It pays to be Malin Akerman's hair stylist ... the "Trophy Wife" actress just co-signed on a cozy little bungalow for the woman behind her blowouts ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Malin tell us she put down a sizeable chunk of money to help Maranda Widlund buy the $811K cottage in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood.
Akerman will have a 27% interest in the 2 bedroom, 1-Bath crib, according to the purchase docs, while Widlund and her husband will own the remaining 73% ... and get to pay the mortgage.
We're told Malin simply wanted free haircuts for life to help out a friend.
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