[10] Drugstore Shampoo Brands You Should Avoid If You Love Your Hair

Dangerous Chemicals In Shampoos

Many drugstore shampoos have ingredients that may cause reactions and damage to the hair. Some of the most common ingredients include sulfates and silicons. 

What do sulfates and silicones in shampoos actually do? 


  • Sulphates dry out the hair 
  • Silicones create a build-up of silicone on the hair 

Long terms effects of these can lead to issues such as dry hair, future problems with colouring hair and in some instances slow down hair growth. 

It can be extremely overwhelming when deciding on a shampoo and conditioner to buy. 


I’ve put together the top 10 drugstore brands to avoid and why. I will also be writing some more blogs about the brands to buy so keep an eye on my socials and blog! 

1. Tresemme

Tresemmé Products don’t make the list because their shampoos contain sulfates and silicon, as well as other harmful ingredients that can cause damage to the hair and scalp. Tresemmé is known to create a buildup on the hair which makes it difficult for your hair to be coloured over time. 

Tresemmé also contains a preservative called DMDM Hydantoin, which creates toxic formaldehyde when it comes into contact with water.

2. Head and shoulders

Head and shoulders shampoo has been known to excessively cause oiliness following use. In some cases, selenium sulfide has been known to produce yellow discolouration to the hair shaft after use. 


It fades your colour which isn’t what you want after paying ££ for your new do. There have been many studies into the brand after many reports of hair loss after using this. 

3. Elvive

L’Oreal Elvive shampoo has a long list of chemical ingredients that causes stress and reactions to the hair.

It also contains Glycol which is used in antifreeze.

4. Pantene

Pantene has absolutely no natural ingredients as it claims. If you look at the ingredients it is filled with chemicals that can cause reactions and stress on your hair. 

5. Aussie


The ingredients in Aussie shampoo and harmful and toxic. It has parabens that are linked to breast cancer.   


It also contains sodium lauryl sulfate that potentially increases your carcinogenic exposure. 

6. OGX


OGX currently has a lawsuit against them as they contain multiple ingredients that cause significant hair loss. 

7. Garnier


Although this is deemed safe by a few organisations, it is a known irritant to the skin and eyes. It also causes dry and brittle hair after prolonged use. 

8. Herbal Essences

Loaded with sulfates, this brand will make your hair dry and brittle, and fade your colour. You want to avoid any shampoo that contains sulfates completely. 

9. Dove

Although it claims to provide nourishment to your hair, it really does the opposite. 

It contains harmful chemicals such as silicons, sulfates, and parabens. You will be left with lots of build-up on your hair resulting in dry and frizzy hair.


10. Bedhead

Although it may cost a little more than other brands, don’t let that fool you as It is loaded with sulfates. 

It promises thick and healthy hair when in reality it causes dry and tangled hair. Any product that smells that strongly is a red flag, it means it is loaded with chemicals.

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I will also be writing another blog about the drug store brands to buy, so keep an eye on my socials and blog!

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