Preparing for Your Prom!

This section is all about preparation for the big night!

Medium and Long Hairstyles for Prom

Romantic prom hairstyles:

Curly locks: Romantic and lovely, there is nothing more alluring than soft natural curls. If your natural "do" don’t curl, there is always the curling iron, or your ever faithful hot rollers.

Sidelong Glances: Use hot rollers on all your hair to start. Tease the top for lift and then pull it to the side in a low ponytail. Rhinestone barrettes can add the final flare! Finish with a gloss, or glitter spray.

Bouncy Beauty: Hot roll hair in medium size rollers and pull it all back in a beautiful headband.

Fun prom hairstyles:

Electro-punk: Use a rhinestone tiara to secure the front, then section the back and put small ponytails all over. Wrap your hair around the base and leave it tousled and wild! Zap! You’re it!

Twisted Tease: It’s hard to go wrong with braids! There are millions of types to experiment with: basic braids, single variation, double variation, crown, multiple strands, and many more! The easiest thing to do is pick up some "how-to" books or videos on braids, or try looking up hair braids on the internet. You can also ask your favorite beauty parlor if they know any fashionable twists. They’re just beautiful with flowers or ribbons weaved in.

Cute prom hairstyles:

Sweetie Pie: If you like the innocent look, think about bold, bouncy, natural ringlets! Use your fingers to comb through it and lightly spray. If your hair needs a little help curling, try loose pin curls until it dries. Add tiny clips and a sweet smile!

Sleek prom hairstyles:

Sophisticate Chic: Wanna look exotic and mysterious? Try slicking your hair back into a tight ponytail and adding a faux bun, or hairpiece. This is a no fuss "do" that looks super sophisticated, and won’t have you primping all night.

Sleek & Stylish: Try the "Sophisticate Chic" with a flare! Part your hair on the side and add a light pomade or anti-frizz solution for the sleek look. Zig-zag your part and add a pretty barrette if you like!

  • Remember, you can change your length instantly with the use of add- ons, falls, or extensions. A hairpiece is just like an accessory once you get used to it. Ask your local hair stylist for advice. This for a very dramatic change!
  • Once you have mastered the perfect looking "DO," finish it off with spray on shine or shimmer dust! A little glitter will make any hairstyle look ready for the ball…

Manicure Advice for Prom

Imagine that you are wearing a gorgeous dress with your hair all done up. You stroll into the prom and then look at your hands… AAAhhhhhh!!!! Dirt underneath your nails and jagged edges! Nails are critical to your overall appearance. For a do-it-yourself manicure, just follow these steps:

Steps to Follow:

  • File your nails with an emery board; don’t use a clipper. Nails should be filed straight up at the sides, and not filed inward. The thinner your nail, the finer the emery board should be.
  • Cuticle softener should be applied to the edges of the nail. Massage in gently.
  • Soak your fingers in warm soapy water. If fingers are discolored or dirty, dissolve a tablet of denture cleanser into the water first.
  • Use a cuticle pusher/cutter to push the cuticle back.
  • Massage moisturizer all over your hands.
  • Remove any excess oil with a cotton ball and an astringent (like witch hazel or lemon juice). This is necessary to allow nail polish to go on smoothly without bubbling.
  • Apply a base coat and allow plenty of drying time (at least 30 minutes).
  • Brush on a one-coat polish.

Pedicure Advice for Prom

Now it’s time for your feet. It’s important your feet look their best, especially if you’re wearing strapless shoes. For an at-home pedicure, you will need: - a foot file, tissue, polish, polish remover, and shower gel for soaking.

Steps to Follow:

  • Soak your feet in shower gel and water to soften.
  • Separate your toes with tissue.
  • Apply remover to eliminate all oils.
  • File toenails into a square shape by running the file vertically over the nail. This will also help to prevent future snags.
  • Apply a base coat. (Yes, this step is necessary even on a pedicure.) It is to prevent discoloring your nails.
  • Apply polish.
  • Allow polish to dry for 30 minutes.

Tanning Advice for Prom

Hey Girl! You’re gonna have that skin for the rest of your life. Protect it!

Tanning is not for everyone, and I believe in avoiding the sun all together. It’s damaging, time consuming, and uncomfortable; but if this is something you believe to be important to your look, there are a couple of options to choose from.

