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My Other Life: Kostadina Tsihlas, Rhythmic Gymnastics Teacher

Athens-based nail tech Kostadina Tsihlas sees her job as a rhythmic gymnastics teacher as another aspect of her creativity, alongside nails.

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My Other Life: Kate Kirkman, Construction Office Manager

When Kate Kirkman of South Canterbury, New Zealand, isn’t at the salon, she might be wearing steel-capped boots and a high-visibility vest on a construction site.

My Other Life: Darlene Donovan, Children's Chair Maker

For Derry, N.H.-based nail tech Darlene Donovan, decorating chairs with popular children’s characters is a fun, therapeutic break from the salon.

My Other Life: Gina Burich, French Teacher

Mentor, Ohio-based nail tech Gina Burich combines her love for nails with her love for the French language by working as a high school French teacher.

My Other Life: Michelle Martin, Product Performance Evaluator

Michelle Martin is not only a nail tech of 28 years, but also a product performance evaluator for L'Oréal, where she puts her nail professional prowess to the test.

My Other Life: Orma Swearinger, Chemist

Greenwood, S.C.-based nail tech Orma Swearinger has a special insight into how nail products are made: She has worked at a specialty chemical company for nearly 20 years.

My Other Life: Mary Chhea, Ortho-Bionomy Bodywork Practitioner

Denver-based nail tech and CND education ambassador Mary Chhea was hooked as soon as she was introduced to Ortho-Bionomy, a form of massage that provides pain relief and an improved range of motion.

My Other Life: Shea McCarthy, Airplane De-icer

Shea McCarthy combines her love for airliners with her nail career, working as a lead de-icer for Integrated Deicing Services (IDS) at Salt Lake City International Airport. 

My Other Life: Salma Headley-Blythe, Zumba Instructor

Nail tech Salma Headley-Blythe brings her love of dance to her job as a Zumba instructor.

My Other Life: Toni Valentine, Ice Cream Truck Proprietor

For Toni Valentine of Clacton-on-Sea, England, running an ice cream truck is a fun summer getaway from the salon.