Entries by Maddie

Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Erica Bang

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

Erica Bang

This month we shine the stylist spotlight on Omaha Stylist Erica Bang!  Erica has been a stylist for the past six and a half years and every single one of those years has been spent at Garbo’s!

Having grown up visiting Garbo’s to get her hair done, she knew the salon and the stylists who worked there.  When she realized she wanted to become a stylist as well she couldn’t think of a better place to start than Garbo’s.

We love when people find their home in our salon and can’t wait to share her amazing work with you here!  Read below to learn why Erica loves being a stylist and what new services she is offering to help grow her business.  Also, make sure to check out all the amazing before and after photos as well! 

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

I have been a stylist for about 6 and a half years. I have loved every minute of it here at Garbo's. I wanted Garbos to be my first salon because when I was young I used to get my hair done by another stylist here, Crystal, and hair day with her was the best day ever !! I loved being here at the salon and it just felt like a great home for me.

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Installs the best type of extensions - Before

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Installs the best type of extensions - After

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service to provide clients is probably color. You can change someone's whole entire look by changing the color. Brightening around their face to deep dark colors can seriously make someone look at themselves totally different and give them confidence they didn't have before.

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Installs affordable extensions - Before

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Installs affordable extensions - After

Why do you love being a hairstylist?

I love being a stylist for many reasons... Getting to know people is a huge part. I love doing hair (obviously), but getting to know someone for this many years and creating deep friendships is huge. I never realized how important some of my clients really are to me... I know so much about them and having a relationship with people outside of hair is something I truly love. I love being a stylist and helping people finally get the look they have always wanted.

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Installs volumizing extensions - Before

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Installs volumizing extensions - After

You recently started providing extensions to your clients - what type of extensions do you offer and what was the training like to learn to properly install them?

The type of extensions I offer are called hand tied weft extensions. They are so fabulous !! They are the safest and softest type of extension on your hair. The training was a blast - about a 5 hour class of training and focus and learning to be the best on something so amazing was so fun.

Why do you think extensions are so popular these days?

I think extensions are so popular these days because it's so easy to get that thick hair people really want! If you can get thick, beautiful hair, why wouldn't you?! With a little bit of maintenance every 8 weeks, the hair can last up to a year or longer!! Feeling that good about yourself is worth it all for me. Coming from a fine haired girl, I WILL have the look I've always wanted !!

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Extension Before and After - Before

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Extension Before and After - After

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

Garbo’s was the best salon I could’ve started my career at and I know they will always have my back. I am so happy I get to be part of the Garbo’s family and so happy I get to share my journey with all of you!

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Best Hair Extensions - Before

Erica Bang Omaha Hairstylist Best Hair Extensions - After

Erica has grown her business over the past year by offering the new hand tied weft extensions.  We are always amazed how quickly she can transform someone’s look by adding length and thickness to their hair! 

We have loved having Erica as a member of the Garbo’s family for the past six years – she has grown into a leader among our stylists and we are lucky to have her!  You can find Erica at our Village Pointe location.  If you are interested in learning more about the type of extensions we offer or would like to schedule a consultation with her you can book your next appointment online or call the salon at 402.991.2227.

If you are looking for hair inspiration we highly recommend following Erica on Instagram.  Her before and after looks are SO impressive! @ebang4

Thank you so much to Erica for allowing us to interview her this month and for sharing her before and after photos with us!  

If you are a stylist looking for a new salon and think Garbo’s would be a good fit make sure to check out our Careers page.  We have some of the best benefits in town!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

2019 Spring Hair and Fashion Trends

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to see bright colors, dresses and beautiful wavy hair again… Happy Spring, everyone! 
 
If you have been following along on social media, you know we LOVE partnering with local businesses.  Last month we partnered with two local gyms to bring you easy hair and makeup looks you can wear from work to the gym and back (read that post here if you missed it!).  This month we decided to focus on a topic I’m sure most of you will be excited about – Spring Hair and Fashion Trends!
 
When we were thinking about who we wanted to partner with this month we knew it had to be someone who has a pulse on the upcoming fashion trends we will be seeing this Spring.  Bliss Boutique quickly came to mind and after reaching out to Valerie, owner/manager, we knew we had a solid collaboration in the works.
 
