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Spotlight – Omaha Esthetician Katherine Bower

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By: Maddie Poteat

We all may be stuck inside and the doors to our salons locked up tight but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the hard work of someone who truly deserves it.  This month’s spotlight shines the light on one of our fabulous estheticians.  We’ve spent the last few weeks sharing all the amazing services our spa offers so it only makes sense to share more about the person who is in charge of them! 

Katherine Bower joined Garbo’s seven years ago and calls our Village Pointe location “home”.  In addition to her work as an esthetician she is also our Spa Lead and Village Pointe‘s wedding coordinator!   She may be busy but she handles all of her responsibilities with ease.  It’s no wonder she is this month’s spotlight! 

How long have you been an esthetician at Garbo’s Salon and what made you want to work there?

I’ve been working for Garbo’s going on 7 years. I had a friend who worked for the company recommend I apply and I’m so glad I did! I knew right away after my interview with Darcy that it was the best place to grow my career!

Facial in Omaha by Katherine Bower

Why did you choose to be an esthetician and why do you love it?

I chose to be an esthetician because I have always struggled with acne and skin problems. Going to aesthetic school gave me the opportunity to educate myself on how to take care of my own skin and my client’s skin!  I absolutely love what I do. I have the opportunity to make my clients feel good about themselves! And to me that is extremely rewarding.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service I provide to my clients is facials.  I get to help someone understand their skin and how to take care of it and they also leave feeling relaxed and pampered!  But I really do love all the services I provide my clients – from transforming brows to taking care of someone on their wedding day! 

Omaha Spa Lead Katherine Bower

We understand you are the spa lead for the salon - what additional responsibilities do you have?

As the spa leader of Garbo’s, my responsibilities are making sure that the spa is the best it can be! I make  sure all the spa team members are educated and up to date on what’s new. I’m also the wedding coordinator for the Village Pointe location. I love being able to help brides plan their special day!

What is the biggest challenge you encounter as an esthetician and how do you overcome it?

I strive for perfection and sometimes it’s not going to happen over night. I do my best everyday to make sure my clients leave happy! 

Omaha Facial by Katherine Bower

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

Being successful in this industry means you have to work hard and never stop educating yourself! Some days are easier than others but it all pays off in the end and I couldn’t be happier with where my career is now and where it is heading in the future! 

As you know, this month is spa month - is there anything else you would like our readers to know about our spa or spa services we provide?

We offer so much in the spa at all the Garbo’s locations! Customized Image or Aveda facials, amazing massages to waxing and nails! We also have spa packages for the perfect day to relax and be pampered!

Thank you to Katherine for allowing us to interview her (over the phone) this month!  If you’re interesting in learning more about the salon services we offer, you can find them here.  If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Katherine Bower when we re-open our doors you can do that here! 
 
As always, thank you for reading!  Stay healthy! 

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How to Remove Makeup Stains

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By: Maddie Poteat

From spilling a fresh bottle of liquid foundation to getting a red lipstick on your white shirt, we’ve all had our own misfortunate experiences with makeup stains…  We run to our bathroom cabinets and do our best to remove them with whatever we can find – rubbing alcohol, kitchen vinegar, even hairspray!  But sometimes, those go-to methods of removing makeup stains aren’t enough.

Often times, there are pesky makeup stains that are harder to remove.  In such a case, it is suggested to take it to a dry cleaner.  Some dry cleaners even offer free pickup and delivery right to your door!  On the other hand, if you have the right products, you can remove makeup stains at home.  Below are a few quick solutions to help with your fight against spilled makeup!

#1 Makeup Wipes

You use them to clean makeup off your face, why not use them to clean up after a spill?!  Makeup wipes have great cleaning potential – they can remove stains out of cotton fabric, silk cloth, leather and even white shirts!  They are even safe to use on carpets, curtains and couches.  Makeup wipes are super quick and easy to use and this sneaky technique works like magic!

#2 Shaving Cream

Surprise!  Shaving cream can actually lift makeup stains!  Let me introduce you to this amazing trick.  Shaving cream is best-suited to remove liquid or cream stains such as foundation, concealer, or BB creams.  Any good shaving cream works wonders and will cut right through the oily component of a makeup product and gradually lift the pigment.  If the stain is a stubborn one, it is recommended to mix a small amount of shaving cream with a small amount of alcohol.  Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  Afterward, carefully rub the stain and wipe off the cleaning mixture.

#3 Ice

This is one of my favorites – no need to run to the store as the ice in your freezer might just do the trick! Grab an ice cube and apply it to the spilled makeup stain to remove it from your clothes.  Rub the ice cubes vigorously on the fabric.  In no time at all, the melted ice and cold water will remove the makeup stain.  Avoid hot water when trying to remove stains as it can potentially spread the stain instead of lifting it.  Save the hot water for your next relaxing bath!

