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For some beauty essentials—including foundation, hair styling products, and eye makeup—it's worth splurging on the fancy stuff. But when it comes to shampoo, there's really not much difference between high-end brands and drugstore products. Unless you have extremely color-treated or damaged hair, save your money for the big beauty spends and go with one of these great, tried-and-true drugstore shampoos. Here are my top picks.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturizing Shampoo, $6.49 for an 8.45-ounce bottle, available along with brunette and redhead formulations here.

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo Classically Clean, $7 for a 25.4-ounce bottle, available here. (Bonus: Pantene is also supporting a great cause.)

Neutrogena Clean Volume Body Enhancing Shampoo, $4.49 for a 10.1-ounce bottle, available here.

To see the rest,

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo, $3.99 for a 13-ounce bottle, available for a number of different hair types here.

Dove Weightless Moisturizers Moisture Rich Color Shampoo, $3.99 for a 12-ounce bottle, available here.

L'Oreal Vive Pro Style & Body Infusing Shampoo, $4.99 for a 13-ounce bottle, available here.

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flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
oh the great sulfate debate.
jiffenir jiffenir 10 years
I recommend Pureology. No sulphates in the shampoos/conditioners and no testing on animals.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 10 years
John Frieda deff works the best! much better than salon shampoo and conditioners. i used to use bumble and bumble, but it made my hair's texture feel wierd. also pantene is known to give backnee if u dont wash the conditioner off right away, so you can never "deep condition" your hair without breaking out
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I have never found a cheap shampoo and conditioner that works well for my hair. And, it is not overly processed or damaged. I have heard that shampoos are all alike but, not in my experience. It drives my hubby crazy at the money I spend on these 2 products. But, I have seriously have tried the cheap/drug store brands and they never make my hair look good. :?
la_clique la_clique 10 years
I like the JF blonde shampoos, the aussie mega. Pantene and Dove are WAY too heavy and deposit tooo much stuff in my hair. It's very fine and straight. the best conditioner, seriously, is the Philosophy Amazing Grace conditioner. I am addicted.
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
ill check on it and get back to you. i know the company donates proceeds to some charity. crap.
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
there's one kind i love its to manage frizz for people with curly hair..just packed with vitamin e. its a small squat pale yellow bottle with a pale blue top
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
i usually just buy whatever is on sale and is nourishing..cuz my hair is naturally kind of dry..
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
oh crap. i honestly can't remember the name of the brands. let me see if i can find them on wild oats website...
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
siouxsie and vegasbaby, what brands do you recommend? Besides B&B I'm all for organic products, as long as they work well.
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
i buy organic shampoo..ive found i have the least problems with residue that way. if i have to buy a regular brand..i usally do dove or neutrogena...
vegasbaby vegasbaby 10 years
Totally not true. The drugstore brands usually have a LOT of detergent in them. Bad for your hair! Pantene is considered the worst by haridressers. It leaves deposits on your hair, much like silicon serums. Bumble and Bumble Gentle is great. I would never use a drug store brand. icky.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Pantene dries out my hair. I love how it smells though! I use Dove mostly.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
I try so many shampoos but I always end up back with Pantene. But, I feel like it loses its effectiveness if you use it for a long period of time w/o switching it up. My hubs thinks I'm making that up, lol. I recently tried my friend's HealthySexyHair Soy formula shampoo/conditioner. I really liked it! You can get it on, i think.
kixstr8up kixstr8up 10 years
thats funny, john freida makes my hair like silk.
ashycats ashycats 10 years
Is it true that Pantene tests on animals
Aracelly Aracelly 10 years
John Frieda dries out my hair.
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