What Is Hair Slugging And How It Works?
Skin slugging had its moment recently (still does?), where one has to slather a thick, moisture-trapping occlusive on their skin, usually petroleum jelly and allow it to seep in overnight. This Korean skincare trend has been prevalent for a long time now, but blew up quite recently, thanks to the internet. And today, we’re presented with yet another form of slugging that is gaining popularity on social media - hair slugging.
What is hair slugging?
The crux of hair slugging is just like skin slugging - to deeply hydrate dry and damaged hair. It is to be done by applying a heavy layer of hair oil all over your hair and then securing it with an overnight wrap. The purpose of the wrap is to increase the heat, which allows the oil to penetrate the scalp skin and follicles, leading to deeper nourishment.
You might consider this an extension of the oiling practice that is quite common in Indian and South Asian households. Where the aim is to rescue dry, damaged to ultimately reduce frizz and breakage.
How to slug your hair?
This quick tutorial will help you ace this trend and reap the maximum benefits of hair slugging.
Step 1: Being with a clean and damp scalp.
Step 2: Use a nourishing hair oil. We love coconut, argan and jojoba oil. And apply it evenly to all your scalp and hair, focusing on the ends.
Step 3: Massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes.
Step 4: Once done, lightly run your fingers to detangle.
Step 5: Loosely tie your hair in a braid on a low bun and throw on a bonnet or a shower cap.
Step 6: Leave it on for a maximum of 8 hours or at least 5-6 hours before rinsing it off. Our Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Sulfate Free Volume and Bounty Shampoo will add visible bounce and shine to your hair.
As per the rules of hair slugging, one should tie their hair in a tight ponytail or bun and then leave it on overnight. But since the hair follicles become quite weak after oiling, it's best not to sport hairstyles that pull on your scalp.
What are the benefits of hair slugging?
If stronger, healthier hair is your goal, then hair slugging is the way to go. It saturates your hair with essential nutrients that boost hair growth and improve its texture. If your hair is especially dry and damaged, then hair slugging will help reduce frizz and flyaways for shiner-looking hair. Those with finer hair will notice improved bounce and shine.
What should you keep in mind while hair slugging?
There are a few slips that can occur while you’re trying to give your hair all this TLC. First off, leaving on the oil for more than 8 hours can clog the scalp pores and cause small itchy bumps.
Secondly, since you’ll be oiling your hair and scalp *really* well, make sure that you’re thoroughly washing it off. If not, it will again end up clogging your pores and leaving your hair greasy.
Is hair slugging for all hair types?
Yes! No matter what the type, length and texture of your hair, hair slugging will surely elevate it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:1 What is the best oil for hair slugging?
A. Hair slugging can be done with any type of hair oil. You can mix and match to match a concoction of oils that suit your hair type and texture.
Q:2 Is hair slugging good for hair growth?
A. This technique nourishes dry scalp, thereby promoting hair growth. Not only that, it also helps improve the texture and quality of your hair by drastically reversing hair damage.
Q:3 How often should I slug my hair?
A. Rely on the density of your hair as a guide here. Those with curly or brittle hair can benefit from hair slugging 2-3 times a week. Fine textures folks can slug their hair once a week. Anything more than that will weigh down the hair.
- Written by Rhea Shah