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#4 Detergent Pen

Have you ever heard of a detergent pen?  These pens are specifically designed to treat minor stains that need a quick fix – just like spilled makeup!  Just like makeup wipes, the detergent pens also contain moisture for erasing stains. These magic pens are convenient and harmless on most fabrics – even those labeled “dry clean only”!

$5 Oil-Free Makeup Remover

If you don’t have makeup wipes laying around try reaching for an oil-free makeup remover instead.  The ‘oil-free’ ingredient is a must; otherwise you’ll most likely end up creating a bigger mess than you had before.  Thus, it is recommended to consider a high-end or branded makeup remover.

The Benefits of a Professional Facial

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By: Maddie Poteat

For me, getting a facial is a treat.   It is something I’ll have done when I’m on vacation or something I’ll reward myself with after hitting one of my monthly/quarterly goals.  Maybe it’s the cost of a facial or maybe it’s the need to “earn” my relaxation time that forces me to think about facials this way…  Whatever my excuses are, they need to be forgotten!

After talking with Katherine Bower, one of our talented estheticians who works at our Village Pointe location, I learned the benefits of professional facials and why we should all get them regularly.  Katherine also gave me a behind the scenes look at what goes into a professional facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa as well as a few tricks for acing your first appointment.

Garbo's Professional Facial Products

Benefits of Professional Facials

The benefits of regular facials have a lot to do with the skin on our faces.  Our facial skin is much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of our bodies.  Therefore, it deserves more attention and requires a different routine and different products.  Everyone’s skin is different, therefore, everyone’s facials should be as well.  However, no matter what type of facial you receive the benefits remain the same.

Exfoliates the Skin – 

Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells from the surface of your face.  Yes, you can exfoliate your skin at home.  However, your at-home products don’t compare with what professional estheticians have access too.  The use of these high-quality products helps to better remove that first layer of skin which reveals a healthy, glowing layer of skin beneath it.   

Improves Circulation – 

Professional facials help increase circulation in your skin by promoting new skin cell growth which leads to healthier and younger looking skin!  Facial massages and dry brushing are both techniques the esthetician might use during your appointment to achieve this.

Reduces Stress and Tension –

The massage portion of your facial wasn’t added by accident.  By massaging the face the esthetician increases blood flow and helps drain any excess fluid from your facial area.  The spa where you receive your professional facials will most likely use some sort of aromatherapy, either in the room or on the towels while giving a facial.  These aromas help to calm and relax you during the service.

Removes Toxins – 

Our face, along with the rest of our skin, encounters so many things throughout the day – be it pollution, germs or free radicals.  Those things can get into our pores and cause our skin to breakout.  One of the main benefits of a facial is removing the toxins so your skin can breathe and shine.  A professional esthetician will use ingredients that open up and clean your pores thus minimizing acne and other problems toxins can cause.

Helps Your Skin Age Gracefully –

My favorite part of a facial is the anti-aging benefits.  While our skin is going to age no matter what we do, we can help it age more gracefully by being diligent in our morning and evening skincare routines and letting the professionals treat it regularly.  During a professional facial, the esthetician will use products enriched with botanical extracts that can stimulate the production of collagen and help to reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.  In addition, these products help keep the skin hydrated and balanced which also aids in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

While the benefits of a facial are undisputed, the answer to how often you should get them is variable.  It is important to talk with your esthetician about your skin goals so they can better recommend both products and a course of treatment.  For those of you who are like me and have trouble scheduling facials for yourself make sure to snag our latest coupon to save $25 off a Classic or Signature facial!

If you are wondering what all goes into a Classic or Signature facial make sure to tune in next week when we share our behind the scenes look at what makes a Garbo’s Salon and Spa professional facial so amazing.  We’ll also be including Katherine’s tips for making your next spa experience one for the books!

Thanks for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

A special thank you to Katherine Bower, Esthetician and Spa Lead at Garbo’s Salon and Spa – Village Pointe for helping us with today’s article!  If you would like to book an appointment with Katherine click here (choose the Village Pointe location).  If you would like to see Katherine in action check out our Aveda Skin Care professional facial video below! 

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Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Eileen Staley

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Eileen Staley grew up in a small town and thought she would end up in an equally small salon when she grew up.  However, life had other plans!  For the past five years Eileen has called our Regency location home! 

As we close out the month of February we wanted to shine our stylist spotlight on someone who goes above and beyond.  Not only is Eileen a top performing stylist (named a 2019 Top Performer) she is also one of our talented business coaches.  The enthusiasm she has for her work is contagious and we are so excited to shine this month’s stylist spotlight on her! 

