Namibians had an early Christmas at the most glamorous first ever three-day Windhoek 2012 Hair, Skin and Nails Expo held at the Hilton Hotel last weekend.
The expo that afforded both the affluent and the ordinary Namibians the chance to meet with beauty gurus, kicked off with a refreshing cocktail opening sponsored by Absolut Vodka at the Sky Bar (Hilton Hotel) and guests were enticed with goodie bags.
Corporate event committee chair, Forrest Branch, expressed excitement at the great turnout; “We had a great turnout. We cannot give you the numbers until next Wednesday when Compu ticket will have counted.” He added, the highlight of the event could have been one of two things.
“It could have been the classes’ award or the mini-makeovers that were done by people from different industries in an effort to make sure the standards are always high,” Branch enthused.
Notably, it was an electrifying event, with women arriving as timid and shy maidens but leave polished, glittered and feeling royal.
The expo included hourly beauty classes and had various beauty product stands, including the uber popular Avon and Avroy Shlain where clients could procure their favourite products pronto.
Wax enthusiasts acquainted themselves with experts’ know-how during the Lycon Wax presentation sponsored by Namibia-based Planet Nails while nail enthusiasts marveled at the abundance of skills and knowledge during the World of Nails presentation sponsored by Bio Sculpture Namibia.
The Permanent Makeup was sponsored by Perfect Touch Therapies under the leadership of Anka Steinkopf while Lusia Hango from the Zonam Salon sponsored the Eyelash Extensions sessions.
The expo further offered a treat for everyone, from the reliable and trusted Rooibos Extracts freebies to the luxurious, yet foreign aesthetics presentations.
Exhibitors radiated enthusiasm and expertise, which landed some of them in the spotlight during the final award ceremony.
Selma Gowases from the Dermashaft Academy and Salon Lee scooped the first place for Best Hair Design, with Neema Cosmetics’ Esther Hoveka claiming the runner-up prize.
In the skin category, owner of Zonam Salon, Lusia Hango, claimed the first place for the Best Skin and Makeup, with Esther Hoveka from the Neema Cosmetics coming second in the same category.
During the nail affair, Corne Bredenham from Bio Sculpture Namibia took the coveted spot as nail technician followed by Alie Slade from Star Nails.
According to Branch, over 200 new products unfamiliar to the Namibian market, were bought and sold to visitors and up to 700% Return on Investment (ROI) for participation in the expo for some exhibitors was realised.
The expo was funded by 160 sponsors, visitors.