Bridal Club Magazine
The Bride's Guide to Beauty Treatments
Every bride wants to look (and feel) like the most beautiful
version of her self on her wedding day, myself included. In order
to help make that happen, I knew I had to grow my locks out,
consume nutrient-rich foods for glowing skin, and schedule hair and
makeup trials well in advance. But beyond those simple beauty
commandments, it can be confusing to navigate all of the
prettifying options that exist for brides: Do I need to get monthly
facials? If I whiten my teeth, just how white could I expect them
to become? How should I prep my hair for an updo come
The mental image of a couple hundred different gazes locked onto
my every move motivated me to get a move-on and establish
a beauty countdown plan. So, despite an already humongous
to-do list, I made appointments with a few pros, including a
dermatologist, "just in case of an emergency." It turned out to be
the best thing I could have done.
I was diagnosed with rosacea - which explained why my skin
became red and blotchy after hot showers and exercising - and
saw a vast improvement after using a prescribed cream for just two
months. In addition, I decided to spring for at-home teeth
bleaching trays and couldn't believe how easy they were to use. I
felt like a movie star at my bridal shower. With a little guidance,
I feel more camera-ready with just about four months to go!
Thinking of splurging on a beauty treatment for your hair,
teeth, or skin, too? Read this first so that you know what to
There's an array of extension options - glue, tape,
sew-in, braidless, clip-on, natural vs. synthetic - so talk to
your hairstylist to determine the best one for your budget and hair
type. Reboh uses natural virgin hair extensions at his
How they work: It takes about one to
one-and-a-half hours to get the hair extensions placed in,
depending on the length and volume. Reboh says that the process
shouldn't hurt at all, and they won't damage the hair
When to do it: Two weeks before the wedding.
The extensions are applied as close to the root as possible, so
after 14 days, the scalp has loosened up. Little maintenance is
required of them; if the tape grows downward due to rapid hair
growth, they can be reapplied closer to the scalp.
What to expect: Hair extensions last about four
months, depending on how slow or fast your hair grows, and they can
be washed and styled daily. After you've gotten them, Reboh
recommends that you use sulfate-free products and avoid heavy oils,
pomades, or products with alcohol.
Average cost: A half-head or strategically
placed extensions (more length in the front, middle, and/or back of
the head) start at $400; a full head can cost up to $1,500. "This
is an investment, as you can custom dye the extensions and not ruin
your hair's natural health," said Reboh.