Favorite Drugstore Hair Products? Your Feedback Please!

Favorite Drugstore Hair Products? Your Feedback Please!

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I was recently asked what conditioners I am currently loving and of course, my response was Bee Mine.  The friend then said “No…I want something I can just run to the store and grab.”  I was stumped for a moment.  Finally I responded “Well, I hear really good things about the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line.”  The friend paused, then said “Hmm, yeah…but I don’t feel like searching different Target stores to try to find it.  You know new Shea Moisture products can be hard to find sometimes.”  This is true, I’ve experienced it!  Finally she said, “I just need a great conditioner with lots of slip…what’s the last drugstore product you’ve used?”

ethnic hair section in stores, drugstore hair products (2)

I realized that it has been forever since I’e reviewed or purchased any drugstore hair products.  Which made me thing about the definition of a drug store item.  Technically you can purchase brands like Curls and Carol’s Daughter at Target and even select drugstores…but at $15+ per item, can they really be considered drugstore brands?  I’ve even seen Paul Mitchell and Joico at my local Wal-Greens, but we all know those are expensive.  So, I consider “drugstore hair brands” to be non-professional products that cost less than $10 each. As much as I love Bee Mine, they are somewhat pricey and some ladies don’t like having to order online.

Since I’ve been so satisfied with my current wash day routine and products, I really hadn’t given much thought drugstore hair products.  After this conversation, I do plan to review a few product lines for those looking for items they can purchase locally and on a budget.  I already knew I wanted to try Creme of Nature’s Argan Oil line.  I love the shampoo and even the leave in conditioner, plus it has styling custards, puddings, gels, and an edge control product.  However, I really am trying not to hoard on products (I still have items in my BLOG SALE for those interested) so I want to make sure I purchase and review items that are:  affordable, quality, have good ingredients and are widely available.

ethnic hair section in stores, drugstore hair products (1)
“Our” section fills up both sides of this aisle + the tools on the back wall, not to mention there are a few favorites in the mainstream aisle that are great for Black hair!

I took a quick trip to the hair section in my local Wal-Mart and realized that we’ve come a LONG WAY from the pitiful little “ethnic” section, which more more like a couple of shelves to both sides of an entire aisle!  Oh the joy!  I realized there are some great inexpensive stylers like Lottabody and Shea Miracle, but the shampoos and conditioners were a bit trickier.  As you know, I typically use sulfate free shampoos, moisturizers and conditioners that are free of mineral oil, lanolin and contain as many natural ingredients as possible.  Balancing that with a great price is harder to find.

So, what are YOUR favorite drugstore hair products and lines?  

Do you pick and choose items from different brands to achieve your perfect hair care regimen or are you able to stick with pretty much one line?  How much are you willing to spend on frequently used items like deep conditioners?  Is price ultimately most important?  Or do things like availability and ingredients play a role?

I’m being much more strategic about the items I buy and accept for review because I ended up overwhelmed with products recently.  There are SO many fantastic products out there, I want to  know what you like and currently use!  Your hair type or texture doesn’t really matter, I’d like your feedback.  I have switched some things slightly from when I was relaxed to natural – I don’t use ceramide and protein heavy products as often but other than that the basic healthy hair rules still apply.

  • I love items from Sally’s and Drugstore
    -Nexxus
    -As I Am
    -Shea Moisture
    -Cantu Beauty

  • I don’t use too many drugstore brands on my hair. I tend to use Miss Jessie’s Best Darn Conditioner as a shampoo and conditioner.
    But for my bundles I use Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner.

  • I might get stoned for my drugstore buys but I do well with the cheap stuff like Suave Almond & Shea Butter, Herbal Essence, and Infusium. #dontjudgeme

    • NancyM

      I certainly wouldn’t think of it! LOL! I like VO5 and Tressemme. 🙂

      • Thank you Nancy! VO5 is my go to for detangling. I have yet to find anything else that gives me that much slip

    • Not judged! lol.

  • Lisa

    Tressemmes, can be found in most drugstores.

    • I haven’t tried Tressemme in a long time, but I’ve heard their formula changed. Which one is your favorite?

  • Z.

    My go-to, most trusted brand when it comes to drugstores is Shea Moisture. While I’ve had varying degrees of success with their different lines, I find their products are all around great quality, it’s just a matter of finding which line performs the best with your hair. I find their Jamaican black castor line and their coconut & hibiscus lines work best for me, and their raw Shea butter works the worst.

    Other than that the only 2 hair drugstore products I trust 100% are Suave’s Almond & Shea Butter conditioner (as mentioned by Grow It Girl below), and ORS Replenishing Conditioner. I’ve used Suave’s off and on for years, and it’s pretty great. I’ve consistently used ORS for years as well and it’s a must in my cabinet.

    Z · JPOTTER

  • Lecia

    Another good conditioner I have found is the Ausie Moist 2 min. Conditioner .. I have yet to find a great drug store deep conditioner

    • YAS! I forgot about Aussie, I used to love that 2 minute deeeeeep conditioner!

  • NancyM

    Although I use some pricier items, my favorite drugstore products are V05 “Moisture Milks” or “Silky Experiences” lines; and Tressemme “Naturals” and “Perfectly Undone” lines. They are very affordable, nice and slippy, and some of the products in these lines don’t have silicones and/or sulfates. You have to read the ingredients for each. They don’t necessarily advertise it on the bottle. I also like the Pantene “Cowash for Natural Hair”. I can stick with any of these lines and achieve good results.

    I’m willing to buy the more pricey items (and deal with online ordering), if it’s worth it. For instance, I get the best twist outs and braid outs with Camille Rose Aloe Butter Whipped Gel, so I pay a premium for it. And I have to order it online because my Target store never has it. Also, I henna my hair and only buy my henna online.

    Here’s a tip: for more expensive products, e.g. Joico, Biolage, Nexxus, Paul Mitchell etc., check your local Ross, Marshall’s or TJ Maxx stores. They all have a beauty section, and most of the time they sell these more expensive “salon” products for half price or cheaper. It’s a good way to try them out without spending an outrageous amount of money. They even sell tools like blow dryers, curling wands, and flat irons. I’ve also noticed that they often sell international hair products that you’d never find in a drug store or beauty supply store.

    • I totally forgot about V05! I picked it up for easy co-washing for my next install and it was only $0.75. Thanks for the reminder!

      • NancyM

        You’re very welcome! Keep up the good work!

  • V05 conditioner is awesome for co washing. I do love Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner for co washing. Like $3 right at the store. Herbal essence hello hydration conditioner is great too. I love conditioner lol

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  • Leah GRH

    I use Sheamoisture, Cantu Shea Butter, Suave Professionals and L’Oreals Advanced line.

    • I love Shea Moisture and really want to explore more Cantu products also. I love the L’Oreals Ceramide Damage Repair conditioner, I can’t remember the exact name but that’s some good stuff!