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By: Maddie Poteat

We decided to shake things up this month and do a double feature!  We are shining this month’s stylist spotlight on Adelia Chavez and Torrie Vaught – two talented stylists who work at our Oak View Mall location!  Both Adelia and Torrie love bright and bold fashion colors and enjoy educating their peers on how to achieve and maintain these beautiful colors.  Read more about Adelia and Torrie below!

ADELIA CHAVEZ

How long have you been a stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Regency and what made you want to work there?

I’ve worked at Garbo’s Oakview mall since March of this year. I wanted to work at Garbo’s because it’s a beautiful high end salon and I knew my clients would enjoy coming in.

TORRIE VAUGHT

How long have you been a stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Regency and what made you want to work there?

It’s been 2 years since I started my career with Garbo’s. I remember coming to Garbo’s when I was younger and always admiring the stylists and their work. It feels like a dream come true working for such a well known salon. I knew this was a place I could express myself and be happy. 

Why did you choose to be a hairstylist and why do you love it?

I wanted to become a hairstylist because I enjoyed doing my hair and doing others hair when I could. I love being a stylist because i enjoy meeting new people and being able to be creative with hair. Having good hair makes you feel good and I want everyone to feel good about themselves. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service to provide is a bright, bold fashion color followed up by a keratin treatment to seal in the color and to give it more shine.

Why did you choose to be a hairstylist and why do you love it?

In my younger years I became fascinated with the world of hair and hair color. I experimented on my own hair and started playing with fun colors on extensions and friends. My artistic abilities needed to be shared with others and I wanted people to feel good about themselves. Meeting new people and giving them a new sense of self confidence makes me happy. I come to work and get to really have fun.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite things to do are fashion colors. Using bright fun colors or pastels and getting to create a new color palette. I lift the hair to be my canvas and the colors are my paint. I also enjoy dramatic color changes!

We hear you are also an educator, what made you want to be an educator and what type of classes do you teach?

I wanted to become an educator because I love sharing my knowledge and love the new things I learn with other people.  Everyone has room to learn and grow. 

I teach fashion color classes because they are just as complex as any other coloring and there’s a lot to learn about doing them.

What is the biggest challenge you encounter as a hairstylist and how do you overcome it?

My biggest challenge as a stylist is keeping up with new techniques and trends. There are so many different techniques that are coming out and trending and we all know trends don’t last very long or they are very difficult to do. I often go to classes even if I’ve already been to a similar class because you can still learn something new and a refresher never hurt anyone. 

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

I would love our readers to know that being a hairstylist is a hard job! It’s not just playing with makeup or hair all day. It’s hard on our bodies, we have to know chemistry to work with chemicals all day and how to customize hair colors. It’s a job you take home with you but it’s a very rewarding job as well! 

We hear you are also an educator, what made you want to be an educator and what type of classes do you teach?

Sharing knowledge and personal experiences will help other stylists in the future and new stylists. Helping others learn is rewarding to me because I get to see their clients walk out with something new and fun and talking about the new technique their stylist used. It makes them feel special and unique being able to tailor something to their wants & needs. I enjoy teaching fashion color, blonding, updos and disconnected cuts 

What is the biggest challenge you encounter as a hairstylist and how do you overcome it?

Color corrections are always challenging and time consuming, but I take it step by step. Corrections make you use your brain and eventually adds to your experience. When you are a hairdresser you are always learning and that makes it the most fun, it never gets boring. 

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

I will tell you anything and everything you need to know about fashion colors, home maintenance and product usage. If anyone has questions about anything come visit me in the Oak View Mall!  I’m glad I have changed so many lives over my career and want to continue the journey. 

We could look at both these gal’s work all day long!  Their ability to turn normal, everyday hair into a work of art using fashion colors is impressive and inspiring!  Make sure you go follow them on Instagram for more inspiration: @adeliachavez, @torrievhaircraft.

Interested in booking an appointment with either Adelia or Torrie?  Click here!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie Poteat

Hair Extensions are SO in.

Longer, fuller, healthier hair is something we are all after.  Hair only grows so fast but when it just isn’t fast enough we turn to extensions.  While you may know a lot about this fad, there is so much more to learn!  As we prepare to launch our very own brand of extensions, we wanted to share 10 things you need to know about them!

1. There are so many different types of hair extensions! Microbead (I-Tip), Tape-In, Fusion (Glue-In), Flat-Tip, Clip-In, Hand Tied, etc.  Each type is different and offers the wearer a different type of extension experience.  We recommend you talk with your stylist to see what kind fits you best!

2. Unlike the synthetic hair of the past, you can treat today’s extensions just like you would your normal hair.  When investing in extensions, you are purchasing real hair.  This means it can be washed, dried, and styled just like your real hair!

Hand Tied Hair Extensions

3. While the term “extensions” refers to extending the length of your hair, extensions can actually be used to add thickness and fullness as well!  If you’re looking for a little bit more volume or to thicken up your ponytail, extensions can help.

4. Unfortunately, not all hair can support extensions.  Before purchasing anything make sure to consult a stylist about what you are aiming to achieve.  He or she will look at and feel your hair to make sure it can support the extensions you want.

Hand Tied Wefts - Hair Extensions

5. Contrary to popular belief, extensions should not damage your natural hair.  If both the quality of the extensions and the skill of the stylist installing them are top notch, your natural hair shouldn’t be affected by the new hair.

6. Some types of hair extensions take longer to install than others.  Hand-tied extensions take about two hours depending on the stylist installing them.  (That time does not include coloring or styling the hair).

7. The products you use have an impact on your extensions.  Just like your normal hair, you’ll want to be sure you’re using the right products on your extensions as well.  Look for products that will help keep the ends from drying out and will keep your color from fading.  We recommend Garbo’s Brilliance Blow Dry Flat Iron Sealer and Garbo’s Elixir 11!  Both products are color-safe and can be used on both your natural hair and your new extensions.

Installing Hand Tied Extensions

8. They will appear natural!  The only person who will know you have extensions in will be you!  A talented stylist will color match your hair properly and install the extensions so they blend perfectly with your natural hair.

9. Extensions can add dimension.  If you’ve always been hesitant about coloring your hair, extensions may be the perfect option.  You can add color dimension to your hair without coloring your natural hair.

10. Extensions come in all sizes and colors.  Don’t worry, most salons can customize your extensions so they match both your current hair color and the length you want.  

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