Live Love Read 23.08.15

by Gio

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In my attempt to be less of a control freak, I did something radical that kind of backfired: I signed up as a hair model at HOB London Academy. In exchange for a free haircut, a model’s supposed to let the students do what they need to with her hair.

My inner freak went into panic mode. “What will they do to my hair?!,” she worried. She calmed down only when she learned I was taking part in the Classic Cutting course. So, there’d be a change, but not a drastic one, right? Well, not quite.

There was no change at all. Yes, I did get my hair cut. In a classic bob. The haircut I always ask for at the hairdresser’s. So, the one time I decide to give someone else control over my hair, I get what I always do! Typical, isn’t it?

My attempt to loosen up a bit may have backfired, but it was still a morning well spent. I got a great haircut for free (Jaime, the guy who did my hair, was quite experienced already, and very talented), and I tried my head (that’s a bad pun, not a typo, btw) at hair modelling.

You do need so much patience for it, though, and I’ve never had much! I spent four hours there, most of which just sitting down in silence. Jaime didn’t know much English, so we only exchanged a few pleasantries.

As much as I enjoyed the experience, by the end I was starved, bored stiff, and glad it was over! Next time, I’m so bringing a good book with me!

What about you? Have you ever been a hair model? Would you like to become one?

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As much as I love Victoria Park, it’s not my favourite park in London. That place belongs to St James’ Park. With its lush vegetation, a semi-hidden pond that attracts wild animals, and romantic views, it is a little corner of heaven on earth. I go there every chance I get. It’s the perfect place to relax in this huge, crazy, hectic city.

This pair of cameo earrings. So exquisitely opulent!

This owl dress is too cute!


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Allison August 23, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Wow, 4 hours to cut a classic bob? That’s ridiculous especially for a guy who supposedly knew what he was doing. I’ve never been a hair model, but I get my hair cut at Vidal Sassoon and the students are always looking for and bringing in hair models. They often end up having to pay them themselves. At any rate, your hair looks great even if it’s your typical cut. And I love your glasses!

Gio August 23, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Allison, there were a lot of students, and only two teachers. Students had to wait for instructions before they could start cutting hair. And then each passage had to be approved. But Jaime was also very meticulous. I think he worked slowly cos he wanted to make sure he got everything right. But yeah, four hours is a bit too much. By the end, I was so bored!

And thanks!

Laurie August 23, 2015 - 3:33 pm

I actually don’t blame you for asking for a simple cut when going to a student stylist! When you first said it “backfired” I thought you’d ended up with something horrible — glad you didn’t. 🙂 I say save the big risks for an experienced stylist.

Gio August 23, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Laurie, I didn’t ask for this cut. They cut your hair based on the course’s programme (ie classic or creative fashion cuts) and your face shape.I guess everyone thinks only a bob suits me cos that’s what hairstylists have always recommended me. lol. But I’m glad I didn’t end up with anything horrible or drastic. I was quite afraid of that!

Annette August 23, 2015 - 9:48 pm

When I first moved to London I was a hair model several times. Some cuts were good some not so much but at the end of the day it’s free!

Gio August 24, 2015 - 5:54 am

Annette, does it always take this long? I’m thinking of going back in a few months, but four hours is such a long time! And I agree, you can’t complain too much about a free haircut. And it’s just hair, it’ll always grow back if you don’t like it. 🙂

Annette August 24, 2015 - 8:04 am

I used to go when I was a student because yes it took so long. They have to get someone to come over to make sure they are doing it right and there is just a lot of general faffing about. Make the most of it while you can because once you start working you won’t be able to give up that much time!

Gio August 24, 2015 - 1:01 pm

I’m quite glad that there’s someone checking they’re doing it right. It’s the faffing about that drove me crazy after a while! But overall, it was a nice experience, and I got a free haircut out of it, which is nice. 🙂

Gauri August 24, 2015 - 11:54 am

Wow! You look lovely dear.

Gio August 24, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Gauri, thank you! 🙂


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