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 have been a practicing cosmetologist for 15 years. I have done everything from cutting and coloring hair to waxing and facials and now I have settled in as a nail technician. I absolutely love doing nails. I have a passion for the different designs I can create on someone’s nails and I love it when my clients say, ‘I can’t believe you are able to make my nails look so good!’ My clients are my livelihood and I am so thankful for them.”
Joanie Boden, Design 1 Salon and Spa, Cascade, Mich.
“I am thankful for your magazine and others like it. It’s so much help and offers so many resources for me starting out. I’m thankful for my job, family, friends and all in between.”
Laura McCarthy, Divine Digitz, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
“I started nail school when I was 18 years old and graduated by the time I was 19. I went at my mother’s suggestion. She is also a nail technician. Since graduating from nail school in 1994, I have pretty much done nails full time since (or at least as my only job, even if it’s not a full 40 hours a week).
When I was with a client last week I realized how many hours she worked a week, how much stress her job gave her, and how her job caused her to miss many hours at home with her children. And that’s when I realized, I may not have the most money, I may not have fancy cars, and I may not have exotic vacations but I honestly love my job. It relaxes me more than it stresses me out and it affords me what I need. It has always given me enough time to enjoy my family. I couldn’t ask for much more!”
Katherine Evans, Relache The Spa At Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Fla.
“I am thankful for working for a wonderful company like OPI. George Schaeffer and Suzie Weiss-Fischmann are the most giving people I have ever met. Even though they are a worldwide company they still remember people that work for them.
My son’s best friend Lance Corporal Jessie Cassada was killed in Afghanistan on January 6, 2009. This devastated my entire family as he was often at my home and I considered him one of my own. (I made Easter baskets for him and he had a Christmas stocking at my home.) Jessie was 19 years old and had been in Afghanistan for only two months.
My son started a non-profit named “Jessie’s Honor” to send care packages to the troops in Jessie’s name. He worked constantly on raising money and finding ways to try to get the care packages full and the money to send the boxes. I sent George and Suzi an e-mail asking them if they had anything they could send our troops. I thought they would send me a dozen lotions or something like that.
UPS came by my salon and told me they would deliver my boxes the next day when they got a bigger truck. I was a little confused and asked them why. They told me that there were a few boxes. My husband went to the UPS office and picked up the boxes for me. He came back to my salon with 34 boxes — $8,000 worth of product. I cried when I saw what they had done for my son, his best friend, and the service members who we were sending these things to.
Everyone at the corporate office was aware of what our family went through. They called me to check on my family and Jessie’s family as well, and prayed for us as we went through one of the hardest things in my life.
My son Cameron has sent 5,100 boxes to the troops with a letter about Jessie and how much he loved his country and the Marines. Cameron has finally gone on with his life, going to Basic Law enforcement school. He started a scholarship in Jessie’s name at the high school that they attended.
You can see why I love my company OPI and George and Suzi.”
Norma Sproles, The Signature Salon, Hendersonville, N.C.