To celebrate Thanksgiving and get in the holiday spirit, NAILS asked nail techs on our Facebook page (www.faceboook.com/nailsmag): What, in your professional lives, are you thankful for? Your responses ranged from your boss to your clients to the flexibility and creativity that come with being a nail tech. We, at NAILS, are thankful for all of you who are dedicated to the industry.
“I am thankful to be able to work from my home, which enables me to have a fun, creative job. I can also take care of my home. If I have time in between clients, I can cook or clean or whatever I need to do. I also am here to take care of my three Great Danes. If I have a few minutes they can be let out or fed. There’s no other job that allows you to do this.
To me working from home is so rewarding. I feel like friends are coming over to get their nails done. I also have easy access to my computer and I can try different nail art, techniques, and chat.
Most of my life I did secretarial work, which I was not happy with. I am so thankful I am able to be a nail tech, business owner, and (even at 60) enjoy my work. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else until I retire.”
Cindy Wentzel, Nails at the Carriage House, Newmanstown, Pa.
“Thomas Smith (left) and James Lizotte (right) own Oasis Day Spa, the most beautiful day spa in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. When I applied to work there, I was 36 years old and fresh out of school. They gave me a chance. Thomas and James are very supportive. They gave me time to really practice doing gel nails, allowing me to do them in the spa on my friends at cost. When I have ideas, they listen and often implement them (like using Shellac when it first came out). They gave me more hours by letting me work at the reception desk, which has given me the opportunity to meet regular clients from the hair salon and be available for walk-ins. Since working at Oasis, I have been featured in NAILS Magazine and in my local paper.
We also have lots of fun. Thomas and James throw Christmas parties for their staff and hold regular fashion shows featuring clothing from their store. The staff members model the fashions and I get to show off my nail art along with the gorgeous clothes.
I love my bosses, and I am extremely grateful for them and the opportunity they have given me. I hope they know how I feel, but if they don’t they will now!”
Janine Taylor, Oasis Day Spa, Chatham, Ontario, Canada
“I am thankful for the time and dedication that I put into nail art in the early years of my career. That extra time I spent ended up helping me 1,000-fold down the line. Today I am thankful that I can inspire and teach others what I picked up along the way.”
Robin Moses, robinmoses.com, Florence, Ore.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to open my own nail salon, and I’m very blessed to have one of the most amazing technicians, Angela Roman (right), working for me. I have put a lot of hard work and dedication into this salon, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without all the support from my family and friends. I am very thankful and blessed for them. I am also very thankful for my clients’ business. It wouldn’t be possible without them.”
Rebecca Mendez, Secret Style Nail Salon, Lombard, Ill.
“I have been blessed with being able to teach for four years now. I always had a passion for nails and I followed my calling. I withdrew from college after my first year and decided to go to nail school. I vowed I would go back to college when I was ready. After completing my six-month nail course, the school offered me a teaching job. I began doing my student teaching hours and finally became licensed as an instructor.
I was 20 years old and began teaching nails. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to educate future nail technicians. At first, I was scared, excited, nervous, and proud all at the same time. Once I began having students of my own, it became so natural for me. I was born to educate people and being able to educate them about something I am so passionate about only made it better! I am also very thankful for all my students. I’ve taught more than 40 students and I am thankful for each and every one of them. Dealing with so many different ages and personalities has made me the teacher I am today. I will be Mz. Angie, ‘The Nail Mama’ for life!”
Angie Roman, ABC Cosmetology School, Chicago