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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Bridal Treatments

Andrea Byrne

Bridal bootcamp

What: Semi-Permanent Eyebrows

Where: The Brow Artist, Ranelagh and Bantry, Co Cork

Why: Because the perfect brow is now as important as the perfect dress

How much: €650, price includes top-up appointments

We all now appreciate the importance of good brows and yearn for the perfect arch. However, due to over-zealous plucking over the years, most of us have destroyed our chances of achieving them naturally, so the professionals must be called upon. There are a few salons that offer semi-permanent brows, but none come better recommended than The Brow Artist in Dublin and Cork. The treatment, which uses the process of micropigmentation and involves regular visits to their brow salon, lasts 18-24 months. Check out their Facebook page for before and after pics, you'll be totally sold.

What: Micro-needling

Where: Selected beauty and skin therapy salons nationwide

Why: Because every bride wants youthful, glowing skin on their big day

How much: From €200 per session

A breakthrough non-surgical treatment that uses a spikey dermaroller to alleviate common skin complaints including acne, scarring and wrinkles. Your skin will be left a little red, scratched and tender for a day or two, so it's not advisable to try this treatment in the days before your wedding. But those I know who have had it done rave about the results.

What: Ice and Fire Facial

Where: Selected salons nationwide including Heaven Salon, Rathmines, Dublin, and Lanu Medi Spa, Drogheda, Co Louth

Why: Because a quality facial is a necessary part of every bride's routine

How much: Approximately €80

The latest and greatest facial, I'm told. As the name suggest, it involves cooling and heating of the skin to draw out impurities and promote renewal. All I can say for sure is that a friend who's getting married this month has just finished a course of this treatment (four in total), and, holy moly, her skin is amazing. It's not that her skin was bad before, far from it, but it has a new glow about it. And she looks so much younger.

What: MiniMi Body Wraps

Where: Selected salons nationwide, including Akina Beauty Salon, Dublin, and Mediglow, Douglas, Co Cork

Why: Because we'll do ANYTHING to make that dress fit and flatter

How much: From €65 per treatment

For exercise-phobic brides-to-be, such as myself, this is a godsend. It's apparently so effective that you can lose two inches off your waist in just one session. Yes please. Also, unlike other body wraps, this is oil-based, so it works as a treatment for the skin too. Sold.

What: Aveda Botanical Hair & Scalp Therapy Treatment

Where: Moyo Hairdressing, Charlotte Way, Dublin 2

Why: Because great hair starts at the roots

How much: €80 including blow-dry

I think that after the formaldehyde debacle associated with the 12-week blow-dry, we've gone full circle and are now opting for a more wholesome approach to haircare. This entirely holistic, ultra-relaxing treatment, which takes an hour, will leave your hair and scalp feeling and looking bridal-ready.

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