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.
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’.
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.