your usual products (leave-in, curl cream, gel) just wet your fingers with any of these products and coil away.

How to sleep with finger coils

Just plop your hair into your satin bonnet to preserve your curls while you sleep! Make sure to wash your bonnet every two days to avoid product buildup on the bonnet and your pillowcase.

My finger coiling Inspiration came from them

The best #girlswithcurls have finger-coiled at some point. Here’s a list of curlies that inspired me! Follow them on IG and subscribe to their YouTube ? They each have different textures, lengths and different ways to Finger Coil. Remember to check their highlights, and videos to learn more.


Finger coils on short natural hair

Paty’s account!! I’ve found literally every single one of her posts useful in some way. Everything is so well explained. I love this post on finger coiling – check –


Finger coils on long natural hair

Kirsty shows the difference here – in the first photo she has finger coiled hair; the second shows her with minimal products and no coiling! I’m SHOOK.


Finger coils on transitioning hair

Sayria Jade is total hair goals! She uses the Denman Brush first to clump curls, making it easier to find the clumps “to coil”. (If this is the first time you’re hearing the words ‘Denman Brush’ I have a review for you here, you beautiful person. Go see HERE.)


Finger coils on Type- 4 hair

Love lush! Her videos are everything 🙂

Here’s Bianca too!


So you see, ALL the best IG curlies have finger coiled at some point. Let no one discourage you from trying it today. It’s so easy! Let me know if you do. #HonestLiz

Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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