It is one of the most common question asked to hairdressers – what products should be used on our hair? However, the answers are brand predominantly on the expensive end of the price scale. We’re here to tell you which drugstore products are good for your hair [and won’t break the bank], and who you need to avoid.

Here goes nothing…

Let’s begin with the worst products

Pantene products have been on the market for decades. With their miniscule retail prices, it is hard not to purchase their products as they’re one of the most affordable brands on the market. HOWEVER, their products lead to an excess build up on your hair.

Pantene contains silicones which coat the hair shaft, making your hair appear shiny, but the excess build up over time makes your hair look limp and greasy.

Head and Shoulders may shock a few of you – I know it shocked me. The self-proclaimed heroes for dandruff sufferers turns out to be one of the worst brands on the market.

Due to the high content of zinc pyrithione, a chemical known for drying out the skin, people have reported that by using their over time has lead to the formation of a dry itchy scalp – which ironically worsens the effects of dandruff.

Not only does it essentially lead to dandruff, Head and Shoulders products also strip your hair of colour!

        3. Aussie Hair

Coming from a previous lover of Aussie hair products, it pains me to say that they are also one of the worst drug store products to use on your hair.

The ingredients in Aussie hair shampoo are toxic and harmful. With parabens that are linked to breast cancer, and sodium lauryl sulphate that potentially increases your carcinogenic exposure. Their ingredients include sulphates, your hair will be ripped of its natural oils and be ripped off your head too [scary!].

       4. A touch of silver

Now, this may not come as much of a surprise to some, but touch of silver is a baaaad product to use on your hair. Although it’s one of the cheaper products on the market for blondes, it is also one of the worst.

A touch of silver is extremely drying and is hard to get out of your hair, leaving parts of your hair stained purple – not a good look when you’re aiming for a cool, icy blonde.

         Others to avoid…

  • Tresemme
  • Monat
  • Garnier Fructis
  • Herbal Essences

Now all the negativity is out of the way, lets make a start of the best drugstore hair products

Just like a breath of fresh air, HASK products come to save the day. They are full of reasons to make the change in your hair product decisions.

HASK is an innovative haircare brand renowned for high performance formulas created to treat and repair all hair types. Unlike other drugstore brands that we have just looked at, their products are free from sulphates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten and artificial colours.

All of their products help to repair damaged hair and give you a shiny, frizz-free finish and they don’t cost a fortune.

      2. Shea Moisture

Shea Moisture Hair is renowned for its nourishing mix of Silk Proteins, Neem and Coconut Oil, while also getting to work on flyaways and frizz.

Their omega-rich products also help to promote hair growth by reducing breakage of ends. Shea Butter will also work to nourish hair further, helping to ensure overall hair health and make hair more manageable. Their products are also sustainably sourced and produced, plant-based, and non-toxic with no parabens and no phthalates.

Shea moisture is for all hair types, and their products can be used daily to cleanse and restore parched hair. Shea butter is more expensive than butters found in cheaper products – so you’re getting quality products for less.

       3. Naturtint

We had to give you a good product from blonde/grey hair. Naturtint Silver Shampoo is enriched with purple rice to protect hair from daily oxidation and pollution, restoring shine and softness. It has a naturally calming effect on your scalp while also protecting your hair from external aggressors, repairing, conditioning and improving elasticity.

Baobab proteins provide UV protection and help rejuvenate damaged hair for smoother, softer hair and reduced frizz. The natural biolipids deeply nourish and strengthen hair and they’re vegan friendly.

        Others that are good…

  • OSMO
  • John Frieda
  • Morrocan Oil
  • Redken

These are the best and worst products that we have found on the market – if there are any other products that you feel are the best and/or worst on the market, let us know on our socials!

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