What is the best shampoo for the money? Let’s face it, there are tons of choices and price points. For the longest time I was a shampoo snob only buying $15 bottles. But guess what? Experts say generally speaking, the $3- $5 shampoos work every bit as effectively as a $20 shampoo. WHAT? I also learned that it’s more important to put your money into a good conditioner.
Let’s take a look:
You can pay as little as $1 for a 12- to 15-ounce bottle of Suave. If that’s your budget, it’s not a bad bet, but I prefer others. I do however like the Suave Kids 2 in 1 Hair Smoothers shampoo and many parents swear buy it. The price is around $2.49, but it often goes on sale and you can find coupons.
For adults, I personally like the new Alberto VO5’s new Salon Series Professional Hair Care Line as it is priced right at $2.59, plus they have a great coupon right now for $1.00 off! Another one that I get a general thumbs up on is Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo for around $3.99.
I love it when Pantene Pro-V goes on sale as its a good shampoo, but is priced around $5.99. So I only buy this on sale and with a coupon! I have also discovered Brazilian Keratin Therapy which runs about $5.49. It calms down my frizz a lot and I like the smell, but I only buy it when my store offers them for Buy One Get one Free as there are other shampoos that do just as well for less money.
Other good options include Garnier Fructis or TRESemme in the $5 to $6 range. These go on sale often, so use some coupons and you can get it for the same price as VO5.
I did a lot of my research on some of the top shampoos for the money based on reviews and voting. Here are some rankings from Cheapism, which I tend to agree on a few:
Best Clarifying Shampoo: Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo
Best Everyday Shampoo: Garnier Fructis Fortifying Daily Care
Best Moisturizing Shampoo: Aussie Moist Shampoo for $3.99
Best Everyday Shampoo: Garnier Fructis Fortifying Daily Care for $3.99
Total Beauty weighed in on the shampoo vote, here are some of the choices:
Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo, $3.99
Infusium (Moisture)ologie Shampoo, $6.49
Here are some other suggestions I found on Daily Finance:
Hydrating shampoos and conditioners:
• Mass Pick: If you like Oribe, try Dove’s Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Careshampoo and conditioner for about $4.49 per 12-ounce bottle.
For color-treated hair:
• Mass Pick: If your budget can’t justify Kerastase, Herbal Essences Color Me Happy shampoo and conditioner for about $4 per 12-ounce bottle.
For damaged hair:
• Mass Pick: TIGI’s low-price counterpart is Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Breakage Defense shampoo and conditioner, which sells for about $6 per 8.5-ounce bottle.
Of course, not everyone responds the same way to personal care products, so what proves gentle and effective for one person may not work for others.