Lather Up: The Best Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners for Your Hair Type

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When it comes to washing your hair, using a shampoo and conditioner is a given. Shampoos typically do all the dirty work, like dislodging buildup and cleansing your scalp and roots. Conditioners, on the other hand, restore moisture and aid in detangling. However, not all formulas are created equal—and they don’t need to be expensive either. Depending on your needs and your hair type, you’ll want a duo that works with your hair and is friendly on your wallet.

Ahead, explore our picks of the best drugstore shampoos and conditioners for every hair type.

Best Overall: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo

Bring back the bounce with this intensive, hydrating formula. While it quenches thirsty hair, it also gently cleanses—and doubles up as a body wash to keep your cleansing routine as streamlined as possible. The tropical coconut scent alone will convert you, but what we love most is that it’s free of parabens and mineral oil.

Pair it with the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best for Oily Hair: Tea Tree Special Shampoo

If you have oily roots like I do, you’re probably washing your hair frequently to get rid of the gunk. This purifying formula features tea tree oil, an antifungal and antibacterial essential oil that stimulates and clarifies the scalp. 

Pair it with the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best for Dry Hair: Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Wash

Blueberry extract, the star ingredient, does everything from strengthening your strands to protecting the hair cuticle. Because blueberries are a natural antioxidant, they also help to stimulate the scalp to encourage healthy hair growth. Plus, reviewers report that their hair feels softer and bouncier after use.

Pair it with the Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner (view at Target) for the best results.

Best for Fine Hair: OGX Biotin & Collagen Extra Strength Volumizing Shampoo

Get a boost of volume with plumping bamboo fiber and collagen—two key ingredients in providing lift and fullness to your hair. The formula also includes well-known biotin, so you’re one wash closer to healthier hair. 

Pair it with OGX Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Conditioner (view on Amazon) for the best results.

Best for Curly Hair: Pantene Pro-V Curl Perfection Shampoo

This antioxidant shampoo helps to give curly hair definition and hydration—two important things that every curly person craves. Plus, reviewers note that their hair felt smoother after use, but not heavy, thanks to the lightweight formula.

Pair it with Pantene Pro-V Curl Perfection Conditioner (view at Walmart) for the best results.

Best Hydrating: Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo

This reparative formula specifically targets dry, dull strands by returning moisture to them—thanks to ultra-hydrating aloe leaf juice. One reviewer notes that while it did moisturize her hair, it didn’t weigh it down, which is a huge plus for those with thicker, heavier tresses.

Pair it with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hydrating Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best for Frizz: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Pro Collection Shampoo

For persistent frizz and flyaways, look to this keratin-infused shampoo to smooth every single strand. With the addition of marula oil, a hydrator and smoother, this formula will help you achieve a silky, shiny result.

Pair it with TRESemme Keratin Smooth Pro Collection Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best for Color-Treated Hair: Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse

At times, color-treated hair can feel dry and lifeless. To remedy that, this rinse cleanses your scalp with ginger root and restores moisture with aniseed oil. If you have thicker hair, section it out and apply it to each section one-by-one.

Pair it with the Camille Rose Naturals Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard (view at Sally Beauty) for the best results.

Best for Coarse Hair: L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo

As someone who bleaches and heat styles her hair, this repairing shampoo works extra hard to keep my hair healthy. Formulated with proteins and ceramides, it targets everything from split ends to dryness to rough textures. The best part is how well it cleans my oily scalp and roots.

Pair it with L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best for Natural Hair: Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo

Derived from raw natural black soap, this formula dives deep to clear buildup for a clean scalp—which means healthier hair. Reviewers love how effectively it cleansed their scalp, without drying it out. 

Pair with Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best Clarifying: Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo

Powerful enough to remove hard water minerals, this shampoo will get your hair to its cleanest state. It features sea kelp and mandarin orange extract, which helps give your strands and roots a deep clean—especially if you experience a lot of buildup.

Pair it with Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner (view at Amazon) for the best results.

Best Strengthening: Pantene Nutrient Blends Fortifying Damage Repair Shampoo

Strong strands, here you come. Nutrient-rich and packed with vitamins, this formula takes weak hair and transforms it. Ideal for color-treated hair, especially bleached hair, this mighty and gentle shampoo cleanses just as powerfully as it repairs.

Pair it with Pantene Nutrient Blends Repair With Castor Oil Conditioner (view at Walmart) for the best results.

Best for Dandruff: Dove DermaCare Scalp Anti Dandruff Shampoo

Suffering from dandruff? Relief is here. While other formulas can potentially strip an already sensitive scalp, this one nourishes it instead. Coconut and shea butter work together to deliver moisture, while active pyrithione zinc targets the flaking.

Pair it with Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti Dandruff Conditioner (view at Walmart) for the best results.

Best Detangling: SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Detangling Shampoo

When it comes to this shampoo, reviewers share the same sentiment: It’s incredibly moisturizing. Full of hydrators like cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter, this formula is a great detangler, but also perfect for shrinkage-prone hair as it helps to lengthen and loosen especially tight curls.

Pair it with SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Rinse Out or Leave-In Conditioner (view at Walgreens) for best results.

Best Co-Wash: Miss Jessie's Don’t Want No Suds Conditioning Co-Wash Cleanser

Cleanse and condition in one step with this gentle co-wash formula. Described as a cream cleanser, a co-wash is a great way to wash your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Simply apply a generous amount to wet hair and massage the scalp in circular motions to remove residue. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb and rinse.

Pair it with Miss Jessie’s Creme De La Creme (view at Walmart) for the best results.

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