The story behind Coco-Onya
Maggie Mee hair, Macy Gray hair, Omg it look’s like a bee hive! ; unfortunately we’ve all got the name calling growing up with naturally curly hair
Growing up Miss Sonia Abu Bakar aka Miss Sonya had tight curly locks which easily brought on bullying and constant name-calling which took a huge hit on her self-confidence. She felt ashamed and helpless because she could never find the right product or regime to tame and manage her hair. Hence beginning her endless trips to the salon and making her hair straightener her best friend right up till she was 26 years old - can you imagine how damaged her hair must have been at this point!
Despite struggling with her own hair, Sonya had a deep passion and enjoyment when it came to giving haircuts and pampering sessions for her friends and family whenever there was a request. Sonya was known as the GURU of hair amongst her peers, she even took up a part time job at Victoria Market Melbourne during her university days as a sales and marketing person selling wigs and hair extensions and was awarded the favorite employee of the year.
Despite her wins, she felt like she was not being her true self by hiding her natural curls. This truly hit her when she gave birth to her first child; little Sophie who inherited her tight locks. She knew the journey Sophie was going to embark on was not going to be easy, she didn’t want Sophie to go through name-calling and bullying. The thought of Sophie being ashamed of herself just didn’t sit right with her.
That’s where it all started, from a mother’s love; years of research, working with business partners and manufactures; an all natural curl cream to embrace your curls was introduced in Malaysia; one of the key ingredients being from coconuts which is something Sonya loves as it brings back fond memories of her mother applying it onto her hair when she was a child. Being a product that’s close to Sonya’s heart, she incorporated her name into the product; Coco (coconut) Onya (Sonya’s nickname) and also can be used as ON YOU!
Today, Coco Onya has expanded to Singapore and Australia, Sonya's hope is to instill self-confidence by embracing your natural crown. With the strong belief and mission to stay true to yourself, being patient with yourself and most importantly loving yourself - Let’s show the world the crown you've been blessed with, So what are you waiting for girls, let’s ditch those chemicals & put a little Coco-Onya CURLS instead!