Your big day is nearly here and with the venue secured, cake ordered and dress picked out, it’s time to think beauty. Here’s your head-to-slipper guide to pretty hair, bronzed skin and everything in between. With a timeline of when to schedule your hair trial run, all the way through to when to book that last-minute waxing service, you’ll be on your way to bridal beauty bliss.
Head: Style Surge
For unruly tresses resistant to style, bring on the heat! Prep hair for processing about a week before at The Spa at Four Seasons. Their high-tech, Thermal Balance Treatment uses negative ions to neutralize strands forcing the cuticle to lay flat. The result? Glossy, frizz-free hair prepped for curls, flat iron or picture perfect up-do. Cost: $105 for 60 minutes.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort at Scottsdale Troon North: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., 480.515.5700, fourseasons.com/scottsdale.
Hair: Fabulous Do
You’re not going to believe this but it’s true: Some stylists absolutely abhor wedding updo’s. While they may be fabulous with cuts and colors, if your stylist seems at all crabby about your wedding day do, seek outside support from the folks at Primp and Blow. Prices vary depending on what you want but one thing’s for sure, they love weddings. On-location hair and makeup services also available.
Primp and Blow, A Blow Dry Bar
7135 E Camelback Rd at the Scottsdale Waterfront
20567 N Hayden Rd, North Scottsdale
Skin: Go Deep
To avoid a day-of breakout disaster, take care of skin issues about a month in advance. For uneven skin texture, sun damage and tricky spots, try the Non-Surgical Peel and Facial at Spa Lamar. The power-packed resurfacer uses natural fruit enzymes and vitamin A to whip skin into shape and keep it smooth. Also includes a custom 30-day post-peel home care system ($90 value) to keep skin in the clear post treatment. Cost: $200 for 55 minutes.
Spa Lamar: 5115 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480.945.7066, thelamar.com
Face: Glow On
For a healthy glow without the breakout, opt for a brightening facial the week of the wedding. The Crushed Pearl Facial at Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is an illuminating, brightening facial recommended of uneven or sun-damaged skin. Real crushed pearls are used to gently buff away dead skin cells while clarifying and evening out skin tone. Cost: $180 for 60 minutes.
Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch: 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., 480.483.5558, spaavania.com
Waxing: Neat Brows and Bikini
Whisk away sneaky hairs and leave your bushy brows to the experts at Bliss Scottsdale. Special germ-free wonder wax sticks only to hair so the pull is almost pain free. Schedule a Brow Wax three to four days before and don’t forget a Basic Bikini for the honeymoon! Cost: Brow $30, Bikini $35.
Bliss Scottsdale at the W: 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480.575.0164, blissworld.com
Body: Bring on the Bronze
Out with the blushing bride and in with the bronzed goddess bride. A healthy glow pulls the whole look together and works wonders for those few last pounds that just wouldn’t budge. Go sun kissed with Joya Spa at InterContinental Montelucia’s Spray Tan. Comes complete with a full body exfoliation for long lasting color two or three days before wedding. Cost: $145-$155 for 50 minutes.
Joya Spa at InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa: 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 480.627.3020, joyaspa.com
Feet: Soften Up
For pretty feet ready to take on the dance floor, a scrub is in order. Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort’s Shegoi Ch OnhGet (salt pedicure) buffs dry skin with and exclusive body polishes mixed with indigenous herbs to deeply exfoliate. The treatment is topped off with a paraffin dip and rich body butter to keep heels soft and prepped for final polish. Cost: $70-$90 for 50 minutes.
Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa: 5594 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 602.225.0100, wildhorsepassresort.com
Nails: Pretty hands and Toes
Glossy polish ties up all the loose ends. Dash into Sundrops Nail Spot for a quick Polish Change a few days before the big day for pretty nails and no chips. Cost: Polish Change Hands, $8, Polish Change Feet, $12.
Sundrops Nail Spot: 3949 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602.956.0822, sundropsnailspot.com
Makeup: Icing on the Cake
Have the glam squad come to you with on-location makeup services from Kensington Makeup Artists. Airbrush makeup your skin to flawless skin. Costs vary by artist training and experience.
Kensington Makeup Artists, Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale, 800-915-6640, kensingtonmakeup.com
Quick Bridal Beauty Tips
- Do take advantage of hair and makeup trial runs.
- Don’t get brows waxed the day before to allow time for redness to diminish.
- Don’t get a deep cleansing facial within two weeks of the big day so your skin has time to heal.
- Do invest in a bottle of the nail polish you choose for touch-ups. Do the same for lip color if you have your makeup professionally done.
- Do remember that less is more. Be who you are on your wedding day and ultimately, your true beauty will shine through.
*Prices subject to change. Please call the spa or salon directly for details.