No matter how much you might spend on it, there's something about shampoo that always feels like the most basic step of your hair routine. After all, sudsing up in the shower just isn't that exciting—it's the masks, hair oils and styling products that bring the fun later. While I am partial to a more expensive shampoo-and-conditioner duo, if you're looking to save some money, this is the place in your hair routine where I often recommend cutting costs, leaving you to invest more in your styling products instead. As a beauty editor, I have tested a lot of shampoos over the years, but while the luxe cleansers often feel great, and smell even better, there are plenty of drugstore shampoos that I use regularly and recommend to my friends who have a plethora of hair types.
Before we get into my favourites, it's important to note that a lot of inexpensive shampoos tend to contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), an ingredient that’s used purely to create that classic shampoo lather. This isn’t an issue for all hair types, as it is effective at removing grease from the hair, but it’s definitely an ingredient to watch out for if you have curly or Afro-textured hair, as it can leave hair looking and feeling drier than when you wash with an SLS-free shampoo.
So if you’re looking for shampoos that are affordable but cleanse amazingly, keep scrolling for 21 of the best drugstore shampoos—all for £13 and under.
The 21 Best Drugstore Shampoos
This shampoo is formulated especially for finer hair textures and is great for soothing sensitive scalps. The lavender is calming, and the lack of silicone in the ingredients list means your hair will feel like its natural texture when it dries rather than weighed down with product.
Whether you’ve dyed your hair brunette or it’s your natural hue, this will help to keep the tone far from brassy. The green neutralises any unwanted red and cools down the base colour.
If your grey or platinum-blonde hair is looking slightly yellowish, then this will knock out any unwanted tones and leave your strands looking bright.
For those who struggle with volume, this shampoo cleanses away any product residue that can weigh hair down. The texture is lightweight too, so once dried (if followed with the Volume Boost Bodifying Conditioner), your hair will look bouncier.
Of the range from super stylist George Northwood, this is the most crowd-pleasing shampoo that works for most hair types. Ingredients include fermented minerals and sugar beet, which help with strengthening and moisture retention for all-round healthy hair.
For coily hair, this is a good option as a clarifying wash that doesn’t completely strip the hair of moisture thanks to the shea butter.
This shampoo is for anyone who has anything from a slight wave to a coil. When rinsed, hair feels noticeably softer and curls look defined.
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