Natural Hair Event: Curls & Canvas (Indianapolis)

Hey Curlies,

The official flier is here! Don't forget to purchase your tickets for's natural hair event, Curls and Canvas on Nov. 8. in Indianapolis.It's going to be a great event of learning and socializing!

natural hair event

To register, click here.

For more details, click here.

Natural Hair: Twist n Curl Twist Out

Hey Curlies,

As a fun and flirty look, on Friday, I decided to do a twist out for the weekend. Here are a couple of photos:

natural hair twist n curl

twist out

It's Sunday and my hair lasted the entire weekend!

Natural Hair: Two-strand Twist Updo

Hey Curlies,

I've been wanting to wear my hair in short two strand twists. The problem, my hair isn't short anymore nor have I had the time lately to twist my hair.

Well last weekend I found the time and did not cut my hair to achieve the short look. Instead I twisted on wet hair and used flexi rods to style.

I washed using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo and deep conditioned using Shea Moisture's Superfruit Complex Hair Masque. I then only used coconut oil (OMG I have to share with you all this AMAZING coconut oil I recently discovered) and shea butter to style on damp hair.

I created medium-sized twists and set them on flexi rods overnight. In the morning I unrolled and swept the left side of my twists to the right side using bobby pins. I purposely created a deep part to the left lots of twists on the top.

Later this week I will untwist for a twist out and create another style this weekend.

Don't forget to register for Curls & Canvas Nov. 8! Click here to registerclick here for details

Natural Hair: #Throwback Thursday

Hey Curlies!

Today's natural hair #ThrowbackThursday photo come from my first Australian pink clay and Rhassoul clay hair masque application (Original Hair Conditioning Masque) in August 2013. This combination was purchased from

I loved this hair treatment because it used all natural ingredients to achieve the results many commercial products do.

If you'd like me to feature your photo on Throwback Thursday, send over the photo, type of style and year to

Don't forget to register for Curls & Canvas Nov. 8! Click here to register, click here for details

Natural Hair: ClassyCurly Profile ShaMecha

Hey Curlies,

It's been quite a while since we've had a profile. Send in yours for a chance to be featured. Check the "Want to be featured" tab of more information.

Name: ShaMecha Simms
Hair Type: 3B-ish

How long have you been natural?:
As of October 2015 it will be 9 years since I made the big chop. I've never looked back.

Why did you go natural?:
I was suffering with psoriasis in my early-20s and could not get a handle on it. It was all over...including my scalp and I just knew it was time to make a change.
Chopping off your relaxed hair isn't usually the first thing people think of to start healing from dermatological issues. However, in my personal belief system, all maladies first start in the psycho-emotional space. In essence, not being comfortable in my skin started with not embracing the canvas I was given. That irritability manifested with me shedding my protective layers until I was raw and exposed. 
And I just couldn't do it anymore.
At first, I did a shag style so the change wouldn't be so jarring; but relaxed ends and curly roots just got to be too much so I had my husband at the time drive me to the barber shop and I just let it all go.
Slowly, but surely, I emerged from my new (scalp) and skin into a clearer (literally) world.

A short regimen you can share:
I really love imperfect curls so each day revolves around condition/comb and a touch of conditioner for the day. Since I comb/condition most days build up is almost always a problem so I make sure to cleanse with a clarifying shampoo every 10 days or so.
Weekends are usually dedicated to a mask treatment but I generally leave my hair alone for a small break.

What are some of your favorite products?:
It seems there's a new curly miracle every few months but I really swear by European, particularly French, brands: Theorie (Argan Oil Ultimate Reform Conditioner or Helichrysum) and Klorane Conditioning Balm with Mango Butter are top notch.
If I really want (and have time for) defined waves, I really like Living Proof Prime Style Extender. 
I could go on and on about products but my best tip for products I don't like is to use it on my son :0P
His hair can take anything.

