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| by Nada Allam

Wedding Checklist: The Hair, Skincare and Makeup Routine

As your wedding nears, you should be done with the tedious errands and start taking care of yourself. It doesn't matter if your coffee table arrived, or if you haven't shopped for all your home accessories yet, you (the bride-to-be!) are the one that matters. How you deal with your skin, your weight, your health, and your hair, will affect the way you'll look on your wedding day. For glowing skin, fabulous hair and all round amazing bridal look, follow my wedding checklist for your skincare, makeup and hair routine before your big day comes...


Hair:

1. It is extremely important to take care of your hair, so that you can style it in whatever way you want, remember that tired hair does not look good. Six months before your wedding, start doing regular hair treatments and go in for trims regularly to keep your hair healthy in tip top shape. 

2. I cannot stress this enough, the earlier the better when it comes to booking anything for your wedding. 8-6 months before your wedding, you should start looking for a hairdresser that makes you feel comfortable and and start going for hair trials, to find the right hairstyle for your wedding day. Hopefully by then, you would have already picked out your dress, to pick a hair-do that goes with the style of the dress

3. If you keep up with a perfect bridal hair routine before your wedding, head in for your final trim at least 3 months before your wedding. Do not cut after that, as you want your hair looking thick and full for your bridal hair-do. To try and prevent split ends, do not blow dry your hair, air dry more often, and stick to regular mask treatments such as coconut oil, olive oil, etc.

4. If you dye your hair, you should stop going in for regular hair dyes. Focus on nourishing your hair from the dye and growing out your natural hair in these 8 months. That way, two weeks before your wedding, go in for a hair color appointment to get the shade you want on your wedding day.

P.S. Make sure you go to your regular hair colorist, someone you trust, to guarantee no color faux pas. If you are not sure the color will come out the way you want it, either don't it, or go for something standard.  

Skincare:

No bride wants dull looking skin on her wedding, but, in order to get glowing skin on your wedding you really need to look after your skin way before your big bay. Six months prior, begin the wedding skincare routine:

1. Start going in for monthly facials so you can clean your skin, get rid of any scars and keep your face healthy and hydrated.

2. Load up on lot and lots of water, you should drink at least 1.5 liters every day.

3. Use sunblock! The last thing you want are tan lines or dehydrated skin. Apply sunblock to your face daily to protect your skin from from harmful sun rays.

4. Do not go in for a facial in the last three weeks before your wedding, you don't want to aggravate your skin in any way. You can go in for a gentle facial or an oxygen mask a week before your wedding to give your skin a healthy glow.

5. Pamper your skin before the wedding, head in to the spa and try a Moroccan bath treatment. The procedure involves scrubbing and getting rid of any dead skin cells, leaving your skin extremely smooth. Generally, if you go in for any spa treatment, do that before you wax and at least five days before your wedding.

6. Mani/Pedi. Never do your nails on the day of your wedding, the last thing you want is waiting for your nails to dry or staining your veil or dress just because one of your nails did not completely dry up. Go in for your mani/pedi one day before your wedding, that way you will ensure it still looks primped and shiny. If you don't have time and went in for an earlier appointment, add some shine to your nails with a top coat a day before your wedding.

Hair Removal:

1. If you would like to start laser hair removal, then you are better off starting the sessions a year or at least eight months before the wedding, to ensure the best results. That way, you will not be in the beginning stages of removing hair when the wedding comes. 

2. If you are not doing laser, ditch the razor and go in for a wax appointment. This will remove the hair from the root, leaving your skin smooth and hair free for at least two weeks, which will be useful on the honeymoon. 

3. Get your wax 4-5 days before the wedding, so that if your skin reacted in any way, you have enough time to deal with it.

4. Eyebrows! By now you should have that one person you trust who can groom your eyebrows perfectly every time. So, get your eyebrows groomed 4-5 days before your wedding, and make sure to follow these tips on how to treat skin irritation after threading.

Makeup:

1. Six months before your wedding, you should start going in for makeup trials and book your makeup artist for your wedding day.

2. Be sure to use makeup products you have tried and tested before, to avoid any surprises.

3. Think of a makeup look that would go with your hairstyle and wedding dress, Pinterest is really helpful.

4. Do not wear much makeup on the days before your wedding, so as not to exhaust your face.






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