Free stuff? Music to a college students ears. Even better when you’re in fashion school and you’re getting expensive salon products and services. How do I get away with this, you ask? It’s a secret, sorry ladies.
Kidding! God, can’t you guys take a joke? Read on as I share my wealth of knowledge on the art of freebies and feeling a shit ton richer than you actually are.
I started hair modeling a few months into my first semester at school because I had no money for a decent haircut, and Bumble and Bumble was teaching a “Razor Bob” class. Lucky for me, I was bobbin’ it at the time and a trim was much needed. So I signed up on their website to be a hair model and haven’t paid for a hair service since.
I signed up for Bumble and Bumble and Ouidad on their websites, and then on Salon Apprentice to be notified when other salons needed models. All you have to do is Google, “Be A Hair Model,” and then fill out a couple of applications. You WILL be contacted.
But be warned, not all salons are created equal. Let’s just say I was a little too trusting one spring day last year and left the west village joint despising my new look. It was a little too Kiera Knightley in Bend It Like Beckham and not quite enough Kiera Knightley in Begin Again. My best advice would be to try out a couple of salons. Start by just asking for a trim, and if you like them, you can always go back for the fun stuff.
I’ve stuck with Ouidad after trying out a few places. They specialize in curly hair, give the BEST haircuts, and have the kindest and most knowledgeable staff I’ve ever come across. If you’re a curly girl like me, this is the place to be. Oh, and if you participate in any of their product modeling, you get free stuff. I do that all the time. You just go in and they test out a new conditioning treatment or shine spray that they’re working on, and then present you with $75 worth of products for your time.
Post conditioning selfies at my most recent salon visit a few days ago!
Yeah, you read that right. Beautiful salon. Wonderful staff. Free conditioning treatment. Free styling. Free products. I KNOW! Crazy stuff, man. So no matter your budget or lifestyle, you can always feel glamorous at the highest end salons NYC has to offer, just by doing a little searching online. Good luck, and happy hair modeling!!
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