Profiles

Who Would Have Ever Guessed?

Sometimes you think you know a person, but it turns out there is more than meets the eye. We gave our six AVA Nail Technician of the Year finalists a few questions for them to ponder. Some of their answers may surprise you.

Name Darlene Feric, honorable mention
Age Age is in the mind
Years doing nails 16
Children Daughter Holly is 15, son Mat is 14, and daughter Cailey is 10
If there were no nail jobs Has always aspired to be an actress or model
Life outside of doing nails Full-time mom, volunteers, golfs, snowboards, loves to go dancing
How much do you charge for pink-and-whites? $60
Full set acrylics? $50
Basic manicure? $15
Gels? $65
Wraps? $60
How do you wear your nails? Mostly pink-and-white, sometimes likes to play with colored acrylic.
You'd never guess Although she may not show it, Darlene says she needs more self-confidence
Favorite trade show Chicago Midwest Beauty Show
Favorite polish color Red-orange and brown
How do you stay motivated? Talks to other nail techs, reads industry publications, attends trade shows, and her kids keep her going
Best advice ever received? "God never gives you anything you can't handle." (from her parents)

 

Name Mary Metscaviz, honorable mention
Age No Answer
Years doing nails 28
Children Three
If there were no nail jobs Would be doing hair or makeup
Life outside of doing nails "I really love this industry and cannot see myself in any other job." Full-time mom and wife.
How much do you charge for pink-and-whites? $65
Full set acrylics? $55
Basic manicure? $17
Gels? $55
Wraps? $55
How do you wear your nails? Always wears enhancements. Currently wears gels.
You'd never guess Loves to hunt, fish, and ride her motorcycle
Favorite trade show Chicago Midwest Beauty Show
Favorite polish color Essie's Waltz and Scarlett O'Hara
How do you stay motivated? Is a manufacturer's educator, attends trade shows, and listens to motivational tapes
Best advice ever received? "You can do anything if you set your mind to it." (from her parents)

 

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