By Hadassah Agbaps - May 23, 2012

One of the best ways to help promote hair growth is fingercoiling. It is a great way to protect your hair for long periods with low manipulation. Finger coils work with any hair length and it's a good excuse to deep condition your hair since it requires adequately moisturised hair to come out beautifully.

The first time I decided to attempt fingercoils on my hair, I googled it up and searched for pictorials that would give me a detailed step by step tutorial with products to use...funny, it never seriously occured to me then to check out YouTube videos. I guess it was because data services in Nigeria isn't so stable and I didn't have the patience to wait for all the buffering to get a smooth video.

I did get a fair pictorial from Miss Jessies hair product use but I still had to improvise because these products are difficult or impossible to find here in Nigeria and I don't fancy ordering for a product and waiting ages for it to be delivered. I am an Aries and not the most patient person.

Anywhoo, armed with half baked info, I washed my hair with Aussie Moist Shampoo, deep conditioned with NaturVitale For Sensitive Skin with Sage and Ginseng  paraben and pthalate free condish mixed with oliveoil,mayonnaise and egg. 45 mins later, my hair was clean and superdefined and moisturised.

Then the real work began.
1. I cut a 1" small section of my hair starting from the back.

2. Applied a dot of aloe vera  to the whole length and sealed in with a little shea butter.

3.You know how you twist and twirl hair around your fingers when nervous...Well, I twisted the hair around my finger in a similar way from the roots to the end.
I didn't get the perfect coil the first time so I wet my hair with water and tried again. Perfect coil!

4. Repeated the same all over my head. Spritz with water, aloe vera gel, shea butter and twist.
Three hours later, my head had a beautiful mass of coils.

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  1. Using the method above, it wouldn't but you can achieve the look by setting on straws(straw set) in much the same way you do a rollerset.

  2. i am usually careful when experimenting. i wonder wont it puff up and look untamed? would it come out well? also my hair is just about shoulder length but shrinks up to 80% so with shrinkage, i end up with a short afro. i wonder how will d finger coils come out? wont it look like a coiled short afro?

  3. No,it won't poof up or look untamed if
    i. You moisturise well. A deep condition before styling does the trick.
    ii. You twist in small sections. I've noticed that fingercoils not more than twice the size of your normal coil size lasts really long.
    iii. You use a strong hold alcohol free gel. I've tried aloe vera gel, jack5ive curl activator gel, ORS Loc and Twist Gel and Ecostyler gel. ORS and Ecostyler held the coils in much better. Cruchiness was reduced by mixing with a bit of hair butter. I use NappyGirl.
    iv. You allow the hair to dry completely before further styling.

    Fingercoils do shrink hair to about half it's length. I think in your case with shoulder length hair,you may end up with a coily fro but not one that sticks up because fingercoils usually fall downwards.

    There's a professional fingercoil hairstyle post. Just type 'professional' in the search box to find it quicker.

    Hope I've been of help and goodluck! :)

  4. Thank you for this. I've tried fingercoiling though with ecostyler but it didn't seem to work. Only the parts of my hair closest to the tips got even a little bit of coils.

    Any idea what I did wrong please?


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