10 Bargain Shampoos That Make Your Hair Feel Like a Million Bucks
The best hair days start in the shower -- with a good shampoo. But that doesn't mean you have to shell out big bucks for a fancy formula. We found amazing shampoos that will leave hair silkier, smoother, and bouncier -- all for a steal.
Good news for the budget-conscious beauty. The drugstore right now is rife with top-performing shampoos that cost less than your monthly Netflix subscription -- you just have to know what to shop for. The golden rule: Choose one that's made for your specific hair type because one formula rarely fits all. Need a cheat sheet? We got clean in the name of research to bring you the best bargain washes for your mane concern.
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Try: Clear Hydration Fix Shampoo ($6, clearhaircare.com)
Why we like it: Like a good face cream, a hydrating shampoo should make your scalp and hair feel soft and moisturized but not greasy. This creamy formula contains aloe and marine ingredients that hydrate hair without feeling heavy.
Try: Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo ($5, herbalessences.com)
Why we like it: The clear shampoo is made without any silicones, conditioning ingredients that can leave behind residue. Hair is super-clean and full of body -- no greasy roots.
Try: Suave Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo ($4, suave.com)
Why we like it: This formula contains argan oil, a hair-smoothing, shine-boosting ingredient that you'll typically find in many high-end lines with a heftier price tag.
Try: Dove Daily Moisture ($5, walmart.com)
Why we like it: It's the Goldilocks of shampoos: not too rich, not too light. This one is just right for normal, medium-maintenance hair.
Try: Infusium Repair and Renew Shampoo ($6, walmart.com)
Why we like it: It's made with hydrating argan oil; plus, keratin helps protect fragile strands from breakage. The combo leaves hair incredibly soft but strong.
Try: OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Shampoo ($8, ulta.com)
Why we like it: Curly hair can use all the moisture it can get. This rich cleanser contains coconut oil and honey to keep frizz-prone spirals smooth, soft, and defined.
Try: L'Oréal Hair Expertise EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo ($7, lorealparisusa.com).
Why we like it: Sulfates, strong detergents used in shampoos, can fade your hue fast. But without the foam they create, hair doesn't always feel clean. This super-gentle cleanser leaves out the harsh suds but still works up into a rich lather.
Try: Head and Shoulders Nourishing Hair and Scalp Care Shampoo ($5, target.com)
Why we like it: It contains pyrithione zinc, an ingredient that fights the fungus that causes dandruff, but it also contains calming and sweet-smelling lavender, so the shampoo doesn't seem so medicinal.
Try: Shea Moisture Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Co-Wash ($12, target.com)
Why we like it: Coarse hair is naturally dry -- even the act of shampooing can dehydrate it. This sulfate-free cleansing conditioning deposits intense moisturizing ingredients as it gently washes away dirt and product buildup.
Try: Pantene Sheer Volume Shampoo ($4, target.com)
Why we like it: The goal of a volumizing shampoo is to get hair super-clean and free from all product residue, so it has a lot of body and bounce. This formula does just that.