18 June, 2013

New Product Alert: Eco Custard


While I'm yet to do the review of my CurlBox  products, I thought I should alert y'all to this here Eco Custard. I've loved Eco Styler since forever but it makes my hair crunchy so imagine my pleasure at seeing this in the June CurlBox.

Results:


Pros:
  • Good curl definition
  • Medium hold
  • Light and fluffy feeling
  • No need for a leave in conditioner
  • No crunchy feeling
Cons:
  • I hate the smell!!

I'll come back and let y'all know if this survives past first day hair. 

XOXO, 
ChiChi. 
@chyscurlz on Instagram come check me out living life daily. 

P.S.: chrisettemichelle liked my picture on the IG!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!


New Color Results (Belated)

About to go on my second round interview!!
So I don't know why this took me so long to post but here it is. The results of my corrected color job with some highlights thrown in there.

Giving you face lol
Indoor light

At the Naturalselectionblog.com meetup in the bay area
In the sun
So yup I love it!!

XOXO
ChiChi. 

22 May, 2013

My Hands Down Current Favorite Product

I have fallen in love all over again with kinky curly. I love their knot today in conjunction with the curling custard. It's awesome for my wash and gos and it's been very very good to me. I rediscovered it on my trip to Africa as that's all I used because I wanted to be really low key with hair care. 

I need to remember to take pictures of the results and my write a post on my updated regimen with something other than my iPhone to show y'all what I'm talking about over here. 

Stay tuned...
ChiChi. 

21 May, 2013

Hair Color Fail - Part 2 (The Redemption)


In the Sun
This is the second and final part of my hair color fail chronicles and I'm going to talk about how I tried to salvage it. See first part here.

So after the 5 or 6 hours I spent at the salon, I came home and started googling like a mad woman. My searches went something like: "how to cancel out orange hair color", "hair color gone bad and turned orange how do you fix it", "my hair is orange how do I fix it" etc. I'm a horrible googler but I was fortunate in that this is a common occurrence when the wrong based toner is used or when bleach is not left on long enough. The most common response I got was to use hair toner with a blue base or but "ash brown" box color to go over the orange and that should greatly reduce or cancel out the orange tone.

Armed with this info and a desperation (as I had bible studies the next day and didn't want to look retarded), I went to my local CVS to buy the ash brown hair color. I debated getting a semi-permanent color or a rinse to go over it but I nixed that idea because I didn't want the color fading over a few washes only to be back to square one. So I went with a permanent color which I was fully cognizant meant more damage to my already fragile strands. But you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. And so I did and while I can't say I'm 100% pleased with the results, it is a marked improvement to the alternative.

I actually went ahead and made an appointment with a trusted stylist (which I should have had the patience to wait for anyways) and we're going to see about getting some highlights in the crown and front area to brighten up the tone and hopefully leaving me very pleased.

I took some pictures and recorded a video of what it looks like today after I did my usual wash and go. Enjoy!


Indoors (that's supposed to be my husbands caricature. So not an accurate description)
In the sun
XOXO,
ChiChi.

CurlBox Review - Coming Soon


I've been subscribed to CurlBox for the past 6 months and I knew the day would come when I would like to do a review. This here is that day. But since there are a lot of products in each box, one post will not be enough to review everything so I think I'm either going to break it down by boxes or by individual products or a combination of both. I'm not sure yet.

As you can imagine if you've been reading my blog for a little bit, it'll be from the viewpoint of a naturalista who has thin and low-porosity hair.

So this post is to say stay tuned for CurlBox product reviews to come!

XOXO,
ChiChi. 

20 May, 2013

Hiring an Online Fitness Coach

 February 2013 and as you can tell, I'm sucking in in the second picture
As I said in my It's been Long post, I hired an online fitness coach to help me be in the best possible shape of my life. I'm so excited because today marks the first day of my 12 week program. I'm certainly not a novice when it comes to working out and what a good diet consists of. I've  lost 15lbs in the past and kept it off for more than 2 years, I'm extremely well read on the subject and have a critical thinking ability to distinguish truth from myth.

Having said all that, I knew I needed the accountability paying someone else gives you. I'm not one to waste money so when I pay for something, you bet your sweet behind that I'm going to stick to it and get the best bang for my buck. 

