Donsuki Salon, 19 E 62nd St #4, New York, NY 10065 • (212) 319-HAIR

David Groshen NYC

David knows you are busy with choosing your dress, invitations, florist, bridesmaids’ dresses, and hot honeymoon spots, but don’t forget about other essential details — looking and feeling really great.

He and his team want to pamper you, indulge you, and bring your individual beauty to absolute perfection for the magical moment when you exchange your “I do’s”. A few months is plenty of time… David’s step-by-step beauty timeline below will help you be sure that it all happens right, so let’s get started!

Step One: As soon as you can

  • Call to schedule your complimentary consultation. Come by yourself, or bring Mom, your best friend, your maid-of-honor or your groom. Think through what services from our time-line are right for you ­and bring this paper along with your notes so that David and his team can go over them with you.
  • Plan to talk to a number of people. You need to see what feels right. It’s all about getting exactly what you want, especially for your wedding day.
  • Want to grow out your hair or try a new color, cut or style? One day hair extensions are the rage and can be used to add length and volume to hair that is being worn down or partially down. They can also be used to create an incredible updo. This is the time to start experimenting.
  • Start thinking about wedding day hair and make-up at the salon or on location. Ask us about our wedding day “Royal Treatment” with door-to-door limousine and beauty package.
  • Get serious about skin care: We can talk about facials, peels and at-home regimens so that you achieve complexion perfection. If Botox®, teeth whitening or lip augmentation are on your mind, ­ we’ll make sure to describe what results you can expect from various treatments and let you know our favorite places to have them done.

Step Two: 3-4 months before

  • It’s time for your consultation for hair and make-up. Do you want it up or down? Curly or Straight? Should you brighten it up with a couple of highlights? A few extensions? We’ll help you decide. Bring along pictures of hairstyles you like, and a picture of your dress. If you are wearing a veil or a headpiece, either bring it with you, borrow a veil to bring with you, or make sure that the salon has one that you can borrow for your consultation.
  • This is the time to lay the groundwork for making sure your wedding day is calm and crisis-free. There are a few things you want to check out when you are at the salon. Can they accommodate all of your bridesmaids together? Or do you want to protect your space by being separate, and does that work in the salon environment? Do the costs work? Does the timing work with the staff availability or are they being stretched too thin? Will they be responsive to requests, like helping to keep your future mother-in-law out of the way?
  • Set up your BIG DAY schedule. Start delegating. Ask your maid-of-honor to assist with scheduling your bridesmaids and mom for day-before nails and pedicures.
  • Want to experiment with self-tanners? Now’s the time. Look at the neckline of your gown and see if there are tan lines you’ll need to cover.

Step Three: 1-2 months before

  • It’s trial run time! We’ll do your run through for hair and make-up. Find out if you should wash your hair that day or not. Bring your headpiece and your camera.
  • Don’t forget your eyebrows. Our arch design guru and resident make-up artist will give you the perfect shape.
  • Keep up your skin care treatments.
  • Are you still delegating? Your maid-of-honor should have the beautifying timing for family and friends set in stone now. And they should be calling her now ­not you. You need to focus on you.
  • Most importantly, make it a point to do 3 nice things- just for you- every day. Take a long bath. Get a massage. Take a walk. Relax while you sit with a revitalizing mask on your face.

Step Four: 2 weeks before

  • Confirm big-day beauty appointments.
  • Get your final haircut or trim. Experimenting time is over. We’ll just keep up your great look. It’s our job to get you exactly what you want.
  • Send your groom in for a cut (and maybe a couple of highlights too)!
  • Remember to eat right. Load up on fruits and veggies for energy. Say no to salt and fat. Drink lots of water to help keep your skin clear and body detoxed.
  • Touch up your hair color, perm or straightener.
  • Keep delegating. You don’t want to have to follow up on every single detail yourself.
  • Are you still doing 3 nice things – just for you – every day?

Step Five: 1 Week Before

  • Get your bikini and legs waxed so you are ready for the honeymoon lingerie.
  • Have a final facial. Don’t wait until the day before to do this (Your face may need a day or two to adjust).
  • Indulge yourself with some extra, much needed pampering and relaxation. A deep-conditioning treatment for your hair. A body polish. A massage.

Step Six: 1 Day Before

  • Eliminate any negative energy around you.
  • Now it’s our job to get you exactly what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask us for help. Protect your space. Be conscious of what you want. Everybody you love is rooting for you.
  • Drink lots of water. Honeymoon must-haves include smooth and silky elbows, hands and feet. Enjoy your manicures and sole-soothing pedicures with your bridal party.
  • You may want to have your hair blown out. It will look great for your rehearsal dinner, and updos look better on hair that is blown out the day before.

Step Seven: On Your Wedding Day

  • Get your hair and makeup done. Wear a robe or button-down shirt that can be easily removed without disturbing your look.
  • Have your nail polish refreshed.
  • Take a few moments to reflect on the meaning of this wonderful day before you give yourself the last once-over in the mirror. Now smile and get going!