Looking for the best bridal beauty treatments to book before your wedding day? From hair treatments, eyelash extensions and teeth whitening to gel manicures and blowdries, we put the best bridal beauty treatments to the test.
The Best Bridal Beauty Treatments Tried and Tested
We test out the latest cult, trending and transformative beauty treatments so you can see what’s on offer as you prep, from head-to-toe, for your wedding day.
Brow Lamination at Blush + Blow, London
I once heard a makeup artist profess ‘eyebrows can make or break a face‘, as she whipped out what appeared to be a protractor and turned her client’s forehead into some sort of architectural sketch. While perhaps a little dramatic, I can certainly appreciate just how much a perfectly shaped and filled eyebrow can transform your makeup look.
In need of a bit of TLC, but having ditched my protractor at GCSE maths, I turned to the professionals to fix up my brows. Naturally, my eyebrows are quite dark in colour, but after years of plucking and threading chasing that perfect arch, can appear a little sparse in the middle. Before venturing down a more permanent route such as microblading (you can read all about that further down this article) I decided to try out Brow Lamination at Blush + Blow in London’s leafy Parson’s Green.
The expert team at Blush + Blow offer up everything from the bounciest of blow dries and semi-permanent makeup to botox and teeth whitening. As soon as you walk into the cool blue, Instagram worthy-salon you can see why it’s become a hub of all things beauty for Chelsea’s social set and TV stars.
I was immediately made to feel as though my brows were in safe hands as i was lead down to the serene treatment room, complete with calming music and subtle incense. After talking me through the brow lamination process, the aesthetician got to work. I must have drifted off as I emerged about around 30 minutes later with smoother, fuller, luscious brows.
So, what is the brow lamination process?
Originating from Russia, the brow lamination process is a new technique to boost your brows. To start, a lifting cream is painted over your eyebrows to break down the bonds of each hair and enable them to be manipulated into a new shape and direction.
The brows are then brushed in an upwards motion to give a fuller look and fill over sparse areas. A neatraliser is then used to set reforms the bonds in order to keep the hairs fixed in their new place. A setting lotion then helps to the fix the brow and a nourishing oil leaves them full of moisture and looking smooth, shiny and luscious.
The results of brow lamination last up to 6 weeks. I found my brows looked near on perfect for both day and night about a week after the treatment. In the weeks following, they only needed a little bit of a tweak and fill if I was going for a full makeup look.
Brow Lamination is now available alongside LVL lash treatments at Blush + Blow.
Review by Isabelle Higgs
Duck & Pluck Eyebrow Threading at Duck & Dry, Chelsea
If you have a love/hate relationship with your brows, letting a stranger have free reign with the threading string can be a little… intimidating. But with a tropical holiday coming up and knowing I would want to be as make-up free as possible, freshly shaped eyebrows were going to be an essential part of my low-key look. Having used the excuse of ‘growing out’ my somewhat feebly thin eyebrows for months, I was going to need expert help to get me holiday ready.
With that in mind, I headed into Duck & Dry’s luscious Chelsea branch to visit the Duck & Pluck Brow and Lash bar. Based in the heart of the King’s Road, the space is a welcome oasis from the hustle and bustle of Chelsea, decorated with plants and calming millennial pink hues.
After a quick but thorough consultation discussing exactly what I wanted to achieve with my less than obedient eyebrows, I felt confident that my nervous “as thick as possible please” (the eyebrow equivalent of ‘just a trim’) pleas had been taken seriously and that I was in safe hands.
The beautician started with the tint, and having achieved a perfect natural shade of brown, I braced myself for the pain of the threading. Despite what the occasional tears escaping from my eyes may have indicated, the process was quick, accurate and relatively painless. I was amazed with the results. No need for false claims of enthusiasm here!
Whilst you are there, why not treat yourself to a blow dry as well, some branches even have nail bars too – a real one stop shop for all things wedding prep.
I left feeling confident and with plans to return. It will vary from person to person dependent on hair type and speed of re-growth, but it is recommended to get eyebrows threaded every two – five weeks in order to maintain a precise shape.
