Coils for the DIY in you

So it’s been a long minute since I wrote something, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped the usual madness with my hair. I’ve done this style a few times now, and call me impressed, but I think I’ve gone from a “meh” to a “yyaayy ( see those double y’s!!).

I’ll admit, I’ve sweat the technique a little longer than I should have, but it’s honestly a simple style that can be done in a few hours; may be 4 hours tops for the professionals amongst us. However for the rest of us… I’d suggest you make dinner early for the day.

natural hair coils

First try with natural coils

My motive for trying this style had come from a point of pure lazy determination. To describe that point, let us say it’s when you’re at that hair care period where you can’t be bothered to be neat, but know you’ll regret it once you wake up in the morning and notice Hurricane Gilbert took a pit-stop in your hair.

I needed a style that limited the use of extension and braids, while also keeping my hair put for one to two weeks. Call it stress or just plain genetics, but I see my future bordering dangerously close to Naomi Campbell if I can’t get a handle on things. My hair just doesn’t respond well to too much manipulation.

So to combat that dangerous journey, I’ve thought of some steps to help bring my hairline back and promote growth. I’ll talk about that in later article, but for now let’s talk about the style that promotes less manipulation.

Coils

What we need

  • Hair Spritz
  • Eco Styler Gel / Blue Magic Organics Indian Hemp
  • Arm strength

Most times I’d start this style after a wash day. So meaning leave-ins, butters and oils have been applied from the start.

At this point, I’m pretty free about the parts I’ll make in my hair. This really depends on you, but my rule of thumb has been the tighter the coil, the longer the “hold” on your hair with the gel. If your hair is in the tiny fro stage, you may want to try smaller coils as they catch and hold easier, but if you find yourself working with more length you can “catch” larger strands of hair and make them as fat as you wanna. However, please do remember that tighter coils make for longer holds.

coil start

hhhmm that looks right, right?

After separating a few strands, I’d take a small dab of the oil/ gel and rub down from root to tip. After that I’d  start to twin my hair in the circular motion illustrated below.

Coiling Gif

©2014, Kimona Wickham

I’ve even taken pictures to show you the changes your hands may make. Also to note, when you notice your hair getting dry during the process, just use your spritz to moisturize your hair again.

Now once you’ve reached this part, you’ve pretty much made it. Fin. Sayōnara. Done. The hardest thing you’d have to worry about after this is keeping your arm from cramping up doing ALL THOSE LITTLE PIECES.

You’ll look pretty cute though at the end of things. No gain without some pain, folks.

coils

Cheap Mosturizer for 4c hair

So my hair suffers from this thing call thirst. Creams, conditioners, sprays, nothing stays long enough in my hair. I’m really the definition of a product junkie because of this, but I’m learning simple sometimes can do wonders. Using an article from Black Girl Long Hair, titled “4 Simple Easy Homemade Spritz Recipes“, I discovered a cheap solution for my constant need for moisture.

Spritzing has become my must do. Your hair is an extension of you and you need to keep both you and your hair hydrated. Leave both of you out to dry and you’ll have yourself choking on the air by sun down. Not pretty.

A spritz could be as simple as throwing some water in a bottle and just going to town on your hair (not as effect), or combining oils and aloe vera to your mixture to allow longer lasting penetration. At the end of the day, how you mix your spritz is up to you. You’ll know what ingredients react well with your hair, but the bonus for a naturalist’s trying this homemade route is definitely knowing you’re using something organic.

homemade spritz

aloe vera, oils, water

MY INSTRUCTIONS

The WORKS Spritz
– 3-4 parts water
– 2 parts aloe vera juice 5 thin cuts of Aloe vera (Sinkle bible)
– 2 parts glycerin
– 1 part coconut oil
– 1 part olive oil
– few drops essential oil (your favorite) – which for me was tea tree oil

P.S keep this refrigerated. This is truly an “All Natural” product, so it will spoil on you without proper storage. ^-^ good luck