Earlier this month, on May 11, global artist-turned-entreprenuer Rihanna announced that she would be launching her beauty and skincare products, Fenty, to Africa, with Kenya among the eight countries.
The beauty and personal care industry in Kenya is one of the fastest growing, having grown 400% in four years, from Ksh 26 billion in 2017 to over Ksh 100 billion by 2021.
With the launch of House of Humba cosmetics by popular Kenyan actress and brand ambassador Catherine Kamau on May 20 this year, it is clear Kenyan celebrities are now venturing into the cosmetic industry.
Releasing their brands and products to their fans, followers, and supporters. Here is a comprehensive list of Kenyan celebrities with their own beauty brands.
- Kate, actress-House of Humba Cosmetics
Launched on May 20 this year, Catherine Kamau, popularly known by her stage name Kate Actress, is here for your lips!
From your mouth to God’s ears Please don’t let them be cracky. “House of Humba Cosmetics is officially launched!,” she shared on her official social media page.
While it’s an online business, the Nice and Lovely ambassador announced all purchased orders will be delivered to clients countrywide free of charge, a move that has seen her almost sell out her full box package.
“I can’t believe I’m almost selling out of the full lip kit package. “Thank you for the support,” wrote an excited Cate on her Instagram stories.
Among the stocked products are lip scrubs, lip collagen masks, lip balms, and lip silicon brushes. Her products range from Ksh.170 to Ksh.1550 and Ksh.3120 for a full lip kit package.
- Huddah Monroe-Huddah Cosmetics and Rich Beauty
Huddah is undoubtedly one of the celebrity pioneers in the beauty and cosmetic industry. With her popular lipstick and makeup brand, ‘Huddah Cosmetics’, the socialite-turned-entrepreneur has further launched a skincare and health brand, Rich Beauty. The latest released products, which aim at enhancing sex, are as controversial as ever.
Her vagina tightening sticks, soaps, and now Vitality herbal tea have caused a buzz on social media with many refraining from using her products, claiming they are “not well-researched.” However, the 30-year old continues to preach the gospel of her products, sharing reviews and responding to haters online.
- Phoina Tosha-Phoina Beauty and Phoina Beauty collection
Popular beautician and makeup entrepreneur Phoina has become a household name in Kenya. Attracting a rich and heavy clientele, Phoina has grown to open her own beauty parlor, Phoina Beauty.
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Her high-end, luxurious wig and human hair collection, makeup products such as lipsticks and eye-shadow palettes, are all highly praised by her clientele. She works with a large number of celebrities, including artists Diana Marua and Tanasha Donna, vlogger Corazon Kwamboka, and entrepreneur Arnelisa Mungai.
- Michelle Ntalami-Marini Naturals
Curvaceous, 37-year-old Michelle Ntalami is the definition of a boss lady! Having heavily invested in her haircare brand, Marini Naturals, Michelle has become one of the most admirable female entrepreneurs of our time. Her hair products, which are made of organic ingredients, boost hair growth and re-growth, eliminate dandruff and add shine to your hair.
She often has brand campaigns with renowned celebrities, which continue to add to the authenticity and credibility of her brand. Her products can be found in major beauty and cosmetic outlets nationwide.
- Terryann Chebet- Keyara Botanicals
Ex-Citizen business journalist Terryanne Chebet has proven it is possible to remain relevant beyond the screems. The 42-year old mother of two is the founder and CEO of an organic skin and hair product line, Keyara Botanicals.
The skin and haircare products line was inspired after an unfruitful search for a solution to her daughter’s eczema skin condition.
With the launch of her company in 2014, TerryAnne has joined an emerging crop of African entrepreneurs who are breaking into the continent’s beauty and hair industry.
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