9 of the best budget-friendly shampoos for your next hair wash day
Everyone’s going to be asking where you’ve just had your hair done!
By Emma Allcock
Beauty Content Assistant / October 26 2023
Who doesn’t want the glossiest, shiniest, most manageable mane out? But why should that plight come with such a high price tag? Especially because we all know we’re going to basically need two bottles of conditioner to the one bottle of shampoo, are we right?
Here are our picks for the best budget-friendly shampoos on the market, able to deliver the sensational salon quality your hair so deserves for a fraction of the price. Bonus: they’re easy to add to cart in the grocery store, or when you’re out for a quick trip to the shops. And don’t worry we’ve made sure there are options so absolutely everyone can own their best hair day.
Glow Lab Hydrating Shampoo
Get ready to enter your most hydrated luscious locks era! This multifunction powerhouse could be just the shampoo to replace all shampoos. Okay not to be dramatic but when you hear the ingredients in this bottle you’ll understand.
Glow Lab set out on a mission to create natural, effective, no-nasties products that really work, and won’t break the bank. Their hydrating shampoo epitomises this mission, packed with incredible active ingredients, such as shea butter for hydration, and Functional Keratin® which helps to protect and prevent from breakage. They’ve even thought of an antistatic ingredient (betaine) to help with those pesky fly aways!
Your hair is already calling out to be quenched, protected, enriched and de-frizzed with this wonderful shampoo.
$33 at Woolworths
SheaMoisture, Curl & Shine Shampoo
Curly-haired friends, rejoice! No more missing out on budget beauty buys! Shea Moisture is the cruelty-free, nasties-free shampoo that your tremendous tresses have so long desired! Enriched with moisturising shea butter and nourishing, curl-enhancing silk proteins, plus neem oil, your curls will have never looked (or smelled) better!
$26.22 at iHerb
Monday Haircare Volume Shampoo
Alright girlies, we know that sometimes the best financial decisions don’t always come in the most aesthetic bottles.
Monday is here to bust that thought. The stunning pale pink bottles will fit in with your shower “shelfie”, and not only is it beautiful to look at, but its active ingredients pack a punch. Made to balance your hair pH, it’s dermatologically tested, cruelty free and SLS/paraben free, so we don’t doubt you’ll be completely sold before you even see the incredible results.
This shampoo is made with ginger root to help stimulate and volumise your hair from the scalp, coconut oil to maintain that luscious shine and vitamin E to support hair and scalp health. Not to paraphrase Mean Girls but that’s why your hair will be so big… It's full of Monday's secrets.
Need we say more?
$10 at Coles
Sukin Naturals Sensitive Micellar Shampoo
This one is for our sensitive skin girls, because, it’s okay to be sensitive, okay?
With ingredients sourced from nature, Sukin is helping us take the best care of the environment and honestly, ourselves. While the micellar gently cleanses your hair and scalp, chamomile extract and aloe help to hydrate and soothe, and a trio of oils (coconut, avocado and argan) lock in the shiniest, moisturised hair you could ever hope for.
$19 at Sukin Naturals
OGX - Anti-hair Fall + Coconut Caffeine Strengthening Shampoo
Considering we’re all self-proclaimed caffeine addicts (no we’re not ashamed) the thought of caffeine surrounding us everywhere we go is an absolute dream that OGX Anti-hair Fall is bringing to life.
This wonderful concoction that smells absolutely good enough to drink (obvs please don’t), is here to save your strands.
Formulated with caffeine, and coconut oil this shampoo will help to strengthen those locks, and wake up lifeless locks. Using it will help to prevent future breakage, by reinforcing your hair’s natural strength.
$23 at Chemist Warehouse
TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo
TRESemmé is a name that we all know and trust; it’s been giving us salon- quality hair for years. And now that we’re reaching for that hair dye a bit more, we’ve got to make sure that we’re maintaining our colour and hair health.
That’s where TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo steps in! Nutri-oil, rosemary oil and green tea extract help to protect your salon perfect colour, while UV fibres work to replenish your hair's moisture.
“This shampoo really protects my colour. I have dark hair that I colour regularly and when using this shampoo my hair looks brighter and shinier and it keeps my colour looking good and lasting for longer. It’s great value for money, at under $15.00 it’s a huge container and lasts for ages and delivers salon worthy results, much the same as a much more expensive shampoo. The flip top is handy and means no mess and it lathers and rinses well. I recommend using the matching conditioner in this range for silky shiny hair and vibrant colour that lasts. I will definitely be buying more of this shampoo, TRESemmé is a great brand that delivers great results and I would recommend this product” - Debbie P. BEAUTYcrew Member
$13.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo
It’s the topic no one really wants to talk about, but really we all get it from time to time. Let’s open up the convo on dandruff chat.
This incredible ingredient-packed shampoo is here to fight the battles for everyone struggling with scalp health. From psoriasis all the way to eczema and dandruff, it will soothe those itchy scalp feelings that come with an irritated or unbalanced scalp.
Neutrogena’s T/Gel formula lathers up just the same as any other shampoo and gives your hair and scalp a good deep clean, leaving you thanking us for easing your itchy scalp.
$15 at Chemist Warehouse
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle
Okay, we get it, we’re not going to wash our hair every day, or nor should we! To get us through those ‘just too greasy to pass’ but ‘can’t be bothered to wash’ days, we’ve luckily got dry shampoo. And not any dry shampoo: the Klorane range has multiple incredible dry shampoos for you to choose from. They even have a tinted range!
This show-stopper of a can will cure your oily woes. With nettle extract as a proven oil buster as it’s main ingredient, your hair will get an extra volumising kick and be back to its usual stunning self in no time.
$16.99 at Adore Beauty
Grow Longer Stronger Stimulating Scalp Scrub
This shampoo substitute (or extra pre-shampoo step if you’re feeling spicy), is designed to deeply clean and exfoliate your scalp, with the use of sea salt granules as a physical exfoliant able to remove any product build up that’s accumulated. Made with peppermint oil to stimulate and purify, your scalp will be feeling fresh and squeaky clean after this detox.
Added bonus: it’s made here in Australia without any parabens, sulphates or silicone. Win!
$16.99 at Priceline
Lady Jayne Restorative Scalp Brush
We just had to include this last product in the mix, because while it may not be a shampoo it goes hand in hand with our hair wash routines.
The Lady Jayne Restorative Brush is designed to rejuvenate the scalp with its silicone bristles, aiding with stimulation and circulation.
We love to really get our shampoo lathered in with the brush for our cleanest hair wash yet.
$22.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Emma Allcock is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Content Assistant, advocate of inappropriately Capitalised words, and can honestly talk to a wall if asked. She’s a sunrise chaser and coffee addict aficionado (goes hand in hand with the sunrises). Lover of all things beauty, she doesn’t discriminate, although she’s very partial to her acrylic nails.