Sally Hershberger’s Wedding Hair Tips

Have you ever gone in for a trim and ended up getting a lot more hair cut off than you wanted? It certainly has happened to us. And while the unwanted growing-out period was frustrating, we always thought it could be worse — it could have happened right before our wedding.Well, a few of us Spa Week staffers got engaged this year, and like so many women, our wedding beauty prep began with growing out our hair. Long, tousled waves work so well with wedding gowns, and long hair gives you more options for updos, too. Needless to say, the thought of anyone bringing scissors anywhere near our hair right now just gives us the shivers.

But there’s no reason to worry. Celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger shared some tips for brides-to-be (or anyone looking for longer, stronger hair in 2013). Here’s what to do to ensure that the period between now and your big day goes smoothly:

1. Start to use hair-strengthening products if you plan to grow yours out. Sally’s pick: Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray.

2. Book a wedding hairdresser at least 8 weeks before your big day. Bring a photo of your dress to the trial!

3. Leave at least a 2-week buffer between your last cut/color appointment and your wedding, in case you need to fix any mishaps.

4. Planning on an up-do? Don’t wash your hair the day-of. Wash it the day before, as freshly-conditioned hair is too clean/slick to hold a style securely.

5. Less is more when it comes to accessories. Don’t take away from a beautiful dress (and face!) with too much bling on your hair.


Anne’s Wedding Story: “My Mom and Sister Planned It All”

It has happened! Our graphic designer Anne got hitched! You saw the gorgeous yellow diamond ring, the dress teaser, and we told you about this lucky Friday the Thirteenth affair… now here’s how her middle-of-nowhere wedding kicked off her happily-ever-after, as told by the bride herself. Spa rundown included.

Our reception was held at Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat in Trego, WI, population 904. Certified middle of nowhere. We chose the location because my mom has a lake house 10 miles from there and we absolutely love spending time on the lake and in the Northwoods any season of the year. It’s nice and, well, quiet.

We planned the wedding in seven weeks! And by we, I mean my mom and sister. They planned and executed my entire wedding. That was magical.

With me being in NYC, I had never stepped foot in the church or reception area until the day before our wedding. Other than creating a guest list and giving my input on their ideas, all I really had to do is figure out what I was going to wear. My mom and sister attended the food tasting and gave us their opinions on what to serve. My sister designed the invites and programs, created all the details of the centerpieces and other decorations. They planned the flowers with help of my mom’s friend who is a florist – who took creative control after hearing what our colors and vision was and ran with it. I saw the flowers for the first time the day of the wedding and I couldn’t have been more pleased!

We had about 150 guests (bringing us to about 15% of the town’s population) – a bunch of friends even flew all the way from New York to join us. What I loved most about this occasion is that so many of my friends and family joined together not just to attend – but to be an integral part of my wedding day. Program cover and logos (see below) were designed by my sister. Our family friend at  Kynn Schulz Photography was the talented photographer and took all the photos you see here. Family friends and relatives baked all the desserts – which included key lime, carrot cake and chocolate cupcakes, coconut oreo bites, fruit tarts, along with others. We also had friends DJ for us – till 1:30am! The day was so incredible and flew by so fast. The great thing was that because it was a bit of a trek (a 2-3 hour drive for most), many guests stayed and celebrated with us all weekend. It was the best day/weekend ever – I got to marry my best friend, surrounded by all the people we love.

Every bride’s gotta have a pampering plan.


MASSAGE: The fast paced wedding planning definitely got stressful (even without doing all the planning), so about a week before the ceremony I indulged in a hour long massage at a salon near my apartment in Queens, NY, Blossom In Astoria.

SKINCARE: Before the wedding I didn’t have any professional facials (I was afraid at the possibility of breaking out), but did use an at-home treatment to exfoliate my skin:

Here’s my recipe for a Honey Sugar Scrub:

1 tsp. of honey
1/2 tsp. of sugar (either cane or brown)

Blend in bowl. Apply.
Rinse very thoroughly, as this recipe can be slightly sticky.

