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Nigeria’s hair, beauty industry needs certification – NABCEN President



Barile Ngbobu, an America-trained cosmetologist says the Nigerian hair and beauty industry needs standardised certification process.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Ngbobu, who is the president of National Association of Barbers and Cosmetology Employers of Nigeria (NABCEN), said this at the National Hair Care and Business Workshop in Abuja, on Friday.

He decried the lack of certification process available for practitioners in the Nigerian hair and beauty space.

According to him, the lack of regulation and training has led to the absence of certain global standards needed to expand the industry.

He said, “What is the process hair and beauty practitioners go through? The hair and beauty industry is the second fastest growing industry in the world.

“When I wanted to start doing hair in the United States, I was asked to go to school and get certified before anyone would let me touch hair.

“The beauty industry is a profession and not a hustle as it is being treated by some people. We need to set global standards so the industry can grow,” he said.

Ngbobu revealed that NABCEN was approved in 2017 by the Ministry of Labour to cater to the industry needs of barbers and cosmetologists.

He said, “The association was approved two years ago by the Ministry of Labour. Prior to that, the beauty industry was under the hotel and hospitality industry.

“The association was designed so the hair and beauty industry stands on its own to ensure standards and training. We need to get together to solve the problem,” he said.

Reiterating the need for industry standards, Adanna Enwezor, convener of the African Hair Summit and the workshop noted that standards were needed to promote healthy industry practices.

Speaking earlier, Enwezor said that the workshop was also a means to get industry stakeholders together to create conversations around industry standards.

reports that the workshop also featured practical classes on natural hair styling, business and the making of natural hair products.

On her part, natural hair expert, Pamela Morakinyo demonstrated the process of protecting and styling natural hair while Adama Indimi explained the benefits of Chebe powder.

Meanwhile, Mr Amano Joel took participants through the role of the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) in supporting young business, especially in the hair and beauty industry.

Joel, who is the coordinator of the AEA ‘One Stop Shop’ explained the importance of getting the right documents from relevant authorities before starting a business.

reports that the event also featured exhibitions of natural hair and beauty products; and an interactive session.

Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

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