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

Being from a small town, I always thought I’d end up in a small, family run salon but the minute I met Darcy Michalek (Owner of Garbo’s Salon and Spa), I knew Garbo’s was for me. Family is such a big deal at Garbo’s and I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve been lucky to be with Garbo’s for five years and I have no plans of ever leaving!

Eileen Staley - Omaha Stylist Spotlight

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

When I think back to my childhood I was always doing my doll’s, sister’s, and even friend’s hair before 4th grade basketball games!  I knew from the time I was a child that I loved hair and that I would make that my job when I grew up. 

I’ve come a long way since playing with my doll’s hair – I used to think hair had to be wet to get a curl with a curling iron!  Every year in this business makes me love my job even more.  There really is no better feeling than seeing my clients smile and check themselves out after I do their hair.  Knowing I’ve made a positive impact in how they see themselves means the world to me!  

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

If I could do hair color all day long, I would be one happy girl! It always keeps me on my toes and makes me think!

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We understand you are an educator for the salon - what do you teach and why did you want to start teaching?

I get the privilege of teaching both Wella hair color theory and business coaching.  I was approached and asked to teach both subjects and I couldn’t say no.  There was a need to help out new stylists who wanted a better understanding of the Wella color line and there were also a large number of stylists who needed direction on how to grow to be a successful stylist behind the chair.

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

The job is pretty glamorous and there really isn’t much to complain about but nothing hurts me more than having an upset client. Sometimes color doesn’t go as planned or we aren’t on the same page but luckily, you can fix any color or style and make it right! 

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

The list goes on and on!  To me, being genuine and really focusing on what your client needs is so important. Clients need our help and it is such a blessing to have the opportunity to be there for them!

You can find Eileen on Instagram @staleyeileen.  She uses her page to show off her hair and beauty work,  behind the scenes pics and any new services she is offering so I would recommend giving it a follow!

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Eileen you can find her at our Regency location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402.391.2333 or by booking her online.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Hayli Winans

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By: Maddie Poteat

Hayli Winans’ career began at Garbo’s just about three years ago (she’ll celebrate her anniversary in March!).  Her friend told her about the salon and mentioned that she should look into it if she was interested.  After a great interview with our owner, Hayli got to work behind her new chair!

It’s always fun to learn what brought people to Garbo’s and to watch them grow behind the chair.  Hayli is this month’s stylist spotlight because she is working extremely hard to build her business.  Anyone who puts in the extra work to bring in new clients deserves to be recognized!

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

I have been a stylist at Garbos for 3 years in March!  I had a friend who worked here and loved it. After meeting with Darcy [the owner of Garbo’s Salon and Spa] I knew Garbo’s is where I wanted to be to grow my career! 

Omaha Stylist Hayli Wanins

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

 I have wanted  to be a hairstylist since middle school, I’ve just always been amazed by the difference somebody’s hair can make in their life.  Being able to make someone feel so good about themselves to the point where they are ecstatic about how they look is the most awesome feeling! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I love updos and downstyles, loose boho styles are my favorite, I love the energy and excitement that comes with weddings and other special occasions where I get to help someone feel beautiful!  I also love highlights and balayage – pretty, dimensional hair is the best but if you don’t love the harsh grow out of highlighting, balayage can still give tons of dimension without the high maintenance upkeep.  I also love men’s cuts!  They are super detailed and the look of a smooth fade is one of the most satisfying things for me to do! Lashes are right up there too! I really couldn’t pick a favorite!

Hair by Hayli Wanins

Blonde Hair by Hayli Wanins

Updo by Hayli Wanins

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

Being a hairstylist is too commonly thought of as not a “real job”.  That it’s just a fun job that allows you to play with hair all day.  However, in reality, it is more physically and emotionally demanding than many other careers but the bonds you build with your clients who truly appreciate you make it all worth it!

Balayaged Hair

Low Maintenance Color

Blowout by Hayli Wanins

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

Dedication to the industry. You really have to want to be a hairstylist to be a successful one. As fun as it is, it takes a lot of work  to build a clientele and it’s easy to get discouraged during slow times of the year. Therefore, if you’re not 100% dedicated you won’t be successful in the industry.

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

When you look your best you feel your best, and when you feel your best you do your best. Investing in your hair can really change your life!

Great Hair

Color Dimension

Hayli Winans’ Instagram is @haylishair – she shows off her hair and beauty work there so I would recommend giving it a follow!

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Hayli you can find her at our Regency location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402.391.2333 or by booking her online.

