With so many active beauty and hair blogs on the internet, as well as, regular demonstrations conducted through platforms such as YouTube, hair models are always in demand. Hair models are often hired by stylists and salons to practice fresh, fun and modern ideas in an ever-changing industry to meet new and emerging trends.
Here, we take a look at what kinds of people make good hair models, and what the work is like.
What Clients Look For
Unlike many other forms of modelling, the only important aspect for the model to require is healthy hair maintenance. It isn’t too important what size or age you are (unless the company are specifically targeting someone of a certain age to demonstrate a particular style). However, some establishments will narrow their criteria further when advertising for a hair model, such as specific ethnicities, if they require a certain hair type or texture for their showcase. Some stylists may work with models further who have generic modelling features, which may require the assistance of a makeup artist if they result in a magazine or company portfolio. But, for a large part of the time for many demonstrations, a hairdresser will only require a model that is looking for a cheap haircut and an identity revamp.
What a Hair Model Needs to Be Prepared For
Sometimes, a hair model may be required to demonstrate something temporary, like a complex up-do or bridal hairstyle. On other occasions, they may be used to highlight the result of a particular product or styling tool on the market. However, unless the stylist hiring the model only specialises in perfecting the art of bridal hair etiquette , the model will usually need to be prepared to have their hair cut, coloured, or have other dramatic changes made that may not be of their choosing.
Hair models hired for training purposes will usually have some say in how their hair is cut or styled as long as the techniques being taught are used. But, for demonstrations, competitions and portfolios, the model is there for the stylist to create the look they want, and need to be prepared to walk out and live with that look for a while!
Is It Fun?
Being a hair model can be a fun experience, and you will at the very least get to see what you look like with different hairstyles without having to pay for a top-flight trip to the salon. However, it can involve a lot of patience, and you do need to be open-minded about the styles you are prepared to have tested out on you.
Hair modelling is something most people, male or female, are equipped to try doing, so if you are interested, look out for stylists looking for models in your area!