SPRAY TAN: Before I left for Wisconsin (literally right before I left for the airport), I got my faux glow at Beach Bum Tanning. Even though I tested it out a few weeks prior, the orange color was frightening at first! I looked like one of the Hogans and my fiancée teased me the entire time we traveled. But it wore off once I showered and I had a natural glow for my wedding day.

NAILS: I got a mani/pedi at The Cat’s Meow in Spooner, WI – a place with only one pedi chair! And I only had 25 colors to choose from! I chose something that looked like essie’s “Buy Me a Cameo,” but I honestly can’t remember. I was happy with the job they did.

HAIR EXTENSIONS: My friend Tescia is a makeup artist and all-around creative type. She knew I was looking to make my hair longer and fuller for the big day, so she offered to MAKE me clip in hair extensions! (I decided against salon extensions after researching the costly price). We went and picked out the hair to match my color, spent about $100 and she sewed the pieces together. They turned out awesome – I never would have worn my hair down (being it’s so thin and fine) without them.

HAIR STYLING: I was very nervous about getting my hair done at a salon I’d never been to in a tiny Northwoods town. But I ventured to Hair Envy without ever having a trial run, I told the hairdresser what I envisioned and she executed exactly what I wanted.

MAKEUP: My friend Tescia, the makeup artist and hair extension extraordinaire, did my makeup. She also did my mom and my two sisters – who were my bridesmaids!

Check out more pictures below. I’m the one in white. And I couldn’t be happier!

Let the Spa Pick Your Wedding Destination!

Why do some couples opt for a destination wedding? Less guests, the option of great weather, romantic beach settings… the list goes on. But how to choose ? We think the spa should pick the destination! Every year, 16% of weddings are destination weddings, the #1 most popular being Las Vegas. Spa Week has destination resorts all over the states that not only are offering amazing $50 treatments this week, but also could set the perfect scene to your perfect day. Here’s our list of top destination spots for your wedding day:


If you want to dig your toes into the sand and have the ultimate beach wedding, you’ll find it in Florida. Resorts with award-winning spas await you to get you ready for your big day. Here are our picks including their $50 treatments going on this week:

The Atlantic Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

  • 50 Min Aromatherapy Massage with Your Choice of Scents
  • 50 Min Facial, Choice of Soothing After Sun Facial or Deep Cleansing Facial
  • 50 Min Spray Tanning with Exfoliation

The AAA Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach.

  • 50 Min Classic Swedish Massage with Exotic Oil Scalp Treatment
  • 50 Min Signature Deep Cleansing Ponte Vedra Facial
  • 50 Min Orange Blossom Body Facial

Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills.

  • 50 Min Island Oil Escape, with Dry Brushing, White Ginger Lily Oil, Heated Stones and Head, Neck and Shoulder Massage
  • 50 Min Aromatouch Treatment with Organic Essential Oils, and Choice of Refresh Massage or Refresh Facial
  • 50 Min Essential Manicure and Pedicure with Imported Fiji Body Butter

Aqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach.

  • 50 Min Intensive Facial with Triple Cleansing Technique and Acupressure Massage
  • 50 Min Swedish Massage
  • 50 Min Advanced Hand Treatment, including Signature Manicure with Paraffin


The golden state has everything you could want in a destination wedding: world class beaches, miles of wineries, scenic mountains. Here are our picks for resorts with top notch spas who will pamper the bride-to-be like a celebrity and their Spa Week specials going on right now:

Newport Beach Marriott

  • 45 Min Bamboo Lime Massage
  • 45 Min Exfoliating Facial
  • 45 Min Deluxe Paraffin Pedicure

Pelican Hill Hotel in Newport Coast. (Read about Mary Rambin’s obsession)

  • 50 Min Amber Gold Massage
  • 50 Min Classic Cleansing Facial

The Langham Hotel in Pasadena.

