My friend Ruth Mills runs a website called Salon Guinea Pig which is a free service that matches volunteer models with trainee hairdressers, beauticians and aesthetics delegates nationally.

The students need models to pass their last assessments under supervision and offer heavily discounted or free treatments in return for the models’ time.
Ruth an IT geek and beauty enthusiast developed this site some years ago and it’s gone from strength to strength.
I was suffering PND in 2011 when I found the site and decided to join to see if I could get free and discounted treatments to cheer myself up and feel better about my appearance.  I indeed had lots of treatments and as a beauty salon virgin, I found the whole other world fun and interesting.  I started blogging and then met the founder of the website on a beauty forum.  She learned of my blogging and we got talking on Facebook.  Shortly after that Ruth employed me as Marketing Researcher for Salon Guinea Pig and was very understanding of my position with my children, allowing me to work flexible hours from home.  Ruth is now a very dear friend to me.
In the past 3 years I have had around £5k of free and discounted treatments thanks to Salon Guinea Pig, including botox, fillers and semi permanent make up.  I appeared on a documentary last year called “Something For Nothing” to promote SGP and it really worked.  I also got SGP onto Superscrimpers twice.  The website crashed under the entirety of members joining up.
The revenue comes from advertisers – £12 per month for and advertisement on a rotating banner on the site, (which is very reasonable).
In this age of debt and unemployment, this website is a godsend for the strapped for cash people who want to look and feel good.

If you are interested in joining Salon Guinea Pig simply register for free with gmail to

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