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My Favorite Shampoo Costs Less Than $5, and This is Why I Love It

We all want a flowing, bouncy head of hair. The key to getting your hair in its best condition starts right with your shampoo. A lot of us have the habit of not paying any mind to the shampoo we’re using because we just want our hair clean. The truth of the matter is that without a shampoo that caters to your hair needs, you won’t see the results you desire.

For years I spent time ignoring what shampoo I was using, and just went for whatever was trending at the time. It wasn’t until I became involved in the beauty world and through my beauty writing and editing, I learned that I had been washing my hair wrong all along. As someone with curly hair, I can’t just be using any old shampoo formula. As all my fellow curly-haired girls know, curls are prone to dryness and tangles if they’re not kept hydrated and moisturized properly.

As I looked through my haircare products, I noticed that none of the labels on my shampoos mentioned anything about strengthening or moisturizing my hair. Once I began to pay attention, I scouted potential new shampoo options on the shelves. I came across the old-school blue Finesse bottle and noticed a formula designed for restoring and strengthening your hair while moisturizing it. However, the $3.69 price tag made it sound too good to be true, but something told me I should try it anyway. I’m so glad I did.

After washing my curls with this shampoo, my hair felt the softest it had in a very long time. I quickly learned that the other shampoos I was using were actually drying out my hair, rather than cleansing it effectively. Being someone who has always struggled with long detangling sessions, this softness was incredibly important.

I was able to run a comb through my hair without hassle, watch my hair air dry to a bountiful state, and follow with more hydrating products to make the experience even better. Moral of the story is that you don’t have to break the bank just to get your hair in a good, healthy state. Sometimes all it takes is a little trial and error, and that never hurts when it’s an awesome drugstore find.

Finesse Drugstore Shampoo Less Than $5

Finesse Restore+Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo: $3.69

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[Lead image: @crystalmariesing via Twenty20]

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