Visit Duck & Pluck at the Chelsea & Mayfair branches of Duck & Dry, threading starts from £12.
Review by Amber Oakley
Invisible Tape Hair Extensions from The London Hair Lab at Vixen & Blush
I’ve always been envious of those blessed with naturally luscious locks. The girls you see on Instagram and in magazines, with loose curls flowing flawlessly behind their shoulders. But my own efforts, with a little help from a bouncy blow dry here and there, often fell flat. So, when the opportunity came to try out some hair extensions from The London Hair Lab, at Vixen & Blush, I jumped at the chance.
However, prone to over-thinking, I was conscious of the hair extension horror stories I’d heard over the years. Thankfully my concerns were quickly put to ease after a detailed consultation on the pros and cons of each type of hair extensions.
After talking through my desired results, and my questions about after care, maintenance and damage to my natural hair (I was reassured this would not be an issue at all), I opted to try out the invisible tape hair extensions. As my hair was already quite long, we decided to go for added volume, rather than too much extra length, and to even out old layers.
About tape extensions: Invisible tape extensions involve two pieces of hair sandwiched together using medical A-grade tape. These are ideal for people with fine hair looking to add volume. Tape hair extensions are a great introduction for those who have never had extensions before and are considered to be a semi-permanent method, lasting between 6 and 8 weeks. It’s unlikely tape hair extensions will damage your hair if they are fitted properly, however, you may lose a little bit of length when refitting.
The process was a lot quicker than I expected, and not in the slightest bit uncomfortable. I had 14 tapes fitted, and after a quick trim to even out the length, my hair looked like better than I could have imagined. After a couple of weeks, I’m still so in love with the end result and have managed to annoy all my colleagues with incessant hair flicks in the office. Tape hair extensions are semi-permanent, and so I’ll need to book in for a re-fit in six to eight weeks time to maintain the quality.
The downside: I never want to take them out.
Review by Ruby Norris
An Intraceutical Oxygen facial is the go-to facial for A-listers for their lightbulb moment on the red carpet, as it delivers covetable, photo ready skin. And what the A listers love always trickles down to us mere mortals, so we can now enjoy this facial now too.
The facial uses hyperbarbic oxygen to push the highest-grade products deep into the skin. This works instantly to lift, tone and plump the skin whilst reducing wrinkles and deeply refreshes and rejuvenates tired looking skin, with absolutely no downtime. This facial is perfect for brides, my therapist told me some brides even have this facial just before they walk down the aisle!
The treatment kicks off with a double cleanse and exfoliation using the Rejuvenate Enzyme Exfoliant, which has both AHAs and bamboo beads to gently lift dead skin cells and prepare skin. My skin feels so clean and soft after this, I’m already a convert. Next Hyaluronic Base Serum is applied to prep the skin and actually gives you instant dewiness, again I was happy with this level of skin loveliness. But yet another high-grade product, the Lines Serum, is then applied in soft strokes to expression zones such as the forehead and the nasolabial folds (sides of your mouth), to soften the effects of muscle contractions, reducing static wrinkles giving skin a fresher, more youthful bounce.
The Eyes Serum increases microcirculation, helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles, and is swept out over the brows and tapped under eyes in light movements to stimulate lymph drainage. The Lift Serum contains Bacillus Ferment which helps to fight sagging skin, and the therapist uses a light cupping motion to stimulate the muscles to add tautness to the lower face.
And finally, to achieve that all-important red-carpet glow, the Highlight Serum is applied on the cheekbones, Cupid’s bow and brow bone to give a tighter look to skin for a flawless photo finish.
The end result? I looked 10 years younger, my skin was plump, fresh and energised and I was ready for my red-carpet moment. I just need to become an A-lister first!
The facial costs £75 for 30 minutes, with the products available to purchase to carry on the good work.
With a little help from the Kardashian clan, our eyebrows have become a focal point of our makeup routine in recent years. A strong brow can make or break a beauty look, right?
We all have our own particular style when it comes to brows, but let’s face it, when it comes to tweaking, tweezing and filling them in, it can be tedious and time-consuming.
