Style Guide: African Hair in Malaysia

The African student population is ever growing and being so far from home with the different climate, our hair may need different methods for care. Here are some tips and tricks to maintaining your hair in Malaysia.


under braiding

Source: Sherry’s Life

Most of us come from the motherland, with fresh hairstyles to protect our tresses, such as braids which are set to stay for at least a month before the unfortunate takedown. Fear not for there are some students on campus who braid hair and here’s how you can reach them:

Maggie (+60 17-227 8064)

She charges between RM100 and RM450 depending on the size and style of the braids. She also does non-African hair at a negotiable.

Steph (+60 10-884 2139) 

She charges RM60 for cornrows and RM120 for braiding. Steph can also braid non-African hair at a negotiable price depending on the style.

It is highly advisable to carry braids from home because it’s way more expensive when purchased here in Malaysia.

If you are not up to spend money, you could attempt braiding your own hair which is quite a challenge if you aren’t already a master – speaking from experience. You could also do crochet braids which are way easier to do by yourself (also advisable to carry the crochet braids from home due to the scarcity here in Malaysia). There are also plenty of tutorials on YouTube on how to do crochet braids. My absolute fave is Kiitana – the crochet and wig master.

crochet master


2. Rocking the ‘fro

You may also opt to rock your afro and all its glory because straightening your natural hair would be wasted effort due to the humidity. I find braid outs and twist outs to be the best styles because they elongate the hair and there is little shrinkage as the days go by. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that give advice on how to achieve the best results depending on your hair type. However, my easiest go-to styles are the afro (you can add a bandana or scarf to spice things up) and an afro-puff.

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3. Products

I have experimented with most commercially available shampoos and conditioners (e.g.: Head & Shoulders, L’Oreal, Pantene) and they make my hair as frizzy as ever. To help with this, add essential oils such as jojoba or coconut oil to make them work better for your hair. Alternatively, you could use products with these oils already included in them. Recently, Watson’s released a line of hair products infused with a range of oils and they seem to be working very well with my hair. I’ve also recently started using Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel for twist outs and braid outs – and due to the humidity, using this allows them to maintain definition for about 2 days. However, this product is great for moisturizing your hair. Essential oils are also very important; coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil are the most versatile and are easily obtainable from Roswell, Tesco or Giant. When used right, they are able to maintain moisture and prevent your hair from drying out in the sun or air-conditioning.


Source: Watsons

Hope this article helps you out.

Written by Vikki Gitata

Ratchet pharmacist and local fashion slut.

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