Post # 1
I always thought wedding and prom hair were more or less the same (except prom hair sometimes had those little jewel thingies screwed into it when i went to prom. Pretty sure those are out of fashion by now!)
A lot of places around here charge one price for updos. They don’t split it into wedding or prom unless they have to travel, or do your whole bridal party. I don’t even really know what the hallmarks of “prom hair” necessarily are, to know how to avoid it.
So how do I know if I have prom hair? Did you have prom hair? Can I see pics? I did my hair different ways both years I went to prom, and I think either could have worked for a wedding, but it’s possible I am deluded. I don’t know too much about fashion……
Post # 3
@EffieTrinket: I’m super picky about formal hairstyles. I went full-out PROM hair for my proms, complete with screw-in jewels and nearly an entire bottle of loose glitter (head to toe sparkle baby! Yay 2004!)
I now have an extreme disgust for updos. I can’t stand the thought of having curls piled on top of my head. Never mind spending an hour after the wedding playing “find all 43895489543 bobby pins and get them out of my hair so I can sleep”. I’ll have my hair down, most likely, or 1/2 up for the wedding.
Also, don’t get me started on why I feel that braids are not appropriate for a “formal” hairstyle.
ETA: Pic from my stepsister’s wedding. I had prom hair. Not happy.
Post # 4
@EffieTrinket: I’m glad someone posted this because I’ve often wondered it. Most that I’ve seen could be used for either type of event.
Post # 5
I think of prom hair as a serious updo. That is what I had for my prom 10 years ago. I hate updos (on myself) so I’m not worried about it for my wedding.
Post # 6
@s2bmrscook: Ahh glitter! Yes, now that I think about it, definitely for prom unless maybe it’s just one little sprinkle. But, all I’ve seen with glitter looks like the person dropped the whole bottle on their head..body..etc. Heh!
Post # 7
@erinbacher: And the little teeny roses. Can’t forget the little teeny roses. And ribbons. Oh Lord, the ribbons.
Post # 8
Wouldn’t it be more about the event than the actual hair? As in weddings are more stressful so cost more?
Post # 9
Overly “perfect” hair that looks like it will go crunch … that’s prom hair to me. If I can see the barrel of the curling iron in my hair … then I have prom hair.
Post # 10
@EffieTrinket: I feel like prom hair is the most generic simply curled and bunched into a spot hair you can imagine. If it looks like it belongs around 2001 or the 90’s, then prom hair.
Post # 11
I think that prom hair is normally pretty tight. like, slicked back and into very specific curls, pinned to the head. It’s not prom hair if you don’t find a minimum of 50 bobby pins in your hair the next morning.
Post # 12
Ahhh! So many bobby pins!
Post # 13
@mrs-evans: Ugh I remember thinking I had got all the bobby pins out of my hair the night before and then getting stabbed with them when I woke up in the morning.
Post # 14
To me prom hair is pulled back and big pile of curls like these:
Bridal updos IMO are softer and and more modern
Post # 15
@FutureMrsMK: This distingushes them perfectly. I have yet to see a tightly curled, overly hairsprayed wedding hairstyle not look promish/juvenile.
Post # 16
@dreamhazer: +1 this is a perfect definition! hahahaha –> “Overly “perfect” hair that looks like it will go crunch”
I think anything that looks like it has a bunch of hairspray is prom hair. I’m TERRIFIED of getting prom hair!!! I want something that looks natural and not all neat and perfect (if that makes sense).