F: My name is Felisha Shugart and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia though Louisiana is somewhat a second home for me.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
F: Initially was transitioning from really severe heat damage for about 6 months. I have never permed or texturized my hair. After those six months of growth I got really excited for length and flat ironed my hair. It was the worst heat damage I ever experienced, which ultimately lead to my big chop, so to speak. I then had the sides and back completely shaved and about an inch and a half of hair left on the top. After about 3 weeks I started to feel better about having short hair for the first time in my life. When I got to about the 3 month mark I noticed how different my hair texture was from what I thought it used to be, and the thickness began to come along when I reached the little over a year mark. I am still loving my decision to have a fresh start.
How would you describe your texture?
F: I would say that my hair is mostly 3c with some 4a at my crown and random 4b coils spread out across the back of my head. I usually fluctuate between normal and low porosity with very fine strands and very high density. My hair responds best to products that contain aloe vera and chamomile extracts and refuses to agree with products that contain silicones, even if they’re water soluble.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
F: Over the course of a month I will cleanse my hair once about every 8–11 days using either a clay wash I make at home or a shampoo bar from Bobeam. Also I will deep condition with Devacurl Heaven in Hair or whatever other deep conditioner I am trying out at the time. Also once out the month I will do a clay mask with bentonite clay to go into the next month with very fresh hair. Before my deep conditioning process, I do a scalp treatment the night before using raw aloe vera gel to massage my scalp. After I rinse out my deep conditioner I will moisturize with a leave in conditioner which typically is DevaCurl One Condition but it can change now and again. Depending on the season I will either apply a light gel like homemade flax seed gel (spring and summer) or a styling cream such as Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter on top and air dry– but if I’m in a rush I’ll diffuse for 7–10 minutes. Since my days for actual cleansing are fairly inconsistent because I only wash when I need to, the days that my hair needs to be remoisturized but not washed I will massage my scalp under warm water and condition it in the shower and style normally.
What does wash day look like for you?
F: Wash day for me lasts for 2 days. The night before I do an aloe vera gel treatment for my scalp and rinse it in the morning when I actually cleanse my hair with either the clay wash I make or a shampoo bar from Bobeam. Then I deep condition my hair with DevaCurl Heaven in Hair unless I am trying out a new deep conditioner. I deep condition on steamed hair and under a dryer for 20–25 minutes. I rinse with barely warm water. Afterwards, I follow the same steps I mentioned in the previous questions.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
F: Days I am short on time I am typically a wash and go girl but I am always quick to tie up a head wrap when I am only working with 15 minutes or less.
How do you combat shrinkage?
F: I mostly embrace the shrinkage that comes with my hair because it lets me know how my hair is doing. if I have damage from styling or just overworked hair it will hang a little longer than the rest
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
F: My only problem areas occur with styles that are updos simply because I kept shaving my temples so they are much shorter than the rest of my hair. It is hard to slick them up for things like a bun without them curling right back up (or down rather lol). Also the crown of my head is a more coarse texture so it drinks a lot more product and looses definition and moisture more quickly than the rest.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
F: The first do for my texture would be definition even if I do not put much product on it or if it is a product I don’t care much for. The second do is that when I do style that require things like rollers or even heat my hair holds a style for very long.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
F: The biggest don’t for my hair would probably be twist outs because they don’t last very long nor do they come out super defined. Another don’t for my texture would be heat since my fine strands can’t handle much of it yet my overall thickness seems to need it for a “bone straight” look.