4 Amazing Pre-Wedding Beauty Traditions From Around the Globe
In Australia it's common practice to kick your beauty regime up a notch (or several) before getting married. Often, the engagement IG pic has barely been uploaded before beauty research begins in earnest. "How can I make my hair look glossy and perfect?" we type into Google. "How many facials do I need to get skin like Jennifer Lopez?" (Just me?) Turns out, we're not the only nation of women obsessed with looking their best on their big day. Around the world women of all nationalities spend the lead up to their wedding primping via some pretty amazing traditions. From the intricate henna designs Indian women have painted on their hands, arms, legs and feet, to the surprisingly modern hairstyle traditional Irish brides believe brings them good luck, these international beautifying rituals are seriously fascinating.
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Most of us are familiar with mehndi, the beautiful Indian ritual in which a bride has her skin painted with intricate henna designs. The process is a time-consuming one, and the final result can last for up to three weeks. According to The Huffington Post, the groom's initials are sometimes hidden within the pattern "for him to find on the wedding night". Cute, right? There's also the haldi ceremony, where both bride- and groom-to-be are painted with a radiance-boosting turmeric paste, for maximum radiance.
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Forget a simple dress and veil, old-fashioned Japanese brides wear a white kimono and hood-like head cover when they get hitched. According to Refinery29, the silk headgear traditionally sits atop a customary "wedding-only" topknot, but since many women don't have enough hair to form a big enough 'do, they rely on wigs.
Prior to an old-school Moroccan wedding, the bride takes part in a few beautifying festivities. One ritual involves her and her posse attending a ceremonial spa day at a Turkish bath or hammam. (Sounds pretty sweet, no?) At the hammam, the bride's friends and family help her bathe and sing traditional wedding songs. After this, symbolic motifs are often painted on her skin with henna.
Who knew the humble braid was actually an amazing pre-wedding beauty ritual? In Ireland, brides have traditionally woven ribbons, lace and flowers into their wedding 'do for good tidings on their big day. According to Green Wedding Shoes, a braid is an ancient symbol of luck and femininity on the Emerald Isle.