How to Have Fun at Prom

The end of the school year is upon us, which means many of us are preparing for the long-anticipated pinnacle of high school: prom. This is a really exciting and fun part of the high school experience, but it can also cause a lot of stress. At this point, you’ve (hopefully) already figured out what you’re wearing, so we’re going to focus on some tips to help you have a stress-free and memorable prom experience:

1. I recommend doing your hair yourself. This sounds counterintuitive, since getting someone else to do it seems far easier, but here’s the thing: you know how to do your hair. You just need the basic items (hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, hair ties, clips, hairspray, etc.), and you can do it in a way you know looks good. If you go somewhere to get it done, the place will be packed with people, and it will probably be a high-stress environment. And then you have to sit there and get your hair pulled on for a while, hoping it will come out gorgeous. But frequently people aren’t thrilled with the way their hair ends up looking. It’s expensive to get done, and often falls apart early into the night. Some people love the whole process of going and getting a really fancy hairstyle, but if you’re not one of these people, you’ll be just as happy (possibly happier) doing it yourself. Browse through YouTube for some great prom hairstyles you can easily do yourself! Here are some great ones:

2. Keep only the essentials with you! This will prevent a lot of worrying about losing things and rummaging through your bag/pockets in a panic. Make sure you have your phone, chapstick, blotting paper (helps preserve your makeup so you don’t have to constantly touch it up; I recommend 100% pure), a camera, safety pins, a comb, and a little cash (just in case). You might also want to have some mints or gum.

3. Remember that your #1 priority for the night should be having fun. Maybe your hair becomes unmanageable shortly after you arrive, or someone else is wearing the same dress or shirt, or you realized too late that the bag you chose doesn’t match as well as you thought it did, or any number of slight imperfections. Try to let these things go and just roll with the evening. This is a night to have a good time with your friends before you move on to the next phase of your lives, so enjoy it, and don’t get hung up on little things that, in the end, really don’t matter. Have fun, be safe, and create wonderful memories!

For those of you who have already experienced prom, share your best tips in the comments!

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