I first stepped foot in Bliss Boutique years ago when I was looking for a dress for my high school prom…  Needless to say, I have been a fan of Bliss Boutique for many years!  Since moving to Rockbrook Village, Bliss Boutique has cemented themselves as a go-to store for both on-trend looks and the classic styles we all love.  Read below to see the outfits chosen for the shoot and how we paired them with the makeup and hair trends our stylists are seeing this season!

2019 Spring Hair Trends

2019 Spring Makeup Trends

This season we are seeing a mix of bold looks and more toned-down natural looks.  Glitter seems to be everywhere this Spring but our makeup artists chose to stick to the subtle, natural, no-makeup look for our models.  Paired with a lightly stained pink lip (in different shades), the model’s makeup helped bring a refreshed and energized look to the shoot.

Go-To Makeup Looks:

  • Lightly stained pink lip
  • Subtle smoky eye
  • No-makeup look – Natural, soft makeup in a muted color palette
  • Glitter eye shadow (not shown here)


2019 Makeup Trends - Natural Makeup
Makeup by Ashley Beutler


2019 Makeup Trends - Lipstick
Makeup by Ashley Beutler


2019 Makeup Trends - Natural Look
Makeup by Ashley Beutler

2019 Spring Hair Trends

For the hair, our stylists honed in on easy at-home styles perfect for any occasion this season.  While some of the current Spring trends are more dramatic than the styles we went for this shoot, these hair styles will still turn heads!  One of our stylists, Mikaela Kellog, added a side, french braid to her model.  This look would be perfect for anything outside as it will keep those pesky fly-aways at bay while still giving you a pretty, feminine and polished look.

The other two styles are similar as they both include loose beach waves.  Our stylists achieved these looks by using the Garbo’s Stay Spritz and Shine for both hold and protection.  (Need extra help with those beach waves?  Check out our how-to video we made here!).  While Mikaela kept her model’s hair completely down, Jessica styled her model’s hair by sectioning off the top part and securing it in a messy-ish bun.  I personally love this look as it keeps my hair out of my face while still allowing me to wear part of it down.

Other Spring Hair Trends We Are Seeing:


2019 Hair Trends - Braids
Hair by Mikaela Kellog


2019 Hair Trends - Loose Waves
Hair by Mikaela Kellog


2019 Hair Trends - Beach Waves
Hair by Jessica Wollam

2019 Spring Fashion Trends

Now for the fashion!  When partnering with Bliss Boutique we wanted to emphasize not only the upcoming trends but the wearability of these trends.  If you have ever skimmed through a fashion magazine you know that some styles can be really hard to pull off.  I’ve seen bright, bold colors on models that I would never be able to wear… Or certain types of clothing that my lifestyle just doesn’t call for (example: ball gowns and stilettos).  The styles that Bliss Boutique offers are both trendy and wearable – the perfect combo! 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends - Florals
Floral print tank top paired with Cardigan

2019 Spring Fashion Trends - Off the Shoulder Shirts
Off the shoulder top in dusty blush with feminine lace detail

In addition to the wearability of these pieces, Valerie at Bliss Boutique wanted to emphasize Femininity.  You will see both florals and lace in any form this Spring so she really wanted the outfits to showcase those trends.  She also loves the mix of blues, beiges and dusty rose colors this Spring.  They truly highlight the Femininity feel we were aiming for. 
 
As with every Spring wardrobe, dresses once again are an important piece to fill the closet.  Valerie wanted to showcase a fun and flirty Spring dress during the shoot.  In addition, tank tops are a must for the warm weather days ahead so she chose a tank top with a prominent floral print and loose, feminine flow.  By adding the loose cardigan you can take this look from those hot days to those chilly Spring nights. 
 
Lastly, the off-the-shoulder trend is still in style and we are still loving it!  Valerie chose an off-the-shoulder top that incorporated a pretty, feminine lace in the dusty blush color we love.  

