Shiny shoes, black ties, hair gems, skin perfector, fashion tape, tiaras, glitz, glam, and all things that sparkle, it’s that time of year again.
I of course am talking about prom. If you’ve been a longtime reader, you know that I am not talking about any ordinary prom. I’m talking about one that makes your heart sing and big cow tears of joy freely flow.
Prom is a big topic at my house. We literally talk about and plan for it all year long.
I’ve shared that my daughter is special needs and in a special needs classroom. This information is relevant because the classroom that she is in does an amazing job of putting these children before the disability.
They are part of a bigger program that promotes self-advocacy and “normalization.” I dislike this word because I for one do not believe that any of us can dictate what exactly “normal” is…but I thought it a better term for explanatory purposes.
Prom is a rite of passage in our young adult lives; one that we take for granted. Not everyone goes to prom…sure I get that. But a child with special needs is even less likely to go simply because he or she is different.
The program that Ms. Ma’am is part of recognizes just how significant prom is and puts on a fiesta for these kids that they will never forget. They take great pains to ensure that every child attends and has the experience that someone without disabilities would have….limos, dresses, tuxedos, hair, makeup, boutonniere, corsage, catered foods, magical location…the works.
Since entering high school, Ms. Ma’am has had the privilege of attending the special needs prom. When you don’t live with a disability in one way or another, the prom night rite of passage is something that can be taken for granted.
Little girl has been in this program for 4 years now; she has been to prom three times. Yet somehow the luster and excitement remains. Sadly this will be her last year in the program so how she will wear her hair, who she will dance with, what she would like to wear (all the hopes that any girl has) are of especially significant this year.
Though I was delighted to have discovered a nationwide program for those with developmental disabilities that connect individuals like my daughter with peers that are not disabled; the idea is to foster relationships that are lifelong. This year Ms. Ma’am attended their prom as well, I do hope that this is the start of many more proms to come.
The upcoming prom at her school this year holds some bitter-sweet excitement and even more of a need to make it the best one yet…at least in her eyes.
This program donates dresses and such to all of the kids… With two proms this year, we were faced with the challenge of fitting the girls for both special events. Thanks to those of you who answered my Facebook call for donations, Closer to Lucy friends donated some 60 amazing dressings! I would say that it was absolutely mission accomplished….I for one could not have been more moved by your generosity and hope that you feel the warm fuzziness of your contributions.
Normally prom dresses become problematic for us, because of some of her disabilities, the dresses don’t always work. Last year I actually spent more money and time on altering the dress than I would have if I had just bought one and wasn't exactly thrilled with the final design. This year, your donations not only solved this dilemma for me personally but for the many students that face this same challenge….meeting their most gossamer, graceful, fun, bright, and fairylike, and whimsical expectations!
With dresses out of the way, we are now let to focus on the details of preparing for the blowout dance – nails, makeup, shoes, jewels and of course hair!
This year BARBAR Hair Tools has come through again. I’ve told you before how much I like the BARBAR brand hair dryer but what I may not have mentioned is that every year; they have answered my request to supply us with hair tools to aide in our preparations.
Having my own collection of BARBAR Tools, I can attest to the quality and durability of each and every piece. I have become quite the BARBAR snob and am grateful to be able to be part of handing over the same go to collection to these young women.
The fad this year is to straighten and then style or just straighten…meaning we of course would need to have a flat iron added to our up do arsenal.
This year’s arsenal will hold the BABAR 2500 Ceramic –Iconic flat iron, like all the rest of the BARBAR like you know it’s different just by looking at it….each tool has a sorta Jetson-esc appeal and a bit more power than your average hair tool.
It getting used to using a flat iron I took to practicing on Ms. Ma’am, it took a while for me to get comfortable with it…it has way more power than previous irons I’ve owned but it smooths more quickly and evenly, while allowing me control the heat.
The BARBAR 2500 Ionic Charger 1.5" Flat Iron uses nano technology to create soft & shiny results!
MCH ceramic heater
Heats to 410 F
Digital LED temperature display
1.25" ceramic plate
Includes a one year limited warranty
With all these features I’d say my favorites are that the cord is crazy long, I can get from one end of my bathroom vanity to the other with room to spare and then the Nano technology protect against stressing the hair from hair tool frying.
With all this experimental up-dos it a good thing that that BARBAR also carries some great hair conditioners and serums…not only they nourish and de-frizz but they help undo the damage that all this updo-ing can cause.
We gave the IonicResuscitating treatment a whirl and have to say that while it may not be so pretty to look at, it certainly yield some pretty amazing results. The HCR Complex Spheres, combined with heat, activate and penetrate the hair shaft which instantly rearranges hair ionic patterns. Leaving hair deeply conditioned, silky, shiny and completely prom worthy :0)
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