How to do finger coils on short natural hair- The Ultimate Guide

How to do finger coils on short natural hair

What is a finger coil? A natural hair growth process called finger coils is the result of two factors; genetics and chance. If left untreated, natural hair will quickly break down, leaving you with thin, brittle hair that can’t be certified. To keep it in place and spring back to life, you need a stronger hold for your natural locks than you have available. You may think this means using heat or steam as your fix for natural hair problems, but the truth is that heat and steam just aren’t going to cut it! Your own claymore would do the trick better than anything I’ve heard so far. There are plenty of ways to do this on your own without the help of a pro and even easier with this page. But first, we need to get started on the good stuff.

How to do finger coils on short natural hair

1. Wash and condition your hair.

If you have short hair, it’s best to use a no-lye relaxer in order to get your natural hair back to its original state. I recommend the Shea Moisture JBCO line because there is no lye in it, but if you want the full effect of a relaxer, use a lye-based one.

2. Section off your hair

Depending on how lengthy your hair is, you will want to section it off into 4 or 5 parts. Make sure each section is big enough to wrap around your finger and coil it up in a spiral pattern as I’ve done in the picture below.

3. Coil each section

Once you have all of the sections divided, you can start wrapping each one around a finger and securing it with bobby pins. It’s best to use a smaller-sized bobby pin because they are more likely to hold smaller coils than larger ones. The key is to keep the coils tight so that they don’t slip out of place during the drying process.

4. Let dry overnight!

Leave the coils in overnight so that they can completely dry out under their own heat and steam from your head. If you wash them out before they are completely dry, then there is a chance that some of them could slip out of place and not stay in place which defeats the purpose of this style! If that happens, just wash it all out again and try again! It won’t happen every time but if it does, try re-doing it with larger sections or thicker hair strands when possible! Make sure you wake up before washing this style out so that you don’t lose any hair while detangling!

5. Detangle, wash, and condition

After you wake up, it’s time to detangle your hair! Use a wide-tooth comb or a Denman brush to get the job done quickly. Make sure you don’t rip or tear your hair out while trying to detangle it because that will definitely cause some breakage. To make this process easier, you can use a leave-in conditioner on your hair before starting the detangling process to help your natural hair slide through the comb easily.

6. Style

Now that all of your finger coils are in place and all of the tangles have been taken care of, you can go ahead and style this look any way you like! I usually go with something simple like a bun or ponytail but if you want something more intricate like cornrows, then feel free to do that as well! Just remember that short natural hairstyles always look best when they are kept simple and small!

7. Get a headband

Headbands are always a great accessory to have on hand because they can turn any hairstyle into a cute and stylish look! I love pairing my finger coils with a white or black headband like the one pictured above because it really helps to accentuate the coils and make them stand out even more!

8. Go about your day!

Now that you have your new finger coil hairstyle, you can go about your day with confidence knowing that you look great and your hair is healthy thanks to this protective style! If you want to keep this look for longer than 2 weeks, then make sure to add coconut oil to your regimen at night before bed so that the hair does not break off as easily. You can also use oil for a quick fix if you experience any breakage or shedding after taking out the style. The best way to maintain natural hair is to make sure it is moisturized, fed healthy foods, and well taken care of at all times. That way, you will be able to wear whatever styles you want without having to worry about sacrificing your hair’s health!

What are The Different Types of Fingernail Coil?

1. Flat Twist

The Flat Twist Fingernail Coil is a simple and easy way to achieve a cute protective hairstyle. This style is done by taking hair from the sides and back of the head and twisting it in towards the center of the head. The twists are then pinned into place with bobby pins or hair clips.

You can change up this look by adding extensions to your natural hair to make it longer or you can add beads and charms to your flat twists for more flair!

2. Faux Locs

The Faux Locs Fingernail Coil is another fun way to make your finger coils stand out! To do this look, take two sections of hair from each side of your head and twist them together. Then, take a section of hair from right above the ear and twist it around one of the twists on either side of the head until you reach the back of your head. Repeat this step until all hair has been twisted together at least twice, then secure with bobby pins or an elastic band! You can also add beads or charms to these faux locks for extra flair!

3. Cross Braids

The Cross Braids Fingernail Coil is another great protective style that gives you a fun new look while keeping your natural hair healthy at the same time! To do this style, take two sections of hair from each side of your head and cross them over one another as if you were doing an X-shaped braid. Then, take two sections of hair from the back of your head and cross them over one another as if you were doing a second X-shaped braid. Secure both braids with an elastic band or bobby pins.

4. Twist Out

The Twist Out Fingernail Coil is a cute style that gives you a fun new look while keeping your natural hair healthy at the same time! To do this style, take sections of hair from the sides and back of your head and twist them in towards the center of the head. Then, take sections of hair from right above each ear and twist them in towards the center of the head until they meet up with the rest of your twists. Secure all twists with an elastic band or bobby pins.

Tips For A Smooth Fingernail-Coil Instinct

  1. Practice makes perfect! When you first start doing this style, it can take some practice to get the hang of it. It may take a few times before you are able to master the technique.
  2. Be gentle! If you are new at this style, use your fingers and not your nails when twisting your hair. Your natural hair is much softer than your fingernails and can be damaged by them if you are not careful.
  3. Don’t yank on the twists! Pulling too hard or too fast on your twists can cause them to come loose or even pull out completely. This will cause damage to both your natural hair and the extensions that you have added to them, so make sure that you are gentle when taking down this hairstyle.
  4. Use an elastic band! An elastic band will work better than a bobby pin to secure your twists as it will not pull out as easily.
  5. Use a moisturizing hair product! Moisturizing hair products are essential for keeping your natural hair and the extensions that you have added to it, healthy and soft.


Fingercoiling is a gentle process that can be used on all types of short hair. While you’ll feel mild discomfort when you do it on long hair, it’s nothing significant enough to stop you from enjoying your short locks. And with salt water and other water-soluble chemicals present in short hair, you don’t want to expose your nails to those same chemicals. Even though you’ll feel a little discomfort when doing this on long hair, you don’t have to be afraid of damaging your nails.

Ruth Anderson knows all about the tech blog world. She's been blogging for years and has seen it all. She's an experienced writer who is always up for a new challenge.


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