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By: Maddie

We can’t believe it

We still can’t believe we are celebrating 30 years this month!  Not many small businesses have the opportunity to celebrate such a milestone so to say we are grateful is an understatement!  Hopefully you read the blog post our owner, Darcy, wrote last week (if not, you can find it here!) as she did a great job of sharing how thankful we are for the amazing people who work at our salons and for all of YOU who visit our locations everyday.  We really can’t say thank you enough!

We are family

Over the past 30 years we have made some great memories.  From Christmas parties, fashion shows, charity events and more, we really have had some fun!  Check out a few of the pictures below that we pulled from the ol’ vault.
Photo of Garbos stylists
Susie Ricki and Courtney Group Photo
Garbo's Salon, Regency Location, Group Photo
Garbos regency group photo
Garbos Group Photo in front of Aveda Banner
Garbos group photo with stylists in costumes
Garbos Group Photo
Crystal and Jules old photo

Don’t Forget!

As we close out our birthday month it also means the end of our giveaway!  Throughout this month we partnered with some amazing ladies to help spread the word of the $300 customizable basket we are giving away!  A special thank you to  @gracegatheredhome, @mpronspies, @lattesandleather and @bonniewyrick for being such amazing spokeswomen for our products!

We have received over 500 entries and are so excited to choose our winner after the contest closes tonight.  Make sure you check out the bloggers we partnered with and enter for a chance to win before the giveaway ends!  You can enter on any of these posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 or Post 4 (or enter on all of them and increase your chances of winning!).

Thank you again!

Thank you again for being part of the Garbo’s family!  We are so thankful to have celebrated 30 years in business and can’t wait to see what the years ahead hold!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Darcy Michalek

I’m Grateful

If you hang around me long enough, sooner or later you will hear me say “it’s impossible to be miserable and grateful at the same time”.   Life is tough, business is tough and some days it’s easier to focus on all of the tough stuff rather than the really good stuff.  Good stuff is long lasting, it sustains you through the difficult times, but it doesn’t do a very good job of that if you don’t take the time to remember what exactly you are grateful for. 

I would encourage you to just take a minute, especially when you are stressed out or overwhelmed or depressed or full of anxiety, just take a deep breath and think of all of your blessings.   The right now blessings.   I read somewhere recently that those who live constantly in the past are continuously depressed about things they cannot change and those who live only in the future are full of anxiety worrying about what might be.  Those poor souls then wake up one day and realize they missed their life because they didn’t focus on today and all of the gifts it has to give.  (My kids accuse me of having a bit of “Fear of missing out” because I love to stay up late and get up early and wring every bit of goodness out of each and every day.) You know, as I think about it, it’s also really difficult to stay in the state of “woe is me” when you are helping someone else feel better about their day or their life or anything for that matter.  So the one-two punch for combatting misery is 1) recalling who and what you are grateful for and 2) doing something kind for someone else.  Kindness matters.  Not much else does if kindness isn’t present in the intent.  So really, every day could be a day of thanksgiving if you think about it that way!

Throughout the years I have been blessed to know some of the most generous people.   People who helped me through something when they didn’t need to and who simply overwhelmed me with their kindness and extreme generosity.  Today I think about them and am thankful for those people.  Now I try to be that person to someone else because if we aren’t here to take good care of each other and help each other what’s the point? 

I see this in the wonderful talented people I get to work with every day.  These are people who love what they do and are absolutely and totally passionate about helping people.  Helping people feel better and look better, helping them escape for a little “me time” when a couple of hours in a few weeks might be all they have to spare on themselves.  The team I am blessed to work with is comprised of kind, generous people who love, and I mean LOVE, taking good care of others.   Don’t get me wrong, they struggle too, with life, with love, with heartache and illness and even death of a loved one but this team of people still show up every day on a mission to bring joy and kindness to others.

So many days I am running from salon to salon and I am greeted by friendly, wonderful, beautiful smiles at our reception desks and laughter and relaxation in our salons and spas and it just makes me smile.   I smile knowing that for just a short period of the day these dear, wonderful people I call my teammates are sharing great joy with so many and that is just awesome, and so are they.

