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How to wash your bad-hair days away

I COULD test shampoo and conditioners every week until Doomsday. I love finding a new combination that gives me great hair, and I've a couple of new favourites.

DERMALOGICA Shine Therapy Shampoo and Silk Finish Conditioner, €22.20/€28.65, HHHHH

Both of these release an invigorating scent upon contact with water and I would have scrubbed for ever, it smelled so lovely. The hair is shiny and feels silky, so this pair absolutely deliver. You don't get good second-day hair, but I wasn't bothered: this is a good hair day in two bottles.

L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE 5 Essential Oils Shampoo & Conditioner, €15.95/€16.95, HHIII

As with all products from the Provencal brand, this smells gorgeous. The bottles themselves are hard plastic, and not very practical for use under running water: it is very difficult to get the product out of the container. This combo is not great for fine hair like mine, as my locks went limp inside of two hours (yes, I counted.) Curly-haired beauties may get more joy.

KIEHL'S Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner, €17.50/ €22.50, HHHII

My hair is pretty fine -- well, yeah, but I mean, the hairs themselves are not thick. I loved this, but it was not great on my skimpy strands. If you have rough and tough hair, I highly recommend this, as I expect it will give you tresses of silk.

VICHY Nourishing Reparative Shampoo & Cream Conditioner, €10.50/€10.50, HHHHI

I can't help it, I am susceptible to packaging. I looked at this and thought, 'Hmm, medicine,' but guess what? This is medicine for your hair, for sure. Both have got collagen in them, so that they plump up your hair and make it shiny and full. Second day hair is a bit of a letdown.

KERASTASE Cristalliste Bain Cristal & Lait Cristal, €14/€20, HHHHH "Did you get your hair done?" Nope. "Well, it looks great. Keep doing what you're doing." This from a fellow beauty journalist, not an easy gal to impress! This is designed for long hair, and clearly, it is a success. The Bain is the shampoo and is the biz; the Lait is the conditioner and a little too milky for me. Whatevs! It works!