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By: Maddie

What are sulfates?  If you’re like me, you probably have heard the term “sulfate free” before.  But after I was done washing my hair last night it dawned on me… do I even know what that means?  Nope.  I don’t.  Therefore, I went researching to see if I could get a better understanding of why so many brands are removing sulfates and what it means for our hair.  Read on to learn more!

What is a sulfate?

Sulfates are a combination of molecules that attract water and oil – they are also the reason for the foaming lather we have come to expect from a shampoo.  Basically, because they attract water and oil they can pull the dirt and oil from our skin and hair allowing us to rinse it off and wash it down the drain.  

Are they bad for me?

Not necessarily…   There is no evidence that these molecules can cause cancer or any type of health problem.  However, because sulfates are so good at removing the oil and dirt from your hair and body they can sometimes remove too much.  Sulfates are aggressive cleaners.  They can strip the hair of the natural oils and proteins that are needed to keep it looking and feeling healthy.  The stripping of proteins can also lead to your color fading, any smoothing treatments you’ve had done to become less effective and overall dry out and break the hair shaft.

Man getting shampooed

Why do Salons Recommend Sulfate Free Products?

If there are no health risks then why do our stylists always seem to recommend products that are “sulfate free”.  Well, if you just received a color treatment, if your hair is prone to dryness or if your ends are pretty damaged then using a product with sulfates in it could lead to more damage.  Your stylist wants you to be happy with your hair long after you leave the salon.  By recommending a product without sulfates they can be sure your hair will stay healthy until the next time they see you.


If you have been slow to get on the “sulfate free” train, its okay!  If your hair loves what its getting right now then stick with it.  However, if you find your strands to be a bit more damaged or dryer than you would like them to be, consider switching over to a product that doesn’t use sulfates.  
Garbo’s own haircare line was designed around the idea of leaving the hair softer, smoother and healthier than before it was applied.  Thats why you won’t find sulfates in Garbo’s own line.  Here are a few products from the Garbo’s line that we recommend – all of them can be purchased online through our shop!
Garbo's Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo – 10 oz
Garbo's Anti-Frizz Shampoo
Garbo's True Hue Anti-Fading Shampoo – 10 oz
Garbo's Anti-Fading Shampoo
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Shampoo – 8 oz
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Shampoo
Garbo's Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo – 10 oz
Garbo's Anti-Frizz Conditioner
Garbo's Colormoist Conditioner – 10 oz
Garbo's Colormoist Conditioner
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Conditioner – 8 oz
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Conditioner

Hopefully the whole “Sulfate Free” thing makes a bit more sense now.  Still have questions?  Please leave them in the comments box below! 

Sending Love,


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By: Maddie

I love how a new season can bring with it the opportunity to start anew – to change things up a bit.  However, knowing what it is in style or on trend can be daunting – especially if you aren’t ready to make a drastic change.  Thankfully, this fall’s hair and beauty trends fall in a pretty broad range so we have plenty of room to freshen things up on our own terms.  I’ve rounded up my favorite styles, cuts and looks for the new season in hopes of giving you some inspiration, and maybe a little confidence to try something new!

90’s Inspired Hair Accessories

Get ready for a comeback!  As with so many things this season – what was old is new again.  Remember those Banana Clips and thick headbands you used to wear back when?  Well go pull them out from the dusty drawer you threw them in because they are back!  

Don’t be afraid to mix it up with these accessories – trade out your muted headband for a large neon one (also very in this fall) and wear it over your ears.  Instead of wearing one barrette pair it with a few more and stack them on top of each other.  Or, try stuffing all your hair into a large banana clip and wearing it higher on your head!  Need more inspo?  Check this site out for a few more ideas.

Hair Styles:

Low ponytails are super in style this season.  Get that baby as low as it will go while keeping the sides sleek and straight.  Pair this style with a bold middle part to shake things up a bit.

The hair scarf – my favorite trend this season!  There is no easier way to class up a simple look than tying a beautiful hair scarf around your ponytail or bun.  We are seeing both long and short scarves so don’t be afraid to mix things up and have some fun with this style!  Here are a few options I found online from Anthropologie (I have these and LOVE them), Amazon and J.Crew.

