Drugstore Shampoo & Conditioners for All Hair Types
With the season of Autumn upon us, it is a great time to start reviewing your hair care and figuring out which products work best for you. After the summer holidays and beach parties draining our funds choosing between prioritising quality products and not breaking the bank can seem impossible. For most of us, navigating the shampoo and conditioner isle can be the most daunting, planting the questions “which products should I stay away from?” and “is this going to leave my hair greasy?”. One of the most important factors in choosing the best shampoo and conditioner for you is your hair type - curly, straight or coily. We cannot change it, but we can embrace it and nourish it.
Straight hair, although the simplest to manage, can still come with a variety of challenges. Fine hair can cling to the head and thick, dense strands can carry too much weight to hold curls longer than 15 minutes. Creating texture and grit for straight hair is one of the most common quests. A great shampoo to remove grease and create volume is the Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower shampoo from Love Beauty and Planet. Whilst the shampoo does contain sodium laureth sulphate, a mild cleansing agent, this is not to be confused with sodium lauryl sulphate which is widely known to be damaging to our bodies. For added texture they also carry the Volume & Bounty Day 2 Dry Shampoo which leaves a little grit (with no residue) for that cool girl vibe. To boot, this brand does an excellent job of making sustainable options easy and affordable for us. Their conditioners contain a “fast rinse technology” which helps the formula break down quicker to reduce your water time.
For those of you skewing toward minimalism and a package-free lifestyle, the Hair-O shampoo and conditioner bars are the perfect addition to your shelf.
For curly hair the problems become more complex, with a lot more restrictions on products and ingredients. During the winter months dryness notably attaches itself to curly hair and causes breakage, thinning and limpness. With this hair type it is extremely important to have a shampoo which is both gentle, not stripping the hair of it’s natural oils, but also removes dirt and buildup on the scalp. Umberto Giannini have recently launched their new Curly Jelly Wash shampoo which aims to cleanse and define your hair for ‘crunch free’ curls. Even better, this shampoo is vegan friendly and cruelty-free.
To combat dryness by locking in moisture, a great conditioner is the Bamboo and Sea Kelp Conditioner from Kind Natured with over 97% of ingredients straight from natural sources. If you have little ones Kind Natured hold a kids range with a fantastic 2-in-1 detangling shampoo which helps to keep the tears away!
Coily hair tends to have very fine strands which makes them the most susceptible to heat, weather and mechanical damage. These delicate coils can wrap around each other intertwining to form small knots extremely easily. This means a lightweight shampoo and conditioner which detangles is ideal as a foundation. One of the best and most accessible companies for this type of hair is Shea Moisture. Their wide range of collections targets the needs for all: from relaxed to transitioning hair. Their Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Cream Rinse are perfect due to their main ingredient being Aloe Vera. The cream rinse also contains hydrolysed protein which helps to strengthen the fine strands by replacing any proteins and amino acids that were removed during styling.
Another affordable brand for coily hair is Maui Moisture whose Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Conditioner makes detangling particularly easy and boasts that their products use pure coconut water and pure aloe vera juice. For this brand, the science behind the haircare is also important as their shampoos are all between a pH of 5.0 - 7.0, and their conditioners between pH 4.0 and 5.5 the optimum pH for our hair.
Now you are well equipped to seek the perfect hair cleansers without the expensive price tag.