Hayli Winans’ services include: Haircuts, colors, extensions, smoothing treatments, special occasion styling, eyelash extensions, waxing, makeup and pedicures.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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Winter Hair Care Tips

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By: Maddie Poteat

Winter is hard.  Yep, I said it.  While the snow, crisp weather, and the thought of cuddling up by the fire sounds amazing, it can also make everything downright more challenging.  One of the things winter can really affect is your hair.  We’ve written on the topic of winter hair care before (read here) but we wanted to update it with a few extra tips and tricks.  If you can remember and follow these few things this winter season your hair will be in good shape come spring time!

Protect your hair from the elements

One of the biggest risks to your hair during winter is the weather…  The wind, rain and cold can wreak havoc on your beautiful locks.  The elements might not only ruin your style but they can also cause real damage.  Next time you’re headed out in the cold make sure to protect your locks.  Try a silky headscarf, a hat or just pull your hood up!

Winter Hair Care - Tips and Tricks

Go easy on the heat

I know we say it all the time but excessive amounts of heat can stress and dry out your hair.  If you can muster it, washing your hair will cooler water can really help.  Laying off those styling tools will also provide a break from the heat.  If you can’t skip blow-drying your hair then make sure the heat option is turned down and you use a heat protectant (like Garbo’s Brilliance Blow Dry Spray) to further protect your hair cuticle.

Garbo's Brilliance Blow Dry Accelerator and Flat Iron Sealer – 4.4 oz

  • Blow dry accelerator and flat iron sealer
  • Speeds up blow drying up to 40%
  • Seals cuticles during flat ironing
  • Moroccan Argan protects air from intense heat
  • Weightless formula adds depth and renewed radiance to color-treated hair

Did You Know Garbo's Now Offers Med Spa Services?

In partnership with DGMD Medical, Garbo’s is now offering your favorite med spa services (Botox, fillers and IV bags) at our Midtown Crossing location! 

Avoid over washing

Another top tip for winter, and all year round actually, is to avoid over washing your hair.  That means going easy on the shampoo, as too much washing can strip your hair of its natural oils.  Everyone is different, but if you can scale back your washes to no more than three times a week your hair will look and feel much healthier.  When your hair is feeling a little oily, opt for a dry shampoo product like Garbo’s Dry Shampoo to get you through the day.

  • Skip a day of regular shampooing and save time
  • Dry shampoo revives and refreshes
  • Never feels wet or sticky
  • Extends color and blowouts
  • Eliminates odor with fresh scent

Garbo's Freshen Up Dry Shampoo – 3.25 oz

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Treat your hair

We all need a little TLC in the winter time and our hair certainly does too. One of our favorite winter hair care tips is to treat your hair with a deep conditioner.  The Garbo’s Indulge Masque deep conditioner is one of our faves.  Spend a little extra time in the shower to allow the deep conditioner time to penetrate the hair cuticle.  This should help improve hydration and keep your hair healthy all season long.  If you’re looking for something a little more medicinal, you can try a tea tree oil – its cleansing and nourishing properties will help rebalance the scalp, clean out your hair follicles and nourish your roots. 

Garbo's Indulge Masque – 6 oz

  • Ultimate moisturizing treatment
  • Intense moisturizing for touchable softness
  • Won’t weigh hair down
  • Replenishes moisture loss during color & chemical treatments
  • Perfect for dry/damaged hair

Keep It Trim

The thought of cutting your hair to help it grow faster is still hard to grasp… No matter how many times our stylists tell us.  However, trimming your hair helps get rid of split ends before they have the chance to split further up the strand and ultimately weaken the entire thing.  This might be asking a lot, but if you have long hair you should look to get a trim every three months.  If you have short or medium length hair you should come in for a trim every two months.  In doing so you are helping to remove the dead ends which will help your hair stay healthy much longer!

Not all of these winter hair care tips are easy, but if you’re looking to improve the look, feel and length of your hair over the winter months than you need to keep it healthy.  Put these tips into practice to help your hair stay healthy and beautiful all winter long!  

Sending love,

Maddie


Other Products We Love


Marula and Grapeseed Conditioner Liter
Marula and Grapeseed Conditioner Liter


Garbo's Colormoist Conditioner – 10 oz
Garbo's Colormoist Conditioner – 10 oz


Keratin Therapy Replenisher
Keratin Therapy Replenisher


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How We Styled Our Winter Shoot

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Girls Night In Hair and Makeup Looks

(Left) Mackenzie Freed styled Kelsey Bloom’s hair using Aveda Air Control and Garbo’s Texturizing Spray.  Mackenzie curled different sized sections of Kelsey’s hair to achieve her lived in look.  Sara O’Neill applied her makeup and kept her look a little more natural using Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture in Beechwood.  Kelsey is wearing the Cheetah Print Pajama Set from Ann Taylor.

