There was lots of talk about face slugging in recent months, and now the same exercise is being touted for your hair. Hair slugging is the process of moisturizing your hair with oil and other leave-in conditioning products and tucking then it into a cap overnight for ultimate hydrating and repair. The results are silky smooth locks that look shiny and renewed like never before. Give your hair some tender loving care with these five hair slugging products. —Jennifer Cox
The Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Mask from L’Oreal Professionnel ($40, available at hair salons) is ideal for very damaged hair. This mask is infused with gold quinoa and protein to instantly resurface and restore all hair types, and despite its thick deep-nourishing effects, it is a surprisingly lightweight formula. It leaves hair seven times shinier and smooth.
The soul food nourishing mask from amika ($16-48) is ideally suited for all hair types. The ultra-luxurious hair mask is rich and creamy but never weighs hair down, and it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients to condition the hair. You’ll love how soft and smooth your hair will feel after using this!
Bumble and Bumble’s Semisumo ($36) is a high-shine pomade that can help fight frizz, create definition, and give subtle hold for elegant, polished looks. It is also a great product to use when hair slugging because it contains moisturizing microcrystalline wax, beeswax, and canola and coconut oils, so when applied to the ends of hair before bed, it can heal and hydrate while you sleep.
The Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask from Briogeo ($51) was the 2021 Allure Readers’ Choice Award for Best Conditioner, and there’s a reason why: This deep conditioning hair mask for damaged hair is scientifically proven to decrease hair breakage after just two uses! It is also derived of 97% natural ingredients, it’s vegan, and it’s cruelty-free. You even get free samples with your order.
For ultimate hair detoxifying and deep conditioning, there’s the blue tansy reparative mask from adwoa ($36). This creamy, emollient mask contains plant protein extracts that prevent breakage and help seal highly porous hair. Incredible natural ingredients such as Moroccan lava clay, blue tansy flower oil, and spirulina extract work to aid in detangling and reduce frizz while upping the shine factor. And for those with ringlets, this mask will even improve curl definition.