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 vogue.co.uk’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 skinceuticals.co.uk for details.