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By: Maddie

A “Good Hair Day”

The meaning of the word beautiful has evolved dramatically in recent years, especially when it comes to hair — from the ancient Egyptians’ braided wigs to the Greeks’ unibrows and bleached curls. In medieval Japan, beauty was defined by long dark hair and high eyebrows. In Renaissance Italy, meanwhile, a big forehead and strawberry blonde hair was considered beautiful, so the women would bleach their hair and pluck their hairlines to get the look that society at that time, considered beautiful.

Given this long and fascinating history of hair and beauty, it’s evident that a woman’s hair can have a powerful effect on how she feels about herself.

Psychology Today notes that how a person feels can influence their looks and vice versa and although it’s ideal to think that inner beauty is more important, scientific evidence proves that an appealing appearance can impact a person’s life. A person’s sense of attractiveness is strongly connected to confidence and positive self-esteem. Often, people equate confidence with a feeling of being in control and being in charge of a person’s hair can make them feel confident.

But why does a good hair day change the way we feel about ourselves? Apart from the fact that your hair frames your face, it also complements your facial features, from the color of your eyes to the shape of your nose and the height of your cheekbones.

Many believe that when you look good you feel good; however, this isn’t solely about vanity—it’s about feeling prepared, confident, and ready to take on the challenges of the day. A study conducted by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business has further shed light on how good hair days can give women an edge and greatly impact how they feel and present themselves.

So if you ever feel like you need a confidence boost, giving your hair a little more love can definitely help. Tweaking your daily habits might work wonders, too. Here are a few things you can try:

Check the weather

Dry air can cause your hair to be more prone to frizz, while humid seasons can encourage more curl or bounce. This means you need to make sure you pay attention to the weather forecast so you know exactly which hair products to use. Here at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, we recommend a moisture-rich shampoo (like our Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo) for dry hair and an anti-frizz conditioner (like our Anti-Frizz conditioner) for hard-to-tame tresses.

Get a regular trim

Getting your hair trimmed regularly can help prevent split ends from traveling up. If you have short hair or textured cuts, you need to make sure you cut your hair every six weeks. For long and curly hair, getting a trim every three to four months can help keep your hair healthy.

Choose a style you’re comfortable with

Choosing a style you’re comfortable with does not only apply to your hair, as it can also work in tandem with your makeup, clothes, and even your shoes and accessories. Wear a hair length you’re comfortable in, a shade of makeup you feel confident with, and a pair of shoes you won’t want to take off. When you feel comfortable with everything you have on, your self-esteem and confidence will follow. 

Body positive retailer Woman Within highlights how it’s important not to match your body with a certain number size or trendy style, but to approach it the other way around. Confidence and beauty should be less about numbers and trends, and more about comfort and staying true to yourself. It’s a good thing, then, that there are more style options available now, and that we’ve moved past rigid beauty standards adopted as far back as the ancient civilizations that came before us.

At the end of the day, how you feel about yourself is more important than what others say. And if a good hair day boosts your confidence and makes you feel more empowered, then your locks are definitely your crowning glory.

 

Sending love,

Maddie

 

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By: Lindsey Carraher

The old “box dye” versus professional hair color convo… let’s have it! 

I’m sure all of us, at some point in our day, have been tempted by Eva Longoria’s stunningly gorgeous headshot on a “chestnut sand” box of hair color in the Walgreen’s aisle…  And most of us, including me, have given it a shot!  We are human, the manufacture’s marketing skills are on point and hey- it’s only $8!  Well, let me fill you in on what I’ve learned since my own days of “home highlights”…
 
Just like EVERYTHING out there on the market, you get what you pay for.  Brand new hair color for less than $20 may seem like the ultimate “deal” but when you think about it this particular thing you are paying for is one that chemically alters every strand of hair on your head.  Yes, chemically alters!  No matter which brand you choose or which store you purchase it from the product works the same way… How is it possible that the box is able to give you and your girlfriend (with the complete opposite hair color) the same result?! 
 
It’s possible by pumping the products full of high-level peroxides and ammonia to make certain the hair does “something”.  “Why did it turn out nothing like the picture?” – because it lacks information on certain factors that a highly trained hairstylist will take into consideration when coloring your hair.  These factors include the color, condition, underlying pigment, porosity, history, density, texture or the current integrity of your hair.  Your stylist will also know that fine hair processes differently than coarse hair.  That dark hair has a different underlying pigment than light hair does.  That hair processes differently on the base than on the mid-strands and ends… Your stylist is able to factor in these points in order to create the perfect formula for your specific hair.  
 
“Why doesn’t my hair shine like Eva’s”, you ask?  The chemicals used in the way box color uses them, break open and roughen the cuticle.  Think of the cuticle layer like shingles on a roof.  These “box colors” cause all the “shingles” to stay raised and rough not allowing light to bounce off of them and reflect.  Raised shingles don’t do the roof much good in the way of protection…  Just like a raised shingle would allow rain, critters and other outdoor things to creep into the ceiling of your home, the raised cuticle of your hair also allows heat and other environmental factors to get in between them which end up damaging and breaking the hair. 
 
I know many of you are thinking “salons are just so much more expensive!”  So I challenge you to think of it this way… if you had to wear the same top every single day to every event, every function and around every social group forever would you buy an $8 top from Walgreen’s?  Probably not!  You would probably spend the time searching for and trying on many tops before deciding to make a worthy investment on the perfect one, right!?  Your hair is just that.  It is the mainstay of your wardrobe.  It is the accessory you never take off…  
 
So, now that I’ve shared my thoughts on this matter, my advice to you is this: save yourself the stress, the risk and the money it will cost for your color correction and find a hairstylist you trust.  You will not regret it!

