Hair Styling

Wash Day Chronicles WEEK 26 | Finger Coils

This is a recap of week 26 of 52 wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to gain length on my fine natural hair. My length goal is waist length within the next 2 1/2 years. Subscribe to this blog to be notified when future posts are published.

fine natural hair wash day

Products Used:

Pre-Poo: Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

Cleanser: African Black Soap scented with Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Protein Treatment/Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Deep Treatment Masque

Rinse Out Conditioner: Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner

Leave In Conditioner: Aloe Vera Juice + Shea Moisture Curl Memory Leave in Conditioner

Sealant and/or Styler: Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Style Setter

Tools: Fingers :-), Plastic cap, Conair dome shaped hair dryer

Wash Day Procedure

  1. The night before washing, worked coconut through hair in 4 sections, bantu knotted the sections and went to bed.
  2. Washed hair the next afternoon section by section and put each back in a knot until hair was thorough cleansed. Focused on scalp more than hair.
  3. Released the sections one at a time and applied deep conditioner.
  4. Combined the sections into one, put on a plastic cap and sat under dryer for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinsed hair of 50% of the conditioner in the shower.
  6. Applied rinse out conditioner and lightly finger detangled hair.
  7. Rinsed and then clipped hair up, leaving a small section out in the back.
  8. Grabbed about an inch sized section of hair and sprayed aloe vera juice on it followed by my leave in, followed by the style setter and then finger coiled the section.
  9. Repeated the process of spritzing with AVJ/Leave In/Style Setter and coiling until my entire head was complete.
  10. Allowed hair to air dry before pulling the coils back into 2 clipped (using Goody Flex Barrettes) ponytails and putting on my Slap Cap.
  11. Slept with Slap Cap on over night and allowed the finger coils to remain in hair for 2 days before releasing for a coil out.

finger coil out

Focus & Thoughts

My micro focus this wash day was to thoroughly hydrate my hair and set my curls. I haven’t done finger coils in a long time and while your hair is technically out when doing finger coils, it’s still a bit of a protective style.  That’s because the hairs are all wrapped around each other in a cocoon-like fashion, protecting each other.

The only thing I don’t like about the finger coil style is the amount of shrinkage I get. Now, that my hair is shorter since my mini-chop several months ago, I don’t get to see my length as much when styling in this fashion. And, while finger coils are a great way to protect the hair, I’ll probably not do these again until I get significantly more length. Plus, my fingers were so water logged by the end of my coiling session!

finger coil out on fine natural hair

Watch the video of me uncoiling:

Lastly, there’s two new things that I’ve made part of my regimen.  #1 During the summer months, I’m actually doing a mid-week co-wash and oil rinse. This helps my hair retain even more moisture while also cutting down on tangling. #2  I’m adding a step back to my regimen that I used to do a long time ago. The spritzing of refrigerated aloe vera juice after my final rinse. This helps to smooth the cuticles of the hair shaft, lock in more moisture, resulting in shiny hair.  I used to do this a long time ago and I’m not sure why I stopped.

I’m giving today’s wash day a 4.5/5. While shedding was minimum, detangling was a breeze and my hair is ultra dope in the shiny department, I really don’t like the amount of shrinkage I got coupled with the time it took me to coil my hair! My fingers were seriously water logged by the end 🙁 Yet, I won’t complain further because this will all be re-set on Tuesday when I do my mid-week co-wash/oil rinse.



Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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