Don’t believe all of the advertising claims. While it is true that what products you use to clean and style your hair have bearing upon how healthy it will be, you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to get all that slow-mo shine and bounce depicted in the carefully coiffed tresses of commercial variety. And this applies to every type of hair and every condition of hair, across the board.

Ditch the Salon, and Salon Prices
Who doesn’t want to have gorgeous hair? When you remove pricing from picture especially, the almost infinite quantity of shampoo brands appears as daunting. There are a number of ways anyone can successfully narrow down the list, and make choosing a great shampoo easy and seamless, from now on. The first thing to know is that you can find everything you need at your local drugstore. The chief distinction between many salon shampoos and many drugstore shampoos (aside from the price,) is the way they are scented. Substantial independent testing has disproved any correlation between shampoo price and performance. And a pricey scent, to date, has not been found to produce prettier hair.

Now, Some Fact-Culling From the Myths:

  • There is no evidence that a shampoo can protect the (natural or dyed) color of hair.
  • Shampoos sold as volumizers are effective to a certain extent, but to avoid buildup of the boost building ingredients, it should not be used every day.
  • There is no need to spend more than $6 on a shampoo–unless it is a larger size. Any more money you pay for shampoo is literally throwing it away. (Some may need to read this one two or three times.)
  • Everyone should avoid shampoos with sulfates, which are harsh enough to badly damage all hair types. Read the label, and opt for sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Stay away from parabens, as the body processes these as if they were estrogen. The only reason parabens are a shampoo ingredient is to extend its shelf life and to keep the product emulsified. There have been numerous health risks associated with parabens, and on the low end, they can make hair become brittle and dry.

Best Shampoos to Try
While there are many other great choices for all hair types, here, in no particular order, are some of the brands you’re most likely going to find, reasonably priced, at your local drugstore:

  • OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
  • L’Oreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Thickening Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Clarifying Shampoo
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Pure Renewal Shampoo
  • Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Weightless Nourishment Shampoo
  • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo
  • TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo
  • Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
  • Pert Plus Fresh 2 In 1 Shampoo Plus Conditioner With Refreshing Menthol