2019 Spring Fashions - Light Blues
Loose, feminine dress is light blue - Bliss Boutique

We hope our re-cap of this month’s collaboration with Bliss Boutique filled you with inspiration for all things beauty this Spring!  There is always so much to remember when it comes to new season trends but don’t worry – if you need help on the hair/makeup side, Garbo’s has you covered.  If you need help on the fashion side, Bliss Boutique can help! 

A big thank you to those made this month’s collaboration possible:   

Hairstylists: Mikaela Kellog, Jessica Wollam

Makeup Artist: Ashley Beutler

Models: Kelli Welch, Kristine Kruse, Talia Fickel

Fashion and Clothes: Bliss Boutique

Thank you so much for reading!  Stay tuned for our next post where we highlight a very deserving stylist from one of our locations!

Sending love,

Maddie

Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Kasey Holoubek

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

Kasey Holoubek

This month we shine the stylist spotlight on Omaha Stylist Kasey Holoubek!  Kasey has been working at Garbo’s Midtown Crossing for the past two and a half years – the first two years were as a receptionist and that last six months have been as a stylist! 

Being a younger stylist, Kasey has shaped and grown her business using social media.  I had a chance to learn what role social media plays in Kasey’s day-to-day as a stylist, why she thinks it is so important and a few tips and tricks she has picked up along the way.  In addition, she shared her favorite aspects of the job and why she absolutely loves coming to work each day.  Read on to learn more about Kasey in her own words! 

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

I have been a stylist at Garbo’s at Midtown Crossing for just over 6 months now. However, I was a receptionist at Garbo's for two years previous to becoming a stylist! I started working at Garbo’s when I was a senior in high school because I wanted to know what the salon life was like before I went into hair school. I chose Garbo’s because it has such a great reputation and a family feel to the salon. I looked at other salons in Omaha when I was getting closer to graduating but there was nowhere I felt more at home and comfortable in starting my career.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite services to provide to my clients are definitely lash extensions and color, especially my blonde babes. I have been doing lash extensions for a year and a half now! I wanted to expand my horizons from just hair and have grown to love every second of lashing! Color has a special place in my heart since I can personalize it to every client's desire. Since going from dark to light is a process, my favorite part is finally getting one of my clients to the perfect blonde they have been waiting for!

Omaha Hair Stylist Kasey H Natural Lash Extensions

Omaha Hair Stylist Kasey H Fluffy Lash Extensions

Omaha Hair Stylist Kasey H Lash Extensions

Why do you love being a hairstylist?

I love being a stylist because I get to build friendships with my clients. I want all of my clients to feel like we are besties by the end of the service! I love going to work every day and making people feel beautiful. What better job is there???

Omaha Hair Stylist Kasey H Summer Blonde Hair Color

Omaha Hair Stylist Kasey H Straight Blonde Hair

Omaha Hair Stylist Kasey H Beach Waves

How does social media influence your business?

Social media has influenced my business tremendously!!! I am from the generation of social media and phones being everywhere so I grew into this career knowing social media would be a big part of it. I love how my clients can get to know me through a phone/computer and feel more comfortable in my chair! Social media helps with referrals, new clients looking at your work, and helping with the relationship factor.

Do you have any tips/tricks that you would like to share with other stylists who are just starting to build out their profiles?

My best tip/trick to other stylists building their profiles on social media is to stay active! The best feedback I have gotten from my clients/followers is they love how I post almost everyday! They love seeing my personality and my work everyday on my instagram stories or just normal posts! P.S. people will forget about you if you don’t post as much and nobody wants to be forgotten!

What type of posts have you found work the best for finding and booking new clients on social media?

My best performing posts are pictures of clients having fun! I have a lot of younger clients who love to take selfies/processing pictures and my clients LOVE to see that! Also I love doing giveaways or asking questions in my posts so my clients can have conversations with me and have a chance to win something at the end of the day!

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

Garbo’s was the best salon I could’ve started my career at and I know they will always have my back. I am so happy I get to be part of the Garbo’s family and so happy I get to share my journey with all of you!

As Kasey mentioned, she loves to use social media to build her business.  I highly recommend following her on Instagram (@kaseydesigns) as she posts the cutest photos on a daily basis!  I also recommend checking out her website where she shares information on the services she offers and even more looks she has created in the past!

