Is slugging good for the hair?
Seeing as its main purpose is to lock in moisture overnight, hair slugging is definitely a must-try. While not a new concept — it’s been referred to as hair oiling for years — this traditional Ayurvedic technique leads to smoother, bouncier, frizz-free hair after each use. “All it involves is applying oil to your hair and wearing a covering to increase the penetration of the oil to the outer cuticle of hair,” shares Gina Rivera, founder of Phenix Salon Suites.
While those with dry hair would benefit the most from it, nothing beats having hair that’s moisturized and frizz-free, making this an essential technique for all hair types. After all, that’s what makes hair oil such a go-to for hair slugging; it’s light enough to hydrate without weighing hair down — a concern for those with fine hair types.
How can I do it?
Some TikTok users have opted for applying 1-2 pumps of hair oil, beginning at the mid-shaft, and locking in this newly moisturized mane with the help of a tube sock and scrunchie. Here’s how: Simply gather your hair inside a sock (or shower cap) and secure it with a hair tie or scrunchie at bedtime. As for how often you should incorporate hair slugging: Experts recommend making it a weekly ritual.
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Should you wash your hair after slugging?
While you don’t need to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner every morning after incorporating this technique into your routine, it is recommended to rinse your mane to avoid product buildup from the hair slugging process. Not cleansing your hair, post-slugging, can also make it harder to style the next day.
Additionally, you’ll also want to thoroughly wash your face the morning after. “The biggest con to hair slugging is it can be messy,” says Rivera, citing the potential for breakouts. “Using an occlusive oil can do this and be transferred to the face” if you’re not mindful about covering your hair correctly.