Salon Nels latest venture:
Manel making hidden talents bloom
Women have power to withstand adversity and forge ahead. This will
power not only proved to be vital it also ensures success in reaching
the desired results.
Manel with her family
Pursuing anything closer to heart brings happiness
with effortless application. Manel Kotuwegoda provides a shining example
in this regard as she continues her passion to make any woman's wedding
dream come true.
Being passionate on bridal dressing and related services her two
salons Nels at Gampaha and Kurunegala offer a range of beauty care
treatment and is growing in popularity. Her latest venture Nels Hotel to
provide comprehensive service at a wedding ceremony by offering a
spacious reception hall has become an added attraction. The City Brides
International Beauty Academy, a long standing beauty care knowledge
centre in the country imparts her knowledge to aspiring youth to enable
them to make it a profitable avenue of employment. Manel stands tall
among the fast emerging beauticians as her personalized service and
teaching methodology has benefitted thousands to realize their true
potential over the past three decades.
She was interviewed by Daily News Business.
Excerpts of the interview.
Q. How do you describe your line of
A. I ventures into the
beauty culture industry over 30 years ago furthering my passion in this
field. I under take bridal orders and have been providing a personalized
service where there is a growing demand. I had the enthusiasm to dress
brides from my small days and this took me a long way. I followed beauty
care courses locally as well as internationally and constantly update my
knowledge to bring out the best in a bride. The foreign exposure gain
through countries such as Singapore, UK, Thailand and China gave me
valuable input. I regularly follow international courses to keep abreast
in the industry developments.
My forte is bridal dressing including the flower bouquet that ensures
a glowing bride. Apart from the bridal dressing I also conduct classes
in Kandy, Kalutara, Colombo, Gampaha, Nugegoda and Kurunegala. There are
two salons in Gampaha and Kurunegala and a hotel in Kalagedihena Gampaha,
under the name “Nels” to provide exclusive beauty care treatment and
There is a growing interest in the beauty care industry especially in
the young generation and my classes cater to this demand where there is
no age limit. The students are from different back ground and age groups
and work towards becoming versatile beauticians in a filed that is fast
Q. How do you manage time to handle
your personal life?
A. My husband Jayantha
plays a supportive role in my venture and his commitment is very
encouraging. Our two sons Adeesha and Theekshana provide the vital
structural support and this has made my task easy. Though I am occupied
in my business activities most of the days I ensure I am there for my
family whenever the need arises. There had been no complaints from them
as my undivided attention despite the busy schedule is with them.
Q. What motivated you to venture in
Radiant brides dressed by Manel
A. The passion for the
beauty care industry from my small days had a big influence in selecting
this path. It is always fascinating to see a radiant bride dressed by
me. This not only gives a return but is more rewarding by way of self
Q. What are your goals?
A. The venture has grown
over the last three decades and at the initial stages we only had
limited resources. However, with an excellent track record and quality
output we deliver the best to our customers. We intend marinating the
same trend where customer centric approach and high service delivery are
the key. I undergo training every year in a selected foreign country and
take measures to disseminate this knowledge through my academy. My prime
concern is student as well as customer satisfaction that lead to benefit
Q. How do you face the challenges of
A. I have carved a name in
the beauty care industry and as a veteran in the field I have build up a
reputation second to none. This long standing relationship coupled with
customer loyalty and trust has taken the business to the next level. I
consider competition in any industry to help raise the standards and it
is applied to beauty care industry too. It makes the players to
constantly be conscious of the changes, trends and developments to cater
to emerging needs to the clientele.
Q. What example do you provide
A. I was never discouraged
by the obstacles and faced every challenge with renewed enthusiasm in
going forward. As life is not a bed of roses I strongly believe in
making best out of any situation. I try to inculcate these qualities in
Q. What is your specialty?
A. As I have been in the
field for a long time and still the service provided is in high demand I
consider that my talents to be special. We use imported branded products
in keeping in mind the utmost care in customer well-being.
What are your achievements in business?
Manel at the inauguration
A. There are a number of
awards and accolades in my long journey. Among the precious awards are
five awards as the Most Popular Beautician, recognition by the Women's
Affairs Ministry for the support in generating jobs, merit awards from
the National Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka and many awards at District
level. I cherish the Presidential Award in appreciation of my service to
The “Nels” Hotel in Gampaha has grown in popularity as a convenient
reception venue and I have introduced special packages to suit the needs
of the service seekers. This is a landmark in my forward journey.
Q. What is your message to society?
A. Have the courage to
continue the task at hand till you reach the end. Never give up when
These should be regarded as stimulants and be energetic, active and
ambitious in achieving goals.