PROM: This year's trends in hairstyles and tips from Something You Salon & Spa

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As prom season continues to inch closer, I'm continuing to share tips, tricks, discounts and even giveaways.  If you haven't read last week's blog post, be sure to read it and comment on it for a chance to win a free prom mini session.   And if you're still looking for the perfect prom dress... AND would love to find it at a reasonable price be sure to check out all the details about the prom dress  consignment event that is happening here until the end of April.  


For this week's installment of Prom Prep, I'd like to welcome a guest blogger to share tips and trends with you for this upcoming prom season.  Amanda Baer is the owner of Something You Salon and Spa.  Amanda and I have had the pleasure of working together on styled weddings so I know she knows her stuff.  :-) 

Hey Juniors! I'm already booking senior pics for Class of 2019 so message me to get on my calendar.


Advice from the Pro

Here's what Amanda shared with me.

"We are slowly gearing up for Prom 2018 season and couldn’t be more excited with the trends this year! In years past, hair has always been the focal point and many girls make their appointments months in advance to make sure it is perfect! We are seeing a large increase in salon with makeup now as well. With so many difficult beauty makeup tricks, many of you are opting to have the pros do it. Here are a few words of advice when choosing your stylist/makeup artist:

1.     Do your research! Look for pictures of the stylist’s work and how comfortable they are with performing the service.

2.     Cheaper isn’t always better. My momma always told me, you get what you pay for. Certain salons and/or artists charge more for a reason.

3.     Come with pictures of what you are wanting but be flexible. Many times we have guests that bring in these gorgeous Pinterest pictures only to be disappointed when it doesn’t turn out exactly as it’s printed. Your stylist should explain beforehand what will and will not work for your hair and makeup and give you alternatives suited for you!

4.     Don’t wait! Book your appointment now, that way you don’t run the risk of not being able to find someone!

So onto trends! For hair, we are still seeing a lot of the loose, flowy updo styles. Braids are still popular but we are seeing them much smaller and multiple braid techniques in one style. Incorporating twists is something we are seeing as well as formal ponytails. We see a lot of styles being mostly down this year, but still with some fun, formal elements."


This photo was taken at one of our (Sweet Darling Weddings) weddings of the 2017 season.  

This photo was taken at one of our (Sweet Darling Weddings) weddings of the 2017 season.  

Image provided by Amanda.

Image provided by Amanda.

Image provided by Amanda.

Image provided by Amanda.


"For makeup," Amanda shares, "we are seeing a lot of glam natural looks. Soft glitter/simmer is really big this year but in neutral tones. Bold lips are really big and we are seeing them more with an “ombre” effect where two different shades are used to create a fullness and draw attention to the lip!"

Example provided by Amanda.

Example provided by Amanda.

Example provided by Amanda.

Example provided by Amanda.


Something You Salon & Spa specializes in special occasion hair and makeup. They are already booking our for most prom weekends, so give them a call if you would like to set something up!

I sure appreciate Amanda taking the time to share a little bit about the trends they are seeing.  So let's hear from you... what ideas do you have for your hair?  And guess what?!  You might just be the lucky one to get your prom updo done for FREE!!! That's right.  Amanda has generously donated a free updo for one lucky reader.  Winner will be drawn randomly from those who comment ON THIS BLOG POST on Monday, March 19th.  


Something You Salon and Spa is located at 1401 S. State Street, Suite A, Champaign, IL

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Heather is the owner of Sweet Lemonade Photography and co-owner of Sweet Darling Weddings located in central Illinois (Mahomet).  Life gave her a bunch of lemons (you can read a little more here on her personal blog Sweet Lemonade Life) and by keeping her focus on God, finding the positive in each day, and surrounding herself with supporting, loving and encouraging people she has turned those lemons into the sweetest lemonade.  Her personal blog, Sweet Lemonade Life, has been created to share her heart, her adventures and find ways to bless others.  You can contact her at or