The 3rd Edition of the Hair Beauty and Personal Care Expo went down this past weekend (July 1st & 2nd). It was an whirlwind of activity inside the Sarit Centre Expo Hall for the two days. We at Hairpolitan were excited to see and interact with the natural based businesses that had taken up stands. So for those who didn’t attend here is the low down of the event:
Founding Owner, Maureen Murunga and Natural Hair consultant Wachu Wanjaria were at hand to introduce the new Amadiva Spray bottle. The bottle holds 300ml of your spritz mix and produces a fine yet effective mist for your daily moisturising. The bottle retailed for Kes. 900/- and some lucky buyers got a sample Buyu Daily Leave In from Harvest of Sunshine with their purchase. The Amadiva stand played host to Sheth Naturals products that were on sale as well as Thank you Farmer a South Korean skincare brand.
Lucy Kingo’ri, the napprenuer behind the recently rebranded Bu.ke Products (formerly Shea by Asal), was at hand both days to educate clients about her exciting natural product line. A must have from Bu.ke is definitely the Clay Shampoo Bar that we featured in our last online magazine issue.
The Harvest stand was a beehive of activity as the first 7 customers on each day were entitled to a surprise gift and 10% off their purchase. The dynamic duo of Nicole and Nyachomba, were at hand to explain to customers about each product, their use and benefits. Don’t worry if you missed out, you can buy Harvest products here.
The Jesavi team showed up this year with a bright and colourful stand. They stock every natural girl’s must have hair product Shea Moisture.
The team at the french named Lune D’eau Beauty Bar were at hand to explain their key product Dermalogica. They gave a free face consultation and facials as well.
The ever exuberant Rose Ntongondu was in attendance under her brand Make up by Rose. They were launching their new partnership with the make up brand Note.
The Mikalla stand attracted many clientele interested in their products. The product were well arranged, many and the team easily accessible for anyone who had questions.
Natural Hair Kenya, under the guidance of their napprenuer Anne Kaale, launched their Afro Puffy Braids and Clipins over the weekend. They also sponsored the Style with Natural Hair talk session that took place on Saturday afternoon. You can find Natural Hair Kenya at Shop M15 of Sasa Mall (opposite Ebrahims Supermarket and next to MKU on Moi Avenue).
The team from Studio28 were at hand to explain to interested clients about Sisterlocks installation and maintenance. The stand also hosted Martha Kihara of Amazing Harvest who makes potent pure and cold pressed Moringa Oil which was retailing for 500/= per 50ml. You can reach Martha on 0722 722 099 to get your bottle.
The concept behind Urembo Club is one the industry has been waiting for. For only Kes. 400/= a year, members will be eligible for discounts from participating brands such as Liku by Squeezie and Mary Kay who are currently on board. Other brands have expressed interest to join and the Urembo Club team are finalising partnership talks with a local bank to have Visa cards for members. Follow Urembo Club on their social media pages to learn more.
STYLE WITH NATURAL HAIR SEGMENT
Finally, there was a Style with Natural hair talk sponsored by Natural Hair Kenya and hosted by Carol Oyola of Kenyan Mama Tales. On the panel were Paul a renown loctician, Lillian the Spokes lady for Natural Hair Kenya, Tabitha Tongoi of Craving Yellow and Cosmas a Partner at Natural Hair Kenya. Topics such as Taking care of Edges, Temporary Dreadlocks, Protective Styling, Caring for Children’s hair and the difference between LOC/LCO were discussed among many others. It was a highly informative session to those in the audience. Lillian of Lilians’ Trendy Hair also gave a quick Afro Puffy clip-in hair installation demonstration.
It was a fun two days and it’s great to see many napprenuers show up in a mainstream hair and beauty event. We look forward to interacting and featuring more veteran brands as well as up & coming brands. If you attended let us know what you loved about the expo in the comments below 🙂
Featured Image byline (from left to right): Wachu Wanjaria (Co-Admin Kurlly Diaries and Creator of Hairlab 2.0), Maureen Murunga (Owner, Amadiva Beauty), Wambui JL (Creator, Hairpolitan Lifestyle), Joanne Huguet (Owner, Waves & Lengths Salon Ruaka) and Lucy Kingo’ri (Owner, Bu.ke Products).
Images by: Machokali Images Photography Services