Shampoo SOS: Help me, Thrifties, you’re my only hope!

Miss Thrifty19 March 10, 2014

It was a dark day when I set foot in Morrisons and found that my shampoo of choice had been discontinued.

morrisons baby shampoo

AHEM? Where were my trusty bottles of value-brand baby shampoo? Fluffy pink sheep on the front of the bottle and the price for 500ml ranged from 9p to 21p. In other words: an out-and-out bargain.

I started using this stuff a few years ago now. If truth be told, it’s a great shampoo: it’s a little more runny, but it does the job just fine and a bottle lasts for ages. I prefer the baby shampoos anyway because they are milder and gentler on the hair and scalp, but even so, it’s difficult to justify spending £2 or £3 a bottle for the regular supermarket brand or Johnson’s brand when you usually pay 9p.

Sadly, Morrisons has decided to replace my chosen bottle with an all-over baby body wash. This was ok at first, because I had a stockpile of budget baby shampoo and figured that I had time to find a thrifty alternative. But now the shampoo is all gone – and I still don’t have a clue about what to buy next.

Any ideas? What works for you? Thanks in advance. 🙂



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19 Responses to “Shampoo SOS: Help me, Thrifties, you’re my only hope!

Livesey girl says:

Hi. Do Asda or Tescos do a like for like? I use whatever “real” brand the pound shop have on offer. I got a 500ml bottle of Schwarzkoph colour preserve shampoo the other day. Our pound shop usually have 200ml Johnsons baby shampoo in stock. A huge jump from 9p but a classic brand. Our youngest has sensitive skin and Johnsons seems to be all we can use!

March 10, 2014 at 2:56 am

We used to use Sainsburys basic baby shampoo and it went off the shelves for a while then came back at 46p! Luckily we stock piled when Tesco put their basics prices up as Supermarkets are like sheep aren’t they? In fact that could be where your ” fluffy pink” sheep has gone!!!

March 10, 2014 at 7:45 am

Len says:

I use TRESemmé large bottles which are often on offer at a range of places for about £3 (wilkinsons, asda), again a huge jump from 9p but it will last me the whole year. Or sometimes TKMax have large bottles of salon shampoo and conditioner in the sale, expect to pay a few pound, but these again will last forever.

March 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

Mevsim says:

Are you sure the baby shampoo and body wash isn’t the same thing repackaged? Is it worth trying out to be sure? If it still works on babies’ hair then hopefully might not be very different.

March 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

Linda says:

Had a similar problem with Asda. I was buying their 8p shower gel as hand wash, because I was getting eczema on my hands and the medicated stuff I was using was not helping. I read on a website that Asda 8p shower gel made a good hand wash because it had no perfume in it and of course, as a shower gel, it had to be safe for all one’s important that the places. I started using it and it worked a treat. Then all of a sudden out of the blue it went up to 30p a bottle but I still kept buying it because I knew it worked then this year it has become perfumed with some synthetic apple concoction and has gone up to 80p. If you look at the percentage price rises they really are astronomical. I think, that even though these were a bottom shelf purchase, they were just getting too popular and so the price went up. This must be the same thing with your shampoo. So I am looking yet again for unperfumed products but I really do not want to pay a fortune for a brand because unperfumed they may be but they probably have other ingredients which are irritant.

March 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

Helen says:

You could stop using shampoo completely! I have not used shampoo in about 8 years and my hair is much better for it. Many dermatologists recommend not using shampoo as it is unhealthy for the skin and not necessary to keep your hair clean.
There is loads of information on the internet if you do a search for “no poo” or “no shampoo”.
I have short curly hair which can get frizzy. Living in the UK is harder on my hair due to the hard water. My hair is less frizzy for not using shampoo. I wash my hair vigorously with water under the shower every 2nd or 3rd day. About every 3-4 weeks I wash it with conditioner.
Conditioner will wash your hair just as well as shampoo and without the extreme drying effects of shampoo. I have a few friends that wash their hair with conditioner once or twice a week and they say their hair is much better for it.
Also, not using shampoo saves you a pot of money. So it is very Thrifty! 🙂

March 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

Miss Thrifty says:

liveseygirl: I would happily pay £1 for Johnson’s baby shampoo. No joy with our local pound shops as yet, but you have given me hope. I will keep looking.

paidinchickens: Hmmm, very interesting. (Strokes chin thoughtfully.) I did scour my local Sainos, but no joy – they didn’t have a budget baby shampoo. Maybe I should take another look.

Len: I already use the TRESemme conditioner! Bumper bottle, bought on special. I find the posher shampoos too much for my hair though. The cheap ones suit me the best.

Mevsim: hmmm, I shall check it out. Thanks for the thought.

Linda: argh, how annoying. I will keep my eyes peeled. The stuff must be around somewhere, even if it has a different label slapped on.

