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 7: Meghan Avezzano
, salon owner (of Meghan Ave. Salon in Poughquag, N.Y.) and Thano Lomiento
“If it weren’t for my fiancé completely supporting me financially and emotionally while I got my salon started I would not have been able to do it at all. Now we have a successful business that supports our family.”
Meghan, on working as a team: Believe it or not he handles everything and he helps me all the time with my salon.
Meghan, on overcoming low points with Thano’s encouragement: The biggest one was when my best friend of 15 years/my only stylist gave me two weeks’ notice after seven years in our salon. I wanted to give up, close the salon, and go work in Manhattan, somewhere fancy where I could just show up, do my job, and go home with a normal paycheck. Thano encouraged me not to give up on what we had built. We decided to give it a shot, hire new people, and keep moving forward. It was a rocky road, emotionally and financially. Thano supported me 100% in every way. Two years later the salon is doing better than ever, and I’ve made some great new friends.
Thano, on working as a team: I have always been more in charge of domestic concerns, but we try to find a balance. The plus side to Meg being her own boss is she can make time for important things like school conferences or my son’s sporting events.
Thano, on seeing Meghan in action at the salon: I’ve seen Meg at the salon countless times and what surprises me most is her level of confidence in the services she and her staff deliver. She never seems to doubt that the customer is going to leave happy and come back.