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 1: Lisa Marie Santos, nail tech (at Studio One80 Salon in Crestview, Fla.) and Georges Stokes, information assurance analyst for U. S. Special Operations Command

<p>&ldquo;We have two households to maintain for now so there&rsquo;s lots of &lsquo;work&rsquo; to  be done outside of work. We&rsquo;re a team and understand that working  together is what makes our family run smoothly.&rdquo;</p>

Together: 10 months. Met: Via a mutual friend who is a stylist at the salon where Lisa Marie works.

Lisa Marie, on overcoming low points with Georges’ encouragement: A while back I got totally frustrated and Georges reminded me of the passion I have for this industry and how much of a blessing and God-given career this industry is for me. It made me pull myself into a corner by my ear and have a long talk with myself and God.

Lisa Marie, on communicating with Georges while at work: Georges is a romantic. He tells me he will always date me. And he has done just that…I get random texts or e-mails from him that make me giggle or smile. He was away on temporary duty for a few days in my hometown of Tampa and he took mini videos for me of the surroundings, telling me how much he wished I was there with him to enjoy the city.

Georges, on coping with Lisa Marie’s odd hours: Lisa’s schedule is more dynamic than mine, and it often includes weekends, holidays, and early evening hours. On the weekends I like to take a Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato to the shop on my way to the home improvement store. I usually utilize the weekend time when she is at work to take care of projects around the house. On average I’m done by the time her day is over.

Holidays are a little more challenging. We try to be creative and ensure we have plans to celebrate the occasion. If there is an activity taking place, such as a parade, we try to make time and partake in it as a family. When this is not possible we try to do something after she is done at work.

Georges, on seeing Lisa Marie in action at the salon: I never realized the science behind her work. Polymers, layers of the nail bed, bonding agents, temperature, etc. It is like a mad scientist lab in there. Her knowledge and skills were impressive but what impressed me the most is the fact that she is tracking all of these complex tasks and still able to carry a conversation about whether the Kardashian marriage was a publicity stunt. At the same time she is being tactful in giving advice to a customer seeking a service/product that might not fulfill the client’s expectations!

Next page: Couple 2

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