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By: Darcy Michalek

It’s that wonderful time of year again when I love to reflect on the blessings of the year. 

Many times I do my supply deliveries early on Sunday mornings when the salons are closed and the malls are quiet.  I was walking through them this past Sunday and as I looked around I could see the care that had been put into preparing for another busy day.  Stations clean, capes ready, foils torn…  It’s so much fun to stand in that quiet and then envision the energy that will fill these spaces.  Our amazing managers and reception staff are there early making coffee, preparing tickets and warming towels.  Our kind and talented stylists and estheticians show up shortly thereafter ready to create the magic that is transformation and relaxation at Garbo’s. 

My goal for our company is to provide a place of welcome respite from a busy hectic day.  A place where any member of the family feels comfortable and is able to enjoy a little luxury.  If I could share all of the wonderful and kind things our staff has done for each other and for their clients and if I could share with you all of the kind and amazing things our clients have done for our staff, I could write a book.  There are so many good people out there! 

Business is never easy, no matter what industry or profession.  We work to make a living but we also work to make a difference.  Over the past year we were blessed to be able to share our success with those throughout our community.  One of the causes most dear to our hearts is the Boys Town National Hotline.  We believe in what they are doing for the community and love giving back to help them do it.  

Every day we work to make each person we touch feel just a little better.  We try to educate and guide and make life a little easier and more fun.  From the outside it might just look like a salon and spa but what I am most thankful for is what’s on the inside.  Good, kind people taking good care of each other and their clients.  Happy Thanksgiving from my grateful heart to all of you. 

Sending love, 
Darcy Michalek

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By: Maddie Poteat

Like most of us, Aynsley wasn’t sure what she wanted to be when she grew up…  She had a few things on her mind after high school but being a hairstylist wasn’t one of them.  Thankfully, her own hairstylist pushed her to look into hair school and she fell in love.  During this week of thanksgiving we are thankful that Aynsley found her passion and that she chose to practice that passion at Garbo’s!  

I loved learning more about Aynsley’s path to Garbo’s and how she continues to grow as a hairstylist.  Hopefully you’ll love her story as much as I did!

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

I have been at Garbo’s in Midtown for about 5 years. When I was looking for a new home I wasn’t really sure what I wanted in a salon. I was drawn to the fact that Garbo’s had a team with many different personalities and styles. At the time, I had already experienced life at 2 other salons and couldn’t seem to find where I fit in. As I made Garbo’s my home, I continued to grow and change, as did my team. Last year, I made the decision to venture out and try something new, only to find that I was meant to be back with my team in Midtown. I am home and it feels right.

Aynsley Kalahar, Stylist at Garbo's Salon and Spa, Midtown Crossing

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

When I was in high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew that I loved art and anything that allowed me to be creative. For a while, I was very interested in sewing my own clothes. I would have had to go out of state to a design school and had no interest in doing so. My hairstylist at the time kept commenting on how interested I was in what she was doing with color. She told me I needed to go check out Capitol School of Hairstyling, and when I did, there was no turning back. I am so glad that I listened to her suggestion because I literally don’t know what else I would do with my life! Being a hairstylist is more than just doing hair. I get to create art and make each guest feel great about themselves!

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

Honestly, it’s hard to choose a favorite service because I like to have variety. I would say my top 3 would be: Fashion colors, pixie cuts, & upstyles. Fashion colors provide a very fun experience for me where I get to create something from scratch, much like a painting. They are also a great challenge and I love to accomplish something I am proud of. Pixie cuts are the best kind of haircut because it is very similar to sculpting a work of art that is completely customized to the guest. There are no rules and I love that. When I tell someone I enjoy doing upstyles, it always comes as a surprise. I love doing them because you have to start from the ground up and put each piece of the puzzle together as you go. There’s absolutely no limit to styling hair!
Hair by Aynsley Kalahar
Fashion Colors by Aynsley Kalahar
Hairstyle by Aynsley Kalaha

Your social media feed is filled with bright colors - do you foresee fashion colors becoming more popular or is this just the latest trend?

Fashion colors have always been a thing. As it becomes more acceptable to be who you want to be, I think we’ll see a lot more people taking the plunge. The cool thing about fashion colors is, you can wear it any way you want to! You don’t have to go for an all over color! Maybe a few pops of bright color is more your style.

