Best Budget Shampoo: Reader Advice

Gorgeous hair is something we all want, right up there with being thinner, richer and owning more shoes. While the latter aren’t always attainable, great hair is. We love salon-quality shampoos as much as the next beauty junkie, but for something a little easier on our wallets we head to our nearest drugstore.

  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V leaves our locks clean, healthy and smooth, all for less than $5 a bottle.

    So what’s your favorite budget shampoo? Please answer below…

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    1. EmilyKennedy says

      I am really digging on John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo right now.  I have stick straight hair that grows slowly.  This shampoo, plus eating pumpkin seeds from time to time, are my budget methods for encouraging hair growth.

    2. Zina1017 says

      I love using Pantene!  I’ve been using it for years, and my stylist tells me that my hair is the healthiest of all her clients!

    3. Chessmont says

      I love when my Costco has the huge bottles of Pantene (Always Smooth?  is that the name?) shampoo and conditioner; the price is really right for a large amount.  I find when I use this conditioner I don’t even need any ‘product’ to blow-dry my hair to a nice smooth ‘do.  Then the next day I typically don’t have to wash it again, as it is not gooped up with styling product.  Unfortunately, you never know when/if Costco will have it, and last trip, they didn’t :o(

    4. Shame says

      Pantene Pro-V Hydrating Curls is actually my shampoo/conditioner of choice. Glad to see that I’m getting bang for my buck!

    5. morgan.2004 says

      I switched over from Aveda color conserve, to believe it or not, suave for brunettes.  I am very pleasantly suprised.  I honestly cant tell the difference.  I’m sticking with suave….

    6. sentimentalbrowneyes says

      My favorite is Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream ($12) but one time I ran out of it and when I’m out of it I borrow my son’s Johnson’s Baby Lavender Shampoo ($5) and it works just as well. Both don’t have the harsh sulfates most shampoos contain.

    7. LegacyOfPearl says

      John Frieda no frizz products are my favorite. I like the conditioner better than the shampoo.

    8. MissGraceSmith says

      My best “budget” Shampoo is e-sen-cia by Samy Volumizing Shampoo (and Conditioner). It works as well (or better) than a lot of the salon brands I have tried. Plus, it is 96.3% Natural! I have thin/fine hair and it gives me volume and shine which is hard to find in a natural product and also drug store brand (found mine at Walgreens). Plus the Mandrine Grapefruit & Oranges fill the bathroom with that great fragrance when I shower! I love it!

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