Intro­duce your­self!
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.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
F: Of course!
IG: bronzed­curly­girl

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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6 Comments on "Felisha from Atlanta // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Youngin girl

I like the Ban­tu knot out fro with the shaved part, It’s unique.


Gor­geous wom­an and curls!


Her hair looks like 3b to me. Any­way, gor­geous hair and gor­geous face!!! :)


Gor­geous wom­an and an amaz­ing head of hair!

Crmy Coco

Her hair grows out of her scalp like it’s on fire!


If I ever decide to do anoth­er big chop I am going for this look because it is fab­u­lous. I’m lov­ing the vari­ety of curl styles here. Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful.