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When prom preparation comes around, you don’t want to get caught off-duty. Achieving a style worthy of any special occasion requires a sense of exploration and self-discovery. Done well, you’ll know when the ’do is you!

 
You can be inspired by a celebrity without losing your own sense of style. The exciting trend this year is all about you... looking your best, finding your own style, enhancing your confidence. First of all, even before considering your hairdo, you should take the time to carefully review various options when selecting your gown. The cut and length of the dress, along with your hair type, will help you decide when it comes time to choosing the right hairstyle for your special evening.
 
Of our six senior prom models, five are all outstanding teens from the 2006 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant; joining them is Miss NC Teen USA 2005 Nikkie Groat. The young ladies were selected from a field of 94 pageant contestants. We felt that each one of these young women had realized her own unique style that gave her the flair and ultimate confidence we were looking to convey.
     
 

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Nikkie’s thick hair is styled to enhance all of her outstanding features. Long swooping bangs draw attention to her eyes, soft, sweeping layers frame her dimples, and blond highlights show off the depths of her healthy locks. Her haircut is “pumped up” up for prom by blow-drying until slightly damp and rolling sections of layered hair into large velcro rollers. Once dry, take the rollers out, brush, and lightly spray.
 
TIP: You don’t have to wear your hair in an updo for it to look formal.
 
This lime green gown is a perfect choice for Lara’s sassy but chic style. The neckline of the dress help your eyes travel upward to this perfectly put-together beauty. Her casual bob haircut is made more festive and formal by simply parting the hair on the side and tucking it behind one ear to expose her crystal earring.
 
TIP: Use a small amount of “gloss” to make it sleeker and boost up the shine.
 
     
 

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Jessica is a perfect “10” with this look of sophistication. Her hair is softly curled, brushed back, and secured at the nap of her neck with a barrette that matches her pretty earrings. Simple elegance is the only word you can use for this exquisite brunette beauty. Her look will stay gorgeous all night with minimal upkeep.
 
TIP: If your hair is pulled off your face completely, you should wear a more apparent earring.
 
Wow... was the only word we could use when we spotted Noelle. Everything about this teenager’s look was shouting “STYLE.” She obviously had already established her own look and we latched onto it. Her sandy blond hair was teased at the roots, smoothed, and tucked behind her ears. A large round brush was use while blow-drying to create the flip.
 
TIP: Use an aerosol spray on the flip for a softer hold with movement, but switch to an “ultrahold” pump on the top and sides.
     

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Inset: before

Rachel’s look is nothing less than royalty. She radiates the confidence and poise that few have and many strive for. Because her everyday look is soft and side-parted, we made a simple change to her warm chestnut hair with a small front part and a slight flip. At the crown of her head, the hair was teased, smoothed back, and sprayed, while the sides were tucked behind her ears.
 
TIP: To secure hair behind the ears, use bobby pins to hold the style in place.
 
Regal but bold, simple but stunning... Katie is such a natural beauty, everything about her says “bombshell.” The severe side part accentuates her face shape, the lowlights add dimension. This style is achieved by pulling the sides of the hair under the back section, securing it, and then gently brushing loose hair over the fastened area.
 
TIP: After hair is brushed into place, spray and run your hand lightly over it to hold down fly-aways.
     

The fun and exciting idea behind prom is to “be yourself”...only better! Prepare early, express your individuality, pay attention to details, establish your style... then go out and have fun!

 
 
CREDITS
Models: Nikkie Groat (Miss NC Teen USA), Lara Lovitt, Jessica Yoshida, Noelle Jenkins, Rachel Spears, and Katie Coble • Photography: Kristianna Nichols • Assistant: Angela Rucker • Location: Radisson Hotel High Point City Center (NC)
     

Kristianna Nichols is one of the country’s new beauty experts. She is a former Mrs. America, NFL cheerleader, professional model and commercial actress. Kristianna has had her own TV talk show and was a popular entertainment reporter for the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis before moving to Vail, Colorado. She has hosted many TV shows, from Mainstreet USA to On The Move. She is the president and CEO of Noble Tress beauty company and the inventor of “Kristianna’s Crown.”

