We get a lot of requests for style tutorials solely based on 4C natural hair. We love those tutorials because such a huge segment of naturals sport those curls, and need just as much ideas as other curlies in other categories.
Now even though I just wrote that sentence I am not a fan of groups and categories for curls but I understand why we have them. For some of us it gives us something to identify with.
If you are wondering what 4C natural hair is then I will break it down for you. Women who have 4C natural hair tend to have very tight curls, the shape of the individual strand is more of a Z rather than an S formation and getting moisture to remain in the strand is very difficult.
4C natural hair is very fragile so it is often recommended that you wear protective styles to keep your strands safe from wear and tear.
Styles like finger coils are great because you can wear your hair in a style and still leave your hair un-manipulated. They look so adorable and in the tutorial you will notice that Mini Marley does a side part on her friend’s hair that adds so much dimension to her tapered cut.
Here are our top four recommendations when doing finger coils on 4C natural hair:
1. Start with a clean scalp and deep conditioned hair.
2. Follow the LCO method, liquid, cream then oil to ensure that your hair remains moisturized.
3. Add your gel on top of your oil for styling. Gel should always be added last so that if for any reason your hair gets dry you already have everything underneath the gel to keep your hair safe.
4. Do not keep your coils in beyond 14 days, always make note of how your hair is behaving; if it’s dry, if scalp is itchy, or if strands are tangling. If you notice any of these things, steam your hair immediately to get it nice and soft and begin to cleanse and condition again.
Check out Mini Marley as she demonstrates coils on her friend’s 4C natural hair: