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If you’re a follower of current beauty trends, you must be familiar with hair slugging. This latest social media buzzing hair hack claims to hydrate and revive your damaged hair overnight. It aims to combat frizz through a heavy dose of hydration and makes your hair healthy and shiny.
Dr. Kaustav Guha, hair expert and Director, R&D Division, SkinKraft Labs told Health Shots about how to get on this viral hair care trend called ‘hair slugging’.
Just like skin slugging, hair slugging is the ultimate hair hydrating solution for damaged hair. It helps to lock the moisture, provides you with extra nourishment, and ultimately helps to get rid of your dull and frizzy hair.
“In this process, overnight application of nourishing products helps to strengthen your hair plus makes it thick and shiny. For ages, South Asian people have followed the similar practice of oiling their hair.” says Dr Guha.
Apply a hydrating hair mask, oil, or leave-in serum according to your hair type and needs. You can apply it all over your hair or just on selected drier areas like mid-length and ends.
Protect your hair treatment product by wrapping it in a smooth fabric. Silk wrap can be a suitable option as it is less abrasive and reduces friction, preventing breakage or frizz.
Dr Guha shares a hack in case you don’t have a silk bonnet or wrap. He says, “If you apply the treatment on some portion of your hair, you can even use socks to wrap your slugging sections.”
Next morning or after your nourishment session ( 2–4 hours), you need to wash your hair to remove the mask or excess oil. But if you are using lightweight hair oil or serum, you can just brush it out.
Slugging is not just about following the right processes but more to choose the right products for your hair. Before purchasing a mask, oil, or serum for your hair, you need to understand your hair type, texture, and current needs. Otherwise, your good intention to hydrate your hair can increase sebum levels and cause breakouts on the skin.
Start with normal hair; choose a regular oil — not too heavy or too light. Apply an adequate amount before bedtime, wrap with a suitable piece of fabric, and rinse it off thoroughly the next morning. This will hydrate your hair, protect it from any kind of damage, and improve the overall health of your hair.
People who already suffer from greasy hair must not go for oil. You can go for lightweight leave-in serum.
Slugging is most beneficial for people with dry and frizzy hair. Thick and nourishing oil is the best option for dry hair—massage from root to tip and let your hair quench its thirst. Slugging will help you to remove frizz, dryness, and dullness. You can follow the routine twice or thrice a week.
Ladies, consider hair slugging as the old recipe of ‘hair oiling’ in a new packet. But it is always beneficial for the health of your damaged hair if followed properly considering your hair type.