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You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent shampoo. I've done the research and am sharing with you the very best shampoos and conditioners for under $15.
Best for Normal Hair: Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner
If you have normal to dry hair and you're looking for a decent drugstore shampoo, you can't go wrong with Pantene's Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and accompanying conditioner.
Best for Dry Hair: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner
Looking for a wonderful, basic drugstore shampoo and conditioner for your dry, coarse or frizzy hair? This is a great bet. Super creamy and super moisturizing, it gets fantastic reviews online for keeping the frizz at bay. Use it in tandem with a leave-in or weekly deep conditioning treatment.
Best Sulfate-Free: Alba Botanical Hawaiian Shampoo
Sulfates in shampoos have become highly controversial. Sulfates are the ingredients in shampoo that cause the shampoo to lather. We've come to assume that the better the shampoo lathers, the better the shampoo is, however, some people disagree. There are claims that some people are allergic to sulfates. Others claim that sulfates may be cancer-causing chemicals.
Best for Fine Hair: Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
Pantene is a great drugstore brand. This shampoo and conditioner will clean fine hair without causing build-up.
Best for Color Treated Hair: John Frieda Shampoo
John Frieda makes decent shampoos for color-treated hair. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Color (pictured here), is a fan favorite. It creates volume while protecting your color investment.
Best for Oily Hair: Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo is very popular and best for limp, oily hair. It's touted to remove up to 70% of dulling residue caused by shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. It's best used between washings with your regular shampoo, not as an everyday shampoo. Try it once a week or so. Note that clarifying shampoos are not suitable for color-treated hair.
Runner-Up, Best for Damaged Hair: Klorane Revitalizing and Strengthening Shampoo
Alexa Chung plugged this shampoo in her interview with my favorite blog, Into the Gloss. I looked it up, and it gets pretty darn good reviews. It's a French brand and, according to Klorane, it's formulated to strengthen weakened hair.
Best Leave-In Conditioner: It's A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin
Use a nickel-sized amount of "It's a 10" with a dime-size blob of your favorite sculpting gel on towel-pressed hair (never rub hair if you have a tendency for frizz or you have curly hair). Then dry with a blow-dryer or let air dry.