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 3: Justine Nelson, salon owner (of Tips-N-Toes in Tremonton, Utah) and Darin Nelson, truck driver

“I wouldn’t have gone to nail school if it wasn’t for my amazing hubby.”
<p>&ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t have gone to nail school if it wasn&rsquo;t for my amazing hubby.&rdquo;</p>

Together: 16 years. Met: Via a mutual friend.

Justine, on switching from being an auto mechanic to entering the beauty industry: He helped every step of the way. I was at risk of being laid off when my husband saw an ad for nail school. I enrolled, completed, and graduated. He put up with constant nail dust and endless nail talk. I love him so much for helping me follow my dream.

Justine, on working as a team: We help each other in any way we can. If I have a slow day I do the housework, and if he’s home he will help with it. And if not for my two little men helping with jobs around the house, it would be chaos.

Darin, on seeing Justine in action at the salon: She is very professional with her customers.

Darin, on the “secret” of a successful relationship: Working together.

Next page: Couple 4

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