Friday, March 1, 2013

Have the Best Prom Ever!

Prom is quickly approaching for many seniors, but even if your prom isn't for a few more years, keep these important tips in mind and you'll be sure to have a fun and safe prom experience! At Barbizon of Akron, we work to educate all of our students and want to see them succeed, not only in our classrooms, but in life! Read below and feel free to add any of your tips in the comments on our Facebook Page.

Trial Runs- To ensure you are looking great and feeling great on prom night, be sure to do a couple of trial runs! Try out any new makeup or hair care products weeks in advance to make sure they don't have an adverse reaction to your skin. Nothing is worse than breaking out in hives or getting all itchy on a night that you're supposed to be looking your best!

Watch your Health- Do no crash diet before the big date. Not only are you jeopardizing your overall health but it will leave you fatigued and listless for prom. You should be enjoying this event to the fullest, not worrying about whether you can stay awake or conscious for the next dance! Crash dieting even a few weeks out could compromise your immune system, leaving you open to get sick. No one wants to be running to the bathroom every few minutes, let alone have to miss their prom altogether! Stay conscious of your body's needs and aim for a healthy night out.

Skip the Tan- Tanning, whether indoors or outdoors, has major health risks. Obviously skin cancer tops this list but you also don't want to show up on prom day with irritated, dry and/or sunburned skin. Opt for a more natural look and a dress/ make-up that really compliments your skin tone. Also be cautious of getting a spray tan close to the date. There are very few things worse than looking like an Oompa Loompa for prom pictures!

Keep Someone Informed- Make sure that your parents, guardians or a trusted adult knows where you are at all times. This includes pre-prom activities (if you're going out to dinner, etc), your prom ETA, and your post-prom plans. Weird things can happen on prom night and it is always a good idea to let others know where you are in case trouble ensues.

Have an Escape Plan- Post-prom activities always hold the promise of being great fun! Depending on what you choose to do, there can be very risky outcomes. Have an escape plan ready in case you find yourself in a situation that you are not comfortable with. This can be as simple as making a pact to leave with your group of friends or having someone you can text or call to pick you up if needed. Of course, the safest plan of action is to make the smartest choices, but any situation can turn sour, so it is best to be prepared for anything!

Don't Drink and Drive- Just don't do it. We've all seen what can happen. Don't get in a car with anyone else who has been drinking either. Even if they try to convince you that they do it all of the time, that does not make it any safer! If alcohol is involved, simply take the car out of the equation. Be strong enough to not let others drink and drive or to allow friends to get in the car with someone else who has been drinking. A moment of weakness can lead to a lifetime of regret!

Have Fun- Above all else, have fun. We only get one true prom and it is something that everyone should get to experience. Have a great night of dinner and dancing and having fun with friends before graduation. Things change once school is over and this is your chance for a "final hurrah." But all things should end on a good note of fun and laughter, so remember to be responsible and to make this night a fun and safe one!

These are just a few tips from all of us at Barbizon of Akron that we know you will all take to heart! We know that each and every one of you will look glamorous and that you will represent yourselves (and us) well. So plan for a wonderful night, have fun, be safe, and above all else, remember these great times because they only happen once!