This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products

Updated 04/24/19

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products
@MayaAlena

Washing my hair is a ritual for me. I never rush through it. I take my time giving myself a scalp massage and generously lathering rich creams on every strand. When I was introduced to the Pantene Gold Series line last year, before even falling in love with the products, I fell in love with the story behind the brand. Pantene Gold Series is a line of products made for women with textured hair. The formulas in the collection were created by 11 black Ph.D. scientists, over 40 hairstylists, and a dermatologist.

And they visited over four countries, including Nigeria and Brazil, to test each product on over 3000 women with textured hair. I appreciated the fact that a mass drugstore brand went the extra mile to create a collection that crafted for women of color, by women of color. 

And look at the final result. 

This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products
@MayaAlenaa

As you can imagine, I couldn't wait to try the products. Hairstylist to the stars Chuck Amos, who has a lineup of A-listers like Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Naomi Campbell, did the honors of blessing my mane with these products for the first time. And let's just say, I am now hooked.

This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products
@MayaAlenaa

These products are made for every kind of textured hair, meaning they work just as well on natural curls, braids, and extensions. I'm wearing extensions at the moment and am forever in awe at how shiny and bouncy my hair is after using these products. My hair regimen with this line is the Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost shampoo, conditioner, and a drop of hair oil and butter cream (more on those specific products later). 

To give you a bit of background on my texture—I have extremely soft hair that easily gets weighed down by heavy products. Oftentimes, I'll test out the fanciest hair products that are made of extremely rich ingredients and find that they weigh down my strands and I lose life and movement in my hair. What I love most about Gold Series is that my hair feels thoroughly hydrated, silky soft, and bouncy. My hair gets oily super fast, and whenever I use this shampoo and conditioner, they rid my hair of dirt and debris and truly revitalize tired-looking strands.

The above photos of my hair are of extensions that I've worn for months—I'm too embarrassed to say exactly how long—but don't they look brand-new? 

Here's a rundown of my Pantene Gold Series hair regimen along with what makes each product so damn magical.

Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo $6
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First, I wash my hair with this moisture-boosting shampoo. It's paraben-free and infused with argan oil, so my hair immediately feels refreshed. It's lightweight enough so it doesn't leave my strands feeling too oily or heavy, but thoroughly moisturized. This product is the start of the shine factor, which really makes this a winning line in my book. 

Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Conditioner $6
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Next, I move on to conditioner, which truly revitalizes my hair when I need a big re-up in the moisture category. It's sulfate-free and full of strengthening conditioning agents that lock onto your hair cuticles for hydrating while repairing damaged, brittle strands. 

Pantene Gold Series Repairing Mask $7
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Since I have such soft hair, I'm super prone to breakage. The flat iron is my friend, but it's been my enemy in the past due to over-heating my hair and causing breakage. Whenever I remove my extensions, I let this repairing mask sit and absorb onto my natural hair for a few hours. It's full of healthy oils and ingredients that bring my hair ultimate softness, shine, and strength. 

Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil $8
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After washing, conditioning, blow-drying, and flat-ironing my strands, I use this oil. It has a serum-like consistency and a little goes a long way. I pump out a drop and scrunch this on to the ends of my hair to strengthen my brittleness and along my hair shaft for added shine.

Pantene Gold Series Hydrating Butter Cream $8
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The last step in my hair routine is dedicated to my edges. When I'm wearing extensions, I like to smooth down my baby hairs and edges with this moisturizing cream that works well on wet or dry hair. I use a boar-bristle brush and drop of this to work it into my hair for a super-sleek finish. 

Head to your local drugstore and cop this affordable collection that'll give you glamorous red carpet hair. Trust me: I'd choose this over any luxury product.

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