Introduce yourself!

My name is Nora and I live in the chocolate country, Switzerland! I’m a medical student and a model, with a passion for fitness and beauty (especially hair)!

How long have you been wearing your hair in its natural state?

I always wore my hair straight (flatironed but still natural) till the beginning of highschool, 8 years ago. Then I started to relax my hair, and I kept doing it for 2 years, until one day I decided really spontaneously that I just wanted to enjoy my natural texture!

That happened 6 years ago. Since then, I have been wearing my hair wavy/curly for most of the time.

What inspired you to start a YouTube channel?

I love YouTube and I always enjoy watching videos, especially about reviews (now I never buy a product before watching a bunch of video review about it) and tutorials. I learned how to care for my curly hair through the videos, but I felt there were not many YouTubers with my hair texture (really frizzy and difficult to handle but with a very loose curl pattern) so I thought, why not to start filming some tutorials? The first video was so funny that I never stopped!

What are your life passions?

I love beauty and fashion, in every way. I am lucky enough that I can enjoy the beauty and fashion industry through my job as a model, as well through my career as a surgeon, because I will specialise in plastic surgery.

I also love cats, arts (especially the pre-raphaelites) and I am a passionate reader!

What do you love--or hate--about you hair?

I love that my hair is really strong and really forgiving: I never had split ends or thinning problems, even when I was relaxing it. I also have a lot of hair!

I hate that, despite having a lot of hair, I lack volume because it is so baby fine and soft! I also hate that my texture is loose but frizzy!

What products are you obsessing over right now?

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day line and the Briogeo line. I especially love also the Redken dry shampoo and the Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel. I am obsessed with Curlformers, because I like to play with my hair with heatless styles!

What's your best tip for curlies with your hair type?

Don’t obsess too much about it. In the end, it’s just hair. Do you boo. If you want to color, straighten or relax it, it’s ok. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, there is no Hair Police, just do what makes you happy! There will be days when your hair is a mess, but that’s ok. Buns were invented for that! Try to stay away from sulfates and leave some conditioner in the hair after washing it, to prevent frizz!

Watch Nora's best twist-out:

How can we follow you online?

YouTube: Shalimarcat (hair, beauty, and fitness videos) Instagram: Shalimarcat (I post pictures about fitness and modelling!)