If you’ve been a long time fan of Babe’s blogs, you’ve probably already heard us tell you a thousand times, “Only use sulfate-free products!” Not only do they benefit your hair extensions by extending their life, they’re also beneficial to your natural hair. Most sulfate-free shampoos won’t remove the natural oils your natural hair and scalp produce, which they need to keep both of them healthy. But did you know you could be over-shampooing your hair?

You should only be washing your hair extensions 2–3 times a week. However, if your hair is curly or wavy and therefore have had curly or wavy hair extensions installed, washing your hair once a week is perfect. Over-shampooing your hair removes the nourishing oils that are key to keeping your natural hair healthy and shiny. As for your hair extensions, they don’t receive the oils your scalp produces, so over washing can really strip them of the moisture they have. If you can’t handle fewer washes and have fine hair, you could rinse your hair with just warm water in between washes. If you have fine hair, washing your hair with too much conditioner isn’t a good idea because it tends to weigh fine hair down.

Because your scalp and strands can get oily, we recommend using a dry shampoo between washes to absorb excess oil. If you haven’t tried Babe’s Dry Shampoo, you really should. It’s a big hit and a best seller. The scent is soft and won’t leave your hair sticky or powdery like some dry shampoos do.

Moral of the story—cut back on your shampoo. But just because you’re skipping the shampoo doesn’t mean you can’t wet your hair. Rinsing with conditioner or warm water is still fine (especially after a hardcore workout). And don’t forget, dry shampoo should be one of your best friends!

Have a shampoo or hair extension question? Ask us, we’d love to help out!