The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Fine hair is a bit trou­ble­some — it tends to be de­void of vol­ume at any length. Hair­care de­signed for this hair tries its best; vo­lu­mis­ing sham­poo is light on oil to cleanse with­out drag­ging the hair down, but fine hair gets tan­gled eas­ily and needs con­di­tioner, which flat­tens the roots. En­ter, vol­ume pow­der, to save the day! Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­searchers Min­tel, dry sham­poo’s pop­u­lar­ity has tripled in the last five years, with one in five women us­ing it reg­u­larly. Among the launches for 2013 are a num­ber of vol­ume pow­ders (see far right) that dif­fer from dry sham­poo. De­signed to give lift to the roots rather than mop up ex­cess oil from the scalp with the help of starches, vol­ume pow­ders can be used to great ef­fect on fine hair with­out the need for teas­ing or back­comb­ing, which causes break­age. Ge­nius. Is noth­ing sa­cred, I ask my­self? I’ve no­ticed many a male celebrity — Rus­sell Brand, Jared Leto, Johnny Depp — rock­ing black-painted nails lately. It doesn’t look half bad but I can’t dis­pel the im­age in my mind of them care­fully ap­ply­ing two coats of pol­ish and blow­ing on their nails! But now a US men’s per­sonal care brand, Evo­lu­tion Man, has launched a nail col­lec­tion for guys. Colours range from beige to black and have great names like Pave­ment, Stand Out and Al­ter Ego. Aside from giv­ing you a ma­cho mani, other sug­gested uses in­clude us­ing the clear pol­ish to fix your sun­glasses screws and quick-seal­ing chipped tiles. How have we women never known the DIY pow­ers of our pol­ish col­lec­tion? North­ern Ir­ish fa­cial­ist Una Bren­nan made it onto’s ‘Top 10 Fa­cials in Lon­don’ list last month, her famed fa­cials us­ing the su­pe­rior cos­me­ceu­ti­cal range Sk­inceu­ti­cals. Una’s sa­lon is in Not­ting Hill but, luck­ily for us, Sk­inceu­ti­cals fa­cials are avail­able in Ire­land — visit sk­inceu­ti­ for de­tails.

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