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Trend Alert: The Coil Twist

Trend Alert: The Coil Twist

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Coil twists are the newest elegant style for curlies around the globe & for good reason. This intricate hairstyle can transform & protect your natural hair while showcasing your personal style & unique beauty. 

To jump on this stunning natural hair trend & create coil twists for yourself in a few easy steps, simply follow this guide. We’ll break down how easy it is to master this method & offer the tips you’ll need to prime, protect & rock your natural curls with this sophisticated style.


Unlocking a New Style: Exploring the Art of Coil Twists 

When you want to add a new ‘do to your hairstyling repertoire, transform your look with coil twists. Curl enthusiasts have used this styling method for centuries to create intricately detailed hairstyles & protect their tresses from breakage. 

This look involves taking small sections of your coils & twisting them around your fingers to create defined texture. Depending on your natural texture & the curly hair stylers you use, this style can last up to two weeks, which means it can help you save time getting ready without needing to upkeep your tresses every day.

So, what sets coil twists apart from other natural hair looks? Here are some key characteristics of the coil twist:

  • Offers Definition One reason this curl styling technique has become so trendy is that it delivers polished & defined curls with less effort than more intricate styles like rope twists, making it easy to have bouncy, luscious locks.
  • Prevents Shrinkage – Curl-friends with tighter coils know all about shrinkage—& how this can play a part when styling your natural texture. Since you can style coil twists on wet hair, you can expect minimal shrinkage, highlighting how long & versatile your natural hair really is.

You can create these coily hairstyles using dry or damp hair, & while all curlies can try out this trend, it’s especially well-suited if you have a 4a, 4b, or 4c curl pattern since it works with the shape of your strands & offers added definition & hold.

Prime Your Hair Type: Essential Steps Before Coil Twisting

Before you create this coil twist hairstyle for yourself, it’s essential to prep your hair. As with any superb styling technique, you’ll want to start with clean, nourished hair texture for the best results. Here are some tips to help you make sure your tresses are ready for the twist:


Cleanse Those Curls

To properly prep your hair, you’ll want to begin by gently cleaning your scalp & curls, removing any product buildup, dirt & dead skin. The key to cleansing is to use a formula that cleans your tresses without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Enter the PATTERN Hydration Shampoo

Clean hair is more receptive to twist products, lets your natural curl pattern shine & helps lock-in moisture, so having the right shampoo on hand can make all the difference when styling coil twists.


Hydrate with a Nourishing Conditioner

Next, you’ll want to hydrate those thirsty curls with a nourishing conditioner, like the PATTERN Lightweight Conditioner, Medium Conditioner, or Intensive Conditioner. Depending on your hair density, you can choose the product that offers the right amount of moisture without weighing down your strands. 


Use Leave-In to Lock-In Moisture

For added protection & extra hold, prepare your curls with a product like the PATTERN Leave-in Conditioner that helps them withstand heat & humidity, prevents breakage & manages frizz. 

Mastering Coil Twists: Insider Techniques for a Polished Look 

In just a few simple steps, you can master this style & rock your coils with confidence. Here’s how you can craft this look, all on your own:

Step 1: Apply a Product for Definition & Hold

After ensuring your curls are clean & hydrated, you can begin this styling method by dividing your hair into several small sections. Then lather each section with a small amount of gel or curl cream to get more definition & hold out of this chic look. We recommend trying out our Styling Cream or Curl Gel to help you get started.

Step 2: Begin Twisting

Take a single section of your hair & carefully wrap the strands around your finger in a circular motion, using your hair to create a corkscrew-like curl. You’ll want to start at the roots & work your way down using even tension until you reach the bottom of your strands. 

Step 3: Repeat Until You’ve Twisted All Sections

One coil twist down, a few more to go. After you’ve mastered the technique, you can then repeat this process for every small section of your hair, creating a head full of well-defined coils. You can then allow it to air dry, or diffuse your tresses using a low-heat setting for the best results.

Once you’ve tried out the basics, you can unleash your curl creativity & try out a variety of coil twist hairstyles.

Rock Your Coil Twists with Confidence—PATTERN

With proper prep & the right technique, you can take on the latest coily hair trend & create your very own coil twist on natural hair. To get the most out of any styling technique, it’s important to give your curls the TLC they deserve. 

No matter how you style your tresses, PATTERN’s collection of protective hair products can help you lock in moisture & amp up the shine for healthy & hydrated natural hair. 


TutorialsPoint. Finger Coil Hairstyles: Meanings and Types. https://www.tutorialspoint.com/finger-coil-hairstyles-meaning-and-types

Photo Credit: @coilsandglory, Pinterest.


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Reviewed by Ashley Ludgood

With over 12 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry, Ashley Ludgood brings a wealth of expertise to her current role at PATTERN. Her insights have been featured in reputable publications like American Salon Magazine, American Spa Magazine, and Skin, Inc. Ashley has also shared her knowledge at conferences, including Face & Body, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to contributing to the industry. Having been an integral part of the team at PATTERN for nearly 4 years, Ashley continues to make significant contributions. Holding a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, she remains passionate about her field. Among her favorite products, Ashley turns to the PATTERN Styling Cream, Moisture Milk, and the Cleansing Shampoo as her go-to essentials.

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