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 most thankful for mentors. In the short time I have been a licensed nail technician, there have been many. First was my instructor in nail school. With over 20 years of experience, she was invaluable as a source of information to myself and the rest of the class.
While I was still in school, I was lucky enough to volunteer to be a part of the Butter London Nail Tech Team during New York Fashion Week. It was there that I first had the opportunity to meet and work with Nonie Creme (right). Nonie is creative, professional, edgy, stylish, and a true genius when it comes to all things related to nails. Despite her hectic schedule and the intense demands on her, she always had time to answer questions and demonstrate techniques to each and every tech on her team. Her encouragement and example has motivated me to pursue my goals in this industry.
Since then, I have continued to work NYFW shows with Butter London and several other companies. At these shows, I have met a vast array of wonderful nail techs at many different places in their careers. I make it a point to learn from all of them. They are my mentors, my heroes, and my inspiration to keep learning and growing in the industry that I love and to become the best nail technician I can be.”
Teresa King, Nailing It, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“As a 20-year veteran in the nail industry the thing I am most thankful for is my beautiful daughter, who is now 16 years old. She’s been such a blessing to me because she lets me try new things on her nails and has been my calling card for at least the past nine years. She loves being my hand model, and she’s a great one at that! When she goes to school, all her friends and even her teachers notice and comment on her nails. Even when we are out shopping they get noticed. She doesn’t hesitate by smiling and saying ‘Thanks. My mom does them.’”
Lynette Guzman, Nail Creations by Lynette, New Boston, Mich.
“I am thankful for the experience. When I decided to go into the field of nails I never knew I would be able to open so many doors. I was able to blog for nails when I opened my salon. It allowed me to meet nail techs from all over the world through the Society of Nail Techs. I have been able to experience a side of nails I never expected when I decided to study nails as a career.”
Alica Best, Upscale Nail Bar, Griffin, Ga.
“I am first and foremost thankful for being able to do nails for the last 11 years. I am even more thankful that I have been so successful and been able to financially support myself since I was 17 years old (including being able to buy and sell my first house at the age of 19!). All of this has been made possible by my nail career. Now, eleven years later I am so thankful for being able to teach as an educator for Bio Sculpture Gel and travel all over the U.S. to share my knowledge with others. When I’m not teaching classes, I work at an amazing salon in Orange County doing what I love with people that I love. I wake up every single morning and feel truly blessed to have such an amazing career and I’m thankful to be able to share my passion with others.”
Megan Aballi, The Nail Lounge, Newport Beach, Calif.
“I am so thankful that in this economy I have still been able to not only keep my clientele but also double it!”
Tricia Baldwin, Studio Salons, West Jordan, Utah