Do it yourself up-dos for prom, any other occasion

April 25, 2013 3:15:02 PM PDT
Prom season is here, and that means parents and teens are shelling out big bucks. A new Visa survey found that this year, families are expected to spend $1,139 dollars on prom.

We want you to save some money on the big night. One of the biggest accessories of the night is the hair.

But there's no need for you to spend a lot of cash at the salon. We have tips and techniques from the pros, so you can do it yourself.

So whether it's prom or a special night out on the town, it can cost anywhere from 60 to a hundred bucks to get a fancy up-do. But really in 5-10 minutes, you can try to do it yourself.

If you think an up-do is ultra difficult task, don't.

"All of them took under five minutes," said Jessica Contreras, stylist with Aurea Salon and Spa.

Look number 1 is the chignon. Start by prepping the hair with a texturizing cream and smoothing fluid.

"You need product just to get the hair to stay. You need to add texture to the hair," Contreras said.

Step 2, pull your hair into a high ponytail.

"Next you're going to flip the pony tail forward, and at the last inch of the hair, you're going to put a small rubber band," Contreras said.

Then flip the ponytail back and add two large bobby pins at the base ; flip it back over and tuck the tail in at the base of the ponytail. Secure bobby pins and add plenty of hairspray.

"So that's it, 5 easy steps to get an elegant party up-do," Contreras said.

The next look is the party ponytail.

"Anybody can throw their hair in a regular ponytail. This will be way more fun for a night out on the town," Contreras said.

Prep your hair with hairspray, then section off the top half of the hair and pull the bottom side into a high ponytail.

"The next step is to tease the top half of the hair and then we're going to cover the ponytail with it," Contreras said.

Take the whole top section, pin it to the base of the ponytail and wrap the ends around the ponytail and cover.

"I'm going to spray down the fly-a-ways, keeping the sides really smooth and sleek," Contreras said.

Next up is the top knot.

"You can look on TV, you can look on the Internet, you can look at any of the red carpet shows -- everyone has that top knot because it is easy to recreate," Contreras said.

Again lots of hairspray then pull the ponytail at the very top of your head and tease section of your ponytail to get it as big as you can. Finally smooth out the hair by wrapping it around the bun and pin as often as you need.

"If you want to jazz it up, you can throw on a hair bow. Any kind of accessory with do," Contreras said.

For curly haired girls, salon owner Tamika Fletcher has a few tried and true tips.

"It's called the up-zing clip," Fletcher said.

Fletcher relies on this clip you can find at the drug stores for as little as $5. She uses the clip to pull up her sides.

"As you can see I have really thick, curly hair so anything that can whip my hair into submission within seconds is super natural," Fletcher said.

But for a more dramatic look, add a faux braid. Don't braid the hair, just fold the hair by taking a small section from side to side.

"It takes your look from day to night in less than 30 seconds," Fletcher said.

This clip even works for those with short hair styles.

Practice your up-dos a couple of times before the big night so that way there are no surprises.
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