On Sunday, TALLAWAH joined a massive throng inside the National Arena for the third staging of the JN-sponsored Barber & Beauty Battle and Expo, which assembled dozens of retailers and other exhibitors showcasing their wares, including a bounty of fabulous, all-Jamaican products. What we encountered was a beauty buff’s treasure trove, made all the more appealing by the generous samples, demonstrations, bargains and greatly reduced prices that attracted patrons like bees to honey – and kept them hopping from booth to booth well into the evening. Amidst all the buzz and excitement (barbers, makeup artists, hairstylists and nail technicians vying for over $2.4 million in cash and prizes), we made time to zone in on a few of the offerings that grabbed our attention.
Most entrepreneurial success stories began with the fulfillment of a personal need. Kumea’s Hair Perspective is no exception. ”My hair was damaged and I badly needed to take care of my hair. And I decided that I wasn’t going to use any more chemical-based products. So I created my own natural hair product,” shares innovative businesswoman Yolande Kumea Gooden. It was the best decision she ever made. Eight years on, the Kumea brand has expanded to include such organic hair products as the Moisturizing Hair Butter, Moisturizing Conditioner and Shampoo (infused with aloe and tea leaves), a Strawberry Kurls Curl Definer and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, among others. Says Gooden, “They are high-quality products that were created to help Jamaican women celebrate the way they wear their natural hair.” Call 524-0161 or log on to kumeashairperspective.com for the full range of products.
“This is the direction that hair care is going,” declares Howard Lofters, the proprietor pushing the Nya’s Jamaican Natural Hair Care line, suppliers of Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil, products that have been proven to “stop hair loss, stimulate hair growth, reduce hair breakage, as well as kill bacteria and fungi on the scalp while preventing dandruff outbreaks.” In other words, it’s a dark-and-lovely girl’s best friend. Lofters says these 100% organic Jamaican products, on sale at pharmacies and wholesales islandwide, has amassed a small but growing following in the Diaspora, particularly Canada, where he’s been fielding tonnes of orders. He wants to be better able to meet the demand. “Right now the aim is to link up with bigger companies that distribute Jamaican products overseas,” explains the robustly built businessman, who has an office on Constant Spring Road in Kingston. Buyers can find Nya’s products on Facebook and Instagram (Nya’s Hair Care) – or call 435-0296 for more info.
Nature’s Drop is all about “feeding skin the natural way.” Produced and packaged in Waterford, St. Catherine, the line includes the Honey Face and Body Soap, the Garlic Face and Body Soap and the Cerasee Face and Body Soap. You can’t get more Jamaican than that! Visit them online at naturesdropja.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone 787-2840.