Helen: I did wonder if somebody would suggest this! I tried it before but flaked out (literally – eurgh). It’s difficult for me to do now because of that two-week period at the beginning when your hair looks mank. I work in an office, so need to look halfway respectable. Is there a way around it? Headscarves? I guess Batiste would be cheating…

March 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

dayna says:

If you have a home bargains near you, they tend to have the 900ml bottles of tresemme shampoos on offer, not 9p, but good for nearly a litre of a quality brand shampoo! xxx

March 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Cath says:

I’d vote for no-poo too, I stopped using shampoo at the start of the year and went down the bicarb for washing and vinegar rinse route. It didn’t take too long to get through the kak phase and is fine now, with the added (thrifty) bonus that I no longer need to use any styling product on it either, my previously flat hair is now much more manageable.

Good luck finding an alternative.

March 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm

hazel1009 says:

Will see if I can ascertain whether this is company wide or just discontinued in your local morrisons. Have u any other morrisons close by?

March 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Polly says:

Not to brag but with regards to hazel1009’s comment, Morrisons in Brentford still stock this shampoo…

March 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I used baby shampoo religiously, purely because it was cheaper and it seemed to agree with my sensitive skin. I actually don’t now because I discovered that it’s sooooo alkaline (to not hurt babies’ eyes) that it prettying strips your hair of any goodness! I wait until things like herbal essences are on offer and but the big bottles for around £2- not 9p, granted! Have you looked around a few other local Morrisons stores? You might find one still hoarding them, and you could stockpile? X

March 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

I get Tresemme on offer in Boots, but as it’s not for you, Aldi’s range (69p) or Alberto Balsam are cheap.

April 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

L Farnworth says:

My mum uses alberto balsam and her hair is amazing…..and she has NEVER used conditioner. I dont how she gets away with that as I always use it otherwise I csnt get a comb through it. Have u tried superdrug? All their own brand stuff is buav approved.

April 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

sueb says:

Try Organic Liquid Castile Soap from they also sell a shampoo base if you want something gentle and long lasting.

May 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Trix says:

I buy shampoo bars. They were initially marketed for dreadlocks however they’re suitable for everybody to use. They cost between £4 – £10 a bar however mine lasts me up to 2 years and I have hip length hair.

They’re fragranced naturally using essential oils, don’t contain SLS, which is a known allergen, especially for those of us with sensitive skin – I experience eczema, psoriasis and rosacea so have to be extremely careful what I use on my skin! I also have very fine, silky hair so mainstream liquid shampoos don’t work well for me because they’re so heavily laden with additives such as silicone to give the impression of smoother, shinier, healthier hair. These products weigh down fine hair making it look greasy and stringy very quickly. The problem with them is that the more you use them to tackle the said greasies, the more it coats the hair and the more frequently you need to wash it. Also, the whole needing to shampoo your hair twice thing stems originally from marketing – it doubles the amount of product you use which means you buy twice as much of it. Regularly washed hair that isn’t laden with styling products only needs one shampoo.

My advice as an ex hairdresser would be to pay the extra for a natural shampoo, preferably a bar; only shampoo once and be sure to rinse thoroughly. It will last much longer than liquid shampoo because it’s far harder to use too much of it, it’s more concentrated so less is needed, it doesn’t go off, it has less impact on the environment, there’s less packaging involved, it can be used to hand wash clothes, is gentle on the skin so can be safely used all over the body (thus cutting down on how many products you buy/have cluttering up your bathroom) as well as for cleaning your babies, children and pets. Knotty Boy bars cost about a tenner and last really well. Posh Brats also sell handmade soap – there are numerous body and hair varieties available for around £4 a bar and they’re made here in the Stockport area. I prefer to buy these as I like to support small, local businesses. They don’t last quite as long but they’re less than half the price so it evens out in the long run. Dr Bronners comes in bar and liquid form. I find that the liquid works well on my hair but that the bar soap tends to leave a residue. The bar can be used for all the above and the liquid has the advantage of working well as a SLS-free washing up liquid, etc. For an even cheaper option, if you prefer liquids, do a web search for SLS free base. It’s meant for those who like to make their own beauty products. You can pick up as much or as little as you like (the last time I looked, a litre cost about £10), it can be diluted down for bath and shower products and you could either leave it unfragranced or add your favourite essential oils should you prefer. The regular SLS base is cheaper should you prefer that. Sometimes a bigger initial outlay is more cost effective in the long run, especially if it’s multi functional. Alternatively, you could go down the apple cider vinegar route. It has a lot of uses for skin and hair care as well as for around the home. It can be used to cleanse the hair and scalp or used as a rinse instead of using a conditioner. Here’s a link for more information. Good luck with finding your new holy grail hair product!

May 14, 2017 at 5:34 am

Mevsim says:

Since I left my comment in 2014 we have completely changed the way we wash. We only use natural shampoo now with no chemicals and only wash our hair twice a month – using cornflour in the meantime. My hair is less greasy and thicker than it ever was before and looks in great condition – as does my daughter’s (who has ridiculously thick, curly hair anyway).

June 2, 2017 at 6:54 am

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