What are some of your favorite styles?:
I'm such a traditionalist and here in the Heartland there are such few options for an extra set of hands or visionary to play around with your natural texture.
My goal this year is to master updos a la Janelle Monae.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:
I love that my hair has its own fan club; it feels great to reflect to the world God's unadulterated artistry that is the individual.
My least favorite thing about being natural is when the wind stops blowing in your hair (another favorite) and you're left with a tangled mess. Either blow all the time or not at all.

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:
We all have been gifted with option to filter our "reality" according to our preferences. Your mind's eye, your inner speech, your glowing light is of your own design. Choose to see the beauty in yourself and the world will see the beauty in you.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:
I really love the Tall N' Curly comic sketch series; it's a great way to connect with the ups and down of being natural and various aspects of similarly-focused women (holistic, natural, positive self-image etc.).
But now that I'm not longer on Facebook/Twitter I've focused on beautiful photos and ideas to pin on Pinterest.

Do you have any advice on going natural?:
Supportive people really make the difference in making the transition so keep those people close especially while you're waiting for your ideal style to take shape.
In addendum to the aforementioned, enjoy the ride to your ideal length/shape. Play with your look if you enjoy that: color, styles, etc.

Indianapolis Natural Hair Event: Curls & Canvas Nov. 8

Hey Curlies,

If you missed my Periscope announcement, I'm here to share some good news! I will be hosting my first natural hair event this November and I want ALL  of you to come. Literally every single reader.

In short:

Who: All curlies in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas (even if you aren't from Indiana, I'd love to meet you!) and myself
What: Curls & Canvas, presented by
When: Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Where: Mimosa and a Masterpiece, 614 Massachusetts Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46204
Cost: $35 (Includes: art class lead by instructor, natural hair seminar, learning materials)

Attendees will learn how to care for their hair this upcoming fall/winter season while sipping on mimosas and creating great art. Get a chance to interact with me, get any natural hair advice you may need during the Q&A portion of the event and have a good time! $35 is the traditional cost for just wine an canvas, but I am adding in even more activity for you all.

I seriously could not do this without you all. As many emails as I get saying I help motivate and help others, I feel the same way about you all. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Click here to register.

I look forward to seeing you all in November!

BIG Natural Hair Announcement Tomorrow (9/7)

Hey Curlies,

If you aren't aware, I'm delivering a BIG natural hair announcement tomorrow evening (Sept. 7) at 8 p.m. on Periscope! This is something I'm truly excited about and I want to share the good news with you all. If you don't have a Periscope account, you may sign up using your Twitter Account.
natural hair periscope
To view the announcement, you'll have to follow my account, @ClassyCurlies to get the latest details. I hope you all will join me tomorrow and send as many hearts (love) as you can! I'd truly appreciate the support.

See ya tomorrow night!

Natural hair: Braidout and Periscope announcement

Hey Curlies,

This week's style was a braidout and since today is Thursday, it lasted about three days before the humidity attacked my hair. Let me tell you, it's been 90 degrees since Sunday and my hair is suffering. (Be sure to read all the way to the end!)

Today and I've just decided to embrace it and wear a big fro.

Before my fro...

I created about 8 braids on damp hair using shea butter and coconut oil.

The unravel

Separated and fluffed

braidout on natural hair

natural hair braid out

Beside my hairstyle, I wanted to share with you all a special announcement that I'm REALLY excited about. If you have a Periscope account, (if not please get one) I will give my big announcement live on Periscope on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) at 8 p.m. where you'll find  me @ClassyCurlies. See ya then!

Natural Hair: #ThrowbackThursday

Hey Curlies,

Today's natural hair #ThrowbackThursday comes from just last year! This was a braid out I did on hair that probably needed to be washed. lol Sometimes dirty hair gives good styles.

natural hair braid out

If you'd like me to feature your photo on Throwback Thursday, send over the photo, type of style and year to

P.S.- I've got BIG NEWS coming up soon!