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Want great hair but don't want to blow the budget? Get started with one of these shampoos...

Great hair doesn’t have to come at great expense. The best shampoo for you could be two pounds or 20: it totally depends on the person. So what should you think about when you’re looking for the best shampoo for you?

For starters, what does your hair need? Shampoo sets up the foundations for the rest of your hair care routine, so starting it right is important. If it’s dry, you need something moisturising as well as cleansing (that’s right, your shampoo can do both), to leave it soft and nourished. If you struggle with frizz, this is especially important to help prepare it so it’s manageable and silky once it’s dry.

It’s also important to pick a shampoo that works with the texture of your hair. Anyone with curly hair knows that those coils and spirals can be a blessing and a curse, but the route to keeping it defined and tamed is simple: moisture, moisture, moisture. So when you’ve got curls, the best shampoo will start adding that moisture straight away.

It’s also really important to protect damaged hair form the beginning of your hair routine too, especially since the washing process can be rough on it (towels, heat, friction – all natural enemies of silky, smooth hair). Look for a shampoo that’ll help add resilience to your hair as well as protect it from self-inflicted damage (like the curling iron or straighteners… hands up if you’re guilty of over-using those too…) with some built-in heat protection.

Clarifying shampoo is also a great secret weapon if you use a lot of products in your hair: sometimes a normal shampoo isn’t up to scratch for breaking down all the build up, so washing with one of these once a week can help you keep your hair lustrous and full.

Whether you want to add gloss, protect from heat or smooth curls, we’ve collected some of our favourite budget shampoos to give you what you need.

Thanks to VO5's amazing Adaptive Haircare Technology, this Give Me Moisture Shampoo can adjust to your hair type to give you the most tailored experience possible. Hair is nourished, with fabulous shine and strength.

Best shampoo: Dove intensive repair shampoo, £2.69

Best shampoo: Dove intensive repair shampoo, £2.69

We love Dove's range of gentle yet effective shampoos. The Intensive repair shampoo leaves hair seriously soft and manageable - in fact, we would say this budget beauty buy rivals some of the top haircare brands for repairing damaged locks.

Best shampoo: L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo, £1.99

Best shampoo: L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo, £1.99

Brighten dull and lacklustre locks with the L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo. Using Pearl Proteins to reflect the light, hair appears radiant, stronger and more resistant to further damage.

Best shampoo: Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo, £3.89

Best shampoo: Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo, £3.89

Apart from being sucked in by the famous adverts, we really think Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo is worthy of a place in our top 10. With a fabulous honey and apricot scent, this shampoo leaves hair feeling soft, strong and ready for another hit of those straighteners, curlers or waving wands.

Best shampoo: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.69

Best shampoo: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.69

We're big fans of Aussie at w&h. A brilliant range of affordable shampoos that work wonders on dry, damaged or frizzy hair. Try the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo to quench your parched hair and leave you with soft and shiny locks. These also smell divine, leaving your tresses lightly scented for the whole day.

Best shampoo: Simple Gentle Care Shampoo, £2.69

Best shampoo: Simple Gentle Care Shampoo, £2.69

If you like to wash your hair every day, opt for a gentle shampoo that won't strip your hair. You won't find a more caring version than the Simple Gentle Care Shampoo, which gives beautifully cleansed and nourished hair without irritating the scalp.

Best shampoo: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo, £5.99

Best shampoo: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo, £5.99

John Frieda's range of shampoos dedicated to specific hair colours are so worth every penny. The John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo enhances your natural or colour treated tresses to give brilliant radiance without altering your hue.

Best shampoo: L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverSleek Smoothing & Moisture Shampoo, £5.99

Best shampoo: L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverSleek Smoothing & Moisture Shampoo, £5.99

Sulphate-based products can irritate the skin and are widely used in shampoo and conditioner. Be kind to your scalp and tame you frizzy hair with the sulphate-free L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverSleek Smoothing & Moisture Shampoo. Hair feels softer as soon as you lather up and holds its shape without feeling weighed down or sticky.

Best shampoo: James Brown London High Gloss shampoo for normal hair, £6.12

Best shampoo: James Brown London High Gloss shampoo for normal hair, £6.12

Get a slice of Kate Moss's supermodel hair for a fraction of the price with her hairdresser's brilliant range. This James Brown London High Gloss shampoo for normal hair gives even the dullest locks a-list polish every time.

Best shampoo: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo, £5.99

Best shampoo: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo, £5.99

New from John Frieda, the Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo is great for anyone with flat or thinning hair - especially if you don't have time to style it each morning. Getting to work as soon as you lather up, this shampoo nourishes from the inside out to strengthen each strand. The result? Fabulous lightweight volume with minimal effort.