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Top Performers 2020

No doubt, last year was hard.  But even with that challenge, our stylists and estheticians continued to perform at their highest levels each day. Their dedication, hard work, and excellence shone through every aspect of their work.

Each year we enjoy recognizing and celebrating those who take their commitment to their stylists to the next level.  While we truly value and appreciate everyone who calls Garbo’s home, it is important to honor those who go above and beyond.  While we normally throw a large party and take lots of pictures, this year we had to celebrate differently.

With over 100 service providers working for Garbo’s Salon and Spa, these stylists and estheticians have excelled in their performance. These fantastic men and women worked hard all year – taking great care of each client, and constantly working to improve their skills.  

The Top Performers of 2020 are out and we wanted to take the time to recognize each winner individually below. If you see your stylist/esthetician listed, please tell them congratulations. They have definitely earned it!

Black Diamond/ Diamond Level

Lindsey Balkovec Black Diamond Level

Sherri Mahoney Diamond Level

Amber Meier Diamond Level

Gold Level

Katherine Bower

Thomas Sena - Omaha Hairstylist

Tom Sena

Shannon Carsey

Ken Chapman, Hair Stylist Omaha NE

Ken Chapman

Silver Level

Denise Hilson - Stylist

Denise Hilson

Clair Wight

Eileen Staley - Stylist

Eileen Staley

Rachel Miller

Denise Pittman - Stylist

Denise Pittman

Mikaela Bana

Marcia Harper - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Marcia Harper

Dinet Peña

Emily Reinhardt

Bronze Level

Kara Kowalski - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Kara Kowalski

Erin Lewandowski - Stylist

Erin Lewandowski

Kathleen Traxinger - Stylist/Men's Cutting Specialist

Kathleen Traxinger

Ashley Renee Kotil

Sheryl Balfour

Emily Hilker

Hayli Winans- Stylist

Hayli Winans

Audrey Reinhardt - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Audrey Reinhardt

Torrie Vaught

Marie Mertz

Courtney Shipp - Stylist

Courtney Luetkenhaus

John Bernal

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.

Remember, if you see your service provider listed make sure to tell them congratulations!  With over 100 stylists throughout of five locations, earning the award of Top Performer is not easy and they deserve to be recognized for their amazing accomplishment!

 Again, congratulations one more time to all our 2020 Top Performers! 

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Stylist Spotlight – Regency Hairstylist and Manager, Thomas Sena

This month, we’re highlighting not only our stylist but our amazing manager, Thomas Sena! From our Regency location, Thomas has made an invaluable contribution and his dedication and passion never go unnoticed.

We can go on and on about how great Tom is but you truly have to meet him to understand!  Continue reading to get to know this month’s stylist spotlight all the reasons we appreciate him so much.

How long have you been a stylist at Garbo's Salons and what made you want to work here?

 I have a long history with Garbo’s. I worked for Garbo’s in its original location in One Pacific Place almost 30 years ago. From there, I went out and did my own thing for many years and then came back to Garbo’s under the current owner, Darcy Michalek, in 2014.

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

I don’t even know if I could say that I chose to be a hairstylist. I grew up in the business. My dad was a stylist and owns salons as well as my aunt and then my older sister. I always say my first job was emptying ashtrays in my dad‘s salon when I was about 4 years old. So eventually I just kind of stepped into the role.

What would you consider to be your specialties when it comes to your job?

As far as a specialty, I can just tell you a couple of services that I do that are still somewhat unique. I’ve done extensions since way before they became trendy. OK, I should probably stop answering every question making me sound like I’m 100 years old.

I also do the Japanese Thermal Straightening. This is the original system (oh man here we go again) that’s tried and true. The products are actually in Japanese. No, I did not learn how to read Japanese but I did learn how to use the products a long time ago from a stylist in LA. It’s the best chemical straightening method, period. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

It’s hard to nail down a favorite single service or aspect that is my favorite because what I love so much about this business is that it’s allowed me to do so many different things and utilize my talents (if any) in so many areas. Cutting, coloring, styling, extension, photoshoots, art direction, marketing, management, mentoring, product development, and fashion, to name a few. Love it all. 