     

Additional Hair Articles

Read More HAIR Articles: Cool Hairstyles for Pageants, Prom, or Fashion

 

Summer 2014

Braid in the Shade

Having a simple look doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice style, and this braided updo has everything you need to be quick, easy and creative with your hair.

By Yulia Konstantinova-Riebman

 

Spring 2014

2014 Prom Hairstyles

Head Turners: Our fabulous hair stylists create eight great easy-to-replicate looks for your Prom, Pageant or any glamorous event this year.

By Yulia Konstantinova-Riebman

 

A Real Show Stopper

Up is the key word for spring’s hottest hairstyles, as we’re offering a modern take on the classic French twist.

By Yulia Konstantinova-Riebman

 

Winter 2013

Waves of Glamour

Take a page from the classic summer styles this season and invoke the old Hollywood style of loose, flowing hair for your competitions and events.

By Yulia Konstantinova-Riebman

 

Fall 2013

Baby's Got Bounce

Bring back the loose, lively curls of your youth for a convenient and fun look for any occasion this fall.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Summer 2013

No Faux Pas Faux Bob

You don’t have to chop that gorgeous long hair to achieve a short look to remain cool and fun this summer.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Spring 2013

Tressed to Impress

This season, be adventurous with your hairstyles and try something that you’ve never tried before, because after all—it’s just hair.

By Kristy Schanel

 

The Showcase Showdown

With so many new looks and styles to choose from this year, your options are limitless for your Prom or any formal event this year.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Winter 2012

TIME TO LOOSEN UP

Since the weather is so much nicer to us in the winter, we should take advantage and let our hair down.

By Kristy Schanel

 

Fall 2012

Straight to the Point

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring when it comes to your hairstyle, as the fall is combining straight and easy with rich and lustrous.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Summer 2012

Catching the Waves

Nothing says summer season hairstyling like turning your hair into breathtaking waves with very little to no effort at all.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Spring 2012

Wave After Wave

Soft waves can provide just the right playfulness to perfect your spring season prom or runway ready hairstyle.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Tressed to the Nines

Our hair stylists developed nine incredibly easy-to-replicate looks for you to shine at your Prom, Pageant or glamorous formal event.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Winter 2011

WE’RE ON A VICTORY ROLL

Evoking the 1940s for a winter style will give you big volume and bigger compliments for any of your holiday season occasions.

By Whitney Weatherington

 

Fall 2011

Coming Back Around

Styles are cyclical and you shouldn’t have to look overdone to find the right classic look for your event.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Summer 2011

Step to the Side

Just because you have to protect your hair from the damaging summer season, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Spring 2011

Bringing Back the Buns

Carrying over from the success of the fall season should be no problem for this convenient and classic hairstyle.

By Cari Redington

 

Borrowing from the Classics

For this prom season, our style experts called on some past successes and combined them with fresh new twists.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Winter 2010

Staying Soft and Feminine

The goal for this season’s hairstyles is to focus on your gowns, your accessories, and your best natural asset—you.

By Cari Redington

 

Fall 2010

Refine is Devine

This season’s hairstyles prove that you can create a strong look by using soft techniques.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Summer 2010

Turning Heads

Quick and easy summer styles will help you become the center of attention no matter where you’re going.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Spring 2010

Straight to the Curls

While a sleek, long hairstyle sounds simple, it could be a girl’s most important accessory in capturing the Judges’ attention.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Putting the YOU in Unique

Our hair experts developed incredibly creative and simple looks for you to shine at your prom and all of your most important formal events.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Winter 2009

Things are Shaping Up

Your hair is the frame of your face, and there’s no reason it can’t be a work of art in itself.

By Paulo Figueiredo

 

Fall 2009

It’s Time to Be Short

Even with long hair, you have plenty of options to keep with this fall season’s increasingly popular short hairstyles.

