Guest post by Eleanor Cains

The build-up to your wedding is an exciting time, but it can also feel like a never-ending to-do list! So it’s useful to have some straightforward advice on how to get ready with pre-wedding grooming treatments that’ll help you look and feel fantastic. From how to get your facial hair on point to how to get thicker hair, here are 5 essential tips.

1. Focus on facial hair

You might choose to enlist the help of a professional to get your facial hair looking its best with an appointment a few days before your wedding. But it’s important to keep your stubble, mustache and/or beard well-groomed in the lead-up, too.

Regularly trim and apply specialist products to keep both the hair and the skin underneath well nourished. If you like that stubble look or even go clean-shaven every day, ensure that you’re using a pre-shave oil and post-shave balm to help reduce the chance of irritation.

2. Remember the facial

Great-looking facial hair isn’t just about the strands themselves – it also relies on the quality of your follicles and skin. And facials are the perfect way to treat the skin under your beard.

If you’ve never had a facial before, make sure you arrange your first treatment months in advance, in case you have an adverse reaction. Then you can see what approach works best for your skin, and soak up the goodness in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.

3. Nourish your hair

Getting the hair on your head in great condition is also a long game, not a night-before panic wash! In the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, pay special attention to your hair. This is the time to enjoy weekly deep conditioning treatments and nourishing hair masks tailored to your specific hair type, to get your strands strong and glossy.

It’s also the perfect time to get back to basics. Do you wash your hair every day, and towel it dry? Your hair will respond better if you wash it around three times a week, instead. Otherwise, you’re stripping your hair of the natural protective oils your scalp produces. Of course, it’s all about balance, and you need to keep your scalp and hair clean with regular shampooing to remove dirt, bacteria, styling products and sweat. But don’t do this on a daily basis.

As for drying, gently pat your hair with a towel and let it air dry instead of briskly rubbing it – that friction can damage your hair. Do you use a hairdryer? Spritz on some heat protectant spray beforehand (or better yet, ditch the hot styling tools for a while).

4. Pre-plan your haircut

If you’re interested in a new look, make sure you have a consultation with a professional well in advance. You don’t want to have a drastic change right before your big day. You can use this consultation to discuss other aspects of your hair care too, like how to change color or how to get thicker hair.

Even if you decide to wear your hair in your usual style for your wedding, rather than going for a new look, you want it look its very best. So, book in trim with your stylist or barber one or two weeks before the ceremony.

5. Nail those nails

You might never have had a manicure before, but if there’s one occasion when it’s worth trying this nail and hand treatment, it’s your wedding day. After all, there are going to be plenty of close-up photos of your hands.

If you thought a manicure was just about nail polish and adding color, think again, my friend. At its core, it’s about improving the condition of your cuticles, nails, and skin. Typically, a manicurist will trim and file your nails into a smooth, even shape. They’ll apply soothing lotions and gels to help soften your cuticles, which they’ll push down gently to make your whole nail bed look neat and tidy.

As you’ll see when you read about beauty tips for the week of the wedding, a manicure is a treatment where timing is everything. You don’t want to schedule it in too far ahead of the ceremony, as that gives more time for the fresh effect to wear off. Book in yours for a day or two before the big event.

Pre-wedding grooming treatments are a great way to get your skin and hair looking great for your big day, and they help you feel great. Enjoy this special time!

{Guest post from Eleanor Cains}

When you get into the week of your wedding it’s SO exciting, but it can also be the time when nerves and stress levels start creeping up. So it’s a great idea to take the time to practice self-care and pamper yourself. That will pay off twofold: it’ll help you relax AND it’ll help get your skin, hair and nails in tiptop condition for your big day.

From how to eat your way to glowing skin to ways to repair damaged hair, here are a few tips for your wedding week to help you make the most of the magical lead-up.

Eat clean

What we eat has such an impact on the way we feel and the way we look, so eating clean in the week leading up to the ceremony will help you in more ways than one. First of all, it’ll help balance your hormones, blood sugar levels and mood. Second of all, it’ll help your skin and hair be at their glowing, radiant best on the day.

I’m sure you know the drill, but to recap: drink plenty of water, go for lean protein, and feast on fresh fruit and veggies. If you can, it’s best to avoid drinking alcohol or eating lots of salty foods. That’ll help guard against water retention and puffiness.

Treat your hair

You might want to get a light trim a week or two before your wedding, to tidy up any split ends. If you need a color touch-up, schedule this for around 10 days before the ceremony. But this is definitely not the time to try anything new or go for a drastic change.

You will have decided on your wedding hairstyle during your trial based on your current hair length and texture, so keeping it the same (just healthier!) is a good idea. Don’t worry if you have a last-minute change of heart, though – changing your mind about your hairstyle is totally fine – even on the big day itself!

This is also a great time to pamper your hair to get it looking and feeling its best. You might want to treat yourself to a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment to help repair damaged hair. Products with keratin repair actives can really help here. Try to avoid using heated styling tools (or spritz on a heat protection spray first) to keep your hair as healthy as possible.

Pamper your skin

A week out is also not the time to try any new beauty treatments (in case you have an adverse reaction) but you can definitely treat your skin to some of your favorite, tried-and-tested treatments. You might want to have a facial or a massage – whatever works for you – but it’s definitely best to avoid anything invasive, like injections, peels or laser treatments.

If you’re getting waxed, schedule your treatment at least 72 hours before your wedding day (and only do this if you’re used to it!) so your skin has plenty of time to recover.

Get your mani pedi on

There are going to be close-up photographs of your hands, to capture your new wedding band in all its glory – so a manicure (and pedicure, for open-toe shoes) is a worthwhile investment. You’ll want to get the timing right – get it done too far ahead of the ceremony and you increase the chance of chips. One or two days ahead of your big day is just right.

This is SUCH a wonderful time in your wedding countdown, and treating yourself to indulgent hair and beauty treatments is the perfect way to de-stress and prep for the big day. Enjoy!

One of the most popular looks this year has been all down styles-especially Hollywood Glam Waves. Some brides love the truly vintage, big swooped bang look-and some prefer a more modern take. I love the simple beauty of it, and how flexible the style can be to suit your specific wedding look.

The most important thing to keep in mind with waves, is that in order for them to last all night you need to have a good set prior to styling. That means setting the hair in a curl formation and letting it sit on your head for at least an hour before taking it out. This helps to lock in the style and really make it last. The other part of longevity is the product. A professional stylist will have the pro products and techniques to make this look hold up all night.

If your hair type is really fine and doesn't hold a curl well, I need to be honest and say this may not be the wedding hairstyle for you. However-one trick to try is to add extensions. Extensions provide a good base for your hair to sort of "rest on" and help hold up a good wave. I highly recommend giving that a shot at a trial run to see if stubborn, doesn't-want-to-curl hair can get what it needs to give you the look you want!

Here are a few different ways you can have Hollywood Glam Waves for your wedding!

A softer, more modern version:

A traditional glam style:

Here's another style with a modern look:

Check out my instagram for more inspiration!! @139hairbyheidi

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