Angelique Noire is a classic beauty who captivates with her flawless skin and her brilliant smile. Her style is sexy and feminine with a hint of sass. She is making waves in the fashion world as a pin-up model and shows no signs of slowing down. The Dolls had the pleasure of speaking with Angelique and are pleased to share what they learned from her! Read on to find out more about this gorgeous model!
1. Where do you reside and what do you do?
I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am a professional model that has worked for numerous clients in the fashion/beauty industy. Some of my clients are listed on my website at http://www.thepinupnoire.com/about-angelique.html
2. What was your family’s reaction to you going natural?
When I decided to have a second go at going natural, the only person that was shocked was my ex husband (he was my husband at the time). I was pregnant with my second child, woke up one day, and shaved my hair all off with his electric shaver. I woke him up that morning, and asked him to get the back of my head for me
3. What is one hair product that you can’t do without?
Baking Soda. I wash my hair with it and use it for my skin too.
4. Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties?
I try to stay away from products that are filled with chemicals such as sulfates, alcohols, petroleum based oils- like mineral oil & petrolatum, and more. The reasons being that many of these unnatural ingredients tend to strip the hair of it’s natural oils and dry out the hair; clog hair follicles which prevent healthy hair growth; and are not healthy when absorbed by the skin. Take into account that this answer I explained is the over simplified version of reasons to avoid these ingredients in hair products. In essence, I prefer products with natural ingredients.
I also want to stress the importance of getting regular trims. I’ve made a commitment to trim mine ever 8-10 weeks. I have on several occasions had to chop off many inches of damaged hair because I was being lazy about getting rid of these split ends. I jeopardized having close to an extra 10-12 inches of healthy hair, because I chose to hold onto those bad ends far too long throughout my hair growth journey.
5. What is your original hair care regimen?
5. What is your original hair care regimen?
I first wash my hair with a baking soda and water mixture. I then rinse with unfiltered organic apple cider mix. I have a Youtube Video that shows how I do it on http://youtube.com/thepinupnoire . I typically moisturize my hair with extra virgin olive oil, but I also like organic coconut oil, unrefined shea butter, jojoba oil, or castor oil. It all depends on how I feel like styling my hair and the weather.
6.What made you decide to go natural?
I decided to embrace my naturally textured hair as a result of my two pregnancies. It’s recommended to not relax or dye your hair while pregnant, so I easily had no problem leaving it alone. After becoming pregnant with my first child, I stopped relaxing my hair. It grew past my shoulders a little over 2 years. My hair felt much more healthier and thicker in comparison to when I was having my hair relaxed.
Even though I enjoyed being relaxer free, I had to agree to get my hair relaxed and cut in order to do a modeling job for a hair relaxing product. As a result, my efforts of growing my hair without using relaxers had to be done all over again. Months after I completed that print job, I found out I was pregnant with my second child, and chopped all my hair off again, and haven’t had a relaxer since.
7. Who do you look up to for hair inspiration, if anyone?
I don’t really look up to any”one” in particular for hair inspiration. I adore the 1940s-1950s Old Hollywood/ PinUp girl photos and movies, so I try to replicate these hairdos with my kinky hair to put a more unique twist on these classic hairstyles. As much as I love my kinky textured hair, I can’t do a lot of the hairstyles I love, so I do resort to pressing my hair straight and/or using wigs and hairpieces. I like variety. Just like I don’t wear the same clothes or fashion look everyday, I don’t wear my hair the same. In order to keep my hair healthy, I try as much as possible to wear protective styles or leave it cornrowed under my wigs for my jobs/castings.
8. Have you found the fashion/entartainment world to be more or less accepting of your natural hair?
The word “natural” can posses several meanings in this instance. “Natural”ly kinky/curly hairstyles still have a long way to go to become the norm on the red carpet, in high fashion magazines, and entertainment media…I guess the main step is to see more high profile media outlets with a higher percentage of people of color (of African decent, Black folks, African Americans, whatever term floats your boat). Because the media has such a huge influence on the standards of beauty and fashion, the small percentage of women/men of color that are invited or photographed at these highly publicized events, or for high fashion magazines give a limited source of inspiration for individuals with kinky/curly textured hair to emulate. The images that are more readily available are the women of color with with human hair extension that are non kinky/curly textured hairstyles. Being that there are a plethora of hairstylist that are hired for these high fashion magazines, fashion shows, etc. that lack the skills to maintain or style naturally kinky/ curly textured hair, it is understandable why women of color (including me) resort to using add-on tresses. I have had several hair dramas that have happened on jobs where the hairstylist acted like they knew what they were doing and ended up having me look half crazy because they decided to experiment on my head during a job.
My whole job is based on how my client wants me to look for their product. The television commercial market is more accepting of the kinky/curly hair texture. Other than that, if it takes human hair wigs and hairpieces to achieve the look they want to see, then that’s what they will get. Therefore, “natural” can also mean without extensions/hair pieces, or with human hairpieces that look believable. In essence, clients are extremely accepting of the fact that I have lots of hairstyle options. The straightened long hair look is the typical “safe” look they typically choose to use. I guess you can kinda compare it as being the “little black dress” that fits most situations without much effort. Clients do like my hair texture, but they usually ask how long will it take to straighten it because they will more than likely want this option done the same day. In essence, it is my job to be a chameleon.
9. Are there any devloping projects that we can look forward to seeing from you?
I never know when my photos, commercials, advertisements that I have done for various clients end up being available to view until family or friends end up telling me before I see them myself. Some of my work can be found on my website at http://www.thepinupnoire.com . I also plan on posting more video tutorials, skin/haircare regimen, and interviews that I do for Pinup America on my Youtube channel @ http://www.youtube.com/thepinupnoire . Other places to see some of my work are also on my Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts- all of which are found though my website too xoxo