Making a Name in the Hair Business

AFTER getting what could be her ‘big break’ working on the hair styling of presenters at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), Esther Iipumbu is growing her brand by launching her brand new hair studio and motivational book on Friday.

Born in the small mining town of Arandis and raised between Swakopmund and Windhoek, this ambitious hairstylist has been carving a name for herself in the hair industry with her brand becoming synonymous with excellence.

Esther has had a passion for hairdressing since childhood and can now name numerous celebrities amongst her long list of clients. It is this hard work, determination and a willingness to always stay on top of her game that has led her to open her brand new hair studio which is situated at August Gotz Street in Windhoek North.

“It was very difficult finding this place. I went door-to-door looking for this place,” she said.

Although the hair business is a tough one, Esther admits that working hard and broadening your business are crucial to survival in the industry.

“One of the main challenges is finding a location in the CBD but I am passionate about what I do and have saved up a lot before I got the venue I have right now.”

The new hair studio will be a hub of all sorts of hairstyling, from weaving to cuts and styling of natural hair as well. “I do all types of hair except Caucasian hair which I’m not so good at yet,” she said.

The official launch of the salon will be open to a select group of invited guests. Esther will give these guests an exclusive peek into her work with demonstrations of what she does best. Gift hampers will be on sale as well as Esther’s motivational book which she wrote after getting numerous questions about her secrets to success.

“A lot of people inboxed me. They see that determination in me and most of the time I don’t know how to answer them so I decided to put it into a book on how to bring your dreams to life.”

Offering a teaser from her motivational notes, Esther tells those who choose to embark on a career in hairstyling to branch out and dream big.

“As a hairdresser, you should have a broad vision, not just doing hair. Before I even got a venue, I saved up a lot and bought all my equipment,” she said.

Source : The Namibian