You can find Kasey at our Midtown Crossing location.  She is available for both walk-in appointments but because she is such a talented stylist, her books are filling up fast!  To make sure you can get in with her we suggest booking your next appointment online or calling the salon at 402.933.9737.

Thank you so much to Kasey for allowing us to interview her this month, for her hard work and dedication, and for the kind words she said about Garbo’s!  If you are looking for a new salon and think Garbo’s would be a good fit make sure to check out our Careers page.  We have some of the best benefits in town!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

How to Survive Wedding Season

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

It’s that time of year again…  The sun is finally shining, the flowers are beginning to bloom and you are drowning in wedding invites!  Whether you’re a guy or a girl, married or single, you understand the craziness that comes when Springtime hits…  Having been an invitee at many a wedding myself – and recently tying the knot – I see the struggle to stay afloat from both sides of the fence.  With the help of Bridesmaids Gifts Boutique, I put together a few tips in an effort to help you survive this year’s wedding season!

How to Survive Wedding Season

 

FOR THE GUESTS

PLAN AHEAD

As amazing as it is to be invited to so many people’s weddings it can also put a pretty heavy financial burden on your shoulders.  From the outfits (see Tip #2!), the travel expenses and the gifts, being a guest at a wedding can be expensive.

If you know you have a hefty amount of celebrating to do this wedding season make sure to plan ahead.  Book your flights and your hotels in advance to ensure you get the best deal.  There are plenty of apps out there that will alert you of the best airfare deal once you plug in your dates and destination so make sure to use them!

When it comes to accommodations and you have a big group of friends attending the wedding ask about sharing a hotel room or renting an Airbnb together.  Reducing the cost of the biggest expenses can help you feel better when it comes time to buy gifts.

Speaking of gifts, don’t be ashamed if you can’t afford the most expensive gift on the registry.  Buy what you can and forget the drama.  The Bride and Groom will appreciate you gave a gift – no matter how small.


More Wedding Hairstyles by Omaha Hairstylist Kayla Benner
@kayla.benner.hair


Updo Wedding Hairstyle by Omaha Hairstylist Kayla Benner
@kayla.benner.hair


More Wedding Hairstyles by Omaha Hairstylist Kayla Benner
@kayla.benner.hair

Re-wear your outfits

Having attended more than five weddings last year, in the span of only a few months I might add, I found myself stressing to find and buy the perfect outfit the week before each wedding.  Purchasing a new dress or new shoes for each event left me with a large hole in my bank account…

With that being said, don’t be afraid to wear what you already have.  You meet so many new people at weddings that most won’t even know the outfit you’re wearing isn’t brand new.  And for those who do know you, I guarantee they won’t remember!  Between the cost of traveling to and from the wedding (especially if it is out of town), the drinks at the reception (if it is not open bar) and all the gifts you have to buy, foregoing a new outfit is an easy way to cut costs.

FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM

BRIDESMAID AND GROOMSMEN GIFTS

In the last few years, Bridesmaid and Groomsmen gifts have become more and more popular.  Brides and Grooms understand the commitment their closest friends are making when they accept an invitation to be in the wedding party so they are wanting to say “thank you” with more than just a card.

There are many routes to go when choosing gifts for your wedding party but keeping it simple will help make this task enjoyable!  Depending on your group of friends, you may want to choose a gift that is more practical in nature – personalized hats or water bottles – something you know they’ll use for a long time.  Or, you may want to go with something a bit fancier – like this silver engraved pearl necklace from Bridesmaids Gifts Boutique!

Bridesmaids Gifts Boutique makes it super easy to find the perfect gift for anyone in your wedding party.  Most of their gifts can be personalized and they come in at the perfect price point!  The best news is they also have gifts for men!  We spotted this personalized tie clip from Groovy Groomsmen’s Gifts and thought it would make the perfect gift for the guys on your big day.  If you are in need of easy but meaningful gifts for your wedding party I urge you to check out these sites

Bridesmaids Gifts - Pearl Necklace

Groomsmen Gifts - Tie Clip

booking your bridal services

As a salon who offers bridal packages, we know a thing or two about how to make your appointments go smoothly.  I talked to one of our reception coordinators, Carol, who has been scheduling bridal services for more than a year and a half, and she had a few recommendations.  

