The Malaysian weather’s humidity isn’t exactly the kind of energy we need in our lives to maintain our perfectly-created curls. But not all hope is lost, according to OUAI.

We know the feeling all too well. You spend an hour painstakingly sectioning out your hair to curl it, getting in an arm workout at the same time. You brush it out to loosen the curls and everything looks on point. But then, you step out of the house, and all hope is lost. Within the hour, you look on in dismay as your perfectly tousled hair begin losing its curls and going limp. That’s our Southeast Asian humidity for you.

OUAI Director of Education, Diana Pratasiewicz.

But with every problem comes a solution. Not all hope is lost — all you need to do to combat this is follow some calculated steps. We’ve got all the tips you need from haircare brand OUAI’s Director of Education, Diana Pratasiewicz.

How does humidity affect our styled hair?

Humidity means there’s a significant amount of moisture in the air. Unlike a desert where the air is dry, our location in the rainforest area is the opposite end of the spectrum where there is moisture everywhere.

Hair and humidity are definitely not friends — arch enemies are more like it.  If the hair cuticle is open the moisture from humidity can penetrate the hair shaft causing frizz and flyaways.

Diana Pratasiewicz, OUAI Director of Education

With all the moisture in the air penetrating the hair and weighing it down, it’s no wonder our curls go flat in record time. How then, are we able to stop that?

Use the right haircare products

A big part of hair going flat in the humidity is due to open hair cuticles that allows moisture to penetrate through. To stop this, you’ll need to invest in the right hair care products that will keep your tresses healthy. This is not unlike you investing in good skincare products to create a good base for your makeup.

OUAI recently launched a new series of shampoos and conditioners under the Daily Care range. (Image credit: OUAI)

With hair, however, you’ll need to wash with shampoos and conditioners that contain glycerin, which is a great humectant. Glycerin will absorb the extra moisture in the air to create a protective coating over hair strands, hence reducing frizz. Pratasiewicz recommends OUAI’s latest range, the Daily Care collection, which uses glycerin in its shampoos and conditioners.

It’s all about the prep

Just like how you prep your skin before putting on makeup with skincare and primer, your hair needs the prep before styling with hot tools. Pratasiewicz recommends combing or brushing the hair out before curling, as this will help remove any tangles and smooth out hair. Then, create sections before curling and comb each section out again before curling your hair.

Always use a heat protectant before curling your hair. (Image credit: Unsplash/ Baylee Gramling)

We’re tired of sounding like a broken record, but always use a heat protectant before heat styling. This will help your hair cuticles stay protected and sealed, so moisture from the humidity can’t penetrate it and cause frizz or flyaways. The OUAI Heat Protection Spray is a great product to use for this purpose because it contains thermal polymers that provide heat protection up to 232ºC. It also has prickly pear extract to tame frizz and flyaways.

Use proper styling products

From your finishing creams to your hair sprays, the key to keeping your curls looking good throughout the day also lies in your styling products. Pratasiewicz mentions that we should use styling products that contain ingredients which will help prevent frizz while styling.

Some products she recommends using include the OUAI Finishing Crème to help strengthen and protect against heat damage. It has hydrogenated olive oil to soften hair and smooth out frizz with a lightweight and non-greasy finish, while jojoba hydrates hair.

Next is the OUAI Air Dry Foam that has kale, lemon, and carrot extracts that activate your natural waves and promote moisture to keep hair frizz-free and soft. It also contains panthenol to condition, protect, and add shine to hair. Finally, after you’re done curling, spritz on the OUAI Wave Spray to keep curls in place. Now, you’re ready to take on the world with those perfectly-tousled waves.

(Hero & featured image credit: Unsplash/ Jonathan Borba)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.