Best Drugstore Shampoos

Best Drugstore Shampoos

See the hair care products from brands like Neutrogena, Pantene, Herbal Essences and more our readers love to lather up with

Shampoo is a category TotalBeauty.com readers feel very passionate about, which will become clear as you peruse these glowing reviews of their favorite shampoos. But the icing on the cake is that these products are all from the drugstore -- and many are under five bucks, no joke. If you feel compelled to run out and shop after reading this, do it! At least you won't have to feel guilty.

No. 19: Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo, $3.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5*
Why it's great: This great-smelling shampoo "cleans the gunk out of my hair, and rinses clean," says one reader. It "makes my hair soft and shiny without making it oily," explains another reviewer. Another reader says, this "product has given me the best body for my very thin hair without weighing it down." One reviewer who previously had "limp, frizzy, long hair" says that after using this shampoo "it feels thicker and healthier than before."

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No. 18: Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness, $3.29
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5*
Why it's great: This is one reader's "favorite shampoo so far for eliminating frizz and flyaways - and at a bargain price!" This creamy lather shampoo "didn't leave any buildup on my hair and it left it so soft and luscious, and it smelled amazing," says one reader. Another reviewer loves that it doesn't strip her hair, and that it "made my hair feel silky smooth, manageable, and soft."

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No. 17: Suave Professionals Volumizing Shampoo, $3.55
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6*
Why it's great: One reader loves that this shampoo leaves "no buildup, plumped my hair, and it washed out with no wax left behind." The shampoo gave another reader "the perfect amount of volume and my hair is beautifully soft." Another reader says that it gives, "shine to fine hair, and has a wonderful light scent." "This gives you that extra bounce and volume for a really low price!" sums up one reviewer

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No. 16: Tresemme Color Revitalize Shampoo, $3.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6*
Why it's great: One reader who dyes her hair red says the shampoo "really helps control fade and washout of my color. Gives me more time between trips to the salon!" Another reviewer who highlights her hair blonde "can't live without it!" This shampoo keeps one reader's "color rich and full of shine." Plus, "it smells awesome."

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No. 15: Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo, $2.97
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6*
Why it's great: One reader who dyes her hair darker regularly says, "it cleans wonderfully, but it doesn't make my hair dry. It leaves my hair soft, and oh-so shiny! It even preserves my hair color." Another reviewer says, "it moisturizes better than their hydrating shampoos." If you're concerned about fading from UV rays, another reader explains, "it keeps my hair color rich looking when I go in the sun."

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No. 14: Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo, $2.98
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.7*
Why it's great: Reviewers call this "much-needed therapy in a bottle." One reader says, "my hair went from seriously fried to manageable in a week's time." Another reader "couldn't believe how soft and silky my usually frizzy hair felt. It is a keeper." One reviewer says, "rinses clean and leaves hair surprisingly untangled ... my thin, weak hair really does feel softer and stronger," while another claims it is "the best shampoo I have ever used."

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No. 13: L'Oréal Paris Vive Pro Hydra Gloss Moisturizing Shampoo, $4.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6*
Why it's great: This "drugstore gem," according to one reader, "lathers up great and is free of sodium lauryl sulfate and silicones." Another reviewer says, "I have very long, thick, wavy hair and this shampoo makes my hair smooth and shiny without taking away the volume. 10/10!" One reader fell in "love at first sniff" because "it makes my hair feel soft and silky." As another reader explains, "this is the most gentle shampoo you can buy at the drugstore."

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No. 12: Head & Shoulders Citrus Breeze Shampoo, $6.27
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.7*
Why it's great: One reader says "the scent is very refreshing and it makes me feel clean and fresh." Another reader explains, "It fixed [my dandruff] problem in one wash ... not only does it keep your head moisturized, but it gives your hair tons of shine!" "I use it every day and my hair never looks oily (which is amazing considering how light colored my hair is)," says one reviewer. Bottom line, "it works wonders, smells great, and doesn't leave residue in your hair."

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No. 11: Aveeno Nourish + Moisturize Shampoo, $7.49
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.7*
Why it's great: One reviewer writes that her hair feels "unbelievable -- softer, and doesn't have that dry, crunchy feeling anymore. I have EXTREMELY dry hair with split ends, and if this can help my hair, it can help anybody!" Another reader was impressed that it "gave my hair a nice shine, and my hair looks more healthy and moisturized! It has a very pleasant light scent also." As one reader explains, "it does wonders for your hair."

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No. 10: L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hair Care Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo, $4.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8*
Why it's great: A reader who uses this shampoo says it shortened her styling time by half, because her hair "feels like silk, so smooth and smells very nice...it really allows me to show off my natural waves without a head full of frizz." Another reader loves the repairing quality, saying "this shampoo cleans without stripping, makes my fine hair full but with great shine and manageability." The "creamy texture" shampoo has a scent that "isn't overpowering [and] it lathered well," explains another reader.