Ever in search of new ways to shake up my beauty regime, I ventured out to Sian Dellar‘s clinic at 1 Harley Street to give microblading a try. A semi-permanent makeup treatment, microblading takes the hassle out of filling in those pesky brows.
The technique sees an ultra-thin blade to deposit pigment into the epidermis (the top layer of skin). This creates a natural, crisp look with fine, hair-like strokes. Sian uses pigments formulated to match your original eyebrow colour, meaning they blend perfectly and enhance your own natural brows.
The treatment can last up to two hours, depending on how sparse your natural brows are and the fullness of your desired look. I opted for a natural look and to add more definition to the arch of my brows.
Before starting, Sian applied a numbing cream to my brows, however, I’d be lying if I said the process was entirely painless. You will feel a scratching sensation as the pigment is applied with the fine blade. But, trust me when I say the short period of slight discomfort is well worth it.
Sian is a true master of her unique microblading technique and I couldn’t be happier with the finished results.
After the first treatment, you will need to book in for a top-up appointment 4 – 6 weeks later. Results can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to maintain the shape and colour.
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Party season is when you want to look and feel your best, and sometimes a good blow dry and some extra volume in your hair is all you need to feel fabulous. The award-winning HB3 Hair Extensions brand is based in the trendy area of Brixton and offers a whole host of hair-saving solutions – whether you’re prepping for an engagement party, or want to try hair extensions for your big day.
We ventured to the south London salon to test out some micro-ring hair extensions.
After colour-matching and talking through the desired results with Toni, and questions about after-care, maintenance and damage to the natural hair, it was decided that I would try out the micro-rings (often also known as micro-bead) method. Due to the natural length and thickness of my hair, I opted for 18 inches, however the salon can fit longer hair (up to 24 inches) and cut your extensions to your desired length.
The micro-ring technique works by clamping small clusters of hair extensions onto strands of your own natural hair with a tiny bead or metal ring near the root. The pros of this method is that there’s no glue or heat involved in the application process and they last for around 3 months, depending on how fast your hair grows out.
Like tape hair extensions, once your hair begins to grow out, the extensions can simply be re-fit and moved back up the strand to the root. This means you don’t have to invest in new hair every time.
The process is quite lengthy, so I suggest getting stuck into a good book or magazine while your extensions are being fit. Luckily, the HB3 is a hair haven and the staff are welcoming and friendly, so you’ll feel welcome and home while the experts tend to your luscious locks.
18 inch micro-rings/ micro-bead extensions, from £250
For brides looking to take action when it comes to their frown lines before the big day, a trip to Emma Coleman Skin on Harley Street should be top of your list.
While Botox is not revolutionary, it’s been a go-to treatment among the celeb set and image conscious alike for years, in recent years we’ve edged away from the frozen face look to a more subtle, natural affect. And that’s exactly what Emma Coleman specialises in.
Before my visit to Emma Coleman’s clinic on Harley Street I was apprehensive. A beginner in the world of Botox, I was plagued with fears of walking away looking more like less blushing bride and more bride of Frankenstien. But my worries were soon put to rest.
Emma walked me through the whole process. After a reassuring consultation where Emma asked me questions about my skin type, diet, fitness levels and lifestyle to ascertain how well the Botox will take and how long it would last – something I’m told other aestheticians skip – we also discussed my desired effect of the treatment. I opted for Botox in two areas on my forhead, for a smoother appearances but still room for natural facial movement.
With all the information on the table (and my myriad questions answered kindly and informatively) Emma proceeded to inject the Botox. The process was relatively pain-free, just a small scratching sensation from the needle (numbing cream is available if you want) and 10 minutes later I was all done.
Botox takes a little while to settle, however, the end result was visible after about two weeks – and I couldn’t be happier.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening with Dr Pratish Dholakia at Bupa Dental Care
If you’re looking to have your teeth professionally whitened before your wedding day, Bupa Dental Care make it their mission to give you a confident smile for when you walk down the aisle. At the beginning of the appointment, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth, which are used to create custom-made trays to continue and prolong your results with at-home whitening.
