From face packs to hair masks, we show you how to start your wedding preparations early. And here we have some tips to become blushing over the bride.
For 29-year-old researcher Haimanti Bhattacharya, who tied the knot in February, time was the biggest hindrance to looking her best on the big day. Because of limited holidays, she couldn’t afford to devote enough time to elaborate pre-wedding beauty prep. “I had only four weeks to spare for sprucing up before the ceremony. So, I couldn’t opt for extensive sittings at the salon,” she says.
Bhattacharya instead opted for a homemade alternative to the salon package that brides-to-be usually choose.
If you’re planning to do the same for your big day, it’s best to start early and is not much expensive. Shahnaz Husain beauty expert says, “For a home-based pre-bridal routine, specialized skin care should ideally begin at least four to six weeks ahead of the wedding date.”
Coleen Khan, skin, and hair expert say, “You could begin using hot oil treatments and hair masks at home as early as six months before the wedding date. If you’re opting for treatments that can’t be done at home – like re-bonding or straightening, make sure it’s either six months prior or 20 days post your wedding. This way, it will replenish whatever damage hairstyling may have caused.”
Test it & try it
Always go for a make-up rehearsal. If you’re not taking a risk with your clothes, then why risk your make-up? There’s no room for error. So it’s better to test and try your accessories before. At least try your bridal makeup before the wedding day in order to leave tension at the time of the wedding.
For a quick pedicure, add some foot salts in half a bucket of hot water, and soak your feet for ten minutes. Use a heel scrubber or pumice stone to remove the dead skin on the heels. Remove your nail polish and re-paint your toes to look beautiful. Moisturize your feet with foot cream. Tie a piece of clean cloth, like a bandage not to remove cream, wear cotton socks and go to sleep. This will help soften the skin. Do this thrice a week.
Pre-wedding beauty preparation
The egg white mask is a smelly yet effective alternative to a spa experience. It works effectively in less time.
Beat one egg white into foam and add a tablespoon of oatmeal. Mix well and make a thick paste. Add one tablespoon of honey to the paste. Apply it evenly around your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat this twice a week. Egg white tightens your pores, oatmeal soaks up excess oil from your skin, while honey renders it soft.
Hot oil treatment
Hot oil treatment once or twice a week will improve your hair quality. Heat almond oil and apply to your hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and wrap it around your head like a turban. Leave it on for five minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap for 3 – 4 times. This will help the hair and scalp to absorb the oil better.
You should give a hair treatment twice a week using simple kitchen remedies. Try the curd-egg-beer mask for a volumising hair mask. Take 2 tablespoons each of curd, honey and olive oil, 3 drops of almond oil and half a banana. Mix them well and make sure you mash it well to avoid lumps. Add half a cup of flat beer and a raw egg to the mixture. Apply evenly all over your hair and cover your hair with a shower mask.
Ubtan is a traditional homemade bridal recipe
This helps to clear the skin of dead cells, leaving it smooth and bright, with a translucent quality. Take wheat bran, gram flour, yoghurt or cream of milk and a pinch of turmeric. Mix them together and keep aside. Then massage your body with sesame seed oil. Now apply the ubtan. Leave it on for about half an hour, and wash off while bathing. Repeat this thrice a week.
Leave it for about 30 minutes and shampoo off with cold water. Then you will feel softer hair after each wash.