So you want to be a hair model?
Are you ready to turn heads with your luscious locks and stunning style? If you’ve ever dreamed of being a hair model and strutting your stuff on the runway or in front of the camera, then you’re in the right place!
As a Model Coach, I’ve seen it all – from tangled tresses to picture-perfect styles. And in today’s article, I’m going to spill all my secrets on how to become a hair model, no matter where in the world you are! From finding the right agency to nailing your audition, we’re going to cover it all. So grab your hairbrush, your best smile, and let’s get ready to make your hair modelling dreams a reality! Trust me, with a little bit of know-how and a lot of confidence, you’ll be turning heads in no time.
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Source: Sharaya J by InterviewMagazine.com
What Is A Hair Model?
Being a hair model involves showcasing various hairstyles, haircuts, and hair colours for professional hair stylists, hair product companies for commercials, campaigns and industry awards. As a hair model, you may be asked to participate in hair shows, photo shoots, or even video shoots, and work with professional photographers, makeup artists, and stylists to create stunning looks.
One of the biggest benefits of being a hair model is the opportunity to learn from industry professionals. Working alongside experienced hair stylists and other creatives allows you to observe their techniques, learn about the latest trends and products, and gain valuable insight into the world of hair modelling. This can be especially beneficial for aspiring models looking to build their portfolio and gain experience in the industry.
In addition to gaining valuable knowledge and experience, being a hair model can also lead to exposure and networking opportunities. By working with different professionals in the industry, you can expand your network and potentially gain access to other modelling opportunities.
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Source: Byrdie.com Natural Hair Stories
What Are The Requirements To Become A Hair Model?
The requirements to become a hair model can vary depending on the specific job or agency. However, there are some general physical attributes, age requirements, and availability needed for most hair modelling jobs.
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1. Physical Attributes
Hair models typically need to have healthy hair that is well-maintained and easy to work with. The length, texture, and colour of the hair can also vary depending on the specific job. Hair models may be required to have a certain hair length or colour, or may need to be open to trying new hairstyles or colours.
2. Age Requirements
Hair model opportunities can be available to people of all ages, from young children to older adults. However, some jobs may have specific age requirements, such as needing to be over 18 or under a certain age range.
Hair models need to be available for the duration of the job or event. This may include attending rehearsals, fittings, together with the actual event itself. Some hair model jobs may only require a few hours of work, while others may require a full day or multiple days of availability.
Source: British GQ August 2017, Cara Delevingne by Mariano Vivanco
In addition to these general requirements, hair models must also have an enthusiastic attitude, be able to take direction well, and have a professional demeanour. Having these qualities can also help hair models stand out and be selected for future opportunities.
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How Do I Find Hair Modelling Work?
If you’re interested in finding hair modelling opportunities, there are a variety of ways to get started. Here are some tips on how to find hair model opportunities:
1. Research Hair Salons
We all want to say research though it’s really stalking *wink.* Check out the websites and social media pages of local hair salons to see if they are looking for hair models for upcoming events or photo shoots. Many salons offer free or discounted haircuts, colour, or styling services in exchange for using your hair for promotional purposes.
2. Utilise Social Media Platforms
Follow hair salons, hair stylists, and hair product companies on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & TikiTok to stay up to date on any casting calls or opportunities they may post. Make sure your account is public so they can also see you and get a feel for YOU.
3. Contact Online Modelling Agencies
There are many online modelling agencies that specifically focus on hair modelling. Research and reach out to reputable agencies such as theright.fit, StarNow, Backstage + others to see if they have any opportunities available.
4. Attend Casting Calls and Open Calls
Keep an eye out for local casting calls or open calls for hair model opportunities. These events may be advertised on social media or on modelling agency websites.
Model Tip: You can also search your social media channels using hashtags like #hairmodel, #hairmodelling, or #haircasting to search for potential opportunities.
Source: Yasmina Rossi
When reaching out to potential opportunities or agencies, it’s important to be professional and provide any required information such as photos, measurements, and contact information. Remember to also be patient and persistent, as finding hair model opportunities may take time and effort.
