It's obvious that if you write about beauty, you have to test a lot of products - most of which don't really make that much difference. But having already listed the most superlative make-up marvels I've ever tried - as in EVER! - it's time to take a look at beautifiers for the barnet...
For Superstar Shine The John Frieda Collection. I use the Brilliant Brunettes range (because I'm, er, brunette) and it just makes hair shine like no other shampoo and conditioner I've used, enhancing hair's natural highlights, too. As does the Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, if you need a little va-va-voom, too. Faultless.
For Hot Hair In A Hurry Paul Labrecque Volume Shampoo Bodifying Hair Wash. It comes with a separate leave-in conditioner which saves the second rinse, but the shampoo's so good at detangling, you really don't need a conditioner at all, cutting washing time by half. And it adds body to my hair, which is so thin it probably qualifies as having an eating disorder. It's not cheap at £18ish, but it lasts ages.
For Style Resuscitation Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist. Keep a small one of these in your bag and spritz it ever-so lightly over your mop if it needs a kickstart betwixt desk and disco. It's like the kiss of life for fading hairdos.
For Added Oomph John Frieda Collection Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion and Nicky Clarke Great Body Plump It Up Hair Raising Spray. So they're a mouthful... but both these products really do give hair more substance and help hold your style without affecting natural movement or making hair feel stiff.
For Carefree Curls L'Oreal Professionel Gelee Cashmere Anti-Frizz Gelee. Helps shape curls without crispiness
For When You Just Can't Be Bothered Batiste Dry Shampoo. It's a classic that has re-emerged with added street cred now everyone seems to spend the summer at festivals, but when you can't get near a shower (or, more likely in normal life, you've overslept), it does a stellar job at absorbing oiliness and lingering whiffiness. So hair looks a little duller afterwards - you can't always have it all, ladies (and gents).
For Colour Confidence Clairol Evershine Conditioning Gloss. Clairol used to include these tubes of conditioner only with its at-home colour kits, but realised they were so good, they deserved their own moment in the spolight. So you can buy them separately now and so you should, because they do help maintain vibrancy when used for the first few washes after a colouring treatment.
For Super Smoothness John Frieda Collection Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock Glosser. Don't worry about the colour of your hair as just the tiniest dab smoothes and shines all colours. And it's great if you've overdone the blowdrying and ended up more bouffant than boho; rub a teeny tiny amount all over the hands and pat gently over the hair to extinguish some of that over-excitement.
For Tree Huggers Tara Smith Feed The Root Shampoo and Conditioner. We'd probably all be a lot more environmentally conscious if we could do so without compromising our vanity - and the problem with a lot of truly natural ranges is that without all the chemicals that help them lather up, they never really feel as though they get your hair that clean. Until Tara Smith came along. And her products are all around a fiver so you aren't paying for the privilege, either.
For Stay-There Hair Style Wella Silvikrin Hairspray. Does what it says on the tin. Keeps hair in place without creating the dreaded Helmet Head.