Sorry I have disappeared for like the last week and a half. I've been extremely stressed from school and haven't had time to write or post anything... I don't really have anything beauty related this time since I have absolutely no time to try out anything lately. But here's a story I'd like to share with you all:
A couple days before I had to take my graduation photos, my mom insisted that I get a haircut because according to her, my hair has been growing out to look like a mop (which was SO untrue!). So... even though I really did not want to, I went for a haircut. The worse part was that I had to go to this hairdresser that I didn't like due to previous experiences with him and this time was no different. He literally just cut my hair off in a straight line, no layers, whatsoever. I could have done this myself! I had to get my graduation photos taken with this haircut. The pictures turned out so bad that I didn't even want to look at them. The fact that my mom didn't think that there was anything wrong with it made me even more pissed off.
Two days later, I went on CraigsList and found myself a student hairstylist who was able to cut my hair for free! I thought to myself, "well, it can't be any worse off than what I have now" so I went for it. I emailed her and we set up an appointment. My hair turned out great! It was a little shorter than what I had intended it to be, but I was happy with it. Much better than the one I had before which I also had to pay for.
Hair stylists are required to complete hours of actual hands-on training/experience before getting certified, so it's not hard to find stylists willing to give you a free haircut in exchange for the practical training time you are offering them. They are supervised by a certified hairstylist so you don't have to worry about going in as a Marilyn Monroe type and coming out like a cartoon. Once in a while, professional or "graduated" hairstylists would also offer free haircuts to demonstrate to their students/interns.
The only limits to these free haircuts are that they usually take longer than you intend (mine took 3 hours or so). But give them a break, they are students after all. Also, they usually have a type of hairstyle in mind that they want to do (e.g. A-line bob), so you don't get a lot to choose from, but they let you know ahead of time what they want to do and overall I was very happy with mine.