During the appointment, the dentist places a shield in your mouth to protect your gums, before painting the whitening product onto the teeth. They then use the Philips Zoom! lamp to activate the whitening solution. The total one-hour treatment is made up of four x 15 minute sessions.
Your dentist will then go on to explain how you should use your home whitening kit to maintain effects of the bridal beauty treatment and the desired shade of your teeth at home. This is just another reason to smile all the way down that aisle.
Prices start at £400. For more information visit bupa.co.uk/dental.
Having worked in the hairdressing business for almost 15 years, Mayfive founder Katie Allan certainly knows her stuff when it comes to chopping, styling and colouring. She opened her boutique salon only a year ago (alongside planning her own wedding), following a long stint at Charles Worthington, and it’s fair to say she’s had no reason to look back since.
With its cutting-edge tropical interiors and adorable sausage dog Ralphie, who seems to delight at greeting clients as they arrive, Mayfive has a really sleek and super-relaxed vibe as you walk through its glass doors. The staff are all so welcoming and seemingly can’t do enough for you, and it comes as no surprise to me that the wash basins here even include their own foot massagers.
Katie asked me to talk her through my hair routine and the look I’d like, before washing my hair with Momo Moisturising Shampoo from Davines, which is ideal for dry or dehydrated locks. It’s also made with eco-friendly ingredients, and it smells pretty sensational, too.
After an incredible head massage, Katie got to work with the scissors, carefully paying attention to the fact I wanted to grow my hair, but still have it look tidy, fresh and new.
Next up was the blowdry, and Katie angled the nozzle downwards to reduce the pesky flyaways I had complained about upon arrival. Her technique was flawless – my hair looked so sleek and shiny, and she hadn’t even used straighteners.
Having had a quick through Mayfive’s Instagram before my appointment, I also had it on good authority that Katie’s clientele were big fans of waves, a look I’ve never quite managed to pull off myself. Now was my chance to see how the experts do it.
Using a large pair of curling tongs, Katie twisted and twirled strands of my hair, ruffling them with her hands once they had cooled down. The results were fantastic, and I was amazed by how bouncy my hair was, without the added frizz it normally suffers from.
But of course, it’s not just cut and blowdries that Katie excels in; alongside its reputation as a colouring specialist, the salon is regularly frequented with brides-to-be in preparation for their wedding day. Katie tell me she and her team can create a range of big-day styles for brides and bridesmaids, or teach clients how to pull off their own DIY do.
I have to admit, when the time comes, there’s a good chance I’ll be there in a heartbeat…
You may have been pumping out cardio exercises and lifting weights in preparation for the big day, but when was the last time you exercised your face?
Meghan Markle swears by facial workouts in an interview she did back in 2014, claiming that as silly as it may feel, her cheekbones and jawline are much more sculpted as a result.
And never one to turn down something recommended by my favourite Duchess, I headed down to FaceGym on St John’s Wood’s ultra-cool high street to try out the ‘Party Face’ workout.
This exercise for your face sees a perfumed mix of vitamins, acids and peptides massaged into your skin using an incredible piece of equipment called Skin IV Technology. I began my workout with a short consultation with Miriam, my therapist for the morning, who asked me about my skin, what I wanted her to focus on, and the kinds of products I already use.
Miriam started the procedure by cleansing my face and chest, then vigorously massaged my cheeks and forehead in a way that a baker might knead bread dough. The process is a little intense and can leave you feeling a bit achey afterwards, but beauty is pain – and in this case it was definitely worth it. Plus, the staff are all incredibly friendly and can ease the pressure if you’re finding it too uncomfortable.
Next up, Miriam applied a conducting gel over my face and ran an Electrical Muscle Stimulation Device (EMS) over it, to stimulate muscles, contour cheekbones and restore my skin’s elasticity. The sensation is a little odd, but certainly not the most uncomfortable part of the process.
A Gua Sha Stone (a chunk of jade) was then rubbed all over my skin to boost its production of collagen, followed by a Pestle & Mortar Recovery Eye Cream and Hydrate Moisturiser, which smelt fantastic.