So I took the plunge and paid a bunch of money to someone who knows their stuff and does this for a living! And I'm glad I did because I can already tell a marked shift in my mentality. 

Jan vs. March 2013
So I have a solid workout program and an individualized nutrition plan that I'm ready and willing to commit to for at least 12 weeks. I'll keep y'all updated on my results. 

Be excited for me cuz I certainly am!!

XOXO,
ChiChi. 

18 May, 2013

Hair Color Fail - part 1

You know how you get an itch and you just have to go through with whatever it is? Well I had this "itch" to color my hair a couple of weeks ago. So what do I do? I walk in to a random salon that said "walk-ins welcome". Well they said I was welcome no?

Oh my gah!! I should have known better when she said she's never dealt with my "hair type". I really should have known better but I thought color has nothing to do with texture so as long as she can color as she says she can, I'll go ahead and have her blow my hair out to eliminate the texture factor. 

I think it would have worked out except for the itty bitty fact that she knew zero, zilch, nada, nothing about hair coloring concepts and techniques. 

I (kinda) blog about hair so it wasn't too hard to find a picture to show her that I wanted my hair exactly like it was before I dyed it black a few months prior. In fact, I found a thousand and one pictures and walked her through how I just want the top bits colored and how I want three different shades to create the highlights/lowlights combo I had prior.

Like So

and so
She said affirmative, I KNOW what you want and I say, let's get on with it. Can I just say...... Well I won't say, I'll show you (pardon the picture quality as this was gotten with my front facing camera at the salon)

Exhibit A: after color application, wash and conditioner. I dunno what happened but my hair looked so freaking dull. I think she didn't use the right developer? So the color didn't show up. But she said she can fix it so I say maybe all is not lost.  

Exhibit B: lady woman here decides that bleaching will solve things. 


Exhibit C: she bleaches it a second time to get it to the right "tone"


Exhibit D: she puts a toner over it which is supposed to give me a coppery red color because at this point I had given up on my highlighting dreams and a coppery red color was something I could live with. 


Exhibit E: she puts an orange based toner over the bleached hair. And from my google search, this was the worst thing you could do if you don't want to end up with orange hair. You need a toner with a blue base to cancel out the orange. But of course my illustrious colorist had no clue. 

Okay this is a really long post but I think it mimics exactly how long I was there at that salon. A whopping 5 hours!!!!

In conclusion, I left 5 hours later with orange hair. That.i.paid.for. Because I felt bad for her!!

Stay tuned for part two on how I used my googling powers to figure out a solution to this monstrosity. 

XOXO, 
ChiChi. 

17 May, 2013

Blog Name Change - Making things official

To tag onto my last post about making things happen, I'm making things official by changing my blog from  
www.chyscurlz.blogspot.com to www.chyscurlz.com.

Yup, I'ts official!

XOXO,
ChiChi.

It's been long

I don't work right now so I have a lot of time on my hands but I don't know why I don't write as much as I should on this blog. It's quite mind boggling to me sometimes. But you see, life has its ebbs and flows and sometimes, you just don't have the strength or motivation to do what you're supposed to do. I didn't realize that it was going to be this hard finding a nursing job. I thought changing careers and becoming a Registered Nurse will mean guaranteed employment. Turns out it ain't so, at least not in Califronia. This has contributed to me being so down in the dumps.

But you know what, not anymore. I'm blessed to have a husband who loves, a faith that keeps me going and family and friends that I adore. So, I'm going to make something of this all this time I have. I'm going to step up my volunteering game, learn a new language, blog more, be the fittest me I can be, work on self development, commit to improving my spirituality. I'm just going to take life by the horns and live it to the full so stay tuned 'cuz much of it will be playing out on here.

To that end, I've hired and online nutrition and fitness coach and I begin a 12 week journey to self betterment on Monday.

See y'all around the corner a better happier me and hopefully inspire you to do what you gotta do when life throws you a curve ball.

XOXO,
ChiChi.

