This $7 Shampoo Stars a Trending (and Effective) Ingredient

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Hask Cactus Water Weightless Moisture Shampoo is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants to leave strands feeling soft, shiny and healthy. The under-$10 price tag means it’s a luxury everyone can enjoy.

Key Ingredients: Cactus water and prickly pear seed oil

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Think of a cactus and you probably imagine something parched, rough and rigid. In other words, dry. That's not exactly the description of most people's #hairgoals, and yet, the prickly pear cactus might be the secret ingredient for a hydrated, soft and lustrous mane. Already a trending ingredient in skin care, prickly pear is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Add in the plant's ability to lock in moisture, and using it in hair care starts to make a whole lot of sense.

At least, it does with its starring role in Hask Cactus Water Weightless Moisture Shampoo. This paraben-free formula is loaded with not one, but two prickly pear extracts. To start, there's cactus water, which includes a heaping dose of electrolytes to give dry, overprocessed hair much-needed hydration. (Think of it as Gatorade for strands that endure regular heat-styling "workouts.") Separately, nourishing prickly pear seed oil perks up dull hair by adding healthy-looking shine.

For people used to copious amounts of lather from their shampoo, the relatively low-key suds of this formula may ignite anxiety: Shouldn't there be more foam? Is my hair getting clean? Is this stuff working? The modest lather is due to the sulfate-free quality of the formula; sulfates whisk away grime and oil from hair, but for some people, they can be too drying. Rest assured, though—this shampoo lifts dirt gently, thoroughly and completely. And despite its moisturizing capabilities, it doesn't weigh strands down (making it a no-duh choice for fine hair types). Following with conditioner is ideal, of course, but if you're a wash-and-go girl, you may be pleasantly surprised by the soft, frizz-free finish this shampoo creates. Who knew a cactus could do so much?

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