Top 6 Fiercest Personalities Behind Beauty Brands In Kenya
1. Suzie Wokabi
She became the first Kenyan and make-up artist to start and own a local cosmetic line. Suzie Beauty develops 12 different products ranging from lipstick, face foundations, powders, brushes, eye shadows, among others. The beauty guru smiled all the way to the bank after selling her seven-year-old Suzie Beauty Cosmetics company to Flame Tree Group and remained the ambassador behind the brand.
2. Tony Airo
Hair, make-up stylist and the owner of Airo’s Hair Salon, Tony Airo is one of the pioneer of Kenyan products. He has build his hair products empire under his brand Siri, which ranges from shampoos, deep treatments, leave-in for natural hair and gel, among other products. The hairstylist recently introduced a perfume line.
3. Lucy King’ori
Started by Lucy King’ori, Shea by Asal was founded a few years back by sourcing shea butter from South Sudan and making whipped butters and shea butter-based soaps. When it became difficult to get the products from S Sudan, she got a local South Sudanese woman to help her make the soap. The Shea by Asal are all natural and made in an old fashioned way with lye and oil. She has drying shampoo bars and soaps, scented and whipped shea butter for body and hair.
4. Pamela Gatwiri
The former cabin crew and now the Owner of Pam Nail Polish, is the only Kenyan with a nail polish line. Something that came about when she landed a manufacturer in the USA, producing Kenya’s premier nail polish, her range comprises about 50 polishes.
5. Michele Ntalami
Marini Naturals is Kenya’s first and Africa’s 100 per cent natural and organic range of hair products. Founded by Michele Ntalami, also the CEO, Marini has made thousands of women embrace their natural hair. Some of her products include curling butter and gel, leave-in conditioner, shampoo and spritz.
6. Terryanne Chebet
She is the founder of Keyara Organics, a natural skincare company inspired by Africa and its wealth of natural oils and scents from the continent. She started Keyara after looking for natural skincare brands for her daughter, which were rare to find and not consistent on the shelves. She saw a gap in the market that is keen on achieving beautiful skin the natural way.