Every young lady wants to look her best on prom night. It's so much more than just shopping for a beautiful dress and accessories. Modern-day rituals include everything from relaxation and de-stress parties to hair removal and waxing, manicures, pedicures, facials and more. It's a reason for a total makeover, but should the sky really be the limit? What's appropriate pampering for the girl's age? And how much money should be spent?
Makeup artist Kimara Ahnert believes that many routines -- such as spray tanning, manicures, pedicures and facials -- can be age-appropriate. But one's makeup should reflect her age, she says. "The makeup should be applied lightly and using fresh colors and sheer textures and formulations, as opposed to dark lips or smoky eyes. A teen should also remember to get any facials or waxing several days in advance of the prom because of inflammation or reactions that could occur."
Of course, all this pampering isn't exactly cheap. "I am always amazed at the amount of money that is spent on the prom," Ahnert says. "From the dress to the shoes to the pampering, the amount can get out of hand. However, if the teen has saved up her money and this is how she wants to spend it -- because it is a special night -- then why shouldn't she go all out?" When it comes to who should foot the bill, Ahnert adds, "I think a budget should definitely be set, and if the teenager wants to go above and beyond the budget, then she or he should pay for the extras."
New York-based hair salon Shobha suggests the following MUSTS for pre-prom hair removal: "For the face: brows and full-face threading for a perfect photo finish. For the body -- arms, legs, underarms -- sugaring or waxing is a great way to get ready for the prom! You don't have to worry about razor burn (or cutting yourself because of pre-prom jitters)."
Shobha also offers teen parties. "We invite teens to an afternoon of hair removal education at one of our salons. We talk about all of the different options, their pros and cons, to help each teen choose the best option for her body."
"Pre-prom beauty is all about the face, hair and nails," says Valentina Chistova, founder of Aquamedica Salon and Day Spa, in New Jersey. "We offer a customized 'teen spa' menu, which includes 25 percent off for high-school students. The menu includes anti-acne facials and skin care treatments; pampering manicures and pedicures, including citrus-, mint- and chocolate-inspired treatments; and prom hairdos."
"Expect teens to emulate what they saw on this year's Grammy red carpet from teen idols like Taylor Swift -- long, flowy hair filled with soft and natural waves," says marketing expert Stacey Berlin of TCR Marketing. "Essie's newest collection of hues is expected to be in demand for prom. Hottest color choices include pop art pink, red nouveau, rock candy, pink parka and the outrageously bold midnight cami."
Teens should expect to spend about $60 for manicure and pedicure treatments and up to $25 for eyebrow and lip waxing. Hairstyling starts at $60 and can go to about $100, depending on the intricacy of the design. The "Teen Glow Facial" at Aquamedica is $90, and high-school students are extended the 25 percent off offer.
Eyelash extensions are another new trend for high-school girls preparing for the prom. "Eyelash extensions can last indefinitely (if refilled) or three to four weeks. It's a great investment and costs anywhere from $250 to $600 (depending on your location)," says April Beasley, public relations specialist for Jo Mousselli's Xtreme Lashes.
Some teens are hosting day-of-the-prom yoga parties to relax, de-stress, connect and bond with friends. "Yoga disciplines the body, builds strength and increases flexibility while imparting a sense of calmness over our minds," say Gina Norman and Stan Woodman, yoga masters, parents and owners of the Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers, in Connecticut. Norman and Woodman can create an at-home yoga party workout that includes de-stressing and restorative poses, calming breathing techniques and yoga posture.
The prom is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most. Prepare for it with proper pampering so you go feeling your best, relaxed and confident.