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Malaysian Hair: 2 Different Styles, 10 Different Hairstyles

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Malaysian, The New Favorite

I have to admit; I was an avid wearer of Brazillian Hair, I hardly strayed away.

When I discovered other hair textures, I was hesitant to try something new. I dabbled in Peruvian and Malaysian hair when I finally built up the courage to leave behind the all-time favorite Brazillian hair.

While Peruvian is my reigning favorite because of its ability to blend with my natural, thin hair, Malaysian comes in a close second. I ended up trying Malaysian Hair for the first time about two years ago, and I fell in love!

I had a wig unit made out of three bundles and a closure. I had a u-part unit made. I know I preached against leave out in favor of closures and full wig units, but regardless, they are so convenient, try not to judge me.

U-parts were perfect for a quick fix! They are less money to construct and were my first test run in case I did not like the feel of the Malaysian hair.

virgin hair

What to Expect with Malaysian Hair

My experience with Malaysian was overall positive. Most Malaysian hair comes in a natural dark brown color.

It is often a medium texture, resembling real hair closely; think 140 density. Malaysian hair is soft and does not shed easily. This hair type has a high volume and full look.

Though it’s in a straight style such as the Malaysian hair on the Private Label Extensions website, one can also purchase deep wave or body wave Malaysian Hair available on Private Label Extensions starting at $21.99 a bundle.

For African American hair, it is the hair type that looks most natural or closer to unprocessed, natural hair textures.

However, Malaysian hair tends to be a drier, coarser texture. One should avoid excessive oils and sprays when dealing with this hair type. If you need to restore moisture, add a leave-in conditioner to the hair and let sit.

Because of its higher density, it can last longer without being washed or redone.

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Fully Straight Hair

Malaysian Hair is sold straight. It is light brown to a dark natural brown. A beautiful middle part with silky straight hair is a perfect look when first trying out Malaysian hair. It highlights all of the significant aspects of Malaysian Hair.

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Malaysian Deep Wave Hair

Malaysian Deep Wave Hair will give you a Kelly Rowland sort of look. This style is achievable with as little as two bundles.

kelly rowland deep wave

Malaysian Body Wave

Malaysian Body Wave hair puts me in the mind of Brazillian Body Wave. Silky and filled with waves. If you are apprehensive about switching over to me, this should be your first stop. Wavy hair is a go-to style and slays no matter the hair type or texture.

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Leave Out

Wearing Malaysian Hair with leave-out is basically like wearing your real hair!

It blends so well with different textures, and the natural hair color makes it even better. Because of its high density, it requires less maintenance than other weave textures, and this makes it ideal for leave-out installations.

That does not mean neglect your bundle’s sis. It says that this hair will shed less, last longer and do better in regards to heat and styling. You will still need to wash the hair and seal the wefts for the best results.

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Closure Unit (Middle Part) or small, 5×5

Closure units offer protection for your hair and using a broader closure like a 5×5 will allow more parting.

wig with closure

Frontal Unit (Middle Part/ Deep Side Part)

Get a frontal unit made! I love love love wigs! They are so convenient and versatile. Get a deep side part or middle part of your unit. Add spice with some Hollywood waves.

frontal styled

Low/High Ponytail

Malaysian Hair would be great for a low or high ponytail. Due to its higher density, only one bundle would need to be used to achieve a full looking ponytail.

Ponytail Hacks:

One thing I learned about obtaining a sleek ponytail at home is to use pomade instead of gel. Gels are mainly water based and will cause your hair to curl back up or wave instead of laying flat. A balm gives a sticker and sturdier hold.

Another ponytail hack is to smooth hair down layer by layer so that your natural hair lays down flatter. And use a hair tie instead of a rubber band which can cause breakage and makes it harder to anchor the hair to your natural ponytail.

jumbo braid ponytail

WandCurled/Flexi-rod Hair

Get a beautiful curly fro with a wand curler or using some hair rods to add volume and make sure that curls stick.


Tilt Bob

If you’ve read my other articles, you know I am crazy about waves and bobs! A cute tilt bob would be excellent on Malaysian hair. It’s bouncy and full giving the dimension necessary for a good bob cut.

tilt bob

Colored Hairstyle

Since the hair is already a dusty brown, getting a lighter brown/ blondish tone will be easy. Try using Kaleidoscope Blue Bleach and 40 developers to lighten the hair.

Some have found a few cons to Malaysian hair such as its straight texture struggles to hold a curl and that it may be lackluster; additionally, when a product is added it make take on a synthetic wig kind of shine.

blonde sew in

Although, there are quick and easy fixes to these minimal issues consumers have with Malaysian hair. As mentioned, add a leave-in conditioner to restore shine. One can also spray hair from a distance or wrap up at night to trap natural oils.

To avoid the synthetic shine brush hair or wash; this will get rid of some of the excess product and shine.

To ensure that the naturally straight hair holds a curl, use rods or curl formers to reinforce the spiral. Or use a light spritz at a distance to add some rigidity to the coils.

Another tip would be to bend hair in smaller sections for more definition. Plus, there’s always the option of purchasing the hair already curly in deep wave or body wave textures.

With Malaysian hair, the more prolonged the wear, the more natural the texture looks. This quality adds to the popularity of the hair type; and what makes Malaysian hair one of my favorites.

About Jatia Eley

My name is Jatia Eley, I am a blogger and future author. I enjoy the opportunity blogging gives me to interact with others and share tips, thoughts, and feelings. I currently divide my time between blogging, attending school full time and raising my beautiful daughter, Kennedi.

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7 thoughts on “Malaysian Hair: 2 Different Styles, 10 Different Hairstyles

  1. Dejaclark09 says:

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    I’ve found that using rinses instead of permanent dyes are usually much safer and less damaging if damaging at all. I’ve had my hair bleached and colored professionally and while it was beautiful it still needed EXTRAAAA moisturizer. I don’t think I’d do it again but I’m all for temps/rinses!

    I should have researched prior to getting it done but either way, I didn’t take care of it properly…the stylist totally did her job correctly!

  2. Dejaclark09 says:

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    I absolutely love the Malaysian straight! Everyone says my wigs look flawless and my bf didn’t even know it was a wig until I should him the lace lol!

    1. Jatia Eley says:

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      Deja, talk about your blend game! Lol. It’s nice it gives a fullness with fewer bundles even though it’s straightened.

  3. Jaden says:

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    I always wanted to try Malaysian Hair! This Blog post persuaded me into trying it because it’s versatile!

  4. Christian Azenicole says:

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    I was originally thinking about starting with the Malaysian textures but wasn’t sure how it would hold up. I’ve only used Brazillian Hair before. I recently visited the showroom to look at the different textures and after touching it I was sold. It’s so soft! Once I’m in the position to get my business up and running this will probably be my first texture. I was worried how it would blend with natural hair of African Americans and the upkeep but all my questions were answered. Thanks!

    1. Jatia Eley says:

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      Hello Christian!

      I’m glad I could help. I used to only get Brazilian then I tried Malaysian and it was literally so nice. It blends well. I think when you start your business you should definitely start with Malaysian, Brazilian and Indian. Those are the hair textures that will cover most customers and people are willing to try out the most.

  5. Slaygoddess says:

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    I love the Malaysian hair. It’s gorgeous. The Malaysian hair is great quality and super soft!

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