When my hair is overdue a visit to the hairdresser (most of the time) and it’s been through the wars (ie unwashed and unloved – a maximum of eight days once, but let’s not go there), there are some super shampoos that bring back the bounce and convincingly hoodwink everyone, including myself, that I’ve “just stepped out of a salon”. Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo (20, spacenk.com) gives curls a viper boost and leaves them smelling of oranges and honey, reminding me of Greek holidays back when the poor country still had the drachma. Umberto Giannini’s Calm Curls Shampoo (4.99, boots.com) zaps frizz and gives a pleasingly high-shine finish. And you get a lot of bang for your buck, which is handy in these austere times.
Davines Love Shampoo 13.10, 020 3301 5449
Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo 14.75, philipkingsley.com
Aesop Nurturing Shampoo 17, aesop.com
Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Shampoo 17.50, bumbleandbumble.co.uk
Aveda Be Curly Shampoo 15.50, aveda.co.uk