11 March, 2013

Fitness Update (with video) - March 2013


It's March 11th which means it's time for my first fitness progress update. One month is a really short period of time to expect a ton of results but doing these monthly updates gives me a way to be accountable especially since I'm no longer weighing myself (for the time being)

I ate out with friends a lot, threw a party for a friend which meant more eating, drank a lot of wine and whiskey and mixed drinks. This meant that I did not achieve optimal results and this I intend to remedy in the upcoming month mostly by making sure I'm tracking my calories and macros.

Guess what though, I built a TON of strength in the gym as follows:

Exercise           February      March
Squats              75lbs           110lbs
Bench Press     75lbs           95lbs
Deadlifts          70lbs           125lbs

So, that right there, is progress for which to be proud of.

Here's a video update:



Until next time, take care.

And remember, it's not about weight loss, it's about being the best us for life. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon.

XOXO,
Chichi.

06 March, 2013

My Natural Hair Experience In Africa

My hair in Nigeria ( I was stuck in a dingy hotel room...shudder)
If you've read this post I wrote a while ago, you know that natural hair is not the norm in Africa and as much as that sounds non intuitive, it just isn't. And boy, did my hair become an object of much debate when I went home!

There were the few who thought it was "cool" and "how can your hair do that", "I'm sure you have some texturizer in it", "oh it must be an American thing", and "I can't imagine not having a relaxer in my hair." So, yeah, I got those responses for sure. What really threw me off though was the constant prodding by a select few to "fix" my hair or make it more "manageable". Quite a few people thought it looked like locs and assumed that I never comb my hair and this in their opinion was unacceptable.

I tried as much as possible to educate people whom I sensed were genuinely curious and just let the haters hate. I also tried to play if off as nothing but the truth of the matter is that it really got to me how uneducated my fellow Africans were when it comes to natural hair. As in ZERO clue that natural hair can have a curl pattern that does not need to be combed out to ensure it's manageability. What people are used to when it comes to natural hair is, chronically dry and damaged hair that is super un-moisturized and painful to comb through.

The ladies at the braiding shop blew my hair out. I had to comb it myself because they approached me with a fine tooth comb!
And then 6 of them gave me the tiniest braids ever!

Said Braids
I went to both Nigeria and Ghana and I must say that the response was more favorable in Ghana than it was in Nigeria. I even went to a "natural hair salon" in Ghana where they did two strand twists and loc extensions ( the newest rage). But even here, it was apparent at how even the stylists were uneducated when it comes to basics of moisture + natural hair = best friends. Here, I witnessed torturous sessions with fine tooth combs being raked through dry hair with no moisturizer and women wincing in pain through the whole thing. But as I said before, there is some progress because at least these ladies had the courage to ditch the creamy crack in a culture that is so dependent on it.

Alas, I left really satisfied that I had equipped my mama with the tools of the trade to continue on her natural journey and my best friend is going natural. So, yeah, amidst all the negativity, there exists some positivity.

Now, onto my plans to take the natural hair revolution to my home countries!

XOXO,
Chichi.

05 March, 2013

My Current Rgeimen + Low Porosity Hair and Color


I wanted to do a long overdue update on my current regimen. I've been doing the Curly Girl (CG) method for close to a year now and I must say, I'm in love! It has simplified hair care for me and I've had a chance to tweak things and now, I can't say I have many bad hair days. So what am I doing?

Well, as many of you might know, I got highlights in my hair last year and I kept it in for a really long time because I loved it.


Yet, about a month or two again, I dyed it back to black because it was due for a touch up and I'm far from my original stylist and I didn't want to risk someone not getting the color right. Anywhos, coloring has done my low porosity hair some good because it's made it easier for my hair to take in moisture and retain it so that is a great thing!

My regimen right now is pretty simple and I developed it by accident when I was in Africa. I took a bunch of products home but they were for my mom who went natural but didn't have access to decent product. So, because of the humidity and just overall ease, I wanted a really simple regimen with products that have good ingredients. In comes Kinky Curly, both the Knot Today and Curling Custard. The combination proved to be heaven sent because it worked really well with the humidity due to the glycerin content. I must admit, my hair was far from touchable because it was so sticky but it was very moisturized so I wasn't mad at all.



When I came back to home to Northern California (hardly any humidity) I just stuck to using the combo every four days for my wash and gos and guess what? I had moisturized hair without the tackiness!! WIN!

