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These Affordable Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners Work Wonders on Dry Hair

Good Housekeeping Logo By April Franzino, Dori Price of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 21: We updated this article in August 2022 to add picks from Redken, Nexxus, OGX, Head & Shoulders and Unwash, based on extensive testing done by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab.Choosing the best shampoo and matching hydrating conditioner that combats dryness comes with its trials and tribulations, namely cycling through options that may dry out your hair even more. In fact, more than 1,400 GH survey respondents said they look for a shampoo that moisturizes and hydrates above all else.The GH Beauty Lab tests formulas in the Lab and with consumer testers to find the ones that actually work to hydrate parched strands. After sifting through more than 5,000 data points, we found the best-tested shampoos for dry hair, developed alongside conditioners that are meant to get you the best moisturization and hydration possible. No doubt, there's one below that addresses any of your pressing needs, including drugstore and salon-grade shampoos for colored hair, itchy scalps and beyond.Our top picks:Keep in mind that dry hair is often rooted in "chemical damage from permanent coloring or relaxants, mechanical damage from grooming or heat damage from hot tools like curling wands and hair straighteners," all of which can affect the structure of your hair fibers, says Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty, Health & Sustainability Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. Your hormones, age and ethnicity can also be factors. You can read more about how we evaluate shampoos for dry hair in our Lab and consumer tests — as well as shopping tips — at the end of this guide.

We updated this article in August 2022 to add picks from Redken, Nexxus, OGX, Head & Shoulders and Unwash, based on extensive testing done by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab.

Choosing the best shampoo and matching hydrating conditioner that combats dryness comes with its trials and tribulations, namely cycling through options that may dry out your hair even more. In fact, more than 1,400 GH survey respondents said they look for a shampoo that moisturizes and hydrates above all else.

The GH Beauty Lab tests formulas in the Lab and with consumer testers to find the ones that actually work to hydrate parched strands. After sifting through more than 5,000 data points, we found the best-tested shampoos for dry hair, developed alongside conditioners that are meant to get you the best moisturization and hydration possible. No doubt, there's one below that addresses any of your pressing needs, including drugstore and salon-grade shampoos for colored hair, itchy scalps and beyond.

Our top picks:

Keep in mind that dry hair is often rooted in "chemical damage from permanent coloring or relaxants, mechanical damage from grooming or heat damage from hot tools like curling wands and hair straighteners," all of which can affect the structure of your hair fibers, says Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty, Health & Sustainability Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. Your hormones, age and ethnicity can also be factors. You can read more about how we evaluate shampoos for dry hair in our Lab and consumer tests — as well as shopping tips — at the end of this guide.

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