And the results? Suffice to say I was shocked when Miriam presented me with a mirror afterwards – my face really was visibly glowing and so much plumper. My T-zone – usually the driest and most troublesome part of my face – felt so smooth and nourished, and I was even surprised to find the results lasted for a good few days afterwards.
When you arrive at FaceGym, don’t go in expecting a relaxing spa experience – this isn’t that. But if it’s instant results you’re after – particularly for a wedding day – the Party Face Workout truly is a miracle worker.
British Blowdry Treatment at Edward James Salon, Balham
There’s a new salon on the block and I’m pretty sure it’s going to become your new ‘happy place’.
Spread across two floors, the third salon from celebrity hairdresser Edward James is a chic haven in London’s trendy Balham area. As soon as I stepped in to the design-led salon I knew me and my hair would be in for a treat.
After an initial consultation (and a welcomed glass of bubbles) with salon director Lauren, I was taken downstairs to the equally sleek and ambient treatment room to try out the British Blowdry.
A twist on the Brazilian Blowdry, Edward James’ signature British Blowdry is a semi-permanent smoothing treatment. Designed for British hair, it suits finer hair without stripping it from its important natural moisture.
An ammonia free glossing oil is applied to add shine and moisture followed by Edward’s formula – a smoothing keratin protein which is applied to the frizziest part of the hair with a paint brush.
The treatment is designed to strengthen and smooth making hair feel more moisturised and manageable – it’s ideal for hair that reacts to humidity along with coloured hair.
After leaving the treatment set and soaking up more of the relaxing vibes in the salon for a further 45 minutes. Laura finished the process using straightening irons to seal the treatment.
Although my hair is often quite frizzy with a natural wave, I walked away from the salon with sleek, glossy hair. The perfect solution for taming your mane in the humid city heat, or ahead of a summer wedding.
Semi-permanent Makeup With Ellenor Holland at Esthetiques Clinic
With semi-permanent make-up and Ellenor’s expert artistry, you can have the eyebrows you’ve always dreamed of for your wedding day.
Ellenor uses the semi-permanent makeup technique where individual hair strokes are drawn into the skin with a needle. The pigment is matched to your hair colour and colouring, and your ideal shape and thickness is essentially tattooed on, with life-like hairs drawn into your actual brows to fill them out.
The hair stroke technique used gives a natural look, which instantly gives lift and emphasis to the eyes.
Ellenor always applies an anaesthetic prior to treatment to numb the area but the procedure is far more comfortable than anticipated and most clients find that top-ups are virtually painless.
If you have over-plucked brows, an asymmetric face or are just makeup challenged (no shame here), this treatment is a godsend and well worth the cash.
While semi-permanent makeup seems pricey at first, it’s semi-permanent, meaning you’ll only need a top-up once a year (or for some, less often). In the grand scheme of things (and your wedding budget), that seems like a pretty good investment. And can your really put a price on perfect brows, or the fact you’ll never have to waste precious morning time touching up your eyebrows.
Prices start from £250. Visit: esthetiquesclinic.co.uk for more information or ring 07809225660 to book your free consultation with Ellenor now.
Eyelash extensions can help you achieve your desired bridal look, from natural to full-on glamorous lashes. The process involves attaching eyelash extensions to your natural lashes – you can opt for one eyelash extension per lash for a more natural look, have ‘bouquets’ of lashes attached to one lash, or clusters attached to the eyelids and helps you achieve a fuller look.
Brow experts Browhaus have recently launched a brand new lash menu, boasting four different lash treatments – each offering a different look.
For a classic look, there’s MELLOW LASHES, designed for image-conscious urbanites looking to enhance their natural lashes. This results in a subtle but fresh appearance. You could also opt for a hybrid look with FLOURISHED LASHES. This brings together the best of both worlds offering a natural affect with worlds of volume.