The safest option of getting an out-of-sun glow for prom is to go with the self tanner. Gone are the days of worrying about being stained orange or streaking! Many cosmetic companies have perfected the art of self tanner as a replacement for the damaging effects of sun tanning or tanning beds. These new self tanners are more natural looking, and are far better for you than baking in the sun (real or fake).

Additionally, there are now lotions on the market that gradually tan your skin more with each application for the most natural look.

Soaking up the sun’s rays and letting nature put those melanin cells to work. If you choose to bask out in the sun please wear SPF 30, or more! I know it may slow down the tanning process, but you really can’t imagine the long term damage you may be doing to your skin. On the brighter side, a higher SPF will tan your skin more evenly with less burning. It will take longer, but your tan will be deeper and last longer.

And then there are the tanning salons. If this is your choice, be sure to find out information about the latest equipment and the potential long-term damage to your skin. Take all precautionary measures and really understand what it is you are doing. Know the facts.

Here are some tips for applying self tanning products:

  • Take some time and be sure your skin is exfoliated before you apply the tanner. Look for dry areas (especially the areas at the elbows and knees). Dry skin types darken faster and deeper than other skin types.
  • Hydrate your skin first. Dry skin spots will soak up the tanner faster and you may experience streaking.
  • Be conscious of which areas would get sun exposure. Tanning should look natural. Avoid your palms, the soles of your feet, between your fingers, and your underarms! Also use the tanner sparingly around your hairline. If it’s too thick you will look like you’re wearing a tan mask!

Advice on Getting Smooth Legs and Arms for Prom

SALON VS. HOME WAXING: It’s possible for you to wax your legs at home, but just like many other cosmetic/beauty procedures a professional has more experience and can do the job better, faster, and with much less mess! The hair needs to be pulled at an angle, and yanked quickly and consistently; this isn’t always easy (especially on the back of your legs). If you try to self wax at home, I spanly suggest you practice well in advance of the prom! Warning: it hurts!

EYEBROWS: The shape of your brows depends on your own personal preference. Fortunately, styles are loose, with a “whatever floats your boat,” kind of attitude, but keep in mind that your eyebrows can affect your whole expression. Too small and you may look bitter, too high and you may look constantly shocked! A good way to determine your brow shape is simply by seeing what looks good on others. Look through a few current fashion magazines and see what brow shapes look good on faces that are shaped like yours. I believe the first time you shape your brows get them professionally done. Rely on someone else’s experience and skill. If you choose to do it yourself, follow these guidelines: Warm hair and skin aid in the tweezing process. Take a hot shower, or hold a warm washcloth on the area before tweezing. Never use ice. Ouch! The pores tighten and it makes plucking painful. Remember to pull in the direction the hair grows and pluck only one at a time. Warning! Eyebrow hair grows slowly! Don’t make mistakes...The beginning of your brow should be aligned with the center of your nostril below it, and extend a bit past the outer corner of the eye. The arch should fall over the outside third of the eye. Use an astringent when you’re done. This will prevent infection.

BIKINI AREA: This area is difficult, even for a professional. I would suggest getting this done at a salon. This is one area not to mess with!

FACIAL HAIR REMOVAL: Consult a dermatologist for the best method for facial hair removal. Facial skin is sensitive and you don’t want to do damage. SHAVING: The razor is the number one method of hair removal. It is quick, easy, and inexpensive. There are a bunch of shavers out there; personally I like the Mach III. It is best to shave in the shower. The warm water opens pores and softens the hair follicle, priming the skin so shaving is more comfortable. There are also many wonderful shaving creams. I prefer the ones that contain aloe.

DEPILATORY CREAMS: Creams are a good temporary solution. Unfortunately many women tell me their hair is too coarse to be removed this way; although I have been told that some women use depilatory creams like a shaving cream for a super smooth shave. As with all other procedures, be sure to test it well in advance of prom night.

ELECTROLYSIS: Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis are intense forms of hair removal. Both are good, but in many cases the procedure needs to be repeated a few time to remove hair permanently. Also be prepared to spend all the money in your piggy bank. These methods can be expensive.

Diet & Exercise Advice for Prom: Getting Started!

To get started, you should eat right. This means that you must cut back on fatty foods and sweets. Be sure to drink eight glasses of water a day. This not only makes for healthy skin, but also fills you up.