First off, you should have a clear idea of what services you would like to book before calling to make your appointments.  This will result in less back and forth between you and the salon which should help ease your stress levels!  Knowing ahead of time what type of hair and makeup each person in your bridal party wants also helps reduce confusion and booking errors.

Carol also strongly suggests making any changes to your bridal party appointments (coming in later or earlier, adding or removing a service, etc) as soon as you can.   The salon you are working with will want to make sure they can accommodate you, your family and your girlfriends on your big day but because most salons are helping other clients at the same time last minute changes are more challenging.

The last and most important tip is to arrive on time.  Wedding days can be stressful.  As the bride, you are balancing enjoying your big day and keeping everything running smoothly.  As with all other appointments a salon books, they also set aside a specific amount of time for you and your bridal party’s hair and makeup.  Arriving late can put added stress on both the stylists, makeup artists and you!  With that being said, most salons will completely understand that the day is hectic and crazy so if you do happen to be running late just have your maid of honor (or someone else) call and give them a heads up!  At Garbo’s, we do our absolute best to make sure you receive the treatment deserving of a bride-to-be!

As fun and exciting as weddings are, unfortunately, they can bring un-needed stress into our lives.  Hopefully, these few tips will help you survive wedding season like a pro!  Let us know how you take on wedding season in the comments below!  

Sending love,

Maddie

Being Active is Beautiful – A Recap of Fitness Month

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

Staying active, being healthy and working hard are all things we believe are beautiful!  We dedicated last month to fitness as we know March can be the breaking point for many people… It’s still cold out, the days are not much longer than they used to be and we are all itching for warmer weather.  Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get us back on track so that is exactly what we aimed to provide!

By partnering with two local businesses in Omaha and Elkhorn, we were able to showcase different types of workouts and the amazing ladies who do them.  Sweating, working hard and staying active isn’t always pretty but what makes us strong and powerful also makes us beautiful!  Read below for a quick recap of the businesses we partnered with, the looks we showcased and the products we recommend when you are busy staying active! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles on Workout Models

Barre Code 

Our first partnership of the month was with Barre Code and Athleta at Village Pointe in West Omaha.  If you have never done a Barre class before you have never felt your legs and arms burn like this…  The workouts consist of cardio and strength training but the overall emphasis is on positivity and female empowerment.  

When styling this shoot, we went with styles that could be easily transitioned from work to workout.  Many of the classes Barre Code offers are over the lunchtime hour so busy professionals are popping in during their lunch break.  With no time to fix their hair and makeup after the workout, we made sure our looks could easily transition from one activity to the next.


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Braids
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Braid
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyles we went for our Barre Code athletes can easily be replicated at home.   The idea behind these looks was to keep the hair out of the face but provide a style that was easy enough to do at home and cute enough to wear to work (or anywhere else you are heading to that day!).

The double dutch braid in the first picture can be accomplished by crossing each of the three strands UNDER one another.  Just think about how you normal braid your hair and pull the strands the opposite way.  By doing this you are taking a normal braid style and mixing it up just a tad.  And by wrapping a small strand of hair around your elastic you take the look to another level! 


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Four Braided Buns Close Up
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency


Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Blush
Hair by Leslie Johnson, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyle you see in the first picture above may seem complicated but it is actually four individual ponies braided and then fashioned into buns.  Not only is this look extremely easy but it will also keep all those fly-away hairs in place as you transition from one barre move to the next.

As for products used to maintain these styles, Garbo’s Freshen Up Dry Shampoo is the answer.  Throw the small can in your gym back and give your hair and scalp a quick spritz after class.  The dry shampoo will absorb the oils while re-securing your hair back in place.  The best part is this dry shampoo smells amazing so you don’t have to worry about any bad smells lingering once you get back to the office! 


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Thin Eyeliner
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Up Half Down
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe.

To achieve the makeup looks for this shoot, we used Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture.  This light foundation will both protect the skin and hide your imperfections all while feeling light and airy.  By using products that were light and wouldn’t clog the pores, we ensured our models looked and felt beautiful while working out.