For brides seeking a more dramatic lash look on their big day, I’d recomend one of the Russian lash options. Opt for LUSCIOUS LASHES, for a lash look using voluminous handmade fans of lashes. If you’re more of a bigger is better kind of gal, you’ll want to book in for the Dramatic Russian Volume INFINITY LASHES for a full on, feathery look.
I tried out the hybrid style and left the salon with full but natural look that I couln’t stop fluttering. The best thing about eyelash extensions is not having to wear mascara. They’re the perfect option if you’re going straight on your honeymoon after the wedding as you literally wake up and needn’t apply make-up.
On average, individual eyelash extensions can last between 3 and 6 weeks depending on the growth rate of your natural eyelashes – mine lasted about a month. Russian lashes can last around 4 to 3 weeks, but it’s recomended to have regular infills.
Limoz Logli is a name adorned in the little black book of London Elite. Situated in the exclusive borough of Kensington & Chelsea but away from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road, the two storey hair and beauty salon is a hub of pure glamour which has the power to transport its clients back to the golden age.
Their resident nail technician Kristina gives the most indulgent of shellac manicures and pedicures tailored to you while offering expert advice and retaining the salon’s famed one-to-one experience.
Expect to be pampered in secluded stylish surroundings that transport you to the comfort of your dream home. If you’re a gel polish nail virgin – the durable game-changing polishes set completely hard to be totally smudge and chip-resistant and only need removing when you’ve had enough of the visible nail regrowth or fancy a colour change.
Just like in a regular manicure, cuticles are pushed back and your nails are filed. Nails are then also buffed, so the gel adheres more strongly.
If you’re not the most patient of beauty-lovers, there’s no waiting for your nails to dry as after each coat of gel polish is applied to each nail, there’s 30 seconds of drying time under a UV Light in between.
The shellac mani and pedi lasted nearly three weeks before the sides started to peel and regrowth was visible.
Botulinium toxin type A, or Botox is it’s most commonly known, has been used as an anti-aging cosmetic treatment for nearly two decades. Most often used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles the forehead, frown lines and crows feet – it’s been a favourite among celebs and us ordinary folk alike. In recent years, Botox has been used to enhance certain facial features and create a more youthful look. One treatment rising in popularity is a non-surgical brow lift, or ‘browtox’. I ventured over to the Cadogan Clinic, a leading cosmetics clinic in the heart of Chelsea, to try out Botox for a subtle brow lift.
After an informative and reassuring consultation with Dr Severine Leonet, Aesthetic Doctor at Cadogan Clinic, we agreed on the amount of Botox to use to achieve my desired results. Dr Leonet then went on to mark out the points along my brows before using a series of tiny injections to apply the Botox.
Much to my surprise, the process was relatively painless and within minutes Dr Leonet had finished my treatment. There is no recovery period needed after Botox, and soon after turning up for my appointment I was free to go about my usual routine.
If you’re thinking of getting Botox before your big day, make sure you leave enough time for the optimum results, as they are not immediate. The treated areas will initially soften three to five days period following the procedure and their appearance will further improve over the next two weeks. The results will then last between four to six months.
It’s also worth researching the best clinics or aestheticians to book beforehand and having a consultation before you undergo any procedures.
While some people have been known to experience side-effects (soreness and headaches) or bruising following Botox, thanks to Dr Leonet’s skill as an aesthetic doctor, I left the practice mark-free and eager to see my results. Two weeks later, my skin is visibly smoother and the subtle brow lift I had wanted to achieve is a resounding success. I could not be happier with the results and would recommend Dre Leonet and the Cadogan Clinic to anyone seeking Botox or fillers.
Eyelash extensions can help you achieve your desired bridal look, from natural to full-on glamorous lashes. The process involves attaching eyelash extensions to your natural lashes – you can opt for one eyelash extension per lash for a more natural look, have ‘bouquets’ of lashes attached to one lash, or clusters attached to the eyelids and helps you achieve a fuller look.
Whether you go for individual, multi, or cluster lashes, you’ll notice a huge difference straight after they’re applied. I tried out the bespoke Lash In Bloom cluster lash extension service by browhaus, which gives you beautiful lashes that frame your eyes to make them appear larger and darker and despite giving that fuller look, they weren’t OTT.
