What Are Finger Coils? How To Get The Perfect Finger Coils?

by Pooja Karkala

Want to coil your hair without spending a bomb? Do you have the patience to attain that quirky look all by yourself? If yes, we need to talk about Finger Coils. Finger coils are super easy to do if you are willing to spare some time and effort. They are even more fun to do if you have a habit of twirling, curling, or coiling your hair with your fingers. Here’s a guide to creating those perfect curls using an easy method.

But first, let’s talk about what fingers coils actually are.

What Are Finger Coils?

Finger coils are the curls that are done using your fingers. This style is obtained by dividing your hair into multiple sections and twirling them around your fingers to create coils. If done perfectly, the coils can last up to two to three weeks.

So, why should you get finger coils? Scroll down to find out!

Reasons You Should Style Your Natural Hair In Finger Coils

  • Finger coils are easy to achieve without using many products.
  • It’s a simple and effective styling technique that does not harm your tresses.
  • This DIY method makes your hair look great without spending big bucks at an expensive salon.
  • Finger coils do not require much maintenance.
  • If done well, the finger coils can last up to three weeks.
  • If you want to try out dreadlocks and are unsure about how they’d look, you can start off by experimenting with finger coils.

Now that you know the amazing benefits of this styling method, let’s check out how it’s done.

How To Do Finger Coils

What You Need
  • Curl enhancing cream
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Water in a spray bottle (optional)
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hairspray
  • Blow dryer with a diffuser attachment

There are three steps involved in finger coiling your hair.

Step 1: Cleansing, Moisturizing, And Detangling Your Hair

  • Start off by cleansing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and a good conditioner that locks in moisture.
  • If you don’t want to wash your hair, just dampen it by spraying water all over it. Make sure that your hair is not dripping wet.
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair and use a wide-toothed comb/brush to remove all knots and tangles. Detangling makes your ends look smooth and frizz-free.

Step 2: Dividing Your Hair Into Sections


  • Divide your hair into two sections using a rat-tail comb and clip them up.
  • Divide those two sections into more sub-sections (depending on how thick or thin you want your finger coils to be) and apply a curl-enhancing cream/gel from the roots to the tips.

Step 3: Creating Coils

  • Once you’ve applied the curl-enhancing cream/gel, start picking up small 1-inch sections of hair at a time and twirling them with your fingers from roots to tips. You can pick up smaller or larger sections of hair, depending on the length and density of your tresses.
  • Twirl your hair as close to the roots as possible and till the very ends. You can apply more curl-enhancing cream if you want to add more definition.
  • Alternate the direction in which you twirl your hair to give your coils a more natural look.
  • Continue this process until all your hair is completely coiled. The time required to coil your hair varies according to its length and density.
  • Blow dry your hair with a diffuser to maintain the curl pattern formed by the finger coils.
  • Make sure that the coils have dried completely before styling or separating them. Use a curl-refreshing spray to eliminate frizz. You can also use a hooded dryer to dry your hair quickly.

Wasn’t that super easy? You just need to keep practising this method to get the hang of it and do it more quickly. Now comes the big question: how long do finger coils last? Swipe up to find out!

How Long Do Finger Coils Last?

With the right products and good maintenance, finger coils can last up to three weeks. But, keep in mind that you cannot wash your hair during this period. So, stock up on your favorite dry shampoo!

Don’t worry about spoiling your finger coils while sleeping. Check out the next section to find out what to do to prevent that from happening.

How To Sleep With Finger Coils?

To have a good night’s sleep without worrying about your finger coils, you need to tie your hair up in a pineapple bun and wrap a silk or satin bonnet around it. You can also apply a little bit of coconut or olive oil to the coils to hydrate and add luster to them. Wash your bonnet once a week to prevent any product that is built up on it from transferring to your hair.

Refreshing your coils is super simple and does not require many products. Here’s how you can do it…

How To Refresh Finger Coils

If your coils are looking a bit dry and disheveled and you want to refresh them, you can do one of two things. You can apply a hydrating dry shampoo. Or you can mix some water and leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle and spritz it onto your hair. Doing this once or twice a week can help you maintain those finger coils for a bit longer.

Follow this simple method to rock these classic curls with zero hassle. Have any more questions about finger coils? Let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you!

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Pooja Karkala

Pooja is a Mass Communications and Psychology graduate. Her education has helped her develop the perfect balance between what the reader wants to know and what the reader has to know. As a classical dancer, she has long, black hair, and she knows the struggle that goes into maintaining it. She believes in home remedies and grandma’s secrets for achieving beautiful, luscious hair. When she is not writing, she learns Kuchipudi, practices yoga, and creates doodles.