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Concealer
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe


Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Smoky Eye
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Crossfit Elkhorn

The other local business we partnered with this month was CrossFit Elkhorn.  A CrossFit class is a bit different than a barre class.  Focusing on power, speed, and athleticism, CrossFit is a much heavier workout.  CrossFit Elkhorn (CFE) is located a bit further west than Village Pointe – on 204th street in Elkhorn, NE.  With a membership of over 200 members, this gym is truly making its mark on the small town of Elkhorn.  With an all-inclusive atmosphere, CFE stands out among other CrossFit gyms in town.  Everyone is an athlete at CFE – no matter where you are on your fitness journey the trainers will help you reach your goals!  

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Makeup styles for Crossfit Athletes
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - French Braids
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Although CrossFit does differ from a Barre workout our approach to the hair and makeup for this shoot didn’t change too much.  Keeping the hair out of the face was priority number one.  Amber Klebba (@amberklebbapro) styled the first look by adding braids to the typical ponytail.  The tension in the braids along the hairline keeps the baby hairs, bangs and layers locked into place throughout your workout! 

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Bun
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Two Low Buns
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Another look we styled originated from a messy bun.  Grabbing your hair and throwing it on the top of your head may seem like the best workout style but unfortunately, buns easily fall out.  Add in a few powerful CrossFit moves and your once perfect top-knot is now resting on your shoulders…  Therefore, we added in an additional elastic, a few bobby pins and a quick spritz of hair spray to keep this one in place!

The next look we styled also included braids as they truly are a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you workout!  We added two buns to this version to make it stand out a bit!


Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup Idea
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall


Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Red Lipstick
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Our goal this month was to inspire you to keep pushing through.  Whether you gained inspiration from the strong women at Barre Code or the powerful women at CrossFit Elkhorn, we just hope these styles were enough to get you back on your feet!


Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Finishing Powder
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall


Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Highlighter
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

A HUGE thank you to those who helped make this collaboration possible – the hairstylists and makeup artists who volunteered their time,  Bonnie Eisenhart, her beautiful Barre Code Team, Justin and Lindsey Carraher and their amazing CrossFit Elkhorn Team!

Thanks so much for reading and make sure you stay tuned as we are working on a few Springtime posts that I’m sure you’ll love!

Sending love,

Maddie

 

Omaha Stylist Spotlight – Marcia Harper

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

Marcia Harper

This month we shine the stylist spotlight on Marcia Harper!  Marcia works at our Regency location and is one of our most experienced stylist and longest running employee – she’ll celebrate 30 years with Garbo’s this year!  She is also the leader of our fitness club!  Since we are in the middle of celebrating the beauty of fitness this month we thought it would be a treat to learn more about Marcia, what she does for our salon and how she has seen the beauty industry change over her 30-year career.  Read on to learn more about Marcia in her own words!

What is Your Favorite Service to provide to your clients?

My favorite services to provide are permanent waves and coloring hair. However, I enjoy performing any service that makes a guest feel better about themself.

How has the beauty Industry changed over the years you have been working in it?

Hairstylists are much more educated than they used to be and we are now recognized as professionals. In the infancy of my career finding a salon that offered benefits was rare. Now a stylist can work at a top salon, like Garbo's, where they offer their employees benefits such as health and disability insurance, paid vacation and a retirement plan. You may also move ahead within your company, or out of it, by accepting positions to further your career.

Why do you love being a hairstylist?

I see hairstylists as the doctors of beauty. We have the ability to touch more than just our client's hair, skin or nails. We help guest look and feel better and teach them how to maintain their looks until they can come see us again. We are truly health professionals.

What made you interested in the GArbo's Fit Club position?

In 2000 I was home for three months with a broken ankle. While stuck at home I started thinking of ways to better our workplace. Once returning to work I put my ideas into motion by starting a flu shot clinic and bringing CPR classes to our salons. We had such a great response that we knew we needed to continue providing health-related functions to those who work at Garbo's. I didn't truly have a position until Darcy offered me a chance to apply for it. Darcy, our owner, is very supportive.

Omaha Stylist Marcia Harper

What fun fitness activites has the salon been involved in?

