Want To Look Perfect For Prom? Check Out These Prom Trends!

With prom season coming up, it’s time to start planning your perfect hairstyle and makeup look! Prom is all about creative updos, hair accessories and glamorous eye makeup.

MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.
MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.

Here are some of the most current trends:

1. Braids/twists in updos are by far the biggest trend for prom. Creative braids can be incorporated into an updo or twisted into a crown. To wear your braid down, opt for a fishtail braid or braid in a colored ribbon for a unique twist!

2. Sleek hair always looks polished and glamorous. Try a sleek bump with straight hair or a slicked back super-polished pony.

3. Loose updos are effortless and stylish. Loose buns, pinned curls, and knotted updos will look modern but romantic.

4. Wavy hair left down will highlight a low-back or backless dress. Beachy waves are a classic look or try side-swept curls for a more dramatic look.

5. Hair accessories are the perfect way to add style and personality to your overall look. Add jewels in a loose updo or add sparkly pins to a sleek, pin-straight style.

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MSC-Plymouth student Alexis shows off a braided updo and bold, winged eyeliner.

6. Makeup is all about the eyes! Highlight your eyes this prom season by playing up your eye makeup and toning down your other features. For a dramatic look, choose a winged eyeliner. For a unique look, opt for a pastel winged eyeliner. If you want to look super glam, metallics are the way to go. For a fresh, bright-eyed effect, go for a peachy eyeshadow and white eyeliner.

Remember that your hair and makeup should reflect your personal style, but keep in mind your face shape and hair type. Also, think about your dress and accessories, and what hair and makeup will best complete your overall look. Then you’ll be ready to dance the night away!

Students at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology would love to help you look perfect for your prom! Call today and schedule your appointment.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Creates 2015 Prom Trends for Twin Cities Live

As we enter prom season, high school girls are beginning to think about their dresses, how they will style their hair, do their makeup and polish their nails. Of course, they can’t do any of this without knowing what the hottest trends are for the season. That’s where Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) comes in.

On Friday, April 3, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students modeled the latest hair, makeup and nail trends for prom 2015 on KSTP TV’s “Twin Cities Live,” and instructor Donna Dungy explained how viewers can get the styles for themselves, whether they are attending prom or just going out on the town. The three models also got the opportunity to go to Macy’s at Mall of America to choose dresses and shoes to finish off their looks.

MSC students and instructor Donna Dungy on the set of “Twin Cities Live.”

For the first look, MSC student Hayley Buth styled fellow classmate Amber Forchette’s hair into long, beach waves using a 1 3/4-inch curling iron and breaking up the curls with styling serum to make it appear more natural; a look simple enough for anyone to do themselves. The theme was also mirrored in her long, flowing dress, which was pastel pink. Dungy explained that pastel colors are very popular this year, so Hayley chose pastel pink makeup and nail polish for Amber as well.

Amber's complete prom look.
Amber’s complete prom look.

Continuing with the pastel trend, MSC student Brianna Belanger modeled a mint green dress from Macy’s. Dungy pointed out that bold, smoky eyes are in this season, and stylist Sarah Leeper achieved this look for Brianna by using silver and gray eye makeup. Brianna’s hair was styled in a loose updo, which is simple enough to be done at home with help from a friend. By curling and teasing the hair and dividing into three sections, the middle section can be pulled into a loose bun off to the side and the front to sections twisted into the back. This style can be made prom-ready by adding a decorative broach. Sarah also gave Brianna a design on her nails – another popular spring trend.

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How to get Brianna’s prom hair.
Brianna's complete prom look.
Brianna’s complete prom look.

For the final look, MSC student Clare McGreal gave Monica Vo a more complicated pin-curl updo, which Dungy recommends visiting a salon like Minnesota School of Cosmetology to have done. Bold lips are also in for prom this year, and Clare use a shade of red to accent Monica’s pout. Dungy explains that embellishments are another popular trend this spring, and they were featured on both Monica’s dress and nails to pull the whole look together.

Watch the full “Twin Cities Live” segment.

Monica Vo's complete prom look.
Monica Vo’s complete prom look.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Operation Glass Slipper to Help Girls in Need


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College offers complimentary cosmetology services in exchange for prom dress donations

MINNEAPOLIS (May 30, 2014) – Minnesota School of Cosmetology is hosting a prom dress drive in partnership with Operation Glass Slipper, an organization that provides prom dresses and accessories to girls who otherwise may not be able to attend because they can’t afford it.

Until July 1, 2014, anyone who brings a bridesmaid, homecoming or prom dress to the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus will receive a complimentary service. All dress donations will be given to Operation Glass Slipper to provide to students in need at its Princess Event, a day when students who have been nominated are able to get everything they need for prom.

