One of Liverpool’s first dedicated laser clinic and beauty salons is celebrating 16 years in business, with owner Frances Williams opening her first salon back in 2006.
Having studied Beauty Level 2 and 3, before going on to get her qualification to teach beauty and nails, Laser Level 4 and Level 5 Tattoo Removal, Fran, 36, from Maghull, never envisaged that she could create a luxury clinic with a full team of staff.
But 16 years later, the mum-of-one has survived every hurdle from Covid, to rising costs, and is preparing to open her super salon, with a clinical environment, later this year on Eaton Road in West Derby.
Currently based on Honey’s Green Lane in West Derby, Skin Survival offers full body laser hair removal including legs, underarm, bikini and facial laser, laser tattoo removal, laser facial treatments and advanced skin treatments.
With seven members of staff, Skin Survival has become renowned for offering high quality laser hair removal treatments with courses of six and eight sessions being most popular for her clientele.
Fran opened her first salon called The Place For Beauty where she could offer nail treatments as they were her ‘first passion”.
Fran explained: “I’d sit at my nail desk for 10-12 hours a day and I absolutely loved it! It’s been such a journey so far. I started off with a much smaller salon and grew to having five members of staff in just three years who focussed on nails and hair but in 2013, we moved to a bigger salon where I then had 12 employees. In 2016, I began offering laser hair removal treatments with one machine. Our bookings were through the roof and we now have five machines and seven members of staff that offer laser hair removal and laser skin treatments.
She added: “Laser hair removal is revolutionary. It allows anyone to get rid of leg, underarm, bikini or facial hair for good after a course, with the exception of yearly top ups. Over the last 16 years, I’ve seen trends change and crazes come and go, but each year we’ve always got busier as more and more people want to invest in being hair-free longterm.”
Later this year, Fran will be opening her super clinic with work already underway as her team start to bring her ideas to life. The new clinic will house the most advanced technology in lasers and skin care and will span across three floors including luxury treatment rooms and a training school for VTCT laser and skin rejuvenation students.
Fran added: “I’ve wanted to teach and train for years but there just isn’t room in our current salon. Expanding to our new clinical location will open doors for budding beauty enthusiasts, as well as deliver the best and highest quality treatments to our clients. I’m so excited to showcase the new clinic towards the end of the year, and share the hardwork that has gone into creating it.”