Profiles

She Said, She Said

NAILS asked salon owners and employees to take our “Newlywed Game” challenge to see just how well they know each other. Each individual answered the series of questions for herself and then how she thought her work partner would answer them. Keep reading to see how in tune they are with their coworkers’ points of view. The better you know your coworkers, the better your work environment will be. Try answering these questions with others in your own salon to see how well you can guess.

 

Ally Conley and Mackenzie Kittle

Salon: Mani Pedi Cutie, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Relationship: owner and head nail tech

Years Worked Together: 2

Years Known Each Other: 2

When new salon owner Ally Conley interviewed Mackenzie Kittle she knew she was perfect for the salon. “She is beautiful, talented, and can give a mean foot message,” says Conley. “We love to hang out and drink wine, plus her boyfriend is very easy on the eyes. Ha ha. I hope someday she opens another Mani Pedi Cutie so we will always be together!”

 

Ally guesses what Mackenzie would say: (Ally's answers are in parenthesis.)
Mackenzie guesses what Ally would say: (Mackenzie's answers are in parenthesis.)
Favorite service to perform? Pedi. (Pedi.) Pedi. (Pedi.)
Least favorite service? Manis. (Manis.)
Manis and talking to clients. (Manis.)
Is she a morning person? Yes. (Yes, but only because I have to be.)
Yes and her boyfriend hates it. (Yes.)
Does she take a lunch break? Always. (I own the place, so yes.)
Nibbles here and there between clients. (When I can.)
How does she relax? Long walks and wine. (Wine and more wine.)
Being with her friends. (Yoga and wine.)
Greatest professional accomplishment? Opening MPC. (Opening MPC.)
Being completely booked every shift. (Doing the cover of NAILS Magazine.)
What is her most over-used phrase? "Are you really gonna wear that color?!" ("That color is just not right for your skin tone.")
"Red, Red, Red ... Everyone should always wear red." ("You should do red.")
What's her number-one priority? Kids. (My kids.)
Family. (Family.)
Biggest extravagance? Wine. (Wine and Happy Hour Wednesdays.)
Wine and getting to leave early. (Wine.)
What does she scrimp on the most? Nothing. (Filing the feet when I know they need a callus treatment but won't pay for one.)
Nothing. (Nothing.)
Best part of job? Clients and employees. (Happy clients and hanging our with employees after work.)
Her loyal clients and the gifts she gets from them during the holidays. (Clients and polish colors.)
If she could change one thing about her job ... Turning slow days into busy days. (Always to be completely booked.)
Never having to take a client who says, "This is my first pedicure." (Working weekends and being able to have my nails done.)
What is she wearing on her fingers right now? My Private Jet by OPI. (My Private Jet, as always.)
Nothing, but guarantee it would be red. (Shiny buff.)

 

 

Candace and Marlene Pryor

Salon: Mars Nails & Spa, Amherst, N.Y.

Relationship: makeup artist/daughter and nail tech/mom

Years Worked Together: 3

Years Known Each Other: Forever.

Marlene and Candace like working together as a mother-daughter team. “We laugh, play, and cry together sometimes,” says Candace. “Mostly my mom provides all of the nail care services and I’m a freelance make-up artist and an independent beauty consultant. We decided to come together because Mars is a full-service nail spa that includes nail care, facials, and massage, so why not include makeup, too? So here we are and loving it!”

 

Marlene guesses what Candace would say: (Candace's answers are in parenthesis.)
Candace guesses what Marlene would say: (Marlene's answers are in parenthesis.)
Favorite service to perform? Pedi. (Pedi.) Individual eyelashes. (Individual eyelashes.)
Least favorite service? Nail art. (Nail art.)
Nail enhancements with round tips. (Rounded nail enhancements.)
Is she a morning person? No. (No.)
No. (No.)
Does she take a lunch break? No. (No.)
No. (No.)
How does she relax? Napping. (Taking a nap.)
Sleeping. (Sleep.)
Greatest professional accomplishment? Black Achievers Award. (Black Achievers Award.)
Becoming a LNT. (Becoming a LNT.)
What is her most over-used phrase? "OMG." ("OMG.")
"Whatever." ("Whatever.")
What's her number-one priority? Her clients. (My clients.)
Her clients' satisfaction. (Client satisfaction.)
What song best describes the atmosphere in the salon? Andre Ward. (Anything by Andre Ward.)
"Chicago Here I Come" by Andre Ward. ("Chicago Here I Come" by Andre Ward.)
What does she scrimp on the most? Doing a pedi on someone with "good feet." (Doing a pedi on someone with "good feet.") Doing a pedi on someone with "good feet." (Doing a pedi on someone with "good feet.")
Best part of job? Answering the phones. (Answering the phones.)
Doing nails. (Doing nails.)
If she could change one thing about her job ... Mandate clients to make standing appointments.
Make clients buy retail. (Make clients buy retail.)
What is she wearing on her fingers right now? Short set of pink-and-whites with a breast cancer ribbon made out of rhinestones. (Short pink-and-whites with a breast cancer ribbon made out of rhinestones. Awesome Halloween stilettos. (Halloween stilettos.)
Biggest extravagance? Her makeup. (Makeup for a big event.) Her eyelashes. (My eyelashes.)

 

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