Antonique Smith has exploded on the music scene. She starred in the Tony-award winning Broadway play Rent and played Faith Evans in the film Notorious.
Now everyone is raving about her music video for her hit song “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)”. The video is directed by Larenz Tate and features Lance Gross. To top it off, her song is nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R & B Performance! In addition to doing our exclusive photo shoot, Antonique also shares with Hype Hair her hair and beauty scoops!
Is your hair natural or relaxed?
I’m natural now…for over a year. I got relaxers since I was 11 and my friend Renee Myles, who’s a hair care specialist, talked me into going natural. I finally broke down and stopped getting relaxers. It’s a lot less manageable but I know it’s a healthier choice.
What products do you use?
I use Wen, and I like coconut oil and olive oil to keep my hair extra moisturized. I also use Infusium 23 Original Formula Leave-In Treatment and L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. I straighten it with a flat iron and curl it with a curling iron.
What’s your go-to hairstyle?
My go-to hairstyle for the longest was a swoop bang with my long, dark, layered hair swept to my left shoulder. That made me feel like I looked exotic. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different styles and lengths. And I’m having fun as a blonde.
What’s your take on weaves?
I love extensions. I got hooked on them when I played Mimi in Rent on Broadway. They clipped in blonde highlights and it made my hair longer and fuller. I like the clip-in extensions because they give you more variety, and I can do it myself.
How do you manage your beauty regimen?
I learned a lot about beauty and skin care from my aunt Lori. She’s an expert and so beautiful. She’s fighting stage four breast cancer, and at her weakest, she still tries to give me beauty tips and do my makeup. It’s her passion and she’s gifted at it. She turned me on to QVC, ShopHQ and HSN. They all have the best products that you can buy for a lot cheaper than in the department stores. I get Skinn by Dimitri James and Isomers from ShopHQ and I get Wen, Bare Escentuals and Josie Maran from QVC.
What other celebrity would you swap hair with?
I would love Beyoncé’s wig collection. It’s phenomenal! But I think I would swap with Jennifer Lopez. She’s my overall style icon. I love everything about her. My makeup artist friend Ayinde Castro knows to automatically give me the JLo glow! Whatever he’s done to her face, I want done to mine. I love her clothes too!