Fashionistas worldwide may forfeit food and rent money, collecting cash for cosmetics and clothing with cachet, but being beautiful doesn't have to be a no pay, no gain experience.
Located in chichi Yorkville, Marvel Beauty Schools offers the closest thing to a free coif since your mom stopped giving you those godawful bowl haircuts. Cuts with student stylists-in-training go for a cool 8 bucks, and colour starts at $30 for first-time clients. Sweet. (25 Yorkville Ave., 416-923-0991)
At the nearby Vidal Sassoon Salon (37 Avenue Rd., 416-920-1333), students get 20 per cent off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with the presentation of a valid full-time student card. Base prices range from $60-82, depending on the stylist.
Finally, there's Coupe Bizzarre (704 Queen West, 416-504-0783). If you're willing to play Russian Roulette with your tresses, then head down to the salon and get yourself signed up as a colour model. Colourists-in-training will dye your hair for only $15 -- about the same price as a tub of Manic Panic!