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

One of my biggest challenges is having to tell a guest that the color/cut they found on Pinterest or Instagram is absolutely unrealistic. I personally have no problem keeping it real and sometimes I have to crush some hair hopes and dreams. The key is being honest and practical. I’m more than happy to find an alternative that will ultimately work better for each individual.
Purple Hair Color by Aynsley Kalahar
Cut by Aynsley Kalahar
Updo by Aynsley Kalahar

In your opinion, what does it take to become a successful hairstylist?

I think a successful hairstylist comes in many different forms, depending where their passion lies. For me, I enjoy making a connection with my guests. It’s important to me to make each guest feel like they’re listened to and cared for. I will always do my best to educate my guests and take care of their needs to the best of my ability. After doing hair for 9 years, I’m finding that I have a passion for mentoring newer stylists as well. I wished that I had someone to look up to when I started doing hair and I want to be there for my team. Sharing my knowledge ultimately leads other stylists to be successful in their own ways.  

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

I like to have a good time with my guests. There’s nothing wrong with being yourself and I openly accept everyone for who they are! I want everyone who spends time in my chair to feel comfortable and receive the best hairstyle that suits them. Your hair is a piece of art – it’s just up to you to be the canvas!
Color and Style by Aynsley Kalahar

Aynsley’s Instagram feed is so fun to follow – her work is always amazing and she seems to capture the wonderful personality of each of her clients so well!  I highly recommend giving her a follow!  

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Aynsley you can find her at our Midtown Crossing location.  You can book her online or by calling 402.933.9737.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,


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By: Maddie Poteat

It may not officially be winter yet but the freezing weather and the snow have me feeling like we are right in the middle of it.  Thankfully, No-Shave November is here to warm us all up and get us thinking about a few important things!  While I will not be participating in No-Shave November this year ( I love my razor too much), I will definitely be supporting the cause. 

No-Shave November is a movement that encourages men to grow out their hair to help raise awareness for men battling prostate and testicular cancer as well as suicidal thoughts.  

If you thought Garbo’s was a female only salon, think again (and read this post and this post while you’re at it)!  While you guys are busy growing out your facial hair this month don’t be afraid to stop in to your nearest Garbo’s location for some help.  We can assist in styling your new, longer hair in a way that will have you looking and feeling great while being an ambassador for the No-Shave November movement.

More on the No-Shave November Movement

Of course you’ve heard of No-Shave November but maybe you’re not exactly sure what the movement is all about.  Don’t worry.  The movement began as a way to stimulate conversation centered around men’s health and break the stigma of men being uncomfortable talking about personal health issues. Studies show that men are 33% less likely to visit a doctor, leaving them susceptible to late detection and prone to health risks. By growing out facial hair or head hair, we can all be agents to a great cause!

Styling Your Way Through November

Many of the men I know use No-Shave November as an excuse to not worry about their hair for a month… So what if things look a little scraggly?  No!  The stylists here at Garbo’s beg you not to let yourself turn into a caveman… 

If you start waking up with messy hair try forming it after you get out of the shower with little of bit our Lucky Man Creme Clay.  The best part about this is that a little goes a long way, and if you’re on the go, you can always toss it in your bag and have it when you need it.  

Need a few other ideas for how to get the perfect beard while working with what you’ve got?  Check out this style guide below!

No Shave November Styling Guide

Hair loss shouldn’t be something you worry about during a month advocating growth, so if you’re looking to thicken your hair, consider meeting with a professional.  We’ve recently partnered with DGMD Medical to offer new MedSpa services at our Midtown Crossing location.  In addition to injectables and fillers, DGMD focuses on hair restoration in both men and women.  Dr. Gross and his team can help you find the best way to combat your hair loss – whether that is a prescription, PRP Therapy, a hair transplant or one of their other solutions!  In the meantime, you can check out this style guide for a few ideas on how to style the hair you do have!

If this is your first time adventuring with growing out your beard, congratulations to you!  With a wonderful beard comes the need for an even better hairstyle.  Lean on one of our talented stylists when it comes to this as they can point you toward the best hairstyle to match your beard,  

If all that time checking yourself out in the mirror has lead to you noticing a few more gray hairs than you thought you had, just remember our stylists love coloring our male clients’ hair as well.  There is nothing wrong with a little touch up from time to time!

By the time the month is over, the call is yours. Keep your beard and be proud you were an advocate for a great cause, or book an appointment and our stylists can help you get back to looking like yourself at whichever of our four locations suits you best!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,


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