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The Harrods Way: Bridal Beauty

FEATURE: LONG READ
Words By ANNA LAO-KAIM

There are three key ‘B’ words when we talk about weddings: bride, beauty and budget. For some, wedding prep is the place to invest in; for others, it’s all about going big on the day itself. Bridal beauty needn’t be a burden or another ‘tick’ on the to-do list, instead, treat it as downtime – an investment in your own wellbeing. As with all wedding planning, though, you must prioritise. Whether you’re building the bushy brows of your dreams, nursing your hair back to full health or reviving your skin, prioritising will help to streamline your spending, while ensuring that you look and feel your very best – irrespective of budget.

Skin

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    For a Mini Budget

    In The Beauty Halls, world-exclusives nestle alongside super brands. Navigate the selection with assistance from our independent Beauty Concierge service. The team can help you shop for your specific wedding-skin goal whilst keeping funds in mind. In Beauty Events & Services, the treatment rooms are a great way to kickstart your regime, from engagement right up until you say those two words: ‘I do’. Soak up the wisdom and shop like an expert.

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    For a Maxi Budget

    Book in for a Skin Plan appointment with Dr Rabia Malik. You’ll enjoy a bespoke skin assessment, 30-minute Medifacial and a tailored treatment plan to continue the good work at home. Looking for a cosmetic treatment? World renowned for their precision, Dr Costas Papageorgiou and Dr Marwa Ali offer plenty, including Botox and fillers – book in at The Wellness Clinic for yours. A consultation before any treatment is essential.

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    Blow the Budget

    Vitamin C is a go-to antioxidant for helping to prevent hyperpigmentation and enhancing luminosity. Go big on the cult ingredient with Dr Marwa Ali’s Gala Glow Facial™ (from £2,000). The one-of-a-kind treatment combines high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), which can help to volumise skin, with medical-grade Vitamin C. The radiant results can be seen for up to six months after a single treatment.

Hair

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    For a Mini Budget

    The key to good hair is routine. When you visit our Hair & Beauty Salon for a regular cut and blow-dry, add on a Kérastase Fusio-Dose treatment – the lightweight spray-on mask is custom-mixed to suit your hair’s needs. Keep up the good work at home with a hair mask – try Philip Kingsley’s Trichotherapy Stimulating Scalp Mask, a caffeine-infused pre-shampoo treatment that can help boost hair growth for extra length and volume.

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    For a Maxi Budget

    Get to the cause of your hair woes with a hair DNA scan test and consultation at our Hair & Beauty Salon. Ricardo Vila Nova, biophysicist and founder of Hair Medica, uses DNA imaging to profile hair and assess its health. From genetic, hormonal or nutritional issues to scalp infections, every avenue is explored. Using his findings, he creates a tailored hair restoration programme. It’s Who Do You Think You Are?, but for hair.

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    Blow the Budget

    If you love the idea of instantly thicker, longer lengths, but balk at the prospect of stringy extensions, we’ve got just the thing. Richy Hair extensions are made with unprocessed virgin hair and are secured by non-tacky surgical tape. Lasting for up to 10 weeks, they give a sleek finish that won’t cause damage or expose your secret.

Body

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    For a Mini Budget

    Improving your circulation, exfoliating and moisturising can work wonders, especially when you make it a habit. Body brushing (always towards the heart for the most energising benefit) will take care of the first two rituals. Use Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Brush on dry skin before a shower or bath to help tone skin and improve lymphatic drainage. Finish with lashings of Kiehl’s Crème de Corps body butter to soften.

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    For a Maxi Budget

    A course of treatments is your fast-track to supple skin, nimble limbs and a better-balanced body. Whether it’s a Guam Anti-Cellulite Mud Wrap, the mechanical massage of LPG Endermologie to aid lymphatic drainage or a Signature Hammam treatment in the Moroccan Spa for a top-to-toe refresh, there are treatments aplenty to deliver results, with a side helping of relaxation, too.

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    Blow the Budget

    Crave that elusive glow? The Louise Parker Method is hard to beat. The programmes are custom-designed with a nutritionist to help you achieve your goals, be it weight loss or increased energy levels. For the mind, try meditation and hypnotherapy from Terrence the Teacher. Or, for a high-tech approach, give EMSculpt a go. The treatment uses electromagnetic waves that can strengthen muscles and reduce body fat; it’s said that one abdominal treatment equates to 20,000 sit-ups in one hit. Little wonder that professional athletes swear by it. To increase the effectivity of results, spread four sessions over 12 weeks.

The Little Things (that count)

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    For a Mini Budget

    Carrying a bouquet, signing the register, slipping on your new ring… during the wedding process, your hands will be in the spotlight quite a lot. Heal brittle, weak, dry or flaky nails with IBX Strengthening Treatment, and don’t forget to book a Long-Lasting Manicure a few days before you say ‘I do’.

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    For a Maxi Budget

    According to the 2018 Pinterest Wedding Report, ‘long eyelashes’ are being pinned onto bridal boards more than ever before; they are up by 152 per cent. Individually applied Bespoke Flutter Lashes will create length and fullness that’s perfectly in line with your eye shape and vibe. Or, opt for Yumi Lash Perming to enhance the curl, height and length of your natural eyelashes.

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    Blow the Budget

    Everlasting Brows Microblading helps create the kind of natural-looking full and fluffy brows with semi-permanent pigment. You might never have to pick up an eyebrow pencil again – but yearly top-ups to maintain brow definition and arching are key. As it can cause some scabbing at first, the treatment is best initiated at least six months before the big day.

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