Various associations within the cosmetology and wellness industry have come together under one body to safeguard the health of patrons.
The umbrella body, known as the Ghana Cosmetology and Wellness Federation, is also ensuring the regulation of operators in the country.
This was made known during a visit by the executive of the Ghana Cosmetology and Wellness Federation to the Minister of Trade and Industry in Accra today (Wednesday).
The chairperson of the federation, Mrs Grace Amey-Obeng, said the federation, which was formed a year ago, had since collaborated with the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to develop standards for products used by their members.
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She said the cosmetology and wellness sectors was among the highest employing and revenue generating industries in the world.
The chairperson, however, noted that the industry had been neglected in the country which she said had resulted in its poor growth.
She blamed the neglect on the government and other stakeholders, including the operators for their dwindling fortunes.
Mrs Amey-Obeng mentioned unhealthy competition among members of the federation over the years which, she said, prevented them from coming together to promote the general interest and growth of the industry.
Additionally, she expressed concern over the dumping of varieties of unwholesome hair, skincare and other cosmetology products onto the Ghanaian market.
The federation, she said, would focus on setting standards for the cosmetology industry and also regulate the training, practice, production and promotion of cosmetology products in Ghana.
Currently, she said there were over 20 associations under the federation.
Cosmetology, which is the study of application of beauty treatment, is very broad, encompassing hairstyling, skin-care, cosmetics, manicure, pedicure and removal of non-permanent hair, such as waxing and the use of electrology and intense pulsed light to remove permanent hair.
On the other hand, wellness is the practice of using regular physical exercises, spa therapies and other programmes such as promoting clean environment, eating healthy food, balance in career, family and relationship as alternate medicine or form of healing.
A consultant for the federation, Mr Richard Forson, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Frich Consult, said the formation of the federation was part of efforts to bring more quality in the sector and to open more avenues for employment across the country for the youth.
He said the federation would not only support the growth and sustainability of the industry but would also spearhead the formation of a licensing council and regulatory body that would oversee the training and practice of cosmetology, beauty therapy and wellness in the industry.
It also intends to solicit government’s assistance for trainees, practitioners and institutions.
The Chief Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Dawanoba Baeka, who received the executive of the federation on behalf of the minister, Mr Alan Kyerematen, commended members for coming together to promote the growth of the industry.
He announced that the government would be rolling out a stimulus package for distressed companies in the manufacturing sector by next year which members of the federation could benefit from.
Under the package,100 companies would be supported with $2 million in the first phase as efforts are made to roll out other interventions to enable businesses to expand their operations.