Bahamian Naturalpreneurship: LaShona of AllU242

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent my first several days practically looking under rocks for naturals because they were no where to be found.  So rare were they that (I kid you not) at least five people a day came up to me and asked if my hair was a wig.  But luckily, on my last day, I met with LaShona a local naturalpreneur who assured me that like here, there were many Bahamian naturals around.  Most of them either wear their hair under a wig or sew-in so you just don’t see their coilies as well as the fact that you tend to not see them in touristy areas.  This lack of confidence in rocking one’s natural hair part of the inspiration behind LaShona’s soon-to-be-launched, Allu242.com, a natural hair website dedicated to educating and supporting naturals in The Bahamas.

LaShona and Cassadie

Over a lunch of conch fritters at a restaurant called (what else) Conch Fritters, we discussed all things island natural and the upcoming launch of AllU.  Here’s a little Q&A with LaShona about the website.

C:  What are your goals for AllU?

L:   Focusing on fostering healthy hair care and its appearance for chemical free (natural) hair

To be an outlet for all naturalites and  also those wanting to make the change to natural

To promote awareness that “Natural’s aren’t boring”

To help people love their hair by embracing their natural kinks & curls by being ‘sassy but classy’.

Spreading the AllU love at a local business event

C: What inspired you to start AllU?

L: AllU came about because I got tired of being limited with the products I could use in my natural curl hair (3c/4a) locally and because I am often stopped and questioned about my own natural hair, the products I use in my hair, and about my natural healthy hair regimen. So I decided to create a website for the ‘Kinky-Curly-Wavy-Afro bella’s (like myself) giving all curlies and naturalites the option to choose the best products currently available from my research of the finest and safest products for all hair types along with well researched information with tips and tricks for potential and naturals. Hence our tagline “Emphasizing the Natural U”

The website is expected to launch next month in February so be sure to check it out, especially you ladies in The Bahamas who want to have easy access to favorite natural hair brands in the Caribbean (read: less shipping hassle)  such as Kinky Curly, Komaza Care, and Darcy’s Botanticals just to name a few.

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19 Comments

  1. good luck on her new adventure.As I live in Buffalo NY and often travel to the islands, I am amazed on the number of sistors with other then natural hair. My hair is smiling all the time I am there and GROWS like crazy loving the sun.I will be in STT in 42 days and my LOLA can’t wait for that vacation.Its like going home…..

  2. Thank you Cassidy for the write up… this will add to the exposure that I need and the support for my success. I will keep “Natural Selection Blog” in the know of the naturals scene here in The Bahamas. Thank you Cynthia for your well wishes, much appreciated!

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  4. Wow! Im ECSTATIC to find this post and I’m equally ecstatic about the launching of AllU242.com as I only know of one other natural hair website based here (yes I say here because I live in Nassau) and having a choice now will be fabulous. I work with about 15 other naturals so I’m definitely gonna spread the word and we’ll be on the lookout. Congrats and many blessings!

  5. i am new to this website and to your business, i have never known about you before but i am very interested in making an appointment to see just how you can deal with my (oakum) hair lol.

  6. Congrats on the site LaShona. I think this info is so needed. I started going natural 3.5yrs ago and chopped off 12 inches of relaxed ends to be free. There’s no turning back. I use natural shampoos and conditioners. In fact I make my own shampoo. The chemicals companies put in our everyday beauty products is ridiculous. It’s no wonder people are getting cancer later in life with no family history. Be encouraged and keep doing what you do.

  7. Thank you Samantha! I make my own products as well and I totally agree with you that its what we use in our products that effect our life as well….. Thank you for the encouragement! Naturals and Curlys Roc!!!

  8. I’m so happy we have this, it’s great that I’m able to find good products for my hair being a newly natural :)

  9. so glad I came across this & yes yes you’d b surprise cause there r many like myself who have been natural for almost 3yrs but I usually wear braid extensions,twists& caps so not many ppl kno I am all natural underneath & it has been very hard trying to find all natural hair care products locally but I notice @ least 2of u mentioned making your own shampoo ect. maybe u can share hiw or kno where I can purchase some particular one I’m interested in is kinky curly or maybe u may kno of better ones

  10. I’m glad i found this article. I just recently went natural a few months ago and I didn’t realize that so many females right here in the Bahamas are having the same difficulties finding the right hair products. Currently i use Coconut Sublime conditioner and shampoo, which works wonders. However it’s hard to find a good oil/ grease for my hair.

  11. Mericha Rochelle

    You’re an inspiration. I made the big chop just 3 months ago and I’ve been wearing braids ever since because I have absolutely no clue what to do with my hair at its current length. Like you mentioned I also haven’t found good products. Keep the info coming! I’m reading listening and learning!

  12. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support of The Bahamian Natural Hair Community. There are sooooooooo many naturals out there , just like many of you not embracing there beautiful hair. All U wants to help ladies like yourself be free – we are educatingg and providing the resources for your needs. please check us on on facebook kindly visit http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=1064235142#!/allu242 (you may have to cut and paste in your browser). Like and us to facebook. Take a look at what we have in stock and available. Please telll the others. Or call us at 242-422-2558

  13. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support of The Bahamian Natural Hair Community. There are sooooooooo many naturals out there , just like many of you not embracing there beautiful hair. All U wants to help ladies like yourself be free – we are educatingg and providing the resources for your needs. please check us on on facebook http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=1064235142#!/allu242 (you may have to cut and paste in your browser). Like and us to facebook. Take a look at what we have in stock and available. Please telll the others. Or call us at 242-422-2558

  14. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support of The Bahamian Natural Hair Community. There are sooooooooo many naturals out there , just like many of you not embracing there beautiful hair. All U wants to help ladies like yourself be free – we are educatingg and providing the resources for your needs. find us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=1064235142#!/allu242 See what we have in stock. please continue to spread the buzz. Or call us at 242-422-2558

  15. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support of The Bahamian Natural Hair Community. There are sooooooooo many naturals out there , just like many of you not embracing there beautiful hair. All U wants to help ladies like yourself be free – we are educatingg and providing the resources for your needs. find us on facebook at All U (Natural Hair Care) See what we have in stock. please continue to spread the buzz. Or call us at 242-422-2558

  16. This is a great initiative, i live in Jamaica and I share similiar experiences as it ralates to not seeing a lot of natural sistahs, the wigs, sew ins and of course relaxed hair are of a vast majority, hoping that i can also influence others to the natural path…. Be Blessed!

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