Best Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners

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Real Simple readers pick their favorite budget-friendly hair-care products.

Shampoo for Dry Hair

Marc Anthony Ultimate Moisture Shampoo, $8
"This gave me ‘hair-commercial hair'-so shiny and so healthy-looking," said one brittle-haired user.

Best Shampoo for Oily Hair

Charles Worthington Results Balancing Act Shampoo, $5
The woodsy scent got mixed reviews, but the verdict was unanimous: Hair was "glossy without looking greasy."

Best Dandruff Shampoo

Selsun Salon Shampoo, $6
Testers declared they would use this shampoo even if they didn't have flaky scalps. "My hair was so soft, I couldn't stop playing with it," said one.

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Best Shampoo for Curly or Wavy Hair

Garnier Fructis Curl & Shine Fortifying Shampoo, $4
With a "luxurious texture" and "wonderful lather," this left unruly curls looking smooth and well defined.

Best Shampoo for Fine Hair

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo, $4
This scored points for fluffing up hair after a single wash. "I didn't have to goop it up with mousse," said a tester.

Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

L'Oréal Vive Pro. Color Vive Shampoo, $5
Ho-hum highlights need a boost? This delivered "vibrant color" and "fantastically shiny" hair.

Best Shampoo for Chemically Processed Hair

Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Time Renewal Shampoo, $6
Testers ranked this moisture-rich, "creamy" shampoo as the ultimate hair therapy. "Like a salon treatment."

Best Conditioner for Normal Hair

Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Conditioner, $5
This thick (but not weighty) conditioner left testers' hair looking "vibrant" with "a great soft texture."

Best Conditioner for Dry Hair

Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Frizz Control Conditioner, $6
This conditioner, tested in the rain, got "an A plus" for keeping hair "smooth and shiny, even in frizzy-hair weather."

Best Conditioner for Oily Hair

Charles Worthington Results Balancing Conditioner, $5
Oily-haired testers who once shunned conditioners were converts. "No after-work oily scalp-finally," said one.

Best Conditioner for Dandruff

Head & Shoulders Conditioner, $5
The favorite by far, this conditioner left hair so softly scented and smooth that "treating dandruff was like a bonus."

Best Conditioner for Curly or Wavy Hair

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Around Daily Conditioner, $6
"An amazing detangler," this thick, silicone-based formula tamed curls and created frizz-free waves.

Best Conditioner for Fine Hair

Tresemmé Silk Protein Healthy Volume Conditioner, $4
With a soft citrus scent, this formula in a 32-ounce bottle scored for delivering great volume and "great value."

Best Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

Infusium 23 (Colour)ologie Conditioner, $6
This gentle, vitamin-packed formula "extended the brightness of my color for almost two weeks," said one tester.

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