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Best Cheap Moisturizing Shampoos and Reviews

One antidote for dry hair is a good, cheap moisturizing shampoo. The best of the bunch can rehydrate your hair and promote the production of natural oils.

A blogger at Beautiful With Brains says the best cheap moisturizing shampoos should contain emollients (softening and soothing substances such as coconut oil and aloe vera), humectants (substances that help keep other substances moist, such as glycerin), and silicones (heat-resistant, man-made compounds).

You should avoid cheap shampoos that contain the harshest detergents, like ammonium lauryl sulfate, and be sure to follow up with a good conditioner. Lifestyle changes, such as washing your hair less often, shunning dyes and perms, avoiding excessive exposure to the sun, and drinking lots more water, can also help replenish dry hair.

Our research into the best moisturizing shampoos pointed us to Aussie Moist Shampoo (starting at 17 cents/oz.) and Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality (starting at 28 cents/oz.). Both are among the 16 shampoos singled out by Real Simple magazine in a test of 195 shampoo products. We also found that consumers are equally enthusiastic about these two cheap moisturizing shampoos.

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Aussie Moist Shampoo gets credit in shampoo reviews for restoring moisture to color-treated hair, to winter-stressed hair, and to frizzy hair. Among the usual array of shampoo ingredients and some of the harsher cleansers, Aussie Moist also contains jojoba oil, aloe vera, sea kelp, silicones and humectants. And yet, dozens of Aussie Moist Shampoo reviews loudly applaud the product's pleasing results, not to mention the value pricing.

Consumers posting reviews on Makeup Alley, for example, comment on the shine and silky softness of their hair, the absence of tangles, and the lightly aromatic scent; one user says it brought her damaged hair (thanks to years of dyeing) back to life. Aussie Moist lathers well, gets at the bad oils without stripping your hair, and seems to improve hair texture, according to Aussie Moist shampoo reviews on Viewpoints. That goes for hair affected by hard water, as well; one user post on Amazon reports that her husband's hair went from stiff and unmanageable to soft and easy to control once he started using Aussie Moist. Last but not least, the pocket-friendly price draws many grateful comments.

Aussie Moist doesn't win over everyone, however. A few reviews refer to itchy scalps, hair that feels weighted down or greasy, and a scent that can be overwhelming while shampooing although it lingers pleasantly throughout the day.

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Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo is aimed at consumers with dry, brittle hair that may have been damaged by dyes or perms. It gets a marketing boost from supposedly naturally-derived ingredients, such as something called Cassia Complex, as well as ginger, aloe vera, and calendula (a healing gel). Together with the cleanser sodium laureth sulfate, these and additional components are meant to restore moisture, shine, and softness to your hair while reducing the negative effects of combing and brushing.

Does Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo live up to its claims? For the most part, yes, according to reviews on the best moisturizing shampoos on several websites. One African-American consumer comments in a Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality review on MySears.com that she only needs to wash her daughters' hair once instead of three times for clean results. Users' posts at Amazon and Total Beauty note the shiny, silky feel after washing say this cheap moisturizing shampoo shields their hair from the effects of humidity, makes it easy to style, limits breakage, and adds volume. Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion also wins points for its scent and rich lather.

Although plenty of consumers assert Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion is the all-time best moisturizing shampoo, there are contrarians in the bunch. Some reviews on Viewpoints, for example, report the product is hard to rinse out, makes hair look dull and lifeless, and doesn't do much for tangles or improve the texture of untreated hair. In short, they conclude, Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion is nothing special. And while we read a few gripes about what some users consider a relatively steep price for a drugstore shampoo, many users say plentiful coupons and frequent sales push Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion well into the budget bracket.

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