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No. 9: Tresemme Smooth and Silky Shampoo, $5.19
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.3*
Why it's great: Reviewers "simply love this shampoo" and say the smoothing formula "eliminates fly-aways" and "does exactly what it says it does ... makes your hair smooth and silky." "I don't even need to condition anymore," one reader says of its moisturizing ability. Another adds that it's "easy to style hair afterwards."

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No. 8: John Frieda Full Repair Body Shampoo, $6.49
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.9*
Why it's great: Reviewers call this one of the most impressive shampoos they've ever used. One reviewer with extremely curly hair explains "my hair was soft, shiny, and manageable, not only that my color looked fantastic." Another reviewer says it left "my dull, flat dry hair looking so full and soft." One reviewer calls this a "miracle in a bottle" and explains that it can "put the oomph back into your hair, give you some sexy bounce, and repair desperate locks."

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No. 7: John Frieda Hydrate Nourish Shampoo for Dry Scalp and Breakage Prone Hair, $6.49
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.9*
Why it's great: One reader deems this product "a good, gentle shampoo with no residue." Another reader explains that the shampoo "gives hair great volume and root lift" and "noticed a better scalp since I started using." It "lathers and cleans extremely well without drying out my colored/damaged hair" adds another reviewer. Overall, "my hair not only looks healthier, but it feels healthy! It is incredibly soft and shiny," says another reviewer.

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No. 6: Aussie You Can Shine, $3.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.9*
Why it's great: The citrus scent is "just delicious," says one reviewer, and "it lathers a LOT and I have noticed that my hair is shinier." Another adds that this "hair life-saver" makes her hair "very soft, bright, and full of life." A reader who has "curly, coarse, dry, frazzled hair" calls the transformation "astonishing" after using the shampoo and recommends the product to anyone "looking for super soft hair (even after just ONE use)."

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No. 5: Head and Shoulders Extra Volume Shampoo, $5.79
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.0*
Why it's great: For people with the average case of dandruff, "this is very moisturizing and gives your hair lift and shine while controlling the dandruff, " explains one reader. Another reader loves how her hair feels "clean and voluminous" after use. After one reader used the product, "everybody asked what I had done to my hair because it looked so shiny and thick."

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No. 4: Pantene Age Defy Shampoo, $7.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.2*
Why it's great: One reviewer claims, "my hair has never looked or felt better. It's dyed and dry but it is shiny and soft after I use this." Another reviewer "could tell the difference after one wash. The smell was nice and my hair felt really soft [with] a healthy shine." As one reviewer explains, "it made my hair look beautiful ... worth every penny."

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No. 3: Pantene Color Preserve Smooth Shampoo, $4.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.4*
Why it's great: One newly dyed redhead (which is "notoriously difficult to maintain") explained that this product "helps my color last longer than indicated on the box! I don't get split ends and my hair is left soft and radiant." Another reviewer adds, "my naturally wavy hair looks smoother, and my color looks great and lasts." One reader who highlights her hair explains, "my hair color stays vibrant and not brassy, and it doesn't dry out your hair or scalp. It's very gentle and smells great!"

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No. 2: Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo, $4.79
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.4*
Why it's great: This shampoo can make "limp, damaged, and color-treated hair soft and silky," says one reader. "It's a perfect ten!" says another, who adds, "my hair was completely nourished and balanced. I looked like I just walked out of a salon." The lightly almond coconut-scented shampoo "cleaned and moisturized my waves" says a reviewer who has thick and dry hair.

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No. 1: Aveeno Nourish + Volumize Shampoo, $6.99
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.4*
Why it's great: One reviewer writes that her "hair felt much healthier than when using expensive salon brands." Another reviewer adds, "no other shampoo I have tried has given my hair such volume." This product has a "very light, pleasant floral scent," and it "doesn't weigh my hair down, leaves my hair feeling clean," says another. To sum it up, one reviewer says, "it's excellent for those who want long-lasting volume! Definitely recommend this."

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I need a good shampoo for color treated hair that won't strip the color

by EricaF123 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 02:06PM Report as inappropriate

I may need to get the Suave for kids shampoo.

by Monique3 Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 07:56AM Report as inappropriate

I like nexxus

by LittleBunny Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 08:37PM Report as inappropriate

None of these sounded too exciting for me.

by Chris213 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 07:39AM Report as inappropriate

I like to use Dove shampoo! it really gives life to your damaged hair!

by heidihannibal33 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 04:43PM Report as inappropriate

The Pro naturals line is the best. All of the products use argan oil which is the most beneficial natural oil of them all. Not greasy and VERY good for dry, damaged or frizzy hair. I got the shampoo from "beyas" and I'm considering getting the argan oil on it's own :)

by mary_jacobs Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 08:22PM Report as inappropriate

awesome

by Nicole2814 Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 07:19PM Report as inappropriate

Giovanni and Jason are the only brands I'd consider on this list.

by TBjunkie Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 12:23AM Report as inappropriate

COOL

by Nicole2814 Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 08:58PM Report as inappropriate

Very helpful to show more commonly found products and nice format that is more readable than the slides on other articles!

by lazorc Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 08:40PM Report as inappropriate

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