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Source: Daily Front Row September 2018 Irina Shayk photographed by Rowan Papier
How Do I Prepare For A Hair Model Gig?
You’ve found the casting call, got the hair model job, now what?
Preparing for a hair modelling gig involves more than just showing up and looking pretty. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a successful hair modelling experience:
1. Communicate With The Hair Stylist
Before the hair model gig, it’s important to communicate with the hair stylist to understand the hairstyle or haircut they will be creating. Ask questions and be open to suggestions or changes. Be clear about any concerns or preferences you may have, and also be willing to try something new.
2. Hair Care & Maintenance
Leading up to the hair modelling job, make sure to take care of your hair by washing it regularly, using the right hair products for your hair type, and avoid heat styling tools or chemical treatments. If the hair stylist requests any specific hair care or preparation, make sure to follow their instructions carefully.
3. Wear Proper Attire
The hair stylist may have specific requirements for attire or wardrobe, so make sure to follow their instructions carefully. In general, it’s best to wear simple, neutral clothing that won’t compete with the hairstyle or look being created. Avoid wearing hats or accessories that may interfere with the hair styling process and be sure to arrive in something that can easily be taken on or off without interfering with your hair.
4. Be Professional
Arrive on time and be respectful of everyone on set. Be willing to take direction and be open to feedback. Remember that you are there to showcase the hair, so make sure to focus on the hairstyle and not distract from it.
Model Tip: It’s important to arrive for the job (or any rehearsals in the lead up) with clean, dry hair that is free of any product or styling. It is best to wash and dry the night before – never the day of the job.
The aim of the game is to get some quality images and/or video for your portfolio, for them to give you (and your Agent where applicable) some brilliant feedback, AND to want to work with you again.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a successful hair modelling gig and create a positive working relationship with the hair stylist and other professionals involved in the project.
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What Do I Do During A Hair Model Shoot
During a hair modelling job or photoshoot, an aspiring model can expect to work closely with a hair stylist and photographer to showcase a specific hairstyle or cut. Depending on the campaign or production size, you can also expect there to be a clothing stylist and numerous assistants
The hairstylist will create the desired look, and the photographer will capture the hair in various poses and angles. This is where you need to SHINE! The model will be required to follow instructions carefully, communicate effectively, and maintain good posture throughout the shoot. It’s important to be open to direction, ask questions, and stay professional throughout the process.
To ensure a successful campaign as a hair model, here are some of my tips to work best with them:
1. Communicate Effectively
Good communication is key to having a successful photoshoot. Make sure to ask questions and be clear about any concerns or preferences you may have. Listen to the photographer and hairstylist’s directions carfully and be open to feedback.
2. Be Professional
Arrive on time, be respectful of everyone on set, and maintain a positive attitude throughout the shoot. Remember that you are there to showcase the hairstyle, so focus on the task at hand.
3. Follow Direction
The photographer and hair stylist will have specific requirements for the shoot, including wardrobe, makeup, and posing. It’s important to follow these directions carefully to ensure the desired result.
4. Practise Good Posture
Good posture is important during a hair model shoot. Stand up straight, engage your core, and avoid slouching or slumping.
5. Take Breaks As Needed
Photoshoots can be tiring, so make sure to take breaks as needed to stay energised and focused.
Source: British Hair Awards 2016, Afro Hair Armour Collection
Did You Get What You Came For?
If you’ve got great hair and a passion for modelling, then becoming a hair model could be a great opportunity to combine your interests! From the potential for free hair treatments to the networking opportunities, there are many benefits to becoming a hair model. Just remember to prepare properly, communicate effectively with the hairstylist and photographer, and stay professional on set. By following these tips and being open to direction, you can have a successful and enjoyable hair modelling experience.
So, what are you waiting for? Brush up that beautiful hair, strike a pose, and go out there and show the world your gorgeous locks.
I wish you the success you work for and deserve!
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