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Everyone has had that extra important day when they’ve had to slay like no other. Whether attending one’s own wedding or someone else’s, a big work event, a yearly pilgrimage to Boracay, or even a party where your jerk of an ex may or may not be present, we have all had days that require special preparation. That’s when Big Day Slim Team comes in.
BIG DAY SLIM TEAM
Big Day Slim Team describes itself as “a group of dedicated people focused on helping you get the body you desire in time for your big day.” They do this primarily by offering non-invasive slimming treatments in the form of radiofrequency sculpting and lipocavitation, all carried out discreetly in the privacy of your own home. These work through an ultrasound-like contraption rubbed over problem areas to melt fat, excreted by the body a few days later.
We tried it and found ourselves walking away with over an inch of fat loss after just one 30-minute session.
So, can we nix the gym altogether? Well, not exactly. “I always tell our clients that our services aren’t miracle solutions,” said owner Maxine Ignacio, who's worked as a beauty assistant at a magazine. “They’re the extra help you need when burning calories becomes more difficult to do or when exercising no longer has the same effect on you.”
Ignacio also explained that she herself underwent training on the proper use of the machines before their purchase in Korea. She undergoes refresher courses and quality checks every three months to stay on top of her game. She also trains her technicians personally, even going so far as to shadow them until they are completely ready.
An extra sweet note for potential clients is that the cost itself doesn’t necessarily break the bank. Treatments range from Php 800 to 2,500, with discounts applied per additional area treated every session. Add-ons are available in the form of very affordable pamper services, such as manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, and more. And for the ultimate in cost-efficiency, multiple services and treatments may be bundled into multi-session packages for brides, debutantes, and beach bums alike.
Price range: Php 800 - 2500 per session
BIG DAY BLOW DRY
If it sounds too good to be true, there’s more. In their mission to make clients look as good as they feel, Big Day Slim Team also has a fleet of professionally trained hairstylists called Big Day Blow Dry. While also home service, these hairstyling services are separate and do not require a slimming treatment in order to be availed of.
For Php 350 to 400, one can choose from a menu of styles, or clients can send in their own hairstyle pegs. (These are generally priced according to the closest existing style on offer.) “Professional” wedding guests and social butterflies, I will give you a minute to rejoice.
A quick browse through Big Day’s Instagram feed shows a host of satisfied customers, from kolehiyalas to brides to celebrities to bloggers to fashion industry insiders to mothers of three. The soaring popularity is unsurprising, because what they offer is not just pampering, but a promise. A promise that within an hour or two, in an experience conducted entirely with tact and thoughtfulness, you could lose an inch off your waist, have some Christian Louboutin polish glossed onto your nails, and achieve perfect surfer girl waves—all without ever having ditched your comfies. And really, big day or not, who doesn’t want that?
Price range: Php 350 - 400
Big Day Slim Team is open to service clients from 9am to 9pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, and is available to Metro Manila residents only. For more information, visit www.bigdayslimteam.com.