“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.” – From the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
So you’re on Spring Break and probably partying it up while you can before hitting back to those books. But, before doing that, Prom is just around the corner! While it is optimal to pay big bucks to go to a salon and have your hair did, many of us don’t have the money (or time) to do so.
Since prom is smack in the middle of ppringtime, we thought that we’d get some inspiration from some of our favorite “Spring 2011 RTW” Runway Collections! ________________________________________________________________
For you gals with medium/long length hair, you definitely have a great advantage of achieving many prom hairstyles. (For those with curly/wavy hair, you also can attain this look by first straightening your hair before trying these fast updos. In addition, short hair gals, you can get clip-on extensions to try, too!)
Moschino Look: Back In Time
(Length: Long/Medium) Products Needed: hairspray, polka Dotted bandana/scarf, comb, bobby pins (colour close to your hair)
What to Do:
1. Comb your hair back tightly and tie it in a ponytail. If needed, spray hairspray to comb down the flyaways.
2. Depending how high your ponytail is, that’s where your bun will be. Put your hair in a bun by wrapping it. (To prevent it from looking too librarian-ish, don’t make the bun a donut-shape, instead make the bun a “chignon oval!”)
3. Pin the excess hair from the bun onto the rest of your hair.
4. Because we are not going for a sleek look, pull out bits of hair from the bun to make it look like a “nest.”
5. Wrap a scarf/bandana to cover the front of your head. Viola! BONUS: Since this is a bold look, why not grab some chandelier earrings which can provide additional zest?!
Erdem Look: Braided Tales
(Length: Long) Products Needed: hairspray, dry shampoo, comb, any ribbon that is at least 1" thick, bobby pins (colour close to your hair)
What to Do:
1. Before braiding your hair, spray on some dry shampoo even if you have just cleaned your hair. This makes the hair hard and stay in put! (Dry shampoo works wonder with any types of hair!)
2. Part your hair right down the middle because you will be making two french braids (one for each side of your head).
3. (Optional) For a really festive look, you can braid in a ribbon for each braid. After you’re done braiding each braid, tuck each ribbon’s end underneath your hair so that it wouldn’t be sticking out.
4. Now that you have two braids hanging, carefully clip one braid over another to form the braids into a crown like what the models have in the Erdem show.
5. For a natural look, pull out some hair out from the braids to create “flyaways.”
6. Lightly spritz hairspray to have your look in place! BONUS: Instead of hair accessories, you can get fresh flowers and stick them in your braids! Make sure the stems of the flowers are long so that you wouldn’t want them falling over at the end of the night! If needed, pin the stems on the inside of your hair so that the stem and bobby pins can be hidden.
Think prom is just for long haired gals? No way! Many people assume that you can’t have good hairstyles when your hair is short. Guess they haven’t seen Rihanna lately! (If you have long hair, you can also follow these rules to achieve similar looks!)
Gucci Look: The Androgynous
(Length: Short) Products Needed: smoothing cream or gel, comb, one hair clip or headband
What to Do:
1. Dab on some smoothing cream/gel onto damp hair to make your hair look extra sleek. (If you don’t want that “oily” look, then just blow dry your hair super straight.)
2. Comb the hair through. If needed, use a flat iron to finish anywhere that your blow dryer couldn’t reach. BONUS: Since this is a really “butch” look, make sure to wear some bold earrings to feminize it. In addition, using a sparkly clip to clip the side of your hair can really add some mystery to the whole look. If you don’t like the ideas of clips, wearing a thin headband can be optimal. Just choose a headband that is not the same colour as your hair so that it won’t get lost into your hair!
Vera Wang Look: Such a Tease!
(Length: Short/Medium) Products Needed: rat-tail comb, hairspray, headband
What to Do:
1. Lift up a section of your hair at a time, starting at the crown. Tease (or backcombing) each section by brushing it the opposite way.
2. After each section is teased, spray some hairspray onto the teased part so that the hair will be held in place.
3. Now that you’re done with the tease, then smooth over the tease by lightly combing the outside layer (to cover the teased part!). You wouldn’t want others to know your secret!
4. Lightly spritz hairspray all over your hair for extra hold. Bonus: Adding a headband to the hair can really spice the look up. Choose a headband that is light and thin so that it won’t flatten your teased hair out. This will definitely add a great retro feel to it!
No need for pomade or texture sprays here because you guys already have the tousled look down naturally! For curly/wavy haired gals, skip the full flat iron/blow drying just this once! Let loose your curls like letting loose those dance moves!
What to Do:
1. Part your hair where your hairline will be near the side of your head.
2. Flat iron only the crown of your head (almost where your hair meets your eyebrows), leaving almost 2/3rds of your wavy hair untouched.
3. Clip each side of your hair where the straight and the wavy meets. (The sparkly will enhance this look!) BONUS: Think all flat irons are the same? Think again! There are a ton out there, but you don’t need to spend a lot for a decent one. Make sure to buy a ceramic flat iron over a metal one. Ceramics help distribute the heat thoroughly onto your hair while also doesn’t tug at your roots!
Marc Jacobs Look: RAWR! LION MANE!
(_Type of Hair: Curly ; Length:Long)
_Products needed: flat iron, curling gel, blow dryer with diffuser, hair clips/accessories
What to Do:
1. Washing your hair is optimal here.
2. Part your hair to the side.
3. Blow dry only the crown part of your hair so that it is dry enough for it to be flat ironed.
4. After part of your hair has been flat ironed, you can do a mini braid on each side of your head as it’s going down to your curls. Clip the ends of the braid to secure them in place.
5. Since this look requires BIG HAIR, manage your curls by applying curling gel to your hair. Blow dry with a diffuser (to prevent frizz) as your scrunching the bottom part of your hair to create volume. BONUS: Curling gels are different from anti-frizz serums. Often times, curling gels provide both volume and anti-frizz properties! It’s like you’re getting a two for one deal!