The multi award-winning Professional Skin Care Lab in Parktown North, Johannesburg, marked its 21st anniversary by hosting a celebratory event for clients and suppliers on 13 October.
Professional Skin Care Lab, which has won the Professional Beauty Award for Best Salon (4 Rooms or More) five years in a row, was founded by owner, Gina Gall. She described the birthday party as ‘an appreciation session’ to thank loyal clients for their support over the years.
MC Nicole Da Silva made the point that a salon’s success doesn’t happen overnight. Gall added: “On behalf of myself and my amazing team, I would like thank all our clients for the big part that they have played in our journey to this point. It all started over two decades ago at Dr Ian Geldenhuis’ practice in Norwood, where I had one small room and a plinth. Dr Geldenhuis was ahead of his time and was offering ozone therapy and IV drips long before anyone else did. After some time, I expanded my business by adding a second room and then even a third room. Thereafter I relocated to Bompas Road in Dunkeld for three years.
“In 2004, I purchased the Parktown North property and it took seven months to refurbish. We were one of the first salons in Johannesburg to have running water in each treatment room – this is something that I insisted on. When COVID struck last year the business was closed for three months and we had to re-invent ourselves.”
Da Silva noted that Gall always personally tests new treatments before introducing them to clients. “Gina develops such a good and very personal relationship with clients. When her clients take calls during treatments from family members, they say, ‘I’m with G’, and then they immediately know where she is.”
Gall stated that she has been so glad to have been part of people’s lives and made a positive impact on them. She continued: “Every one of my clients goes home with a prescription pad. It’s been wonderful to see that my clients are committed to the process of improving and caring for their skin and I’m passionately committed to each and every one of them. Running the salon for all these years has been an education.”
As a way of giving back to the community, Gall presented a donation to the Princess Alice Home in Westcliff for under-privileged children. (Report by Joanna Sterkowicz)