I can’t end my time with you without thanking you.  Thanking you for trusting us to take good care of you.  Thanking you for telling us when we can do better.  Thanking you for the laughter, the uplifting words and your loyalty.  May God bless each and every one of our Garbo’s team members and you, our fabulous clients, on this Thanksgiving Day and every day.  

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Darcy Michalek

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By: Maddie

Our first how-to video + a Surprise!

We are so excited to share our first how-to video with you that we decided to pair it with a super fun announcement (read more below)!  For this video we partnered with the fabulous Eileen Staley to help show our followers and clients how to add volume to fine hair – something we know a lot of you struggle with!  Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts!

Products / Tools we used

  • Babyliss Hair Dryer
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Conditioner
  • Aveda Volumizing Tonic
  • Aveda Air Control Hairspray

** All products can be purchased at any Garbo’s location!

The sTeps

1. Shampoo and Condition with Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Section hair into small sections and spray Aveda Volumizing Tonic to the base of the hair
3. Blow dry in an upward motion
4. Add volume to curls by holding the base of the curl with tension by pinching and sliding your fingers upward
5. Finish with Aveda Air Control hairspray for hold and flaunt that volume!

the surprise announcement! 

 We are putting on our first Garbo’s Curl Academy!  On Wednesday, November 28th we will be hosting 25 people who want to learn the techniques our stylist use to achieve the salon quality curls we all love.  This is a hands on course so you’ll need to bring your own tools but we’ll provide the styling products, the techniques and a few yummy snacks!  Tickets go on sale now so head on over to our shop to snag your spot before they are sold out! 
 
Let us know what you thought of our first how-to video and if you are excited about our upcoming class!   We hope to see you on the 28th! 

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie

Erin Lewandowski

We know how much you love learning about our stylists so we decided to take our Employee Spotlight to the next level by making it a blog post!  This month we shine the light on Erin Lewandowski.  Erin has been with the Garbo’s family for three years  but has been a stylist for eight.  She currently works at  our Regency location and loves doing updos and men’s cuts.  Erin’s favorite part about her job is the ‘wow factor’ when she spins her client around and reveals his or her new look!   

Stylist working on a client's hair

Erin is a constant presence at all the education events we put on for our stylists and was recognized as a top performer at our annual event a few weeks ago!  She loves to continue her education so she can confidently recommend the right products and knowledge to her clients as each person who sits in her chair is unique.

In addition to her work behind the chair, Erin is a part of the Garbo’s Wellness Team, has worked on the hair team for Omaha Fashion Week and the Aveda Catwalk in addition to many other things!  We could go on and on about how amazing Erin is at her job but it isn’t just us who love her… check out these amazing reviews Erin has received recently! 

Reviews

Rave review for Erin L. at Garbo's Regency! I have been seeing Erin for a while now to get highlights and style my hair, and she is always great about educating me on new products, treatments, and just overall doing wonders for my hair! So when it came to wedding hair, I knew she was the only person I could trust. She did my hair for my wedding on September 8 of this year, and not only was my hair beautiful, but holy cow that sucker did not move all night and did great through pictures! After two accidental veil pulls, dancing at the reception, and even some moderate wind, the intricate design remained beautiful. Please understand that I have a lot of hair, and it is very thick, so to have my intricate hairstyle survive the night beautifully is a big deal! Please go see Erin L. at Garbo's Regency for your general hair needs, but truly consider her for your wedding hairstyle!!

Erin has been cutting my hair for the last five years with the last two being at Garbo's. They have an excellent selection of products and services and Erin actually helped me find a gift for my dad for Father's Day. Erin has always done a phenomenal job with my hair and takes her time to make sure that it's done right the first time. The prices are reasonable for a salon but still relatively expensive compared to some of the lower cost options that are out there. I've tried several other places and people over the years but I always go back to Erin.

Follow Erin!

To see more of Erin’s work make sure you follow her on Instagram at  erinlewhairpro.   To book an appointment with Erin you can call our Regency location at 402.391.2333 or book your appointment online here!
 
Thanks for reading this month’s stylist spotlight!  Make sure to come back next month to see who we shine the light on next! 

Sending love,

Maddie