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What is hair slugging and is it really worth trying?

Published: 22/02/2024 | Author: Valeria Solonari

Say goodbye to bad hair days with TikTok’s latest trend – hair slugging! This K-beauty technique involves slathering your locks with a thick layer of oil at night for luscious, healthy-looking hair. But does it really work wonders? Delve into the ins and outs of hair slugging and whether it's really worth the hype.

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The beauty industry is constantly evolving, and social media plays a huge role in the introduction of new trends, like we saw with skin cycling. The latest beauty fad that's taking TikTok by storm is hair slugging. This innovative technique involves applying a thick layer of oil to your hair to lock in moisture and boost hydration. But before you grab that bottle of oil, it's important to consider the potential benefits and risks of hair slugging. So, let’s start at the very beginning!

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What is hair slugging?

Similar to skin slugging, hair slugging is a technique that involves using oil to lock in moisture overnight. However, you don’t leave the oil on the hair strands alone. Instead, you wrap your hair in a silk scarf or shower cap to effectively trap in the moisture. This thick layer of oil helps to deeply hydrate and soften the hair, as well as enhance its shine and overall appearance.

Is hair slugging good for your hair?

Like with any product or technique, there are pros and cons to hair slugging. On the one hand, an effective natural occlusive like olive oil or coconut oil can help lock in moisture and improve the look of dry or damaged hair. It can also create a barrier against environmental pollutants and heat damage. On the other hand, thick oils are heavy and can weigh down the hair, making it appear greasy and dirty. Not to mention, it can clog your hair follicles, leading to numerous hair issues.

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Who should try hair slugging?

Hair slugging may be suitable for people with dry or damaged hair who are looking for an effective way to replace lost moisture and prevent further damage. It may also be beneficial for those with curly or textured hair that tends to be more prone to dryness and frizziness.
However, those with very fine or oily hair may want to stay wary as hair slugging can exacerbate dandruff and oily scalps. If you’re uncertain about which hair concerns apply to you, make sure to take the Duologi Hair Quiz to understand how to better care for your hair. Duologi’s haircare-skincare hybrids are a prime example of giving your hair a facial!

How to incorporate hair slugging into your routine?

If you decide to try hair slugging, it's essential to apply it to clean damp hair. Start by coating the ends of your hair with the nourishing Love Nature Coconut Hair Oil or ELEO Repairing Overnight Hair Oil, evenly working your way up to the roots.
If you’d rather avoid adding oil directly to your scalp, consider using a hair mask instead. Both Duologi Intense Repair Hair Mask and ELEO Oil Infused Hair Mask are less occlusive but equally rich conditioning options. Wrap your hair with a bonnet or silk scarf to allow the product to penetrate your hair strands overnight.

With skincare trends influencing the hair care conversation more and more, it's no surprise that the internet is experimenting with different skincare techniques on their hair. Hair slugging may be the latest craze, but no beauty trend is one-size-fits-all. Ultimately, it's up to your own hair type and hair concerns that determine if hair slugging is worth incorporating into your routine.
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