Hence my KISS (Keep It Simple Sista) regimen was born:

  • Every four days, cowash my hair with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and finger detangle
  • Apply the LUV Naturals Conditional Love conditioner from Kimmaytube and leave in for 15 minutes as a "deep conditioner"
  • Wash that out and apply the Kinky curly Knot Today as my leave in
  • Followed by the KCCC as my styler
  • and viola!! awesome hair every single time!
XOXO,
ChiChi.

P.S.: I've been loving my hair cut but I think I might grow it out because stylists be messing up my touch ups man!


11 February, 2013

Fitness Journey Progress Video #1

Hi guys,

I recorded a video with my measurements. I plan to update once a month. This is to keep me and anyone else motivated through results!

Thanks,
XOXO, Chichi.

23 January, 2013

Day 1-3 Of Intermittent Fasting (IF)

My first day of weights in weeks felt great!

It's been three days of intermittent fasting and I must say it's been really easy...easier than I thought. I stop eating at 8pm and restart at 12pm and no hunger pangs, no excruciating urge to eat. The only problem I'm having now is that I don't think I'm consuming enough calories in my 8 hour eating window. I just can't seem to get it all in and this includes my daily protein intake (which is extremely important if you're looking to maintain or slightly build some muscles). So that's what I'm going to be working on now, planning my meals in such a way that I can get in my 1500 calories without feeling completely stuffed.

I'm also  completely excited to announce that my weight lifting program is going along really well and I'm feeling really good about it. Hopefully I increase in strength as the weeks go by )I say hopefully cuz of my low caloric intake). I'll be sure to let you guys know how it goes.

These are my starting weights on the first three workouts:

  • Barbell Squat: 65 lbs
  • Bench Press: 55lbs
  • Dunmbell Rows: 15lbs

Well, I'll talk to you guys later and please share any tips you have on getting in enough protein without the use of protein shakes or fake food.
 

XOXO,
Chichi.

22 January, 2013

Intermittent Fasting Week 1

More Pictures at the end.Click to enlarge.

Hi guys,

So, I haven't worked out in over 7 weeks (Africa, sick etc...excuses excuses) so eve though I haven't gained weight, I lost a lost of muscle mass and all that and I need to remedy that. You know what, I'm never scared of restarting because it is a lifelong journey this healthy lifestyle thing is. So as long as it's always in my mind, I'm going to restart as long as I need to and there's no shame to my game! yup!

So anywhos, I'm going to be trying intermittent fasting (IF) because the research checks out and it works better than 6 meals/day for my lifestyle. I probably will write a more in-depth post on it but for now, I will provide a bunch of links to great articles so you can check it out yourselves.

Ultimately, no matter what method you choose to get fit with, the most important aspect if maintaining a caloric deficit while doing resistance training. This minimized muscle loss while consistently losing fat (which is what we want to do. So it's not just about the weight, it's making sure than the weight we're losing is mostly fat and minimally muscle (more on that later).


So, here's what I'll be doing:

  • Calories needed for a 20% deficit: 1600 calories while sticking to my macros. Here's how.
  • Weight Training: 3X/week (I'm going to be lifting HEAVY!). The program.
  • Cardio: 3X/week of moderate cardio of my choosing. 
So, that's it folks. Ask away if you have any questions. I know this is a very abbreviated post but I'll flesh it out a little bit in the coming weeks as I recounts my experiences.

Starting stats: 170lbs (other measurements to start including my starting weights I'm lifting)

XOXO,
Chichi.

Pictures!
After Insanity

Before IF January 2013




Video Message and Thank You!

Thanks so much guys for reading and being here with me:)





XOXO,
ChiChi.

05 January, 2013

I'm Back!




Yup, I'm back from Africa! I spent 5 weeks back home in Nigeria and Ghana and it was exciting, exhilarating, exhausting, annoying, saddening, awesome, and many more adjectives. But ultimately there were great moments and some outright sad moments which is what life is all about isn't it. It just was awesome to see my family after almost 7 years and to eat some great home cooked meals and I got my hair did! Yup, I got braids and will be uploading pictures as soon as I get over this jet lag situation.

Yeah, I'm excited for 2013 and blogging through the year because I'm more committed than ever now.

Ttys,
ChiChi.