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 6: Lisa Marie Manderfield, salon owner (of Krush Hair + Nail Salon in Kokomo, Ind.) and Brett Lebo, farm worker and student

“We just know what each other’s schedules will be and keep in contact often. Communication really is key.”
<p>&ldquo;We just know what each other&rsquo;s schedules will be and keep in contact often. Communication really is key.&rdquo;</p>

Together: 7 years. Met: At a friend’s house.

Lisa Marie, on working as a team: He literally built my salon. He stayed up until 3 a.m. working on it, then went to his job at 7 a.m. and worked all day and came back to my shop at 7 p.m. to work even more. He even put a fish tank in and cut the logo for my shop out of wood so you can see the fish through the logo. He did an amazing job and continues to help in any way, whether it’s letting me try new products on him or going to nail shows with me. He’s an all-around guy and helps out with my son while I put extra hours in at the shop to build up a clientele.

Lisa Marie, on overcoming low points with Brett’s encouragement: I was five months into owning the salon and was asked to teach nails. Teaching was a big goal of mine that was put off because of opening a salon and when the opportunity came Brett said do it! He would do the Mr. Mom role. A month after I had been missing the kids’ games and homework projects, I just wanted to be a mom again. He gave me a pep talk and started texting photos of games and projects and funny things the kids would do or say. It made me feel a part of the family again.

Brett, on getting nail services from Lisa: I have received numerous services from Lisa. I am her practice client when she wants to try a new product. I have had manis, a pedi, acrylics, and nail art. But I’m extremely ticklish, so my first pedi was my last.

Brett, on seeing Lisa Marie in action at the salon: She has only owned Krush for a year and six months, but she has grown exponentially as a business owner in that time. She has found her niche. Every day she impresses me, from new nail art she texts me photos of to the way she handles different situations in the salon.

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