Firstly introduce yourself? Where are you from and what do you do? Hello my name is Angelique Noire. I am from Los Angeles, CA and am a professional model, you can view some of my work on my website www.thepinupnoire.com
How long have you been natural? I say about a total of 10 years, with a relaxer interruption in between. I had initially stopped putting relaxers in my hair when I was pregnant with my first child. Several years passed, when I had to relax my hair for a modelling job that required my having to have relaxer applied, being that it was for a relaxer box.The client wanted girls with different hair lengths. I was told they thought I could pull off the shorter hair look because they couldn't photograph two girls for the shoulder length hair spot. As a result, I was the sacrificial lamb :) Not too long afterwards, I chopped off all my hair again to start over. It wasn't much of a sacrifice being that a considerable amount was already wacked off for the job.
How did you transition, did you big chop? I chopped my hair off both times that I had decided to go au natural
What were the main reasons for your choice to wear your natural hair? I just like to feel my hair and scalp :) I use to wear weaves for many years, but for whatever reason I liked touching the new growth. So over 10 years ago, I just decided to never do a weave again. I love the freedom not having to work my hair styles according to how my hair was weaved, but instead enjoy doing whatever style I feel...with/without ADD ON hair options :) I do wear wigs pretty often for certain types of castings and because of the many hair horror stories I've experienced on jobs. I utilize wigs because my hair stays protected; the lengths are interchangeable; clients like my hair options; and if a hairstylist puts various products and heating agents that damage the wig, I can just replace it :)
What are your earliest hair memories? How did these memories influence your hair journey today? My earliest hair memories are of my mom taking a whole Saturday to braid and bead the hair of my sister and I. I hated how long it took, but she didn't have to comb our hair for about 2 weeks. Other times I remember sitting on the pillow in front of my mom's chair by the stove, as she would press my hair straight. I endured sitting still and resisted flinching even when I had been burned by the pressing comb, because I wanted my hair straight. Of course, the scarf that would typically stay on better when my hair was braided, always managed to escape my head in the middle of the night when it was pressed straight.
I look back and see how my hair journey has influenced how I embrace the natural texture of my children's hair. I rarely press my daughter's hair straight, because I love how thick and kinky it is. Not fun to detangle, but it's very beautiful. I tell her constantly to never have her hair relaxed because her hair is beautiful like it is. My son loves his curly fro too. He has admired some of the pictures I have shown him of several of my male cousins who have hair to the middle of their backs. My boyfriend's hair (which is naturally straight) is past his shoulders, and my son keeps referring to how he want his hair to be long like his.
What does having naturalhair mean to you?I know that our skin is a huge organ that absorbs what we put on it. Naturally, the thought of the harsh chemicals that are found in hair relaxers, being absorbed into my scalp, kinda disturbs me. Also there is a freedom I enjoy with natural hair. Freedom from chemical burns; freedom from spending hours in a hair salon to get my hair retouched; freedom from spending hours of pressing my hair straight; the freedom to wash and go; and the freedom to be admired by those who appreciate my natural hair.
How do you keep your hair looking so good?
I typically wash my hair once a week with baking soda and rinse with apple cider vinegar. After I detangle with my fingers, I then comb through sections with a wide tooth comb. Depending on how I have to wear my hair during the week for work, I usually moisturize my hair with olive oil and then two strand twist my hair while it air dries, or cornrow it if I will have to wear a wig.
What products do you use in your hair? Baking soda, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and organic extra virgin olive oil are my favorite products that I use on my hair and skin.
What are your go to hairstyles?
I have posted some Youtube how to hairstyle tutorials,These videos show a few natural hair styles I like to do. I love 1940s and 50s hairstyles. I get a lot of creative inspiration from this era to do my hair styles for curly hair. I love the look of locs and some braiding styles on other people, but it's not very convenient for me. Instead I enjoy styles that are easy to do, yet have a unique twist. I am always complimented on how the 1940s and 50s style suits me the most.
How do you protect your hair in the winter months? During the winter it is really easy to not drink as much water in comparison to the summer months, so I make it a point to drink enough water to keep my hair and skin hydrated. I do hot oil treatments weekly as opposed to every other week too.
Do you have any advice for women starting out on there natural journey? Natural hair care takes PATIENCE. Developing great grooming habits, coupled with patience needed to maintain it, will produce a beautiful head of natural hair!