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Hair slugging is the latest hair movement to go viral on TikTok, with 15.3 M views and counting. However, this "trend" is actually rooted in ancient Auyervedic practice and has been around for centuries. Curious about the process, we’re diving into hair oiling and how to work this into your beauty routine. 

"Hair Slugging" Is Actually Hair Oiling

TikTok has given rise to the term “hair slugging” and describes it as the process of coating your hair with a hydrating or moisturizing product. Countless users tout the effectiveness of this technique in transforming dry, damaged hair into shiny, silky, hydrated locks. Most use an oil or a leave-in conditioner, covering the hair and allowing it to process. However, this regimen is based on the hair oiling technique South Asian culture has used for centuries.

What Is Hair Oiling?

Hair oiling is an Ayurvedic practice dating back over 3,000 years. It is the process of applying oil to the roots (the main difference between hair oiling and hair slugging) and massaging throughout the roots and ends. By doing so, there is a focus placed on improving the function of the scalp while moisturizing the strands. The beauty of this ritual not only lies in the ability to transform the hair, but the rich South Asian history and the strong bond it creates between generations. For many, hair oiling is a nighttime routine that has been practiced between mother and daughter or grandmother and granddaughter at bedtime. 

How To Recreate The Technique

If you're practicing this on yourself or a loved one, pick quality products dedicated to improving the hair from the inside out. Decide whether you'll use a hair oil or a deep conditioning treatment, and then go from there. While deep conditioning treatments work beautifully, if applied before bedtime, a hair oil will be much easier to sleep in and is closer to the original technique. 

With a Mask

Wella Professionals Fusion range is ideal for damaged or dry hair that needs intense repair. Prep strands with Wella Professionals Fusion Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower, followed by Wella Professionals Fusion Intense Repair Mask to begin hair oiling. 


The Steps:

Using Oil 

Traditionally, hair oiling is a ritual for the hair as well as for the mind. Many recommend turning off lights or lighting a candle to begin. Then, natural oil is applied to the roots and massaged with a relaxing touch. 

The Steps: