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Saving money on shampoo and conditioner can be simple

If you are like most people, you spend a small fortune on shampoo and conditioner. Consumers shelled out about $2.32 billion on shampoo last year, and $1.71 billion on conditioner. But it doesn't have to be so. Here are some ways you can save on this necessity.

Don't buy it at the drugstore or supermarket. Pharmacy chains and supermarkets price shampoo and conditioner about 10 to 15 percent higher than Walmart and Target, the nation's two largest discount stores. It's even worse if you buy salon or professional brands. 

Conversely, you should beware of buying these items at discount beauty stores and mass merchants. You might not be getting the real deal, and the product could be discontinued, old or tampered with. 

Basically, all shampoos do the same thing – there's no need to shell out big bucks for an expensive brand. A bottle of shampoo that costs $3 is going to wash your hair just as well as a $20 bottle. 

Conditioner is another ball of wax. More expensive brands are proven to be more effective than the bargain brands So if you plan to splurge on hair care, do it on the conditioner. 

The simplest way to save money on shampoo and conditioner? Use less. Use a dime- or nickel-size amount of each if you have long or thick hair; less if your hair is shorter. 

Published Jun 01 2012, 04:45 PM by moneycoach
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