How to Create Heat Free Comb Coils

Get ready for a hot-girl (but with no heat) summer.

We’re ditching our hot stylers (or at least cutting down) in favor of less damaging looks, whether that means braids, air-drying our hair, or any other protective style. One of our favorite looks, which is actually not as complicated as it seems is the comb coil style.

To find out how to get the look sans heat, we reached out to Gwen Jimmere, CEO of Naturalicious, who happily shared her tips and tricks.

“Curly, coily, or kinky textured hair is the first requirement for a great comb coil look,” says Gwen. “It’s not a style that can be achieved as well on straight, heat damaged or transitioning hair.” Though you won’t be using heat, you definitely need product to get the style to stay. Gwen recommends water-based curl creams or styling gels, which she calls “ideal for this style.” Specifically, she guides us towards Naturalicious Step 2 or the Naturalicious Dramatic Definition Gel.

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Step-by-step

Step zero of the look is to make sure that hair is detangled – tangle-free locks are a must before you begin styling on damp hair. Next, Gwen instructs that you part off a small section of hair, adding just a bit of your styling product to that section. Then, insert the tip of the comb at the root of your hair and begin to spin the comb 360 degrees. 

“Continue spinning the comb while it’s in your hair, moving the comb down the hair shaft until you reach the end of your hair,” she describes. Once you’ve nailed one section, you’re good to go – simple repeat all over until the look is complete and allow it to dry completely.

The style may take some practice, so don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t come to you immediately “On a scale from 1-5, with 5 being the most difficult, this style is about a 3,” Gwen notes.

A lack of heat isn’t necessarily a set back for the style, which relies on natural texture as a foundation. “The more curly, coily, or kinky the texture, the better for this style, so you definitely don’t want to use heat to straighten your hair for this style,” says Gwen. However, you can opt for heat at the very end to speed the drying process. “As an option, you can sit under a hooded dryer to help your hair dry faster but it’s not a requirement. You can totally air dry,” she says

Another hack to the style is to apply water to sections as needed “to keep hair wet and naturally textured,” she adds.

HERE’s why we love Gwen’s chemical-free hair gel.

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