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 4: Susan Acciari
(right), nail tech and make-up artist (at Spalon Montage in Woodbury, Minn.) and Nicole Acciari
, before-and after-school care giver for students and a personal trainer
“My partner supported me through a career change. Nicole paid for my nail school tuition, took care of our home, planned our wedding, and let me quit working to go to school full time. If she hadn’t helped, I would not have been able to become a nail tech.”
Together: 2 years. Met: At a bar. Susan’s heels were making it hard for her to dance, so they went outside and talked instead.
Susan, on switching from being a paralegal to entering the beauty industry: Nikki was completely up for me going to beauty school. I was unsure because I had tried so many other things and quit, but after talking about it in detail, I knew this was something I really wanted to do. People always told me I should have gone into the beauty industry but I was afraid until I met someone who supported me.
Susan, on overcoming low points with Nikki’s encouragement: There are low times and whenever I am stressed out with fears of failing, building up a clientele, or even upset over missing a funeral because of work, my partner reminds me of what I should be thankful for and reminds me to look at the positive side to missing these things and puts a smile back on my face.
Nikki, on working as a team: I am off on weekends and she is off on Monday and Tuesday, so we take turns making dinner, cleaning, taking the dog out, and doing chores. This way, we are not putting all the pressure on one person in the household to do everything.
Nikki, on coping with Susan’s odd hours: I like it for the most part. On Saturdays it gives me a chance to do things I need to do, i.e. errands, work-out, train my clients, do house-related projects, and relax. It’s funny because before I even know it she is back home.
I think the hardest for me is her working on Sundays because of family functions and having a day off together. Since our marriage, we have not had a weekend off together.
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