Profiles

Our Better Half

NAILS is in the Valentine’s spirit, and so are many of our readers. As an ode to
all of the significant others out there — who help with housework and, importantly in the beauty profession, cope with crazy night and weekend schedules — here are some beauty professionals and their loved ones who make it all work.

Couple 2: Anthony Charles Licata III, salon owner (of Licata’s Nail Studio in Macomb Township, Mich.) and Rachel Demers, teacher

“From dealing with my clients blowing up my cell phone day and night for their nail appointments (and being male in this profession, it’s hard on her to have women calling me all the time) to being understanding of early mornings and late nights to dealing with all the stress of opening the new salon, I’m blessed to have my fiancée help me with my personal life while I live at the salon.”
<p>&ldquo;From dealing with my clients blowing up my cell phone day and night for their nail appointments (and being male in this profession, it&rsquo;s hard on her to have women calling me all the time) to being understanding of early mornings and late nights to dealing with all the stress of opening the new salon, I&rsquo;m blessed to have my fianc&eacute;e help me with my personal life while I live at the salon.&rdquo;</p>

Together: 5 years. Met: Via working at the same club (he as security and she as a bartender), then getting to know each other while he did her nails.

Anthony, on working as a team: We both have our careers, mine in the salon plus I have a security company, and Rachel is a teacher. I have an 8-year-old son (Anthony) so we work together on raising him to the best of our ability. He comes to the salon sometimes because she has to stay at school late. Or on nights I have to stay late she will get him home to start his homework. Our communication has to be our greatest asset because my hours change a lot due to cancellations or sick clients. She also has a ton of after school activities that keep her late many nights. Whoever gets home first starts dinner, laundry, cleaning, etc. We do our best to share as many responsibilities as possible to help each other out.

Anthony, on communicating with Rachel while at work: Rachel calls me every day on her breaks and lunch. If I’m not with a client I pick up so I can hear her voice. I can’t really call her because she is usually in class, but I do my best to text her a few times a day to let her know I love her.

Rachel, on why Anthony’s job as a nail tech/salon owner is a great fit for him: For starters he’s one of the biggest gossip kings I know. He knows everything about everyone from working his second job at the bar, meeting new people wherever we go, and keeping in touch with his oldest friends. Anthony doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to listening to his clients vent about life, love, and everything in between (I mean everything!). On a more serious note he is one of the most creative people I know. His ability to transform projects and thoughts into reality adds to his ability when creating the highest-quality nail service.

Rachel, on the best benefit of having a fiancé in the beauty industry: I get my nails done regularly every two weeks. And if a nail is broken it can be fixed at home. (He is amazing.)

Next page: Couple 3

Keywords:   Valentine's Day nail art     work life balance  



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