(Right) Audrey Reinhardt styled Christina’s hair using Garbo’s Stay Spray and Garbo’s Finishing Spray.  Ashley Beutler used Aveda’s Feed my lips™ pure nourish-mint™ lipstick in Sutra, and Aveda’s petal essence™ face accents in Plum Touch and Bronze Glow to create a natural and care-free makeup look.  Christina is wearing the Cheetah Print Robe from Ann Taylor.

We’ve partnered with other businesses, got all glammed up and posed for the camera before; however, this time was different.  Instead of inviting other models to join us, this time we decided to keep it all in-house.  We have so many amazingly beautiful women (both inside and out) at our locations so it was a no brainer to include them in last month’s photoshoot!

With the goal of showing off a few holiday styles for both a Girls Night In and a Girls Night Out we started planning out the hairstyles and the makeup looks we wanted to do.  When it came to the clothes, we decided to partner with Ann Taylor – Regency Court and we are so happy we did!

The holidays may be behind us but there is always something to celebrate.  No matter what you have coming up – birthday parties, office parties, night out with your gals – we hope you love this peek inside the looks we put together for you!

Kelsey Bloom styled Dani Jo’s hair in an undone updo.  This simple look would be perfect for any girls night in!  The hair was prepped with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep and finished with Aveda Air Control.  Dani Jo is applying Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme.

These Garbo’s girls unwrap their new Image Skincare presents!  Image Skincare is Garbo’s brand new line of professional skincare products.

(Left) Shannon Norwood’s hair was done by Mikaela Kellogg and was styled using Garbo’s Extra Hold Hairspray.  Her makeup was styled by Sara O’Neil.  Shannon is wearing the Cheetah Print Robe from Ann Taylor.

(Second from Right) Ashley Beutler’s hair was styled by Mikaela Kellogg using the Garbo’s Extra Hold Hairspray.  Ashley’s makeup was done by Shannon Norwood using Aveda Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-Mint Lipstick in Sutra, and Aveda’s Brow Definer in Dark Brown.  Ashely is wearing the Animal Print PJ Set from Ann Taylor.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme

Perfect for an at-home spa night, this hydrating creme instantly moisturizes the skin helping to recharge your skin cells.  This creme can be purchased at any Garbo’s Salon and Spa location and is ideal for dry to very dry skin.

Image Skincare

New to Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Image Skincare is a professional, clinical brand designed with skincare professionals at top of mind. Image Skincare’s products are physician-formulated and uses active ingredients and cutting edge science to create treatments that works for your specific condition and situation.

Our estheticians are already LOVING these products and have seen spectacular results using them!


Other Products We Used


Image Skincare Clear Cell Medicated Acne Masque


Cheetah Print PJ Set from Ann Taylor


Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque


Garbo's Stay Extra Hold Finishing Spray – 10 oz

Garbo's Stay Extra Hold Finishing Spray

Garbo’s best hairspray is fast drying and long lasting.  Used in the majority of looks from our November photoshoot, this spray is versatile and heavy duty enough to be our go-to spray for all our looks!

Garbo's Marula and Grapeseed Shampoo

From our newest collection, the Marula and Grapeseed Shampoo provides moisture without weight and targets dry and damaged hair.  It is the perfect first step in re-hydrating and prepping your winter hair for your night in with the girls!

Marula and Grapeseed Shampoo


Other Products We Used


Keratin Therapy Replenisher
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Replenisher


Cheetah Print Robe from Ann Taylor


Marula and Hemp Nourishing Oil
Garbo's Marula and Hemp Oil


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(Second from Left) Karine’s hair was styled by Erin Lewandowski using the Aquage Beyond Body Thermal Spray.   Sara O’Neill used Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture in Beechwood and Aveda’s Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-mint lip liner in Currant.  Karine is wearing the Sequined Dot Shell, the Diamond Stitch Faux Fur Stole in Black and the Hammered Satin Full Skirt in Vibrant Plum.

(Send from Right) Suzanna’s long, flowy curls were styled by Mackenzie Freed using Garbo’s Grapeseed Fast Dry Accelerator and Garbo’s Dry Texturizing Spray.  Her makeup was done by Sara O’Neill using Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture in Beechwood and Aveda’s Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-mint lip liner in Spiced Peach.  Suzanna is wearing the Cheetah Velvet Mock Neck Sheath Dress and the Cheetah Print Faux Fur Stole from Ann Taylor.