There have been complimentary yoga and kickboxing classes and we are about to be treated to a Barre Class at the Barre Code in West Omaha. We have a workout corner in each salon and have participated in a few charitable runs. All the success we have had with this program is largely due to our fitness team. Claire, Erin, Susie, Molly, and Heather have worked diligently to make our program what it is.

Fitness and beauty... they don't typically go together. Why does garbo's care about staying active?

I think fitness and beauty actually complement one another well. Beauty follows fitness inside and out. Being healthy and fit makes anything you achieve in life that much better, including a workplace. It is forward thinking to add wellness to a workplace, it provides happiness and safety. I'm happy to be at a company that has that mindset, thank you, Darcy!

I loved what Marcia had to say about the relationship between beauty and fitness.  Although there is something raw and natural about working out and staying fit there truly is a connection to beauty.  The rush of empowerment and positivity felt after a great workout can make you feel beautiful! 

When you’re behind a Garbo’s chair we work hard to help you feel beautiful.  We see and feel that same rush in our clients when the chair is turned around and they see their new hair for the first time.  

We believe that staying active is beautiful – that is why we dedicated an entire month to fitness!  We’ve partnered with some amazing small businesses to bring you the best of beauty and fitness so make sure to follow along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts!

Thank you so much to Marcia for allowing us to interview her this month and for the work she does to keep everyone at Garbo’s healthy and fit!  If you are in need of a new stylist we highly recommend choosing Marcia.  You can book your next appointment with her online or by calling our Regency location at (402) 391-2333.

Thanks as always for reading – we’ll be back in a few weeks when we wrap up our month of fitness!

Sending love,

Maddie

A Facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

If you read last week’s post you are now up to speed on the benefits of a professional facial and why you should have one regularly.  If you missed that post you can read it here!  As with any beauty service, each salon and spa’s offering is unique and different.  That’s why we wanted to share what goes into a facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa and a few tips on how to ace your next appointment.  Enjoy!

Garbo's Professional Facial Products

A Facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa

 

Greeting and consultation- 

When you first arrive your esthetician will greet and introduce themselves while leading you to one of our spa rooms.  After you are situated comfortably on the bed you and your esthetician will talk about the skin challenges you are having and your goals for the appointment.  Your esthetician will also ask about any allergies you might have or any medications you might be on – both of these things can cause negative reactions to some of the professional products that are used during the appointment so it is important to be open and honest during this part of the conversation.

Once the esthetician has a better understanding of you and your skin she will begin the treatment by selecting an aroma infusion to be used throughout the service.  At Garbo’s we use Aveda’s Air/Infinity, Fire and Water/Earth blends.

Pre-cleanse and Cleanse- 

During these first steps, the esthetician will prepare the skin for cleansing by using Aveda Oleation Oil or Aveda Composition Oil.  After the skin is prepped, a balancing cleanser will be used to clean the surface of the skin.  A hot towel is then used to wipe this away.  After your skin is clean your esthetician will analyze the skin to determine which Aveda products to use in the following steps.

Exfoliation and Extractions-

There are many products to choose from to exfoliate the face – a few of these include the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner, Aveda Peel System or the Aveda Tourmaline Radiance Mask.  A facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa includes two forms of exfoliation.  Your esthetician will choose the right ones for you depending on your skin type and the goal of the facial.  Throughout the exfoliation process, the esthetician will include a foot, hand or scalp massage to further relax you.

After the exfoliation stage, the esthetician will move on to the extraction phase.  This step is added based on the client’s needs.  Extractions can be uncomfortable at times but the esthetician works hard to minimize the discomfort.  It is important to allow a professional to do extractions instead of trying to do them at home as this can result in negative affects on the skin.

Massage- 

One of my favorite parts of a facial is the facial massage.  After the harsh exfoliation and extraction phase, your skin needs time to balance and recover.  Oil is applied and the esthetician smoothes it out over the face while gently massaging it into the skin.  Once this step is complete a hot towel is used to remove the excess oil and prepare it for the final mask.

Hydration Mask and Moisturizer-

The last step in our facial is the final mask and moisturizer.  A hydration mask is typically used as the final step in the facial service but the esthetician can choose a different one depending on your skin.  A final hand, foot or scalp massage is added while the mask works its magic.  Once removed with a hot towel, the esthetician will apply any treatments needed to the skin and seal it all in with a moisturizer.  At this step it is possible to add any finishing touches you would like – sunscreen, lip gloss, tinted moisturizer, etc.