By Marlon Molina

 

Summer 2009

Simply Summer Styling

With hot weather comes pools and the beach, and you’ll need to take the proper steps in protecting your timeless surf styles.

By Marlon Molina

 

Spring 2009

Hot and Healthy

Backstage experts leak the styles and products for the hottest homemade looks.

By Christina M. Kane

 

Spring 2009

Fashion Forward Prom

There are a variety of hot styles for 2009, so why not infuse your prom look with some Fashion Week glam?

By Lilliam Penaloza

 

Winter 2008

An Evening to Remember

Starting from scratch, it's not hard to put together the perfect look for any formal affair. Follow our how to advice, step-by-step, to achieve an evening look to remember.

By Myriam Fux

 

Fall 2008

Put Your Fresh Face Forward

With proper maintenance, nurturing and hair care, this season’s hottest looks can be yours with ease.

By Christina Kane

 

Summer 2008

Turning Back the Clock

Straight or curly, the key to this summer’s look requires a little trip back in time.

By Christina Kane

 

Spring 2008

You Say You Want an Evolution?

Here are 3 ideas for easy step-by-step makeovers.

By Christina Kane

 

Fall 2007

4 Fall LifeSavers

Summer hair – it’s faded, it’s fried… it’s split ends galore. Say no to frizzies.

By Ernie McCraw

 

Summer 2007

Go with the Glow

Miss SC USA helps us unveil six summer looks that range from a loose side-swept pony to braids with panache.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2007

Shapely Tresses

Want a hairstyle that's uniquely you? Let your facial structure help determine the right 'do.

By Tracey Lange

 

Anything Goes

Achieving knock-out hair like red-carpet celebrities no longer requires following strict rules. Just let these easy looks - and some professional styling help - be your guide.

By Phillip Fife

 

Style Setting Sisters

Because prom season requires some of the most personal beauty decisions you’ll ever face, we thought it might be fun to compare alternative looks on three duos who share the same gene pool.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Extensions That Work

Want a longer thicker hairstyle without literally tearing your hair out? The answer is simple - use the new quick and easy hot Strands kits.

 

Winter 2006

Hairstyles

'Tis the Season to Dazzle

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Fall 2006

Hairstyles

5 Hollywood-Inspired Head-Turners.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Summer 2006

It’s All in Your Head

Summer's the time to start fresh with trendy hairstyles designed for your face shape and unique features

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2006

Prom Hair: Luscious Looks for Your Locks

Long before the fun begins, let your hair in on the party by trying these five doable hairstyles from Pageantry & PromTime’s photo shoot hair-and-makeup guru.

By Tracy Lange

 

Spring 2006

In Search of the Radiant Self

Achieve a hairstyle worthy of any special occasion through exploration and self-discovery.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Winter 2005

Washing Those Winter Hair Blues Away

Lighten up your look and add a dose of sunshine to your mood with sun-kissed color highlights, then create a softer you with these easy-to-do styling tips.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Fall 2005

Finding What Works for You

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it,” the saying goes, and these six sexy hairdos do exactly that, letting each woman take advantage of her own mane assets.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Summer 2005

Surviving Summer’s Swoon: The Root of the Matter

These hot hairdos help ensure your locks will withstand the seasonal onslaught.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2005

The Return of The New Classics

For prom and beyond, today's hot hairdos take a step back in time, while taking little time to do.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Winter 2004

Party Hardy Hairdos

Head-turning prom and social occasion hair looks are only a ponytail away.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Fall 2004

Cool Hairstyles

A Cool Change: Add some attitude and dimension to your hair with these six super prom hairdos.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Summer 2004

Making Waves

Two state Teen USA winners show the perfect hairdos for Swimsuit.

By Kristianna Nichols

 

Spring 2004

Investigate These Hairstyles For Prom  

Waves in prom hairstyles are making a strong comeback for the warmer months ahead.

by Tami Crosby

 

Spring 2004

The Right Tresses For Prom Dresses 

Long and lush prom hair looks are the glam alternative to everyday practical ponytails.

by Kristianna Nichols

 

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