Updo, down do: Do plan on a fabulous hair and spa day

A spa treatment can make the bride feel extra special before her wedding day and help relieve stress.

A spa treatment can make the bride feel extra special before her wedding day and help relieve stress.

The stress of planning the perfect wedding can leave a person frazzled. That is why a trip to the salon is an excellent way to pamper yourself and leave you feeling rejuvenated rather than worn out.

“I think that our salon can do everything that anybody would want to have done for that special day,” said Linda Kirby, owner of Linda’s Salon and Spa. “We’ll work with you because time is a very big issue. It’s important and we can eliminate a lot of stress on the big day because everything is in one place right where you need it.”

A massage from a licensed massage therapist makes a perfect gift for the stressed out bride or groom-to-be. Eden Salon in Maryville offers half-hour or hour-long regular massages as well as hot stone massages.

“A lot of people like to pamper themselves, especially like a week before the wedding,” said Bethany Blair manager and hair designer at Eden Salon.

Another option for pampering is Salon Visage in Knoxville. They were voted Knoxville’s best day spa. According to their Web site, Spa visage is a comfortable, stress-free sanctuary from daily life. Something a bride would definitely need.

According to Blair, another thing to take care of a week before the wedding is hair coloring. A lot of brides will try a trial run with the hairstyle they are planning for the big day. This is an excellent time to schedule the bridal portrait photo session.

“A lot of brides are interested in loose curls,” Blair said. It is also important to choose a style that feels comfortable, so the bride will feel relaxed and like herself. Another factor to consider is the groom’s taste. If he prefers his bride’s hair to be worn loose and flowing, an elaborate and formal updo might not be the best idea.

If the bride is planning on an updo style, some hair stylists suggest not shampooing the morning of the wedding. The style will hold better and don’t worry, it won’t look dirty.

Blair suggests the bride bring her veil and let the stylist put it in so it will be one less thing that she will have to worry about. Blair also said that a lot of brides give the gift of a hairstyle to their bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding.

For many brides, a manicure and pedicure is a must-have for the big day. A french manicure is always traditional and gives a clean, white look. Some brides opt for a pedicure so the feet will look picture perfect on the honeymoon. Some professionals suggest brides not to go for nail-lengthening tips if they haven’t ever tried them before. They suggest a manicure using a neutral color so nails will look neat but not feel uncomfortable. Salon Visage in Knoxville has three locations available for the future bride’s nail and skin care needs.

They can also provide assistance with the beauty guideline of avoiding new skin care products the week of the wedding. The last thing a bride needs is an adverse reaction to a new complexion product. Instead, experiment early with cream blush applied to the apples of the cheeks which can provide the perfect glow every bride needs. So the color won’t fade, try a dusting of sheer loose powder. A make-up artist can help with other products that will minimize the look of puffy eyes or dark circles. Again, a trial run with the wedding day make-up is also suggested.

“We’ll come in early, stay late, do whatever we can to make their day the best,” Kirby said.

For more information about Linda’s Salon and Spa, call 865-982-4297 or visit them at 302 Whitecrest Drive in Maryville.

To schedule a massage or make an appointment with a hair stylist at Eden Salon, call 865-983-5280 or visit them at 253 Lindsay St. in Alcoa.

For more information about Salon Visage, visit their Web site at www.thevisagegroup.com.

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