The best thing about eyelash extensions is not having to wear mascara! They’re the perfect option if you’re going straight on your honeymoon after the wedding as you literally wake up and needn’t apply make-up.
Individual lashes last up to three weeks, and if cared for and removed properly, will not damage your natural lashes. For those who prefer to make a statement, then Russian lashes are your go to, as they are thicker and fuller.
On average, Lash In Bloom lashes can last between 3 and 6 weeks depending on the growth rate of your natural eyelashes – mine lasted about a month.
House Cats is the latest manicure and Prosecco bar on the block, so we thought it only right to test out their indulgent Paradiso Manicure. Along with a nice, cold glass of Prosecco, of course.
This manicure is branded as ‘pure indulgence’ on the House Cats website and we can confirm that’s exactly what you’ll get. A luxury treatment in a beautiful salon, the Paradiso Manicure is exactly what every bride (or bridesmaid) needs before the big day.
The treatment consists of a shape, cuticle care, and a sea salt & oil exfoliation to remove any dead skin cells. You’re then treated to a relaxing lower arm and hand massage, aiming to melt away any tensions from your day (or some pre-wedding jitters).
Next up is the deep conditioning treatment with heated mitts, which leaves your hands and lower arms feeling revitalised and noticeably softer.
Finally, finish up your Paradiso Manicure with a flawless polish. I opted for a bold red, but with a vast range of OPI colours to choose from you’ll be able to find the perfect shade to fit in with your wedding theme.
You can find House Cats salons in Teddington and Parson’s Green in London. Prices start at just £9 for a quick 10-minute polish. The Paradiso Manicure is £38 for a 45-minute treatment and polish, or £55 with Shellac.
All-Natural Hair Colour at Gennaro Dell’Aquila, Notting Hill
On a mission to banish chemicals from colouring, Gennaro Dell’Aquila‘s London-based salons (Notting Hill and Wimbledon) offer up a vast menu of 100% natural treatments. With 20 signature blends using only natural and organic herbs, roots and flowers the dyes and treatments give a whole new meaning to the words natural beauty.
I tried out the Olaplex treatment, before testing the natural dyes for a root touch up. During the treatments, Gennaro carefully explained the benefits of chemical-free colouring and talked us through each ingredient. As the products are natural, paraben and carcinogen free, they’re safe to use during pregnancy.
Having previously been sceptical about the prospect of ‘all-natural’ hair dyes, I was certainly proved wrong. Not only did I leave the salon with silky soft, well-conditioned hair thanks to the nourishing Olaplex treatment, but smug in the knowledge we’d given our hair a break from damaging dyes. It looked pretty good too!
Prices for Olaplex start at £50, Highlights start at £80 for short hair and £100 for long hair.
Primelase Laser Hair Removal at London’s Aestha Clinic
Make way for Primelase HR – the new laser hair removal on the block- as fast as shaving, as cheap as waxing and 10 times more powerful than other laser devices.
In a somewhat confusing market filled with promises of hair removal, we welcome one of the fastest, safest & most powerful laser hair removal systems on the market set to shake up the hair removal industry. Primelase requires just 6 sessions for most clients, with other lasers and IPLs requiring 12 or more to achieve optimum results!
Offering a combination between SSL (Solid State Laser) and Diode Laser, a large spot size, dual work modes & four wavelengths, Primelase HR provides the quickest & safest laser hair removal treatments.
Primelase HR is twice as powerful as any other Diode laser machines and with its large spot size can deliver deep penetration in a very fast, pain-free and effective treatment.
A safe and first of its kind, the Primelase HR incorporates crystal freeze refrigeration contact cooling to protect the surface of the skin, making the treatment a comfortable experience for clients that can be used on all skin and hair types.
The very best lasers combine high power, contact skin cooling, high absorption wavelength and short pulse duration that can safely heat the follicle for destruction of the hair and permanent removal.
