It can't be prom season without a fancy up-do.
Getting an up-do at a salon isn't cheap. Prices can range from $35 to $150, depending on the expertise of the stylist and the difficulty of the style you want. Add that to the cost of the prom dress - which can cost up to $500 and more - as well as shoes, jewelry, prom tickets and dinner, and you've got a big-budget prom.
So we asked stylists from area salons to show us easy but elegant up-dos that you can pull off at home, either by yourself or with the help of your mom or best friend.
All of the styles needed bobby pins and some sort of holding spray. Most of the styles required either a flat iron or barrel curling iron. Expect to pay about $20 or more for most irons. Or borrow one from a friend.
All of the looks needed some pre-prom planning and practice, but with a little patience and a creative spirit, you could end up on prom day with a chic look for your big night out - and a little extra money to spend.
TIPS FROM STYLISTS FOR AT-HOME, UP-DO SUCCESS
Consider the dress. With a strapless dress, the up-do should be higher on the head, to elongate the neckline for an elegant look. If the dress is intricate with beading or sequins, the hair should have a soft look.
The trend for up-dos is soft, loose and romantic, rather than structured, hard and severe.
Practice the up-do at least a week before prom.
Wash your hair the morning of the prom or the night before to save on pressure and time.
On prom day, give yourself at least an hour to put up your hair.
Wear a button-down shirt, so you don't ruin all that hard work pulling off your shirt.
Wash your hair as soon as you can the day after prom to get rid of all the hair spray and shines you used the day before.
Model: Gaby Bysheim, 16, of Arapahoe, N.C.
Stylists: Brittany Wilson, Theresa Lyon and Silvia Nunes, Blo of North Raleigh
Tools you'll need: Flat iron, setting spray, bobby pins, hair wax
Model: Ashley Brown, 17, of Wake Forest, N.C.
Stylist: Evette Burton, Sellars Hair Salon of Raleigh
Tools you'll need: Comb, holding spray, barrel curling iron, bobby pins