Hair modeling is simply a cheap way to keep a hairstyle updated for some people. For others, it’s a career move. The exposure that working with professional stylists and photographers can provide is a clever way of entering the modeling industry.
Depending on the level you’re working at, you may or may not be paid. Sometimes, the other benefits that result are just as appealing as cash. Benefits like…
- working with high profile stylists
- exposure to industry professionals
- high quality photos for your portfolio
- nice bonuses like free hair products or tools
- Here are the top 4 tips for getting work as a hair model…
1) Get as much exposure as you can.
Let stylists at your local salons and hair schools know that you’re available as a hair model for any hair shows they have coming up. It can’t hurt to bring in a small photo of yourself with some contact info included.
A large group of world class hairstylists enter a few prestigious hairstyling competitions throughout each year. Some of them have websites or a web presence of some sort where you can find contact information and send them your photo, etc.
2) Keep your hair long and healthy.
Avoid chemical processes (i.e., coloring, highlighting, straightening). Regular deep conditioning hair treatments are a good idea.
Long hair does tend to be preferred on hair models. Not always, but the majority of the time. Keep this in mind when you’re deciding whether to allow a stylist to cut a lot of hair off. If you plan on doing more hair modeling in the future, make an effort to keep it long.
3) Be selective about who you work with.
Projects requiring dramatic hair cutting and coloring techniques can be fun! But not if you’re serious about a career in hair modeling. Although you do need to be flexible to get work, look for stylists/photographers who are working on long hair updos, avant garde work (that won’t require drastic cutting or colors), or simple styling shoots.
4) Nail those casting calls!
On the more professional side of hair modeling comes the “casting call.” In this case, you are one of many beautiful people competing for a position in a project.
Most times, you will be required to fill out an application and provide details on your limitations with respect to cut/color. The more flexible you are, the more likely it is you’ll get the job. But be careful not to sacrifice your bread and butter (long healthy hair) for peanuts.
Show some personality. You’re more than just your hair. Be approachable, and let your best characteristics shine through.
Have fun with your hair modeling gigs. There’s a great energy at trade shows and fashion shoots, surrounded by creative professionals. And if you have an undeveloped talent, it’s a great way to stand out and be noticed!