“We’re proud to help out Operation Glass Slipper because it’s such a great organization,” says Elaine Vanderburgh, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology. “We believe all girls should be able to attend prom and feel beautiful.”

This year, MSC also donated 900 complimentary up-dos to girls who attended the Princess Event.

Donations can be dropped off at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus located at 1425 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447 during hours of operation:

Monday 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.


The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.


Cosmetology Students Get Prom-Goers’ Hair Ready!

It’s that time of year again, when Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury students are booked to do beautiful updos and styles for local high school proms. Typically, girls will come in with pictures of a style or updo they have in mind, and usually a picture of the dress they will be wearing. With our new iPad technology incorporated into all of our salon services, our students are also able to find pictures and apps to inspire, also get their creative minds going to create the perfect hair style or updo to tie their look together for their special night.

What kinds of styles are the latest and greatest trends this season?

Messy Updo for Prom

One of the hottest hairstyle trends of 2014 is messy hair. Get the look for prom with a gorgeous messy updo! Ringlets are piled high and tumble down around the face and over the shoulders for a formal look that’s a little wild.

Side Bun for Prom

Another prom hairstyle based on a 2014 hairstyle trend is the side bun. Also known as a chignon, this is a popular look on the red carpet. Worn a little bit messy, this is a sophisticated yet simple look.

Side Ponytail for Prom

Prom doesn’t have be super formal…have fun with a side ponytail! Wear hair curled to add volume and romance. You can also style side swept bangs and add a prom hair accessory.

Half Up Half-Down Prom Hairstyles

Get the best of both worlds with half up half down hairstyles for prom! The gorgeous look combines volume at the crown, voluptuous curls, and just a hint of bangs.

Braids for Prom

It’s all about braids this year so why not for prom? Besides looking great, you can add braids into any hairstyle—updos, half up hair, and even hair worn down. “Headband” braids are a fun different way to accessorize your finished updo.

Updos for Prom

Classic updos for prom are always on trend! There are so many gorgeous looks to choose from and many even work for medium length hair. Just find a picture you like and show it to your stylist.

Long Hair Down for Prom

Show off gorgeous hair and the hottest hair color by wearing hair down for prom! Gorgeous curls highlight ombre hair and add lots of volume too.

Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

If you’ve seen the red carpet this year, you know that short hair is hot hot hot! Play it up with finger waves, blow drying it extra smooth, or adding a prom hair accessory. Don’t forget the ultra-glamorous red lips!

Prom Hair Accessories

For prom 2014, slim ballerina headbands and sparkly clips are all the rage. Or add a flower or feathers for a stunning final touch for hair of any length, including short and medium hair.

Faux Bob

Mix things up by going short for prom. Don’t make the chop but get a faux bob! This look highlights your face so wear it with smoky eyes, flawless skin, and soft subtle lips.

Still have no idea how you want your hair for the big dance? Let one of our amazing students consult with you on their iPad to help. Our resources to inspire are limitless!

Written by Irene Grossklaus, Educator, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury


Want the Prettiest Prom Hair? Check out These 5 Trendy Styles

With prom season on its way you may be faced with the crucial task of choosing a prom hairstyle.  Gone are the days of tightly pinned up do’s with a nest of curls neatly fashioned upon the top of your head.  Gone are the days of spraying your neatly coiffed up do so that it’s hard as cement.  Whether you’re prom prepping or just pondering pretty hair, look no further.  The students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology are creating trendy beautiful styles fit for any princess.  Here’s  a list of what our current students state are the most current styles.

  1. Braids are the biggest trend in 2013 for prom.  Creative braids are hip and full of texture.  They can be side swept or incorporated into part of a different style.
  2. Messy up do’s are stylish, stunning and effortless.  The have the feel of being uncomplicated and modest but maintain the look of being sweet and romantic. 
  3. Wavy curls left down may seem casual, but in reality this is a classic and elegant look, especially when paired with your stunning dress.
  4. Half up half down hair gives a flirty impression.  Adding height in the crown with wavy curls falling gives this look a modern feel. This is a great look for dresses that have open or intricate backs.
  5. Side swept hair is the ultimate in romantic looks.  The hair can be in messy braids, soft curls, or pinned into a side bun.

Keep in mind that your style should reflect your own personal flair as well as your face shape and profile.  You’ll also want to consider your dress, accessories, and make-up theme for the night.  After these details have been accomplished, go ahead and have fun with these chic and trendy styles.

By: Tiffany Morvari, MSC Instructor