  • 60 Min Chuan Journey including a Mini-Chuan Facial, a Chuan Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage and a Chuan Foot Treatment
  • 60 Min Moroccan Oil Hair Conditioning Treatment including Shampoo, Scalp Massage and a Hydrating/Restorative Hair Mask by Moroccan Oil

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego.

  • 45 Min Pure Results Facial including Customized Purification, Exfoliation, Facial Massage, and Rehydration
  • 45 Min Organic Massage using Organic Sunflower, Olive and Wheatgerm Oil
  • 50 Min Pedicure Ritual using sustainable Bamboo, California Sea Salts and Lavender

JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot in Santa Monica. (Read about Michelle’s stay there)
1740 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • 45 Min Calm and Peaceful Massage
  • 45 Min Rejuvenation Facial


For those who prefer a rustic, outdoor style wedding with rolling green hills, Washington has everything you could ask for.

The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland has the Penterra Spa, which is offering these great treatments this week:

  • 50 Min Penterra Body Balancing, including Aromatherapy Foot Soak, Penterra Massage and Signature Five Gems Body Balancing Therapy
  • 50 Min Penterra Facial with Plant Extracts and Pure Essential Oils
  • 50 Min Penterra Pedicure with Paraffin Wax Dip

Las Vegas

For those who want to have a little fun at their wedding – Las Vegas is the ultimate destination. Don’t drive through The Little White Chapel, these hotels know how to treat brides-to-be. Check out their amazing $50 treatments happening this week:

Spa & Salon Vdara

  • 50 Min Naturopathica Pure Results Facial
  • 50 Min Traditional Swedish Massage
  • 60 Min Signature Pedicure Hot Stone Treatment

Grand Spa at MGM Grand

  • 50 Min Spa Week Renewing Facial
  • 50 Min Spa Week Revitalizing Pedicure

Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel

  • 50 Min Rhythm & Essence Swedish Massage
  • 50 Min Pumpkin Pie Organic Body Wrap
  • 50 Min Power of Pumpkin Organic Facial

The Spa at The Mirage

  • 50 Min Spa Week Pear & Apple Body Scrub
  • 50 Min Spa Week Spa Pedicure

The Spa & Salon at ARIA

  • 50 Min Seaweed Wrap
  • 50 Min Signature Exotic Manicure

Wedding Day Glam at Studio Trés Jolie

By definition, a boudoir is a woman’s private bedding room, sitting room, or dressing room; derived from the french verb boudeur. Watch any old film and you’ll see the lead starlet wrapped up in a blush pink silk robe seated in front of the mirror beautifying and pampering herself in her boudoir.

Service at Studio Trés Jolie in Manhasset, Long Island effortlessly captures this old school aesthetic in its French inspired makeup studio and spa. The studio was founded by Jessica Lauren, a leading New York area makeup artist with the vision of creating a European salon/spa experience in New York. The salon uses top of the line skin care products and the full service spa provides airbrush makeup, facials, laser treatments, airbrush tanning, bridal services and so much more.

The salon spa specializes in making brides beautiful for the big day. A few shots of their work are below:

For Spa Week, Studio Trés Jolie wants to give you the same European pampering with a range of $50 treatments. Choose a Makeup Application service, 60 Minute Yonka Paris Classic Facial, or Laser Hair Removal for Underarm, Bikini or Lip all for only $50 each. Call 516.472.0918 to book – appointments are still available.

P.S. – They are extending their Spa Week prices until April 24th!

BRIDESMAIDS New Movie Trailer

Is this the female version of The Hangover? Are bridesmaids really that awkward? One thing we learned from watching shows like Bridezilla is that weddings can either be a success or a mess. The directors of this film clearly opted for the comical version of the latter starring funny ladies Maya Rudolph and Kristin Wiig. The film hits theaters May 13th. As a bride you never know how your wedding party will turn out, so choose wisely. Watch the trailer below.