Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Adeline Michèle. I am from Paris. I live in Brooklyn.
Photo: Mike Schreiber
How long have you been natural?
Forever. I had one experience with hair relaxer at 9 years-old, that was it.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I am singer and bass player. My job is totally compatible with my hair type. Being a performer inspires me to push new limits and try new styles constantly. Even though it actually made me embrace my hair even more, I love trying new styles and actually be more than: “the chick with the big curly hair”, which was my identity when I was modeling. I love the idea of being a chameleon so I do a lot of head-pieces, wigs, hats, and when I feel like it I know and can always have my hair all out and free and still feel done up and special.
Describe your hair.
CURRR-LY! My hair is supa dupa curly. It’s pretty fine in terms of diameter and grows super fast. My curls are narrow and bouncy. My hair is also super weather sensitive. Seriously I should get hired by the weather channel to help predict the humidity level for the next day. All you gotta do is look at my hair, if it’s frizzy: you know it’s raining or about to.
What is your hair regimen?
Tons of conditioner. No shampoo. A good deep conditioning mask once a week. I use Devachan No-Poo and One Condition. I always leave a lot of conditioner in. Depending on the weather, I sometimes add a little bit of styling gel (all natural). After the wash, I let it hair dry partially to not affect the curls and then I finish the drying process with a hair dryer and diffuser.
Photos: Mike Schreiber
What are the three biggest factors you attribute to your length?
I actually just cut my hair and I love it. I have a bob. So happy with that length and style.
What is your usual go to style?
Just out and free. A good hair cut does all the job for you. I also do a lot of hair accessories, for styling reasons more than because of my hair itself (unless it’s raining and I don’t feel like looking like a frizz ball). So turbans, hats, head scarves end up on my head I would say at least twice a week.
What is your nighttime routine?
No special nighttime routine. I sometimes apply a little bit of serum if my hair feels a little dry. And sometimes on day 2 or 3 after wash, I go to bed with two braids to have a wavy look the next day. I think it’s fun to switch up the cup pattern and go from curly to wavy.
Your top three favorite products and why?
DevaCurl One Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner, because I still haven’t found a conditioner that works better for me. Klorane mango mask: super nourishing. SOS dry end serum by Kanellia: I think this one is only sold in France. I always buy a few when I go visit.
Your best hair advice?
Accept your hair the way it is, you might as well since you don’t really have a choice. Try different things, different products and methods, what works for you may only work for you since every hair is completely unique. Don’t always listen to hairstylists, you know your hair better than anyone else. And last, please don’t judge your or anyone’s beauty on hair. If you love your hair that’s awesome but that’s not what makes you pretty.
Photo: Mike Schreiber
Ultimate hair crush
Any woman who had the guts to chop it all off and looks amazing with super short hair. That’s kind of my secret dream. Recently: my close friend photographer Lauren Baker.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
One time on a modeling job, a hair stylist asked me how I got my hair to look like that (referring to my curls). He stared at it for 4min looking so lost and asked me how to style it. Now, that type of reaction happens all the time but a HAIR STYLIST? REALLY???
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
Edgy, colorful, fun, creative. Lots of prints. I hope it comes out as: “cool”. I’m more about patterns, prints and fabrics than about looking sexy. At least, not the idea that most people have of “sexy” (regrettably so). Being sexy to me is not wearing something tight and short. I can feel super hot in a pair of kicks.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion sense or natural hair for fear of being judged by others?
They will judge you anyway. People who judge are just going to judge. What you think they might perceive is a product of your imagination, not a fact. People react on attitude. Own it and they will dig you, and really if they don’t dig you who cares as long as you dig yourself.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
Nothing. If I can be tolerant to assholes then I win.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
Everywhere. Between the runway to the streets of Brooklyn. The NYC streets are such an inspiration in general. Those old school youtube videos too are a magic tool for research.
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix. I’m sure you get why.
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift
Most embarrassing moment
So many of those that it’s hard to remember. I’m super clumsy. A couple months ago I walked in a restaurant and violently sat on the floor in front of everyone. My heavy blanket-look-alike vintage pancho had moved my chair back. Ice pack for 2 days.
What is your favorite life lesson
Work pays off.
Current music playlist and favorite book
Books: I think “The Girl Who Fell From The Sky” is a really good one for all you Urban Bush Ladies. Go get it.
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without
Avocados, mangos, grapefruits and coffee. Please never take them away. Restaurant: Chuko Ramen in my hood.
Do you have a workout/exercise routine? If so, what is your routine?
5-mile run 3 times a week. Personal trainer on Mondays mornings. Bikram yoga twice a week.
Do you have a blog/website?
I’m so honored that you’re reading about me right now. Thank you.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I didn’t know I was one. That makes me happy I guess I’m badass and I have big hair.