(Left) Mikaela’s hair was styled by Audrey Reinhardt using Garbo’s Stay Spray and Garbo’s Finishing Spray.  Her makeup was styled by Shannon Norwood using Aveda’s Brow Definer in Light Blonde and Aveda Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-Mint Lipstick in Jujube.  Mikaela is wearing the Dot Essential Shirt in Candy Red,  the Funnel Neck Coat in Creamy Cloud, the Piped Side Stripe Skinny Jeans in Ink Blue, and the Tear Drop Crystal and Pearl Earrings and Statement Necklace.

(Right) Audrey’s holiday glam look is inspired from left over curls from the night before.  Using a 1 inch curler, Audrey prepped her own hair using the Garbo’s Stay Spritz and Shine.   For her makeup, Ashley Beutler used Aveda’s Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-Mint Lipstick in Morello for her lips, Aveda’s Petal Essence Face Accents in Plum Touch (Blush) and Aveda’s Petal Essence Face Accent’s in Bronze Glow (Bronzer).  Audrey is wearing the Shimmer Balloon Sleeve Sweater in Dark Rust, Black Jeans and the Pearlized Cluster Statement Necklace.  All by Ann Taylor.

Aveda Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-Mint Lipstick

Used in almost every style during our November shoot, Aveda’s Feed My Lips collection is by far our favorite lipstick this season.  With the perfect tones of pinks and reds, you’ll be sure to find a shade that works for you!

Garbo's Stay Spritz and Shine

Garbo’s Stay Spritz and Shine is the perfect prepping tool.  This spray is humidity resistant and has thermal protection.  Use it to keep your hair damage free and to help your style stay all day!

Garbo's Stay Spritz And Shine – 6 oz


Other Products We Used


Garbo's Designer Shaping Finishing Spray – 10 oz
Garbo's Designer Shaping Finishing Spray


Velvet Dot Tulle Skirt


Dominique’s gorgeous look started with her hair – styled by Erin Lewandowski.  Erin prepped Dominique’s blown out curls using Aveda’s Split End Repair before twisting them.  She finished the elegant twists with Aquage Finishing Spray.  Dominque’s makeup was applied by Ashley Beutler.  Ashley kept things simple using Aveda Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-Mint Lipstick in Jujube and Aveda’s Brow Definer in Dark Brown.  Dominique is wearing the Pleated Ruffle V-Neck Shell in Soft Pink, the Velvet Dot Tulle Skirt in Black and the Pave Teardrop Earrings.

Aquage Finishing Spray – 12.5 oz

We love Aquage here at Garbo’s.  This hairspray is one of their best-sellers.  The ultra-fine mist builds hold and shine ideal for forming your style and locks in your final look so you don’t have to worry about it all night long!

Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair

Your split ends are no match for Aveda’s Damage Remedy Split End Repair.  We love using it to prep styles as it both repairs and helps prevent future split ends from forming.

Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair


Aveda Brow Definer

Aveda Feed My Lips Lipstick

Garbo's Brilliance Blow Dry Accelerator and Flat Iron Sealer – 4.4 oz
Garbo's Brilliance Blow Dry Accelerator and Flat Iron Sealer

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Top Performers 2019

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By: Maddie Poteat

Garbo’s “Top Performer” is an award that recognizes those in our company who have dedicated themselves to performing at the highest levels of excellence in our industry.  One night a year we celebrate those who choose to go above and beyond to build their business and hone their craft each and every day.

Earning the title of Top Performer isn’t an easy task.  With over 100 stylists working for Garbo’s Salon and Spa, it takes more than just showing up each day with a smile on your face to win this award.  It can take years for a stylist or esthetician to build their business to the level of “Top Performer”.  

To qualify as a Garbo’s Salon and Spa Top Performer, a stylist or esthetician must hit certain numbers in both services provided and product sales. Those numbers are not easy to hit.  These fantastic men and women work hard all year – taking great care of each new client, recommending only the best products to their clients and constantly working to improve their skills.  If, by the end of the year, their numbers qualify them as a Top Performer they are invited to celebrate with the rest of the members who make up this elite group.

The Top Performer award is the most coveted award that Garbo’s gives. While we truly value and appreciate everyone who calls Garbo’s home, it is important to honor those who go above and beyond. 

The Top Performers event of 2019 was one for the books and we wanted to take the time to recognize each winner individually below.  If you see your stylist listed please tell them congratulations.  They have definitely earned it!

Lindsey Balkovec - Master Stylist/Marketing Dir.

