Shampoo and conditioner makers have us in the palms of their hands. The good stuff is all expensive, right? Not really. I've found a few shampoos and conditioners that work wonders and they aren't found at expensive stores or salons. They are all drugstore, baby! Great hair + Savings? Sign me up! (Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what I caught my cat doing in the tub. It kind of makes sense. Pinky swear.)
Shampoo and Conditioners:
Let's not waste time. My favorite, hands-down, without a doubt, drugstore pick for winter hair is Proganix H2o Plus Electrolytes Quench. The shampoo, conditioner, treatment spray and styling cream give me just as good of results as I get with the really expensive salon formulas. And it's 100% sulfate free! Considering how damaged my hair currently is, consider that a serious endorsement. $8.00
Cleansing conditioners are amazing for hair of all types. You wash a little differently; more product, more rinsing and hair must be swimming-like wet before you apply product to get the best results. The good news is that your hair may never look better and you won't have to buy multiple products. However, if your hair is really damaged, you'll still want some nice masques to boost the health of your hair. All of my choices are sulfate-free!
Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner contains flower extracts and no sulfates to cleanse hair without the suds. This is great for color treated hair or normal hair. $8.00
As I Am Coconut CoWash has been one of my go-to co-washes (conditioner/cleansers) for years. With plenty of coconut extracts and oils, this co-wash is a hair savior if you've got dry hair. $9.00
Hair Food Cleansing Conditioner (Infused with Honey and Apricot Fragrance) is still junk food for the hair. It's all science-y chemicals and a little honey, but it doesn't matter. This leaves my hair so shiny and bouncy, I'll pick science over artisanal goat oil* any day. $10.00, Target exclusive.
Deep conditioning treatments work wonders on your hair. Since I've had some extra time at home, I've been deep conditioning like a fiend to prep for the great blondening of 2015 (I'm making a drastic hair change, to go along with my drastic life change!). It's working. My hair has never looked better. Here are my faves.
Hair Food Moisturizing Mask is the best thing ever. I cannot say enough about this deep conditioning treatment. Again, it's all junk food but who cares. If your hair is damaged, try this first. It's not Olaplex (and works completely differently from Olaplex) but it will take your hair from frazzled to fabulous. $12.00, Target exclusive.
TRESemme Platinum Strength Renewing Deep Conditioning Treatment works wonders on damaged hair. I don't know about repairing two years worth of damage in one use, but it will smooth your hair and make it slightly stronger over time. $6.00
If you're blonde, you may want to show off a lighter side of your hair, without laying out all of that money for highlights. While playing salon at home isn't always your best bet, if you're brave, check these out!
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Conditioner. For Lighter Shades (or darker shades) will brighten you up without the damage. I've been using it on and off for months and your hair will gleam. It's a little tricky to find in stores, but you can always grab it online. $7.00
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo actually lightens your hair with each use. Go sparingly and see how your hair reacts. I'd check with a stylist if you have color treated hair already, but if you just want to lighten your natural color up a touch, this (and the conditioner) will do the trick very subtly.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder In-Shower Lightening Treatment lightens your hair up to one shade with one wash. This is strictly for natural hair and I would not suggest it for heavily bleached strands. The level of peroxide is low, but the lightening will still happen. If you would have tried a hair lightener in the 80's or 90's, this is the modern version. If you want to soften your roots until the summer sun can take care of it, this might be the perfect fix.
So now you know what drugstore beauty should be in your shower, check out what I found in my own tub. When I went to look for products to photograph (notice the Quench and the Hairfood!) I found this happening. Bean hates water, unless it's dripping on his head and rolling onto his tongue, apparently.
*That's not a thing.
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