Suggestions- 

At the end of the service, the esthetician will ask how the service went to make sure it was enjoyable.  She will also talk with you about any products that could be helpful in maintaining the results of your facial.  She will also recommend a course of treatment moving forward depending on your skin and the results of the first treatment.

The Aveda products that are used in a facial at Garbo's Salon and Spa

Getting a facial can be daunting – especially if it is your first one ever or your first one at a new spa.  By asking questions, being open and honest about your skin care routine and letting your esthetician know what other medication you may be taking you are on the right path to making your facial enjoyable and effective!

If you still haven’t grabbed our coupon to save $25 off a Classic or Signature facial now is the time!  The coupon expires on March 31st so download it and book your appointment now!

We hope you enjoyed our little sneak peek into our facial services.  If you ever have any questions or concerns when scheduling a facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa we urge you to reach out ahead of time.  You can always talk to one of our licensed estheticians or come in for a complimentary consultation to put your worries at ease.

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! 

The Benefits of a Professional Facial

Maddie Poteat Headshot

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! 

Stylist Spotlight – Leslie Johnson

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

Leslie Johnson

This month we shine the stylist spotlight on Leslie Johnson!  Leslie has worked in the industry for almost thirty years and we have been thankful to have her behind a Garbo’s chair for the past eight.  Leslie calls the Village Pointe location home so we caught up with her there to learn more about how she continues to push herself to grow on a daily basis.  Read on to learn more about Leslie in her own words!

What is Your Favorite Service to Perform?

My favorite service to perform has become the two things I struggled with for many years: Precision haircuts and on point foil placement for amazing blondes.

What inspires your creativity?

Social media, the young hairdressers new in the industry, and customer service (as I've gotten older and am now realizing the true value of service).

Leslie Johnson, Village Pointe, Hair Example - Brunette Haircut and Style

Leslie Johnson, Village Pointe, Hair Example - Red Curly Hair

What do you find most rewarding about your career as a hair stylist?

The smile on my client's faces when his/her hair does exactly as he/she wanted. I have been told, "This is the best haircut I've ever had" in the past and that absolutley makes my day.

What role does social media play in your business?

Social media has become crucial in our industry. Everyone follows hashtags and the more you publish your work, the wider it is seen. To me, social media has become the the fastest, most economical,and modern way to advertise.

Leslie Johnson, Village Pointe, Hair Example - Women's Short Bob

Leslie Johnson, Village Pointe, Hair Example - Male Short Haircut

Leslie Johnson, Village Pointe, Hair Example - Blonde Curly Hair

What is something new or exciting that you have recently done/worked on?

Lately, I have been studying the latest in hair extensions called "Handtied Natural Beaded Row" extensions. I recently became certified using the Manna Hair system. This new way of installing extensions is so amazing! It is completely customizable, very little to no stress on natural hair, and minimal maintenance.

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

Even though I have been in the industry for almost three decades, I am learning and improving every day and with every client. I am not done growing. I am not done learning. Time has let me discover there is always more to know. Some days I feel like I am on day one out of school taking in knowledge. I personally think that's a great place to be. Each year I have a new personal goal with my business. As a single mother, I want my children to learn to never stop learning, to never give up, and to always keep your mind open to new ideas, ways, and thoughts. Openness brings growth!

Thank you so much to Leslie for allowing us to interview her this month.  As Leslie mentioned, social media has become a crucial selling tool in our industry.  It helps showcase a stylist’s work, build credibility and find new clients. 

If you are looking for a new stylist, why not check out Leslie’s work on her Instagram account!  I am positive you will be blown away:). If you are ready to make your appointment feel free to call Garbo’s, Village Pointe at (402) 991-2227 or book an appointment with Leslie online!

Thanks as always for reading – we’ll be back next week with a special Valentine’s Day post from our owner, Darcy Michalek!

Sending love,

Maddie

The Science Behind “A Good Hair Day”

Maddie Poteat Headshot

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