Girl With Scarf in Hair

Effortless big waves are always in style and they are still going strong this season.  Make sure you are using a heat protectant spray (Garbo’s has two great options: one that can speed up blow drying time and another that has a bit more hold to it).  If you want to avoid the heat altogether, try braiding damp hair and letting your strands dry to achieve a similar look.  Try Garbo’s Volume Infusion to really nail the natural look – this leave in spray will add a little bit of volume and definition while making the hair super soft and shiny.


While there are many cuts that are in this season, two of my faves are:

The Wash and Go cut – the cut that allows your hair to be itself.  Let the hair dry naturally to take full advantage of this low maintenance ‘do.

The Bob – Another wash and go style that is cut just below the chin.  This style doesn’t have too many layers so it is perfect for you low maintenance ladies out there.

If these aren’t enough for you, check out a few more options here.

Aveda Hair Medium Cut - Blonde

Hair Color

As always, going dark for the fall is still popular.  However, there are so many different color browns to choose from so here are the three that jump out at us this month:

Deep Chestnut Brown – The perfect fall color for your hair.  No matter the skin tone, this color will look amazing on you and with anything you wear this season.

Light Understated Brown – Not quite as dark but not close to blond either.  This color is much more understated and is perfect for you if you want a more natural look.

Rose Brown – With just a touch of violet and pink, this color strays away from the boring.  This different take on the classic brunette color will give you the change you are looking for this season.

Freshening up your style for a new season doesn’t have to mean a drastic change.   The range of this Fall’s hairstyles, cuts and colors is pretty broad so finding your next ‘do while still staying on trend is easier then ever.  However, if drastic change is what you’re after that is totally “in” as well!

Whatever you are ready to try this season you can count on Garbo’s to help.  Bring in your wild and crazy ideas and put our stylists to the test – we are confident you’ll walk away looking amazing and feeling your best!


Sending Love,


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By: Maddie

Feel that hair of yours.  Does it feel different now than it did before the summer started?  Think back to everything you experienced over the past three months and now remember that your hair went through it just like you did!  I’m sure you put on sunscreen when you relaxed at the pool or lathered on some lotion when your legs were feeling a bit dry… but did you take care of your hair the same way? 

It’s funny how our hair tends to get forgotten when it comes to us taking care of ourselves.  The sun, wind, chlorine, salt water and sweat can all negatively impact the healthiness of our hair.  Thankfully, there are a number of ways we can get our hair back to healthy both in the salon and at home.  

In the salon:

Most salons, including Garbo’s, carry deep conditioning treatments that the stylist can apply while you’re at the shampoo bowl.  These treatments are different than take-home products as they penetrate deeper into the hair follicle and are for professional use only.  Two of our favorite treatments come from Aveda – one to help pump moisture into very dry hair (Moisture Treatment) and one to improve the look and feel of damaged hair (Repair Treatment).  Depending on what your hair needs, your stylist may recommend one over the other or a combination of the two.  These treatments do come at an extra cost ($40, or $20 if adding on to another service) but they are worth it as you can’t get the same treatment at home.
Client at Shampoo Bowl

At home:

While an in-salon treatment is highly recommended when your hair needs some serious love, it is not the only option.  Garbo’s carries many high quality products that can help get your hair back to healthy!  These deep conditioning masks will leave your hair feeling smoother and looking much less tattered and dry after just one use.  While these products can be used separately we recommend pairing them with a deep conditioning treatment for maximum repair.  Our favorites: Aveda Damage Remedy, Aveda Dry Remedy, Garbo’s Indulge Masque and  Aquage Seaextend Silkening Oil Power Infusion.  
Aveda Damage Remedy (Purchase In-Store Only)
Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque
Aveda Dry Remedy (Purchase In-Store Only)
Garbo's Indulge Masque – 6 oz
Garbo's Indulge Masque
Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Oil Power Infusion
Aquage Seaextend Silkening Oil Power Infusion

We know these things can be complicated and confusing so please reach out to us if you have any questions!  Send us your questions in the comments box below, give us a call or schedule a consultation online – our team of stylists can work with you to figure out what your hair truly needs to get back to healthy.


Sending Love,