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What Are Comb Coils?

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If you kept your rat tail comb from last week’s article on backcombing, then check out this great hairstyle that uses the same comb.

This has to be one of the easiest dreadlock hairstyles to create and is often referenced as the starting point to a person’s loc journey.

For those of you with short hair, then these coils look best as short natural hairstyles!

IMPORTANT KEY FACTS

  1. Natural comb coils without any product tend to not last long as hair cant naturally hold a cylindrical shape.
    RECOMMENDATION: Use a holding loc gel or hair wax to better keep those wonderful coils locked in!  Special curling cream, mouse, setting lotion, or gel. The hair is then sealed with an oil or balm to hold in those twists. Hair wax or gel holds the twists in the hair and gives it a shiny, smooth look.
  2. Anyone with a little bit of time and some patience can create this styling.
  3. They work best when the hair is coarse, rough, and kinky.

The above are considered important pieces of information, but the knowledge doesn’t stop there. Now, we wouldn’t go as far as saying that these short natural hair twists are secretive in any way, but oddly enough, they have MANY DIFFERENT NAMES!

MANY ALIASES TO BE AWARE OF

Comb coils have many names and aliases and in order for you to fully understand what they are, we believe it is extremely important to know all similar names as well as their common word associations.

  • comb twists
  • baby locs
  • starter locs
  • finger coils
  • single-strand twists

There you go!  That should give you enough to hold your own in a comb coil rap battle!

You know the basics, lets get down to the installation/creation of this gorgeous natural hair updo.

STEP-BY-STEP, DIY GUIDE

1. Wash hair fully and let it completely dry. Hair should be dehydrated and stretched before starting. Because of this Black women should use a leave-in conditioner before starting to help moisturizing skin and scalp.

2. Begin sectioning off the hair. Clip hair and edges that are in your way, and make sure to have a clear workspace. Try also using locking gel to hold down those loose ends and kinks. If you need to go larger than 1 inch, you can try adding additional curling cream, mouse, setting lotion, or gel.

3. Begin twisting the first section of hair from the root all the way down to the end. After locking in the coil, repeat this process for all sections of hair. For the best look with longer hair, start at the back and move forwards

4. When you are finished twisting, seal all your twists with an oil or balm. Never use hairspray to lock in coils as this will not last lost and will collect dirt and lint.

5. For thicker coils like Bantu knots and jumbo comb coils, It is recommended to sit under a hairdryer until the hair has dried and begins to hold. Most professional stylists will have one readily available at a salon.

COMB COILS VS FAUX LOCS

Combs coils are a loc styling. They closely resemble micro locs or passion twists. You do not add hair when creating comb coils. The styling is created from your own natural hair.

Faux locs are an imitation dreadlock. The styling is achieved by attaching locs of hair to your cornrows or box braids. The attaching method can be in braids, crochet methods, or with the latch hook that comes pre-looped on many hairpieces.

GET CREATIVE WITH THESE UNIQUE HAIRSTYLES

It’s almost that time of year to style your hair in your favorite ways. Try out some of these great and creative ways to rock those comb coil styles.

  1. COMB COIL BRAIDED MOHAWK
    The use of braids on the sides and comb coils on top really give you that high and tight look without the short hair.
  2. CORNROWS WITH CASCADING FINGER COILS
    Keep one side tight with some even cornrows. Start with long comb coils on top, and gradually make them smaller as you slope down the opposite side of your head.
  3. COMB COIL BOB
    This styling uses a mixture of a comb coil ponytail and a comb coil bob cut.
  4. HIGH AND TIGHT FINGER COILS
    Back to boot camp with this hairstyle, rock those tightly shaved sides with a nice comb coil high top
  5. JUMBO COMB COILS
    This style takes a little practice and an excellent holding gel. Requires medium and long length hairs. Try and use a blow dryer to help lock in those large locs!

FAQ

CAN YOU TURN COMB COILS INTO DREADS?

Coils are not dreads. Comb coils use wax or conditioner to hold the hair in single strand twist outs. This process will unravel over time. You are not trying to lock up your hair when you style your hair in comb coils. Come coils are more like a twist and use product to help hold the locs from untwisting

depending on the hair type. The hair section is the same as you would for box braids or crochet braids and twists. Hair wax or gel holds the twists in the hair and gives it a shiny, smooth look.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE BABY LOCS?

1 to 2 hours, depending on the kinky and density of your hair or fro. All you need is a hair styling product and a detangling comb. It would help if you combed coil on dry stretched hair. Hair that is wet and twisted tends to frizz more.

CAN YOU WASH FINGER COILS?

You want to keep the moisturizing and washing to a minimum. Our certified loctition does not recommend washing finger coils. For proper hair care, we recommend using dry hair shampoo. If you must wash your comb coils, use a stocking cap. It will protect the healthy hair from unraveling while still letting shampoo and water cleanse the hair. Natural hair care for black hair and black girls, we recommend using witch hazel on a cotton pad and dabbing in-between hair sections.

DO COMB TWISTS UNRAVEL EASILY?

If you are starting locs like comb coils, you must take your time and be patient. The hair in comb coils is twisted and held with gel or wax. Because some comb coils are only single strand twist outs, they are more likely to unravel. Comb coils only last about two weeks before needing a retwisting. It is recommended that you wear a satin bonnet or hair covering at night to prevent unraveling and lint collection.

ARE STARTED LOCS CONSIDERED A PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE?

Finger coils or comb coils are not a protective styling. The ends of your hair are exposed and are not tucked away. Many bloggers think that because of the low maintenance of comb coils; They are a protective style because the ends are not generally grouped together and away from tangling. To really protect the hair needs to be covered adequately to be shielded from the sun, dirt, and other exposure.

SHOULD I COVER MY COILS WHEN I SLEEP?

To protect your comb coils, it’s essential to cover your hairstyles. This will help with your hair taking in lint and fuzz. Covering your hair is believed to stop hair from drying out and thus minimize frizz.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TWIST A FULL HEAD OF HAIR?

Your hair is always transitioning through its maturing stages of locs. Twirling hair and dreadlocking hair are different processes. Allowing dreadlocks to mature can take from 6 months to a year. Depending on your loc journey, you should have had a loctician begin your starter locs.

CONCLUSION

Comb coils are another great styling to try. Because of the simplicity of each coil, this style is fast and easy to install. If you have any comments on our article, feel free to leave us a comment below!

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