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Tried and tested: Shampoo and Conditioners

I FIND it hard to take a chance on a new shampoo -- bad hair days are the worst days I ever live. However, there's nothing I love more than discovering a new brand.

Dilemma! But, hey, what's life without a little risk?

REVLON Equave Instant Beauty Hydro Detangling Shampoo and Hydro Nutritive Blonde Detangling Conditioner, €10.99/€14.99 HHHHI There is one shampoo in this range and a plethora of spray-on, leave-in conditioners.

I am suspicious of spray-on, leave-in conditioner: will it not weigh down my hair?

Not this one. Shiny, sleek hair is the order of the day, thanks to the keratin in both of the products.

OJON Damage Reversal Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner, €24/€26 HHIII

Ojon do an amazing hair mask and an interesting serum, but I didn't go mad for the S & C.

All the products are made from an elixir from the nut of the ojon tree, found in the Central American rainforest, an elixir that makes hair healthy and shiny.

The shampoo felt drying and I needed loads of conditioner to bring the shine out.

HAIRWONDER Anti-Hairloss Shampoo and Lotion, €10.99/€19.99 HHHHI Well, it never hurts to practise a little prevention!

This duo purports to stimulate growth and prevent loss. My hair turned out really well and looked voluminous.

The scalp lotion didn't, as I feared, weigh down my roots. I'll let you know if this has helped my hair grow, as it is too soon to tell ...

REDKEN Blonde Glam Shampoo and Conditioner, €27.20 (for the two together) HHHII

I'm sure that brunettes and redheads can also avail of their own category and suggest they do: I'm a very happy blonde after using this duo. Salon sleekness and pumped up highlights? Can't beat that. You can't get a second day out of it, sadly, so you will have to shampoo every morning if you fancy this stuff.

JOHN FRIEDA Full Repair Full Body Shampoo and Conditioner, both at €6.31 HHHHH Manageability is a buzz word often associated with hair, but what does it mean? It seems that the new John Frieda line is the answer to that: it means that over-styled, over-flat- ironed hair can be made to hold styles and look healthy and shiny, to boot.

This calms the frizz that results from too much heat and at that price, it doesn't get much better.