Work Out Time!

Play some music with a great beat to get you going. Always warm up, stretch, and cool down. In addition to 30 minutes of aerobics, you may want to tone the areas that your dress emphasizes. If you take pictures of yourself in your prom dress, you can focus on the areas that you need to work on.


Before starting any strenuous exercise regimens, you may want to consult your physician to see if these exercises are right for you. Your doctor may offer some additional tips on losing weight and/or overall health.

Diet & Exercise Advice for Prom: Abs

Side-center-side sit-ups are a great start if your abs are your problem area. These will target your stomach muscles, and work your waist. Just remember, if you do not feel this exercise in your stomach muscles, and feel it in your arms or neck, you are not doing it properly. Control your movements and do not let your shoulders touch the ground.


Lie on your back with your feet flat, knees bent. Place your hands behind your head.


Using your stomach muscles, raise your upper body, twisting toward your left leg.


Return to starting position, and in a fluid motion, lift your upper body to the center.

Diet & Exercise Advice for Prom: Arms

If you need to work on your arms then chair dips are great!


Stand in front of a sturdy chair. Bend your knees and place the palms of your hands on the edges of the seat. Walk your legs out until your knees are slightly bent. Now raise your toes so that only your heels touch the floor. Your arms should be straight, elbows unlocked, and your butt should be near the seat of the chair, but not touching it. Keep your body weight on your arms, not your legs.


Bend your elbows and lower your body, slowly, so that your butt drops close to the floor. Do not let your shoulders drop below your elbows.


Straighten your arms and raise your body to the starting position.


Work your way up to 3 sets of 12. Be sure to maintain good form.

Diet & Exercise Advice for Prom: More Arms

The behind the back pass is another great exercise for the arms.


Stand with your legs slightly wider than hip distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Look straight ahead, and keep your back upright. Hold a ball in your hands, behind your back.


Transfer the ball to your right hand, and then extend your arms up in the air. Pass the ball from your right hand to your left hand over your head.


Bring arms back down behind your back and start over. Continue the up and down ball-passing motion so your arms move in a circle like a windmill.


Repeat the series 20 times. Go slowly; don't let your momentum do the work.

Diet & Exercise Advice for Prom: Calves

If you are worried about having no calves, or you calves are not firm, maybe you should try the seated calf raise.


Sit in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat against the floor. Grasp the edge of the chair or for a spaner workout, place your palms flat on your thighs.


Press down on your thighs while lifting your heels off the ground.


Return to the starting position and repeat 25 times.

Renting a Limousine for Prom

If you’re looking for a sure fire way to feel like a superstar, rent a limo! It’s exciting, much safer than driving, and best of all, it’ll allow you and your friends to spend more time together.

  1. One person should be in charge of the arrangements. There’s a lot to do, so make sure it’s someone who will follow through, make good choices, and not wait until the last minute.
  2. Limousine companies are all over, and can easily be found in the yellow pages. You can also check out the internet.
  3. Don’t settle on the first company you call. Get quotes from several different limo rental companies. Prices can vary greatly and you’ll want to get the package that suits your needs.
  4. As you plan, remember that most limousines can seat anywhere from 2 to 18 people. Some can fit as many as 24!
  5. It’s a good idea to reserve your limousine at least four months in advance. The demand can be overwhelming during prom and graduation season. You’re also dealing with wedding season! Early reservations will guarantee a fair price and the car of your choice.
  6. Make the payment at least two weeks before your prom. If the limo is pre-paid there is a better chance they will show up.
  7. A couple of days before your prom, you should call the company and ask all of the appropriate questions:
    • Get the name of the person you are talking to
    • Get a confirmation number
    • Get an emergency contact #
    • Find out your driver’s name
    • Confirm addresses of all pick-ups
  8. Make sure you allow enough time! Things like pick-ups, picture taking, and travel add up. You don’t want to be late, or be rushed!
  9. Make sure everyone agrees on the after- prom plans before the prom! Don’t waste time debating. The key is to have everything planned in advance.
  10. Discuss tipping before the limo arrives. Typical tipping for a limo is 20%, but some companies include this fee in the total charge. Not only is it bad planning to discuss the tip while the driver is there, but its bad manners. And a happy driver can make your experience even better!