Genuinely one of the sweetest models I’ve ever worked with, Crystal Noreiga talks us through her low-maintence beauty regimes and shares her natural hair journey with us.
Where are you from?
I’m from Trindad and Tobago I lived there until I was 16.
How did you get into modelling?
Well, if it wasn’t for my best friend I wouldn’t be here. There was a charity fashion show at my secondary school back home, that is held every year. My friend really wanted to go, I wasn’t really into it but decided to go in the end. I am so glad I did as that’s where I was scouted and it’s down to my friend because she really pushed me to do it. When I graduated from school at 17 I moved to New Jersey.
What is your approach to your personal hair care /regimen?
So, you know there’s like this whole natural hair movement thing? Well I watched loads of videos, as I didn’t really know how to take care of my hair before. If I use products on my hair, I always wet it first, as when my hair is wet the cuticles open up and allows the hair to absorb the products more. I moisturise more to keep my hair hydrated. Some of the products I use I concocted at home. Really simple blends of coconut oil, avacado, jojoba and lavender oil.
Ooh why Lavender?
Because it stimulates growth and it smells so nice, ooh and raw Shea Butter because it helps soften my hair and makes it easier to work with, great for if I need to detangle my hair. I love to use this mix to deep condition my hair before washing it. Shea butter really helps to seal the moisture in especially for people with textured hair.
How do you find the texture of your hair now that you have it natural?
To be honest, for a long time I didn’t know I had curly hair, I just saw it as a big poof. I know that sounds strange, but growing up my grandmother would cornrow my hair every week, I would wash it at the end of the week and then cornrow it again. I never just washed it and left it out, it was always plaited or in a bun, until I texturised it, and that’s when I started to leave it out and saw what my hair was like. I then started to flat iron it and that combination really damaged my hair and it became so unhealthy that I had to cut it. That’s what I mean when I say that I didn’t know how to care for my hair before, I literally had to learn how to look after my natural texture.
Apart from your home made remedies are there any other hair products that you like?
I love Carols’ Daughter hair products, I love the Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Sulfate free shampoo, the Macadamia Heat Protection Serum. I also really like the Monoi repairing hair mask and the Hair milk nourishing and conditioning hair refreshner spray. I’ve recently bought the Hair Milk Oringinal Leave In Moisturiser. I haven’t started using this yet but I’m really looking forward to trying it since the hair refreshner spray works so well. I don’t really tend to do much in terms of styling but sometimes I use their Macadamia Hold And Control Smoother but I usually just wash and go.
Let’s talk about beauty, do you have any routines?
That’s the one thing people always ask me, I really don’t do anything special, I literally just wash my face and moisturise that’s it. I do love Bioderma though and I use Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser.
What Make-Up do you use?
I don’t really wear that much make up, but I love the MAC Conceal and Correct Palette, it has this orange shade in it. The bottom half of my face is a bit darker so I use the orange to colour correct, it’s a must and I carry it everywhere I go. I use a Revlon foundation in Cappuccino and if I’m going out I love Rebel or Ruby Woo from Mac and Maybeline Mascara.
Do you have any beauty tips?
Not really as I am very low key when it comes to beauty. I travel a lot so I try to decant all my products into travel containers. I feel like when I travel I get lazy and I fall off my hair routines that I would stick to when I’m at home, so I make sure I have all my products with me.
Do you work out?
I try my hardest to, I start for like two days and then I don’t know what happens. For a while I was trying to work on my butt, I don’t know, I just felt like it needed a bit more oomph, I also tried to work my stomach and do more stretches for flexibility, but I dunno, I always start and it just doesn’t end well [laughs] .
Do you find that working out affects your hair or your skin?
Well, I’ve never really done it for long enough [laughs] .
Do you follow any beauty or hair trends?
Emmm.. no I’m not really a trend follower person.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’d say it varies but I am usually very casual. I love shopping in H&M and Topshop.
If you’re looking for some make-up inspo for this weekend check out Crystal in our ‘Heavy Metal’ beauty editorial.
By Abisoye Odugbesan