Primelase requires just six sessions, with other lasers and IPLs requiring 12 or more to achieve optimum results. Primelase is also much faster than other hair removal methods, an upper lip takes just 30 seconds, underarms take 1 minute and full legs 10 minutes.
45 Minute Infrared Sauna at Glow Bar London
Founder Sasha Sabapathy created the 360 wellness company Glow Bar to change the way women deal with stress. They provide natural stress remedies including infrared saunas, adaptogen ‘moon milks’ and healing crystals. The venue itself is probably the most instagrammable I have ever seen. With millennial pink decor, quirky art and the sweetest dog ever it had a very ‘zen’ feel. The shop upstairs sells gorgeous beauty products for inner, outer, every day and intimate Beauty, everything from Japanese body brushes to ingrown hair oil.
The main attraction is the infrared saunas. A 45-minute sweat session providing head-to-toe benefits such as removing toxins, improving circulation, better energy and, naturally, glowing skin. The ‘sweat pods’ are underneath the main shop, through a pink door inviting ‘babes’ to enter. We were welcomed into a wonderfully smelling, candle-lit filled bathroom with towels and robes galore.
Once we’d changed in this pink haven we were led through to our pod. You can book a single or double pod to sweat with a friend – its a great girlie treat to do together.
There is is a spacious area with a shelf for your fiji water (provided, obviously) and your phone so you can listen to music. In the pod is a small screen with a timer and the temperature on (66 degrees!). The first 25 minutes flew by and the sweating feels good. After about half an hour your heart rate increases and it gets harder – remember to take deep breaths and step outside if you need to.
45 sweaty but good minutes later we enjoyed a cool shower and a good use of all the amazing shampoos and gels in the bathroom. TIP: Take clean fresh clothes to change in to – I had to put my work clothes back on and it kind of ruined the clean feeling!
Feeling calm, clean and thoroughly detoxed we then enjoyed a refreshing iced ‘moon milk’. We tried the ‘Glow’ – rose, beetroot and Schisandra, and the ‘Chill’ – macqui berry, ashwagandha and lavender. They are completely vegan and made from either almond, hazelnut or oat milk, and super tasty.
That night I had the best night’s sleep I’d had in a very long time and the next day my skin felt glowing and softer. For £50 a session (which is probably how much I’d spend on a wine-fuelled dinner that I would later regret) I think this is a good investment. It leaves you feeling happier, healthier and really rather delicious.
Dermaplaning at Regent’s Park Aesthetics
Looking to achieve that ‘airbrushed’ glow in time for your big day? Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you’ve spent on beauty products, or how talented your bridal makeup artist is; to achieve that extra-soft, smooth finish, you need to call upon the experts.
Based on Wimpole Street in Central London, we decided to visit nurse-led clinic Regents Park Aesthetics to check out its Dermaplaning offering, a treatment that preps the skin perfectly for makeup.
As our cell turnover decreases and impacts our skin texture, Dermaplaning gently buffs away the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, ultra-smooth skin complexion underneath.
Ideal for brides prepping for their special day, this procedure clears the way for facials, products and serums to work their magic where it matters most, rather than simply sitting on the skin’s surface. Better yet, it also removes peach fuzz (fine, vellus hair) on the face, allowing your bridal makeup to glide on flawlessly when it counts. (And don’t worry, your facial hair won’t go back darker).
Regents Park Aesthetics’ owner and nurse practitioner Kay Greveson is a total professional and helps clients feel instantly at ease, fully explaining the process and what can be expected once the treatment is over.
Using a sterile micro-blade held at a 45-degree angle, Kay carefully brushes along the surface of the skin to remove the excess skin cells and vellus hairs, before using a skin-soothing oil.
The procedure is totally painless, though you should expect some redness for the first two hours, plus a couple of scratches that should disappear in a couple of days.
As for after that, what they claim is true – your skin should feel smooth and replenished, and your makeup should glide onto your face with ease, giving off a glow that no facial, serum or product can likely manage. Just make sure you book ahead of your wedding day – you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time for the redness to go down first.
From £80 for simple exfoliation and facial hair removal. For more information, visit regentsparkaesthetics.co.uk.
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