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Under-$15 Shampoo & Conditioners The Pros Actually Swear By

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    "I love Clear because it focuses on your scalp, instead of just the hair. Without a healthy scalp, how can you have healthy hair? They have different formulas for all different hair types, but the Intense Hydration is good for all types and textures."As you well know, we love drugstore products here at R29. Which isn't to say that prestige products are overrated. But finding a balance between high and low is the key to a smart routine — and wallet.



    While most beauty pros can wax poetic about their favorite cheap mascaras and bargain hairsprays, they give the world of affordable shampoos and conditioners considerably less love. Don't take these products lightly, though — especially if you're on a budget. Besides cleaning and conditioning, this duo can keep your color true, your scalp healthy, and your miscellaneous woes (frizz, split ends, and so on) in check.

    Ahead, we've pulled out all the stops to correct this discussion deficit: Members of our own beauty team and a few A-list Hollywood hairstylists share the drugstore hair products they love — all of which clock in at under $15.

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    The Expert: Samantha Sasso, beauty editorial assistant

    Best For: Heat-damaged hair

    "I bought this shampoo on a whim and it blew my mind. I've never experienced such a transformation with such an inexpensive product. My ends had never been softer and my shine levels are through the roof — even after air-drying."

    L'Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

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    The Expert: Maria Del Russo, R29 beauty editor

    Best For:
    Itchy scalp

    "I recently went platinum, so I'm doing everything I can to keep my entire head of hair heathy. Yes To Naturals' new Tea Tree & Sage Oil shampoo and conditioner helps to calm and exfoliate your scalp, so no more flakes."

    Yes To Naturals Tea Tree & Sage Oil, $7.99, available at Target.

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    The Expert: Scotty Cunha, hairstylist to Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Lucy Hale

    Best For: Any hair type

    "It's natural, paraben-free, blah blah, but it really works! And it's great for all hair types because it's really conditioning, but not too heavy, so it won't weigh down straight hair. It's great for conditioning color-treated hair, and it will also help control frizz on curly hair."

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    The Expert: Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer

    Best For: Normal to dry hair

    "I'm a huge fan of this brand's body wash, so I was stoked when I discovered the shampoo. The hydrating formula didn't disappoint and left my hair feeling clean, but not deprived of moisture. It's a win-win!"

    The Seaweed Bath Co. Argan Shampoo, $12.99, available at Target.

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    The Expert: Megan McIntyre, R29 beauty feaures director

    Best For:
    Fine hair

    "For my fine hair, I find many conditioners tend to weigh it down due to heavy moisturizers. This conditioner is lighter and allows for a more textured, beachy finish (hence the name), but still gives me the moisture my bleached-into-oblivion strands need."