Oh how I envied her curls as I sat there eyes glued to my laptop screen while watching ladykpnyc on youtube (whatever happened to her?).
She would apply a product and smooth it over her springy bouncy curls, they seemed to have a life of their own as they sprung back towards her scalp with each smoothing action.
It probably says a lot that a woman of African decent as I am* would have no idea how the natural hair growing from her scalp behaves like yet there I was, finally learning.
The decision to transition had been made a few months back but I was itching to have some kinks, curls and coils to play in. 18 months and 6 inches of growth later, the big chop day finally arrived and I happily let go of the now scant and limp looking relaxed ends. Oh what a world of styling choices now awaited me!
After exhausting the braid out, twist out options that are the standard fare for many natural ladies, I turned my gaze to finger coils.
I loved the look of those little springy coily ringlets that so many natural ladies were pulling off and one Saturday after refreshing my memory with a YouTube video I started to create mine in earnest.
Imagine my disappointment at not being able to create a single coil! I tried and tried, switching between trying to create them with my fingers to trying comb coils but alas my hair just wasn’t having it.
You see, at the time I was a new natural and my hair and I had been introduced but we weren’t very well acquainted. After some time I realized that it was because of my wavy rather than coily 4a curl pattern that this style would never work for me.
Her’s is my poorly sketched illustration of what I mean:
If you have wavy kinky* tresses like I do then maybe give this style a miss as it may not work for you, make your peace with that fact and move on. But for those of you with coily natural hair, this is a beautiful way to change up your look!
MissKenK shows us how she does her finger coils…
Originally posted 2013-11-11 20:00:55.