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Namibia’s Nail Biz in a nutshell

A brief history…

In the US & Europe, the Professional Nail industry has been booming since the late 1960’s. Many of the top professional brands that have been used in overseas salons for decades, have only been introduced to the Southern African market over the last 15 to 20 years. In contrast, quite a few of the world’s “biggest” nail brands, have only become available in Namibia over the last 5 years or so.

In the mid-1990’s, Namibians were first introduced to professional nail enhancement services. At the time, only 2 pro nail care brands were available in the country, so nail technicians had very limited access to quality training and professional products. In fact, for many years, most Namibian Nail techs and their clients were kept in the dark about the fact that other product lines even existed.

For many years, brand names were confused with systems – creating the incorrect perception that if a nail tech used anything other than one particular company’s product, they were automatically considered to be a “bad” nail technician. This is absolutely not the case! There are many exceptional nail techs out there who don’t use only one brand or system – and 9 times out of 10, they’re usually the most skilled and knowledgeable.

Changes & challenges

Thanks to advancements in technology and the increased use of social media, it’s become clear to many Namibian nail techs that there’s a lot more to professional nail technology than they were initially led to believe. Fortunately, a lot of the misinformation and old beliefs about the Professional Nail industry are slowly being filtered out – especially when it comes to products, training and natural nail health.

However, despite having much better access to information online, and affordable education on the subject, many of today’s nail professionals still use outdated techniques and nail care systems – likely because the cost of additional training and product investment is often considered “too expensive”. Social media has also, unfortunately, promoted the misconception that professional nail care products can be safely used by anyone – whether they’re trained or not – creating a general reluctance to invest in quality products and education.

Many grey-market & counterfeit nail care products that mimic professional brands are easily obtained by the DIY consumer online. To them, there’s no apparent difference aside from the price tag and the fact that they can buy with out getting trained up first. This has led to a substantial increase of people developing irreversible acrylate allergies (often misdiagnosed as contact dermatitis). Incorrect use of nail enhancement products is the number one cause of natural nail damage – which often ends in the consumer believing that it’s the product that’s bad for them, rather than what they’re doing with it.

What you don’t know, can hurt you

To set the record straight, it’s really important for consumers to understand that nail enhancement products aren’t safe if you don’t know what they’re made from, or how the chemical components they’re made up of work. This is why T&Z Trading only sells certain products to trained professionals, and why we don’t encourage people to buy their own kits to do their nails at home. It’s also why we only sell reputable brands manufactured by reliable companies who can prove product safety and quality assurance.

We totally understand that doing nails is a popular hobby for almost every woman (and quite a few guys!) out there – who doesn’t like having pretty hands, or creating funky nail art that wows everyone who sees it? The important thing to keep in mind, though, is that it’s only fun when the results are good. A lot can, and does go wrong when you play it by trial and error with nail enhancement products.

To avoid having a bad experience, it’s advisable that you do your homework when it comes to either buying products, or getting your nails done professionally.

If you’re buying nail enhancement products and training, be wary of these red flags:

  • anyone who sells artificial nail enhancement products without asking for certification;
  • products that are very cheap (real professional products aren’t);
  • products that are “like [insert salon exclusive brand name here]” but you can walk into pretty much any “China shop” and buy a full nail kit for a few hundred, to a couple of thousand N$;
  • training courses with a duration of under 2 weeks for beginners.

The best nail techs invest in their education, products and tools. The naked truth is, there’s no cheap or fast way of getting into this extremely competitive business if you’re hoping to stand out among the crowd. It’s very easy to be conned into buying a “3 day training with full kit, be your own boss” package at a ridiculously low price, but one thing’s for certain: we can guarantee that if you go this route, you won’t be making enough money to comfortably live off within your first year of working; and you may end up quitting altogether.

If you’re getting your nails done professionally, make sure you’re supporting a nail tech who has been properly trained, and only uses reputable professional products. “Legit” nail techs swear by their brands, and will often be very passionate and proud of being associated with a professional brand. If you don’t see any sign of this in their work, on their social media or in their salon, you may end up being disappointed in the results of the service they provide. Price isn’t always an indicator of the nail tech’s skill or service quality either – but it is safe to say that nail techs who only use pro products often charge more than those who don’t.

It’s a matter of choice…

Ultimately, it is a personal choice whether you prefer to go pro or not… But it is important to understand that the choices you make will affect your experience and perception of the nail industry in general. We hope this article has given you a bit more insight to the nail industry, and helps you make the right choices – whether you’re a nail professional, thinking of becoming a nail tech, or someone who just enjoys getting their nails done.

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Be wise, sanitize!

In the midst of the normal stores selling out of facial masks hand sanitizers and antibacterial hand washes, please feel free to place your orders with us for these professional quality essential items during this crucial time.

We will be placing an order today, 17 March 2020 for initial stocks, but request that you please pre-order via this page as soon as possible so we are able to bring in enough stock to meet the demand.

Pre-orders are still being accepted as this supplier has their own manufacturing plant in South Africa. All orders for hand sanitation products placed as from 18 March 2020 are subject to a 7 to 10 business day delivery period.

In light of the importance of these essential products at the moment, we are opening pre-paid orders for these items at our standard wholesale rates to the general public for a limited period.

We usually don’t sell direct to the public, but under the circumstances, have decided to open orders for our professional salon hand sanitation products for the interim. If you’re not based in Windhoek, I will courier to you. Orders for personal use ONLY (unless you’re a salon professional)
No bulk orders intended for resale are allowed.

Professional Hand Sanitation Products

*** Handwash & Sanitizers are all packaged in either 250ml or 1 Litre containers ***

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March Training Specials

A special treat for Walvis Bay & Swakopmund Nail techs – join us on Saturday 14 March 2020 for a full day of learning & fun!