 

Sending love,

Lindsey

 

Lindsey Carraher is this week’s guest blogger.  She is currently a Master Stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Village Pointe.  In addition to working behind the chair, Lindsey is Garbo’s Director of Education and is a member of our Business and Digital Strategies Team.  With over 14 years of experience, Lindsey is able to educate based on what she knows and what she has experienced as a tenured professional in the industry.

 

Follow Lindsey on Instagram if you want more great information like what she shared above!

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By: Maddie Poteat

Rachel Miller

This month we shine the light on Rachel Miller!  Rachel currently works at our Regency location and has been with Garbo’s for almost three years.  We interviewed Rachel to learn a bit more about why she loves being a hairdresser and what inspires her on a daily basis.  Read on to learn more about Rachel in her own words!

What is Your Favorite Service to Perform?

Hair cutting, the more precision the better. When I was a kid, hair cutting fascinated me. I remember going to the salon with my mom and sisters (I have 6!) and I would always want to go last so I could spend as much time as I could watching the stylist cut. I needed to know how they were doing it. I needed to know how they knew what pieces to pick up and how they knew to cut with such fluidity. The ease displayed was intoxicating and it hooked me. Hair cutting is really where my passion is and my clients notice it.

What do you love most about being a hairdresser?

To put it in simply, when someone leaves my chair in a better state of mind than when they arrived, I did my job. There's obviously so much more in between the lines there, but it really boils down to the relationships you build. The ability to boost someone's confidence is a God given privilege and I'm living my dream daily behind the chair.

Women's Long Bob and Blonde Color by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency

What Inspires Your Creativity?

Education is huge for me. I am beyond lucky to work for a salon that offers world class education in our academy. The educators and teams I've learned from and have worked with will always be a huge inspiration to me.

What Challenges You Most as a Hairdresser?

Myself. I am my own competitor. I'm always trying to master things and make them better, put a fresh twist and spin on things, make them personal. Hair doesn't always do what you expect, but hey, that's just life. I have to be able to roll with the punches because there's still a client there who wants to leave with confidence.

A Men's Cut by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency
Blonde and Pink Hair Color by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency
Boy's Braids by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency

Why is social media so important for hairdressers to utilize?

Social media is everywhere now! I've been in the industry 9 years and it's way more prevalent now than ever before. Boosting my work on my professional profiles is a great way to stay connected with those clients who choose to use those platforms. I've definitely gained quite a few clients through social media. It's really cool to be shown your own work by someone saying, "I want this!".

is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

My mom will tell you she always knew I would grow up to do this. Everything needed a haircut, and I mean everything. I cut the stuffed animal's hair, the barbies' hair, my sisters' hair, everything. When you're meant to do something, when it's your passion, working isn't working. Sure, some days are hard, but doing what I get to do is as much fun as it is hard work. I was lucky to know from a pretty young age that this is what I wanted to do. I get to go to work and have fun, work hard, collaborate with awesome coworkers, make people look good, feel good, do what I love to do! Not everyone gets to say that about their job. If you can't, maybe you should try doing hair!

Thank you so much to Rachel for allowing us to interview her this month.  If you want to see more of Rachel’s work she has a killer instagram account – one that you should follow immediately!  She posts photos of her work, her favorite products and more on a regular basis!  And, if you want to book an appointment with Rachel you can call our Regency location at 402.391.2333 or book her online! 

Thanks as always for reading – we’ll be back next week with a few new ideas for your next nail appointment! 

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie

We all know how hard it can be to keep our skin looking fresh and feeling soft in the winter time.  The cold weather moves in, the howling wind picks up and we suffer dry, cracked and flaky skin.  However, there are a few tips that can help you stave off the annoying effects of winter and we have jotted them down below!

 

Tips to Keep your skin healthy this winter

 
 
1. Turn down the heat 

That super hot water you are soaking in can strip away more oils in your skin than necessary.  By lowering the temperature just a tad you can maintain more of those oils in your skin and help avoid unintentionally drying it out.

2.Moisturize right after washing

In order to trap  as much moisture as possible, try applying your moisturizer, creams and lotions immediately after washing your skin.  

3. Check your ingredients

Some ingredients in lotions can irritate your skin.  Look for a cream or ointment that contains olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid or mineral oil.  All these ingredients can help to soothe dry skin (according to the AAD).  *Extra tip:  Carry a travel size hand cream (like our Aveda Hand Creme) with you so you can apply it to your hands each time after washing them.

4. Add Moisture to the air

If the air in your home feels a bit too dry, try plugging in a humidifier.  It is a simple way to moisturize the air and help keep it from drying out your skin!

5. Exfoliate your skin!

The easiest way to reveal fresh, glowing skin is to gently exfoliate it.  Softly scrub your body while in the shower to remove old, dry skin cells.  This will help the body regenerate a new layer of skin! 

6. Protect your skin from harsh weather

When you step outside in the winter make sure you are properly dressed.  Cover your hands with gloves and your neck with a scarf to help protect those areas from the cold, dry conditions.

7. Hydrate yourself!

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we opt for warmer options instead – hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.  Remembering to stay hydrated will help your skin stay hydrated as well.

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Our Salon and Spa sells Aveda Moisturizing Cream for the Face
Client Applying Aveda Moisture Cream

 

Sending love,

Maddie

 

Most of the information in this article was pulled from the following three sites:

www.AAD.org

www.bewell.com

www.chiroone.net