Lindsey Balkovec

Lindsey Balkovec works at our Village Pointe location. In addition to being a master stylist, Lindsey is also a National Aquage Educator. Lindsey is a fierce advocate of Garbo's and is beyond talented. Her work has been featured in national editorials and can be seen on her new Instagram page: @lindsey_balkovec_aquage

Omaha Hairstylist Erica Bang

Erica Hord (Bang)

Erica Hord works at our Village Pointe location. Erica has worked tremendously hard to grow her extension business over the past year. Erica embraces social media to promote her beautiful work (@ebang4 on Instagram). Erica is extremely talented, energetic and an amazing asset to our team!

John Bernal, Omaha Hair Stylist

John Bernal

John Bernal works at our Midtown Crossing location. John is one of our best educators - we refer to him as the cutting specialist! John is extremely detail oriented and his work is meticulous. John is extremely dedicated to his craft and we are lucky to have him on our team!

2019 Garbo's Top Performers

Katherine Bower

Katherine Bower is the lead spa educator and an esthetician at our Village Pointe location. We can always count on Katherine when it comes to the spa side of Garbo's - she makes sure the team has everything they need and is always willing to step in and answer questions / help out when needed. In addition, Katherine is also an extremely talented makeup artist!

Lindsey Carraher

Lindsey Carraher can be found behind the chair at our Village Pointe location in addition to her work behind the camera! Lindsey is also the director of education and shoots all the content you see on our website and social media feeds. Lindsey is beyond creative and can make anything look amazing. Last but not least, she is downright the nicest person you will ever meet!

Shannon Carsey

Shannon Carsey calls our Village Pointe location home. This past year Shannon has dedicated herself to her craft and saw great success! While Shannon excels at all types of haircuts, she is a master at short cuts. This is the first year Shannon has won the Top Performers award and we couldn't be more proud of her!

Ken Chapman, Hair Stylist Omaha NE

Ken Chapman

Ken Chapman works at our Regency location and is a consistent top performer. Ken has won the award year after year and the folks at our Regency location have come to count on him and look up to him as a role model!

Marcia Harper - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Marcia Harper

Marcia can also be found at our Regency location. In addition to her fabulous work behind the chair, Marcia is the head of the Garbo's health and wellness program and works hard to keep our salons fit and healthy. Marcia is a wonderful teammate and is always looking for ways to help her teammates!

Emily Hilker - Stylist

Emily Hilker

Emily Hilker joined the Garbo's family a few years ago and quickly became a top performer. Emily works at the Village Pointe location and specializes in curly hair clients. She is also amazing at men's cuts!

Sherri and Tom at the Top Performers Event

Girls at the Top Performers Event

Denise Hilson - Stylist

Denise Hilson

Denise Hilson works at our Village Pointe location and is the ultimate professional. Denise always brings her "A" game and is extremely talented and super consistent in her work. Denise has been with the Garbo's family for a long time and we love watching her continually grow her business!

Leslie Johnson - Stylist

Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson has worked hard this year to build her extension clients. All in all, Leslie is one of the hardest working stylists we have on our team. Her ability to build rapport with her clients is amazing and speaks to her kind personality! Leslie was also highlighted in our Stylist Spotlight blog post not too long ago. You can find Leslie at our Village Pointe location.

Kaitlyn Johnson - Stylist

Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson joined Garbo's only a few years ago but was an instant top performer! Kaitlyn is the energizer bunny of the salon - she is such a wonderful teammate and is always helping out around the salon! We couldn't ask for a better person to work with!

Aynsley Kalahar - Hair Stylist and Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Aynsley Kalahar

Aynsley Kalahar can be found behind the chair at our Midtown Crossing location. In addition to being a Top Performer, Aynsley is also one of our coaches. She is always willing to help the team in any way she can. Aynsley specializes in fashion colors and was recently highlighted in last month's Stylist Spotlight blog post!

Kara Kowalski - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Kara Kowalski

Kara Kowalski has only been with Garbo's a few years but was quick to earn the title of Top Performer. Kara also specializes in fashion colors and has excellent hair cutting skills. You can find Kara at our Midtown Crossing Location!

Joilynn Larsen - Stylist

Joilynn Larsen

Joilynn Larsen is both a stylist and esthetician at our Village Pointe location. Joilynn is constantly looking for ways to grow her businesses and expertise. This year she added dermaplaning to her list of services and also specializes in extensions!

2019 Top Performer Celebration

Erin Lewandowski - Stylist

Erin Lewandowski

Erin Lewandowski works at our Regency location and is both a stylist and an educator. She excels at educating her clients on the best way to maintain the styles she's created and that has lead to her becoming a top performer so quickly.!

Sherri Mahoney

Sherri is our manager at the Village Pointe location and is an exemplary leader in every possible way. In addition to her work as a manager, she also maintains a strong book of business. She is an incredible person and boss!