Nail Artist & International educator, Tanya Gunning will be hosted by EnVee Nails Namibia for yet another informative and intensive training session. Two separate classes will be held to help nail techs learn new techniques and discover fantastic new products that are designed specifically to help you grow your business and make more money.

  • For the electric filing class, we’ll be teaching nail techs how to use an electric file safely and correctly. Two kit options are available to choose from – basic & full kit.
  • For the Gel Couture class, we’ll be introducing you to the wonderful new Gel Couture product line and how to use it correctly for overlays, sculpted nails and a touch of nail art.

Windhoek techs won’t lose out – dates are included for each class on each of the links below. As these classes are on special, please note that registrations must be done by 7 March 2020 to qualify.

For full details about the classes and to book, please click on the links below:

Registrations for all classes as above close on 7 March 2020

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Book an Appointment

If you’d like to have your nails done by Tanya, please use the online booking system to make an appointment. Please scroll down to find out how to book and pay for your appointment.

Nail Services:

One to one Training Sessions:

Students are encouraged to use the same link as above to book their live training sessions with Tanya in Windhoek. Simply buy your course & kit from the Training section by clicking the below button, and then make your bookings as per instructions for your course.

Some of Tanya’s work…

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Stand a chance to WIN a Kupa Mani Pro Passport!

Stand a chance to win a brand new Kupa Mani Pro Passport Rechargeable Electric Nail File!
Everyone who purchases any nail drill bits to the value of N$ 500 or more from 4 December 2019 to 20 January 2020 will be automatically entered into a lucky draw to win a brand new Kupa Mani Pro Passport to the value of N$ 13 204.00.

Lucky winner will be announced on the 25 January live on the Best Electric Files and Bits Facebook page.

You can easily order your electric files and drill bits from our online store!

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Black Friday Specials 2019

Buy 3, get 1 FREE!

Choose any 3 products from selected categories, and get the 4th one FREE.

Terms & Conditions:

  • You must be a qualified nail technician to order.
  • All orders are strictly filled on a prepaid basis.
  • Orders must be placed AND paid by no later than 09:00 on Friday 29 November 2019.
  • Delivery of goods will take place in the week of 2 – 6 December 2019.
  • No mixing & matching of product categories – all 3 items must be from the same group to qualify. Eg. 3 Drill bits, 3 Gel polish colours, etc. You must include the 4th (free) item in your order.
  • Free products will not be automatically discounted on your initial order – we will do this manually on the system, and send you the revised invoice. ONLY make payment after you have received the SECOND email from us.

Register a user account to order online


Please send proof of training to us after registering so we can activate your account.
No certificate = No purchase allowed

Simply take a photo of your certificate and WhatsApp to 081 474 1134.
Be sure to include your delivery address if you’re not in Windhoek, otherwise we won’t know where to send your order ๐Ÿ˜‰

Choose products from these categories

Have fun shopping!

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Introducing Gel Couture

Gel Couture is a fabulous new soak-off UV gel line that combines a range of super strong, durable sculpting gels and a complementary range of UV cured polishes. The brand was developed by the renowned Oksana van Tonder, a well respected veteran in South Africa’s professional nail industry.

  • 96 highly pigmented colours (scroll down for colour chart)
  • Clear Rubber Base for adding strength & superior adhesion
  • High gloss, no-cleanse Diamond Top Coat
  • Luxurious no-cleanse Velvet Matte Top Coat
  • Low viscosity sculpting gels in clear, white and 5 different cover pink shades
  • Cure under LED or traditional Tunnel UV Lamps (365nm to 405nm range) For best reults, use the Sun 5 Plus LED Lamp

Introductory Specials:

  • Order ANY 10 Gel Couture Colours for N$ 1,850 and receive a FREE Rubber Base & Top coat of your choice – SAVE N$ 370
  • Order ANY 5 Gel Couture Colours PLUS a Rubber Base & Top Coat of your choice for only N$ 1,125 – SAVE N$ 170!
  • Get 10% off any Gel Couture order valued at N$ 370 or more
  • Buy a Trial Kit for only N$ 100 – includes 5g each of a clear & cover pink sculpting gel PLUS 1 each of a 7ml Random colour, Rubber Base & Diamond Top Coat

Terms Conditions:

  • Valid until 31 October 2019 | Online orders only | Namibia Only
  • Coupon codes MUST be used when placing orders so you get your discount
  • FREE items must also be in your cart for coupon codes to work
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ibd Control Gel Now in Namibia!

Meet The Latest In Gel Innovation

ibd introduces the latest in gel nail enhancement innovation: Control Gel. A new pro-hybrid gel that conquers the complexities of hard gel and acrylics in a simple, premixed tube.

This LED/UV formula is perfect for overlays and extensions, with a faster and uncomplicated application. The unique formula stays in place, moves when you need it moved and has slight self-leveling properties that assist effortless application. Control Gel is lighter than acrylic and hard gels, without sacrificing strength and stability and also without the monomer odor or excess dust.

Discover The Benefits

The combined efficiencies of gel and acrylic are wrapped into an all-in-one, odorless, ultra-light and light self-leveling formula.

  • Combined benefits of hard gel and Acrylic in a NEW FORMULA that CONQUERS complexities
  • Allow for total CONTROL of the product PLUS light self leveling
  • Perfect for beginners

Special Offer

Terms & Conditions

  • Special offer is available on pre-scheduled class dates at selected venues only – see store for dates
  • Payment plans are available – classes can only be attended once all fees are paid in full
  • No Coupon code necessary! Prices advertised already include your discount ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Simply book your date by buying your course from our online shop, and make sure your fees are paid in full before then