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I really need a hair cut, but until it works its way into my budget, I take the best care of my hair as I can. This starts with a good shampoo and conditioner. Have any of the below become my new go-to combo?

Let's see . . .

JOHN FRIEDA Sheer Blonde Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner, €6.19/¤6.19 HHHHI I never have faith in products that claim to make your hair blonder, but John Frieda totally does the business. I felt my hair was too dry, but I just lashed on extra conditioner, because the shininess is worth it. Dark-haired lovelies can check out Brilliant Brunette.

BEEVER Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner, €12/¤12 HHIII If you need volume, then this is a good choice. But if you have naturally tangly hair, this is going to make it tanglier. The shampoo made my hair feel so big, that I had to use a load of conditioner. The end result, après-blowdry, was lovely, but my hair felt a touch too dry.

YES TO CUCUMBERS Shampoo and Conditioner, €10.31/¤10.31 HHHII Another one that felt like my hair was getting dry, using it over time. But, oh, the lovely scent! After horse-riding, my hair is generally sweaty and atrocious, but when I used this I didn't feel as grotty. I used this infrequently, to good result, but it wasn't something that I felt I could keep in regular rotation.

HEAD & SHOULDERS Itchy Scalp Care, €3.39/€3.39 HHHHH I was rather dismissive of this duo. I don't have dandruff, and Head & Shoulders is all about that, right? I tried it anyway -- and let me tell you, it is spectacular. The shampoo gives your scalp a delicious tingle as you lather it up and the conditioner feels like it seals your scalp in health and goodness.

AUSSIE Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, €4.35/€4.35 HHHHI This is smart: the shampoo bottle is bigger than the conditioner. I am impressed. As to the actual product itself, the second day hair is better than the first day, so plan ahead. Ha!