Don’t wait too long to make arrangements for promfind a date or get a group of friends together, buy your ticket(s), order your tux or shop for a dress, call your salon for an appointment, etc. Be sure to check with your school's policy for attending end-of-the year activities like prommany have rules, regulations, and requirements.
Everyone wants to look their best on prom night! Get in shape well before the eventeat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleepbut don’t take extreme measures (e.g., follow a crash diet) to fit into that "perfect" dress. On the day of the prom, eat small, frequent meals to keep your energy high. Stay away from energy drinks, which can be dangerous and cause a drop in energy later.
Stay within your budget.
Spending outside your meansfor your dress or tux, accessories, that stretch limo, etc.can add a lot of unnecessary stress to the occasion. Talk to your date about sharing expenses and/or consider fun, money-saving alternativeslike getting together with friends to style each others' hair and do each others' nails and make-up.
Keep comfort in mind.
Sure, you want to look greatbut you'll have a much better time at prom if you’re comfortable too. Make sure you can sit, walk, and dance in your dress or tux and your shoesnothing ruins prom night faster than a trip to the emergency room for a sprained ankle or cut on your foot.
Tanning causes skin damage and increases skin cancer risk. Despite this fact, it's estimated that about 2.3 million teenagers visit tanning salons each year in the United Statesmany of them during prom and graduation season. Avoid indoor tanning, wear sunscreen whenever you’re in the sun, and consider healthier optionslike bronzing make-up or artificial tannersto get that glow.
Choose your beauty products carefully.
Read labels and follow directions with care. Be sure to test products, as well as your application technique, beforehandespecially if you’re going for a more glamorous look with products you aren’t used to using. A bad reaction to a beauty product or new piece of jewelry can ruin prom night and severe allergic reactions often require medical treatment.
Use good judgment and common sense.
Don’t be caught off guardbe prepared to deal with pressure to drink, use drugs, have sex, etc. Talk to your parents, your date, and your friends ahead of time. Make a planincluding if and when you'll check in with your parents, where you’re going after prom, etc.and stick to it. You don't want prom night to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Know the consequences of making poor decisions.
Be a leader, not a follower. Talk to a trusted adult chaperone or contact your parents if you’re faced with a situation you aren’t able to handlebefore, during, or after the prom. Know the possible repercussions of breaking the rulesyour parents’ or the school’sor the laws in your state. Always wear your seat belt and never get in a car with an impaired or distracted driver. Underage drinking can have life-changing consequences,
If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, bullying, or violence at prom, report the incident immediately. Dating abuse among teensheterosexual or same-sex couplesis common and often goes unreported due to embarrassment or a reluctance to get involved. Talk to your parents or another trusted adult.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)