It may have something to do with the fact my first graduate job was working for a professional haircare brand, where I learned all about ingredients and formulations, but I’ve found myself becoming a bit of a shampoo snob. Unless it was from the luxe category or was free from any number of ingredients I’d internally demonised, I wasn’t really that interested. But times have changed, formulations have improved and even budget brands are giving the far more expensive ones a run for their money – you no longer have to massively compromise if your budget doesn’t stretch to £20.00 for a bottle of shampoo.
Now we’re all a little bit more cautious about stepping outside, many shops are closed and often online deliveries take an age to arrive (not ideal when you’re down to your last drop!) you may want to look a bit closer to home for your haircare fix. The good news is there are three great shampoo-conditioner combos you can pick up while on your supermarket shop that I fully recommned for dull, dry or damaged hair like mine – and they’re all super affordable too.
John Frieda Hydrate & Recharge Shampoo & Conditioner* (£5.99 each)
Without a doubt, John Frieda is my go-to affordable brand. You can’t really go wrong with anything from their collection, and some of their more recent launches have been absolute favourites (I’ve re-purchased the Weightless Wonder duo more times than I can mention.) I used this relatively new addition to the very last drop, as it thoroughly cleansed and conditioned my locks without weighing them down; simultaneosuly imparting moisture and goodness thanks to the inclusion of Monoi Oil and Keratin, the result is a reinvigorated style that moves with me throughout the day. My hair feels great, it’s much easier to style and it looks far healthier too.
Head & Shoulders Supreme Strength Shampoo & Conditioner* (£4.99 each)
Put your preconceptions aside, because 80’s fave Head & Shoulders has certainly had a makeover in the last few years. Now offering targeted treatments and a whole range of shampoos to help support hair as well as scalp needs, this strength focused duo has become a firm favourite. With Argan Oil and Bamboo Extract to help nourish, hydrate and therefore reduce breakage over time, this leaves my hair looking smooth and shiny every single time. You can be safe in the knowledge that your scalp is soothed while your ends are imparted with goodness, leaving your locks as swishy as they can be. I personally love the conditioner as a silicone-free way to ensure my lengths looking and feeling their best.
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner (£3.99 each)
Picked up on a whim in Tesco, this is suprisingly great as a daily go-to when you just want a little extra hydration to keep the frizz away. Enriched with Coconut Oil, known to be a natural moisturising agent, this is super lightweight and free from silicone – so the result is cleansed and gently nourished hair that looks just as good shoved up in a bun as it does fully styled. This would be great if your hair is particularly thin or prone to being weighed down, as the conditioner is lightweight while still helping to leave the hair shaft feeling soft.
So the next time you’re stocking up on bread, why not pick up one of these affordable shampoo and conditioner combos to help your dry, dull, damaged hair and let me know what you think!
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