Gina Collins

Salon Owner

Gina left school and worked for an electrical retailer before having two children. When they reached the ages of four and two Gina felt she could do something about her long time interest in health and beauty and thought it would be the right choice for her as a career. She started a full time course in beauty therapy, salon management and electrical epilation in 1993-1995 at Grimsby College. She was 23 and classed as a mature student, she thoroughly enjoyed the course, worked very hard throughout and was rewarded with distinctions in her final exams.

Her first job was a part-time position with a Clarins Salon in Grimsby, where she worked for 4 years. She moved to Manchester in 1999 and set up  Toni&Guy Beauty salon in the centre of Manchester, employing another therapist and nail technician to work with her. She was a Managing Director for 5 years before moving abroad to help set up a hair and beauty salon in Marbella. The salon was called D.N.A. Hair and Beauty and she stayed for a year before returning home to set up a business with her brother and his partner providing a full range of beauty treatments. The salon is called ‘Reuben Wood Hair and Beauty' and is located, in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Gina has since completed several post graduate courses in Indian Head Massage, No Hands Massage and Hopi-Ear Candle. She has been trained in many different product ranges including; Espa, Guinot, Elemis, Matis, Clarins, M.D.Formulations, Vitage, Caci, Dermalogica, Jessica Nails, St.Tropez, Fake Bake, Sun and Sixtus.
Gina is currently studying for a Certificate in Education and would like one day to open her own training school. Gina feels her main strength is her determination as once she sets her mind
on something she follows it through to completion and it has opened many doors for her in the beauty industry. She loves all aspects of her job, she particularly enjoys treating the local celebrities who come to her salon, working on photo shoots and assisting makeup artists on video shoots, she
even appeared on Granada TV demonstrating mens beauty treatments.