The best curly hair products for humid climates

Costa Rica jungle - zara swimsuit

So this year I’ve travelled abroad quite a bit, and I always worry about what hair products I’m going to bring, the size of them – if excessive product hauling self can go away with just one staple products, if they’ll have a diffuser or what will even work for my curls in all these different weather conditions?! A lot to think about!!

After spending a week in Costa Rica my hair struggled a lot as the humid rainy season along with tropical jungle climates did not do my curls any favours. Before my trip I didn’t really think ahead and just threw 3 products into my suitcase hoping for the best.

Bali rice fields natural hair

This prepared me a bit better for my 2 weeks in Bali, although sizes of the product bottles and choosing wisely what would be best bring with me and work best for my hair in these conditions still proved difficult. If anybody knows where I can get travel sized curly hair products, please let me know!

I’ve put together a list of products that really helped my hair in the humidity and hopefully can help you out on your travels too.

Curl smith conditioning wash


Curlsmith Co-wash

This product is a bit of a life saver when it comes to travelling and needing a shampoo and conditioning product. The bottle isn’t particularly big and it does two jobs in one which is perfect for space saving. You can read my full review of the Curlsmith line here.

Curl keeper original

Curl Keeper Original

I’m a big fan of Curl Keeper products and this little gem is the most perfect creation for defined curls in humidity. The liquid is really thin and water-based so it may fool you but actually works really well. The product creates a sort of cast on your curls when applied to wet hair which then shouldn’t be touched until fully dry, the cast then sort of breaks without any humidity penetrating. The only downfall of the product is that it can build up quite a bit but if it’s used sparingly and on a temporary basis in between washes it is amazing.

As I am curling jelly


As I am curl jelly

This jelly is probably better for quite thick hair, it holds and defines curls and gives a moisture boots while offering moisture boosters that help fight the frizz caused by the weather.

Shea Moisture JBCO styling lotion


Shea Moisture JBCO Styling Lotion

This styling lotion is a good top for day 2/3 curls that just need a little bit of a boost and moisture without any build up. The styling lotion is made from my amazing natural products really refreshing for curls like castor oil and apple cider vinegar.

Aloe vera gel


Aloe Vera gel

Aloe vera gel comes in super handy whilst travelling, not only good for sunburn or as an after sun treatment it also is amazing for hydrating and defining curls. I scrunched a bit of the gel into my hair after applying my daily styling product and it seemed to help keep the frizz at bay.


If all else fails or you don't have the right products with you you can't go wrong with a high or low bun or braided hair!