The answer is hair-modelling. On Sunday, the day before my colour appointment, I typed in 'free hair' into Gumtree and browsed trough the advertisements. I found two trainees which were available in the next days and quickly arranged an appointment with them. There are always training hair stylists who look for models to improve their skills. But don't be shocked, you won't come out of the salon looking like a scarecrow as they've been training for months or even years. These guys now what they're doing and they're supervised as well. Of course, they want to do the best they can and impress their boss, who regularly checks your hair and, additionally to the trainee, talks with you about your hair request.
So I went to the first salon on Monday in the evening and was treated just like a regular client and offered water and magazines (which always lighten up my face ;-) ). Rebecca firstly asked me what I wanted to achieve with my hair, listened carefully and didn't seem annoyed when I repeated myself 3000 times. She then examined my hair and wrote down its features and later her supervisor arrived and asked me again what I wanted the outcome to be. I felt safe (but you never know, you know). Also, hair is not that important for me as other girls. Like I always tell my hairdressers, "Pfff, it grows back..". Whatever they might do to me, I'll survive (unlike many women).
The whole experience went well, she dyed my hair, the roots first and then the rest, washed it off, twice with shampoo and once with conditioner, then blow-dryed and straightened my hair. And I paid only £10! Amazing! It took four hours, but that's because I've got much and thick hair and therefore the colour application takes longer. And of course you have to consider the waiting time for the colour to get into the hair.
Colour of the moment via @styleexplorer on Instagram
And then on Wednesday, I went to get a haircut. The salon was super cool and modern (the washing area was darkened with relaxing music playing and I didn't sit but nearly layed while my hair was being washed). This time I got offered coffee instead of magazines and Charles, the trainee, asked me about the hair cut I wanted. I didn't want anything specific, just a trim and a better shape as I'm growing out my hair (until it reaches the waist; ambitious, I know). Again, he did everything; washing (shampooing two times and conditioning once), giving me a scalp massage, cutting, blow-drying and straightening my hair. This time too, the supervisor came to examine his work and gave advice as to how Charles could improve the cut. In the end, I went out paying nothing at all. You all know how much I love a bargain (well, doesn't everyone?).
I left with well-cut and styled hair (though I had to cut a strand myself at home, it was a bit longer than the rest). Although both services were simple to perform (colouring and trimming hair is no heavy task) I must say that I had a better experience with the trainees than with fully trained hairdressers. Of course, I shall visit more trainees to be able to really confirm this and that means I'll never ever pay for a haircut again!
This is the end of the novel, I promise! Have you been to a trainee? How was your experience? Will you go again? I'm curious about other people's stories :-)