The Very Best Budget Shampoo Brands

  • Hair
  • April 26, 2018
  • Updated January 22, 2019
Brunette holding up her hair
Brunette holding up her hair

Gorgeous hair is something we all want, right up there with being thinner, richer and owning more shoes. While the last three 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.

Truth is, you can find some pretty amazing hair and beauty products at Target and Walgreens — and cheaping out on product gives you more to spend on salon visits. (I mean, someone’s got to cover those gray roots for me every six weeks. I’ve tried to do it myself and I’m just not good at it.) If you’re looking for a new budget shampoo brand, here are eight proven options to try.

8 Best Budget Shampoo Brands

1. Pantene Pro-V Smooth and Sleek

Pantene Pro V Shampoo

Pantene takes up a lot of space on the drugstore shelf, and for good reason. It seems there are as many Pantene varieties as there are Jelly Belly flavors. All the Pro-V options are popular, but we love the Smooth and Sleek formula for $6 a bottle. Pantene Pro-V Smooth and Sleek uses a blend of Argan and avocado oils to fight frizz and improve control.

2. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo with Lavender

Johnson's Baby Shampoo with Lavendar

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender makes the grade based on a reader tip. This tried-and-true, sulfate-free formula retails for $4 a bottle on Amazon.

3. Tresemme Moisture Rich

Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo

Tresemme Moisture Rich shampoo consistently gets high marks from shoppers. It uses vitamin E to replenish and soften dry locks, without weighing them down. You can pick up a 28-oz. bottle for $5 at Walgreens.

4. John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery

John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery

For a drugstore product, John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery is a little spendy at $11. But the reviews of this stuff are incredible — users gush on and on about how this shampoo tamed their unruly locks. The consensus amongst reviewers is that the price point is fine, because this shampoo works as promised.

5. Head and Shoulders Classic Clean

Head and Shoulders shampoo

Head and Shoulders Classic Clean sets you back $6 for 13 oz, and leaves your hair with a squeaky clean feel and natural shine. And if you have dry scalp, it’ll help with that too! There is also some evidence that dandruff shampoo can help mitigate hair loss. That’s a nice list of benefits for $6.

6. Garnier Sleek and Shine

Garnier Sleek and Shine Shampoo

I keep Garnier Sleek and Shine shampoo and conditioner in my guest bathroom, and my visitors always appreciate it. I live in the Midwest after all, and sometimes my Cali friends and family aren’t quite prepared for the summer frizz of Missouri. This is a reliable, paraben-free formula that retails for $6.

7. L’Oreal EverPure Repair & Defend

Loreal Everpure Shampoo

Repair & Defend is a newer addition to the L’Oreal EverPure line-up that’s quickly made an impact among budget shampoo buyers. For $7, you get a goji-enhanced formula that strengthens hair and helps it resist damage from sun, water and heat styling.

8. OGX Anti-Hair Fallout Niacin3 + Caffeine Shampoo

OGX Anti Fall out Shampoo

OGX Anti-Hair Fallout is designed to strengthen fine hair, nourish scalp and minimize breakage. And if you’re over 40, you probably like the sound of that. I know I do. Sadly and despite very strong reviews, it seems OGX may have discontinued this one — because it’s no longer on the OGX website. You can still find it at, and Amazon, so you may want to stock up before it disappears forever.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    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.

    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!

    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(

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

    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….


    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.

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

    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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