Be gentle to your hair rather than just spending more money

Hair products don’t need to be expensive. Many of the problems that people have with their hair are created by washing too often with water that’s too hot. Using a drugstore shampoo can be all you need. I’ve used the final product listed for some time with my color treated hair. My color holds. My hair’s in good condition. Life is good.

The best of the best drugstore shampoos for every hair type—and not one is more than $10

Tehrene Firman

Tehrene Firman, December 14, 2019


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There’s really no need to spend a fortune on expensive shampoos when you have a drugstore right around the corner. Yep, the place that carries some of your favorite affordable makeup products also has an impressive hair product selection, including stellar shampoo options for every hair type.

Whether you have curls for days, fine hair that could use some volume, or oiliness you can’t seem to get rid of, these are some of the best drugstore shampoos.

The best drugstore shampoos for every hair type

best drugstore shampoos

1. Fine, straight hair

Product: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo for Fine Hair, $6

If you have fine, flat hair that’s lacking volume, this shampoo will help. Instead of weighing your hair down, it boosts it up.

2. Kinky, curly hair

Product: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo, $8

If you rock natural curls or waves, this shampoo is loaded with quality ingredients—including Jamaican black castor oil—that protects your strands and restores moisture and shine.

3. Thick hair

Product: OGX Extra Strength Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil Shampoo, $6

Especially great for thick to course hair, this coconut oil-based option moisturizes, repairs, and softens your strands.

best drugstore shampoos

4. Dry hair

Product: Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care Dandruff Shampoo, $7

If you’re always dealing with a dry hair (especially during the cold winter months!), grab this shampoo that moisturizes your scalp and strands to remove oil and flakes and calm itchiness. Extra bonus: It’s infused with eucalyptus, so it smells amazing.

5. Curly, frizzy hair

Product: Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Sulfate-Free and Silicone-Free Shampoo, $3

If you have curly hair that tends to get frizzy, try this option that keeps your spirals smooth and tamed.

best drugstore shampoos

6. Oily hair

Product: Aveeno Scalp Soothing Apple Cider Vinegar Blend Shampoo, $7

Apple cider vinegar is especially great for those with oily hair, and this sulfate- and paraben-free option will keep your hair healthy from root to tip.

7. Damaged hair

Product: Love Beauty and Planet Shampoo and Conditioner for Damaged Hair, $7

If you’re dealing with hair damage, this shampoo is extra moisturizing to help nourish and prevent breakage.

best drugstore shampoos

8. Color-treated hair

Product: L’Oreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, $7

It doesn’t matter what color you dye your hair. This shampoo helps keep it moisturized, vibrant, and fade-free for up to 60 days.

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