The Best Under-$15 Shampoos and Conditioners for Your Hair Type

Updated 09/27/18

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Every time I forget my shampoo and conditioner when I travel, I dread using the hotel's selection. It doesn't matter how nice or fancy the hotel is; usually, they just end up making my hair look and feel blah. The point? Having the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair matters (in the relative scheme of the world).

And luckily, finding the right products for your hair type doesn't always mean dropping $60 on a fancy shampoo (though, if that's your jam, you do you). So we rounded up the best drugstore shampoos and conditioners for every hair type. Check them out below. 

Garnier Fructis Moisture Lock Shampoo $5

Best for: dry hair 

This shampoo is formulated with cactus extract, which is basically a superstar ingredient that helps your hair hold onto moisture.  

Coconut Miracle Oil Conditioner
OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Conditioner $9

Best for: damaged hair

When you're having a major SOS split-end moment, call upon this coconut oil–infused conditioner.  

Cantu Shea Butter Hydrating Cream Conditioner $5

Best for: curly hair

Shea butter is the key ingredient in this thick, creamy conditioner that's formulated specifically for curly, kinky, and wavy hair.  

L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo $4

Best for: color-treated hair 

This shampoo smells great and keeps color shiny and bright—all for less than the cost of a Moon Juice. 

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Drink It Up Coconut Milk Shampoo $10 $7

Best for: wavy hair

Coconut milk, calendula, and aloe bring essential moisture to hair without weighing it down. Note: It doesn't contain sulfates, so don't expect a big lather. 

Brandless Green Tea & Aloe Moisturizing Conditioner $3

Best for: any hair type

This gluten-free, vegan, cruelty-free conditioner is a solid (and thrifty) option for all hair types. 



L'Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo Sulfate Free $7

Best for: blonde hair 

This is a great lavender shampoo that prevents blonde tresses from turning brassy. 

John Freida Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner $7

Best for: fine hair 

Finding a conditioner that is moisturizing but also won't weigh down fine hair is kind of a miracle, no? 

Dove Nutritive Solutions Shampoo Daily Moisture $4

Best for: thick hair

This shampoo is super conditioning, making it ideal for thick hair that needs added moisture. 


Kristin Ess Frizz Management Cleansing Conditioner $14

Best for: curly or frizzy hair 

This cleansing conditioner from celeb stylist Kristin Ess's eponymous line is perfect for hydrating parched hair while also smoothing it. 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo $12

Best for: dry, curly hair

Shea butter and black castor oil are a dynamic moisturizing duo. 

Acure Mega Moisture Conditioner $10 $7

Best for: heat-damaged hair 

An intensely moisturizing conditioner for those of us who heat-style our hair every day. 

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Conditioner $5

Best for: fine to medium hair

Expect soft, silky, shiny hair after washing with this argan oil–infused shampoo. 

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo $7

Best for: dull hair

Make your hair shine like it's being Kirakira-ed thanks to this nourishing shampoo.  

TRESemme Expert Selection Repair & Protect 7 Shampoo
Tresemmé Expert Selection Repair & Protect 7 Shampoo $6

Best for: split ends

A few washes with this $6 shampoo will help your damaged ends look so much healthier. 

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