Heather Marchio

Heather Marchio can be found behind the chair at our Midtown Crossing location. In addition, Heather also acts as our Wella color coach. Heather is a fantastic team member and is extremely talented in everything she does. Heather was also highlighted in our Stylist Spotlight a few months back!

Amber Meier - Omaha Nebraska Master Hairstylist

Amber Meier

Amber Meier is the manager at our Oak View Mall location and is a fantastic mentor and leader to her team. This is Amber's first year as a Top Performer! In addition to her duties as manager and stylist, she is also an extension specialist.

Rachel Miller - Stylist/ PK Edu

Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller is a stylist, business coach, and product educator at our Regency location. Rachel is extremely knowledgeable about our industry and stays on top of the latest trends and products. She also runs a great social media account (@rachel_scissor_hands)!

Omaha Hair Stylist Crystal Millerd

Crystal Millerd

Crystal Millerd is the assistant manager at our Village Pointe location and the lead educator there as well. Crystal is Garbo's #1 Top Performer!!! Crystal was highlighted in our Stylist Spotlight a few months back and is one of the sweetest people you will every meet!

Top Performers Event 2019

Erica and Katherine at the Top Performers Event

Molly Ohern - Stylist

Molly Ohern

Molly Ohern works at our Village Pointe location and is known as one of the kindest people you will meet. She is extremely consistent and is always helping out in any way she can - we sometimes even see her behind the front desk when things get busy!

Headshot of Dinet Pena

Dinet Pena

Dinet Pena works at our Oak View Mall location and is both a lash specialist and a stylist. She can make anybody's eyelashes look amazing! Dinet is always looking for ways to grow her business so it is no wonder she is a Top Performer!

Denise Pittman - Stylist

Denise Pittman

Denise Pittman works at our Regency location and is both a Great Lengths extension specialist and an Aveda specialist. Denise is the ultimate professional and is all around incredible at her job!

Julia Elliott - Stylist

Julia Elliott

Julia Elliott can be found behind the chair at our Village Pointe location. This is Julia's first year as a Top Performer! She has worked extremely hard to build her business. She is a long hair specialist and loves giving her clients highlights and balayage.

Audrey Reinhardt - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Audrey Reinhardt

Audrey is our manager at the Midtown Crossing location and is an amazing team leader. She has built a fabulous team at Midtown while maintaining a terrific business behind the chair!

Emily Reinhardt - Stylist

Emily Reinhardt

Emily Reinhardt (not related to Audrey!) works at our Village Pointe location. Emily works very hard and is amazing at mens cutting. In addition, she is always helping out around the salon which is so appreciated!

Antonia Rogers - Stylist at Garbo's Salon and Spa, Village Pointe

Antonia Rogers

Antonia Rogers calls our Village Pointe location home. Antonia is a professional in every regard - she is an excellent educator, meticulous hair cutting specialist and is always consistent and patient with her clients!

Thomas Sena - Omaha Hairstylist

Tom Sena

Tom Sena is our manager at the Regency location and is one of the coolest guys we know. This is Tom's first year as a top performer! Tom is a master stylist and can do just about anything. No challenge is too big for Tom!

Eileen Staley - Stylist

Eileen Staley

Eileen works at our Regency location and is a business coach in addition to her work as a stylist. She is one of the most fun and enthusiastic people we know and is beyond talented! If you have problem hair, you need to see Eileen - she can fix anything!

Gals Enjoying Drinks at the Top Performer Event

Celebrating the Top Performers

Jules Steinwart

Jules Steinwart works at our Village Pointe location and has won the Top Performer award multiple years in a row! Jules is the ultimate professional when it comes to her business and works hard to keep her clients happy!

Kathleen Traxinger - Stylist/Men's Cutting Specialist

Kathleen Traxinger

Kathleen works at our Regency location and is one of our best educators when it comes to sharing her knowledge with her clients and her team members. Kathleen always comes in early and stays late and is the best at helping out around the salon!

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight

Clair Wight

Clair Wight also works at our Regency location and extremely talented. Clair is a wizard at color corrections and one of the kindest and nicest people you will ever meet!

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We are so proud of all these amazing individuals who went above and beyond this past year.  While we try to show our appreciation through the Top Performers event, words and actions can’t express how thankful we are to have such an amazing group of people who call Garbo’s home.

As we mentioned above, if you see your stylists listed make sure to tell them congratulations the next time you see them.  Earning the award of Top Performer is not easy and they deserve to be recognized for their amazing accomplishment!

🎉 Congratulations one more time to all our 2019 Top Performers! 🎉

 

Sending Love,

Maddie

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Thanksgiving 2019

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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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Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Aynsley Kalahar

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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,

Maddie