Annaliese Dayes is a London based model and presenter with an amazing set of curls. As well as hosting the Afro Hair and Beauty Expo in 2010 and 2011 she has in her career interviewed people from Janet Jackson to Peter Andre. You may know her from Living TV’s Britain’s Next Top Model where she appeared as one of the contestants in 2009 . This lead to her being made into a Top Model All Star and asked to go to LA to compete on America’s Next Top Model British invasion at the end of 2011. I was glad to have her in The Natural Lounge to answer a few questions.
You’ve said that people Google your name and then ‘hair.’ People love your hair! How do you take care of it?
I’m quite a low maintenance kinda girl. I really don’t do much! But the key for me is keeping it moisturised with hair lotion and reviving my curls with mixed roots curl stretching creme.
What are your top hair and skincare products?
Number one has got to be Mixed Roots Deep Conditioner. My hair is usually really hard to untangle but with magic stuff in a tub my hair is soft, bouncy and smells gorgeous! Skincare wise I am a big fan on simple toner and moisturiser. They don’t contain any rubbish or perfume so it’s perfect for my sensitive skin.
After Britain’s Next Top Model, you headed off to LA to compete on America’s Next Top Model. This show is watched by millions of people worldwide. What was your first reaction when you knew you were going to LA?
Pure exhilaration! When I got the call I said yes without thinking. But as far as i’m concerned if Tyra Banks’ people call asking you to go to LA, you smile, say yes, pack your bags and worry about the consequences later!
What were the best and worst parts about the ANTM experience for you?
Best parts had to be travelling and getting to meet and work with some amazingly talented people and celebrities. While the worst parts had to be being babysat 24 hours a day and not having mobile phones, internet, tv or anything! It was torture!
I can imagine! On ANTM you said you had to style that weave with curling tongs, do you often have to do your hair yourself at shoots and shows?
I rarely do my own hair at shoots and shows. (to me it’s one of the best bits of modelling). I love hairstylists playing in my hair and creating looks that I never could achieve.
How did you get into media?
I started modelling at 13 when my dad mentioned the idea to me. I quite simply went to a photo booth, found an agency, sent the photos off and then demanded my parents took along to discuss representation! As for presenting, i fell in love with the idea of it while studying my Media Studies A Level. This spurred me to do Media, TV Broadcasting at the University of Westminster. From there you couldn’t stop me from hosting every dance, fashion and music event that would have me and it just snowballed from there.
Do you have any tips for natural sisters who want to get into your line of work?
Embrace what you got and work with it. People seem to try and work out what people/clients are looking for and then change themselves to fit. Really you should be true to you and then you give off a vibe that people want to work with.
I watched your hair blog and you said that your mum influenced you and showed you how to take care of your hair. I loved that because many mothers choose to relax their children’s hair rather than dealing with curls. What did your mother teach you and what might you pass on to your children one day?
My mum always told me my hair was beautiful. When I was younger every night she would sit and plait my hair telling me how lucky i was. I didn’t quite believe it at first, but after hearing it so often, I was like, ‘my hair is actually kinda nice!’ This is something that I will definitely pass on to my children. I believe that’s not about your actual hair type it’s about what thoughts and feels you have about your hair.
You have a great body – what do you do to stay in shape?
I pretty much eat what I want, but I balance it out with regular trips to the gym. I don’t believe in diets.
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