Few careers exist where you can be paid for being pampered. Being a hair model can get you there. However, if you were serious about making this your career, you would need a lot more than beautiful hair to make the cut. You have to learn self-promoting techniques and basic prerequisites and etiquette to being a pro hair model. The following tips can guide you in the right direction.
Finding your perfect exposure
Most hair modelling requirements are available as informal advertisements and a very few make it to the formal ads. You have to build a close rapport with major hair salons and hair boutiques in your area. It is true that you can directly head in to a salon and enquire if the stylists or the salons have any current requirements for hair models. You can also use social media to network with prominent stylists and salons online and keep track of their events and requirements. Craigslist and various online portals should also be monitored for any requirements posted for hair models. To get in to the field you have to start somewhere and these are most likely options for a fresher to start at.
Maintenance prerequisites for a hair model
For a hair model, the hair is the major calling card. Without beautiful and lustrous head of hair, you will most definitely not have much scope in the field. However, even with it you should pay attention to details. Have a deep conditioning treatment the week of the casting calls to repair any damages that have occurred. Well in advance of the casting week, stop any processing of the hair. Over processed, permed, chemically straightened or damaged hair will most likely have you eliminated from the casting. Longer hair is preferred as a rule for a better range of hairstyles.
Self-promoting techniques for a successful hair model
Modelling requires a certain amount of self-promoting to keep yourself in the notice of various platforms. You should prepare a portfolio or composite kit to send out to possible opportunities. This kit should contain you picture, body measurements and your photos in various hairstyles. If you have already done some preliminary hair modelling, you should include high definition photos of these gigs in your composite kit. Having recommendation letters from the previous clients or stylists will help you go a long way, especially if they are prominent in their field. To appear in hair modelling print ads, you will need to send out your portfolios to modelling agencies. However, some of them might not accept the kit if you do not have an agent representing you first.
Possible platforms for lucrative hair modelling gigs
Here is a list of possible platforms to network and send out portfolios for a strategized hair-modelling career. These platforms will provide maximum opportunities for lucrative gigs
- Photo editors of prominent hair magazines (you can find the names and email ids of these professionals on the masthead of the magazines)
- Major hair studios, salons and stylists in your area and the nearest cities
- Beauty and hair expos in your area or nearby cities – you should contact the organizers of such events and enquire about participating stylists, salons and available requirements for hair models.