It happens to almost every bride. You wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in a cold sweat from a nightmare -- something has gone horribly wrong with your beauty regimen the day of your wedding, and it's too late to fix it. Your precious tresses may be cut too short or dyed the wrong color; your face is left red and irritated after a last-minute cosmetic procedure, or a fake tan has turned your skin an unnatural shade of orange. Whatever the ailment, the dream always ends the same -- in complete panic, because there's no time to remedy the situation, and the nuptials must go on!
While most brides have stress-related nightmares leading up to the big day, in this case, don't let your dreams become reality. Sure, you can save a little money by attempting beauty treatments in the comfort of your own home, but why take the risk? Even though it might cost a little more to consult a professional, it will be well worth it in the end, even if just for your piece of mind.
Save face -- literally -- and don't try your own chemical peel at home. At-home treatments may leave your flesh red and irritated, so leave chemical peels to be administered by a spa professional or doctor. A licensed professional will know which strength to use and exactly how long to leave the chemicals on your face, and the risk for scarring, infection and pigmentation changes will be much lower than if you try the process yourself. While chemical peels are meant to make skin look bright and fresh, they aren't a good fit for everyone. When you want to improve the tone or texture of your skin, consider consulting a dermatologist or makeup professional for a less abrasive course of action. Finally, remember that the deeper the peel, the longer it takes your body to recover, so don't get one right before your big day.
Dying Your Hair
Do blonde brides have more fun? When you want to dye your hair in the weeks or months leading up to your wedding day, don't make the mistake of using boxed hair dye -- seek out a professional hairstylist to do the job instead. Even though boxed dyes come with detailed instructions, they don't take into consideration whether or not you've dyed your hair in the past or if you have damaged or healthy hair. Using the wrong dye could clash with your complexion, but more importantly, leaving dye on too long or applying it incorrectly could wreak havoc on your skin and hair. While you might be trying to save a little cash where your beauty budget is concerned, you could end up spending much more in the end with a salon trying to fix a botched job -- so don't take the risk! Besides, how often does the final hair color actually look like the image on the box cover, anyway?
When you tan at home, you risk leaving uneven streaks and splotches on your skin, and, worst of all, tanning lotion could make you look more like an Oompa Loompa than a sun-kissed beach beauty. When you want a natural-looking glow on your wedding day, leave tanning to the professionals. Many salons offer a variety of safe self-tanning solutions, including booth and air-brush tanning. A pro will know which shade will complement your skin tone and will help you achieve a tan as natural as possible for your big day.
Waxing Your Eyebrows
Perfectly groomed eyebrows frame your face, and you can't afford to mess them up with an at-home wax kit. Not only can wax be difficult to use, but once hair is waxed off, there's no turning back! Instead of attempting the task on your own, turn to a professional at a licensed, renowned salon. Letting someone with experience measure and shape your brows will guarantee that you'll be happy with the final result. The process should be quick and practically painless, and you'll have well-balanced, neatly coifed eyebrows to show for it!
Manicures and Pedicures
Sure; you can attempt to paint your own nails, but they probably won't look nearly as polished as if you'd left the job to a professional technician -- especially if you choose to wear acrylic nails. There's no need to take the chance of polish chipping the day of your wedding, much less having a nail pop off in the middle of your nuptials! A nail technician completes approximately 600 hours of supervised practice painting and sculpting nails, and they have significant experience handling common ailments like hangnails and ingrown toenails. So sit back, relax and enjoy being pampered before the big day at a nearby nail salon -- especially during the massage portions of each treatment!
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