Crystal Noreiga @Select Model Management

Where are you from?
I’m from Trindad and Tobago I lived there until I was 16.


How did you start modelling?
Well, if it wasn’t for my best friend I wouldn’t be here. There was charity fashion show at my secondary school back home, there is one 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 but that’s where I was scouted and it;s down to my friend because she really pushed me to do it. When I finished graduated from school  at 17 I moved to New Jersey..


What is your approach to you hair care?
So, you know there’s like this whole natural hair movement thing, 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 moisturize more to keep my hair hydrated. Some of the products I use I concocted at home. Really simple blends of coconut oil, avocado, Jojoba and lavender oil.


Why Lavender?
Because it stimulates growth and smells so nice, I add raw shea butter because it helps soften my hair and makes it easier to work with, great for detangling. I love to use this mix  to deep condition my hair before washing. Shea butter  real helps to seal the moisture in especially for people with textured hair.

How do you find the texture of your hair now that you’ve gone 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 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 the 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, like the Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Sulfate free shampoo.
I also really like the Monoi repairing hair mask and the Hair milk nourishing and conditioning hair refresher spray. I’ve recently bought the Hair milk original leave in moisturiser, I haven’t started using this yet but I’m really looking forward to trying it since the hair refresher spray works so well.


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 try 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 sometimes but I am usually very casual. I love  shopping in H&M and Topshop.


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