I've got long dark hair that's naturally curly; the thing is, it's not a fall out of bed or wash-and-go effortless wavy curly - OH NO, that would have been too much of a genetic gift - think more Diana Ross in the early 70s and you'll get a pretty good idea of what it's like when left untamed.
So it either gets dragged, kicking and screaming into sleek and shiny submission, through straightening irons or wrapped around the barrel of curling tongs (yes, I know, curling curly hair sounds mad).
Too much washing, drying and manhandling with hot appliances can wreak utter havoc with my hair, so to avoid too much damage I don't wash it every day - I'd never have time to do anything else if I did, the entire palava from wet to looking fit to leave the house takes over an hour an hour!
Every third day is when I usually wash my hair but if, on that third day, I don't have time to play hairdressers and need to go out then one of my faithful hats is called into service.
But I don't always want to put a hat on, and what if I'm going somewhere where wearing a hat just isn't appropriate?!
I've often flirted with the idea of dry shampoos - they look as though they could be a 24-hour fix to my too-busy-on-the-third-day problem - so when I saw Tresemme's Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo on offer at my local Tesco recently, I BOUGHT some.
It promised to remove 72% of the oil in my hair with 'just a quick spray', leave it smelling fresh and looking transformed.
The first time I used it I was very unimpressed! It left me looking as if I'd lost a fight with baby powder; I did what it said I must do: shake the can vigorously, spray onto dry hair, at the roots, from a distance of between 8 and 12 inches.
Something had obviously gone horribly wrong; perhaps I'd picked up a dodgy can?
I often find it helps not to get over-excited and to follow instructions properly. I'd omitted to complete the final, and clearly, most important step - leave the dry shampoo for one minute before rubbing in well.
My second attempt was much more successful and while the results aren't quite the same as having newly washed hair, they will get you out of a need-to-wash-you-hair hole for an extra day.
Would Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo be something I'd use on a regular basis? I'm still not sure, but it would definitely be something I'd keep tucked away on standby and I give it a 7 out of 10.
It retails for just under £5 from most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and the other usual suspects; LloydsPharmacy seem to be the cheapest though at £3.99.