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

I’ve had the honor of managing, hiring, training, and mentoring Stylist for a long time. Unfortunately, I’ve also had to let some go. I’ve seen stylists succeed for a number of different reasons. Some take longer than others. I can tell you it’s been very rare that I’ve ever let anyone go because I didn’t think they had the capacity to learn how to do the work. Some take to it like fish to water and others develop their craft over a long period of training. But the story I try to tell all of my stylists is that when I got started I thought the craft was everything. I did not pay attention to customer service because I felt if I could just do the work better than most people that I would be busy. I then watched a lot of stylists pass me on the way up, I finally figured out the importance of human connection. Looking good should always go hand-in-hand with feeling good. The fastest building stylists are the ones that are competent at their craft but also provide a fun, safe, and genuine customer experience as well. That is our ultimate goal.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your work?

I love to have a good time. I love a loose and fun atmosphere in the salon and with my crew. If it’s not fun it’s not worth it. When I see my staff really enjoying what they’re doing and having fun with each other there’s just nothing better.

Lastly, I’ll do a little plug for my newest venture. Darcy and I have started a new company called, Baby Dog Mama and we could not be more excited. It’s a specialty hair product company with three core products, to begin with. A baby shampoo, a dog shampoo, and a shampoo for mama. The dog shampoo is already available at Garbo’s salons and online at garbossalons.com. Look for the other two shampoos to come online later this year. We are doing a lot of very special things with this company and these products but the one thing I’ll mention is that for every product you buy we will give away a shampoo to a pet, family or women’s shelter. That’s really at the heart of our mission and we hope we can highlight some of the great work being done at shelters.  

How amazing is Thomas! We cannot thank him enough for all that he does and it is truly talent like Thomas that makes Garbo’s the salon that it is! If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Thomas, you can schedule any service by calling our Regency location at (402) 391-2333 or by booking with him online Finally, make sure you’re following Thomas Sena on Instagram @thomassena to see more of his work! 

Stylist Spotlight – Midtown Crossing Hairstylist, Shalma Ibarra

This month, we are shining the spotlight on one of our amazing stylists, Shalma Ibarra! Shalma currently works for Garbo’s at our Midtown Crossing location and has been with us for over three years.

Shalma is originally from a small town in Iowa and moved to Omaha to attend cosmetology school six years ago! She comes from a big family, is a dog mama to her Pomeranian, Chanel, and is very passionate about what she does! Continue reading to hear more about her story! 

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

I have worked at Garbos for 3 1/2 years now. I always knew I wanted to work for one of the best salons in Omaha, and I am so grateful Darcy gave me the opportunity to do so. I get to work with some pretty amazing and talented stylists. Also, working in a team environment, you learn so much from one another. With Garbo’s continuing education, you’re alway learning new hair trends too which is so helpful.

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

I have always liked to do other people’s hair. Before I even knew I want to be a hairstylist I was already coloring and styling my sister’s hair. My senior year, I did an apprenticeship at a salon. The owner showed me all about what working there was like. After that, I knew I was going to cosmetology school!

What would you consider to be your specialties when it comes to your job?

My specialty services are hair color, hand-tied extensions, and airbrush makeup. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I recently got certified in hand-tied extensions and I am loving making my clients hair dreams come true! Extensions give you a newfound confidence to be the best version of yourself. 

Due to COVID-19, Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

The salon was closed for a month and a half, and it was hard going from seeing six clients a day to zero. Coming back to work, I was super happy to be able to do what I love and get back behind the chair. 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I 100% agree with all the new safety measures. Everyone should wear a mask and sanitation is key with keeping everyone safe and healthy. I want all my clients to feel comfortable coming back into my chair.

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was moving out of state and starting my hair career not knowing a lot of people. However, through my social media { @shalmaibarra } and Garbo’s salon, clients started coming to me. I always promoted myself in the best way possible. With hard work and dedication you can overcome anything! 

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

To be a successful stylist, you need to be all in!  The salon is a big part of your life and so are your clients. You always want to give 110% when doing any service!

We are so happy to spotlight another one of our wonderful stylists this month! Stylists like Shalma are what make Garbo’s the salon that it is! If you’re interested in booking an appointment with her, you can schedule any service by calling (402) 933-9737 or by booking with her online Finally, make sure you’re following Shalma Ibarra on Instagram @shalmaibarra to see more of her work! 

Stylist Spotlight – Village Pointe Hairstylist, Kelsee Graham

This month, we are highlighting one of our amazing stylists, Kelsee Graham, at Garbo’s Village Pointe! She has a strong passion for what she does and we are so lucky to have her on our team. Continue reading to learn more about Kelsee!  

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

I have been at Garbo’s Village Pointe for almost 5 years! I had a classmate from hair school that was already working here and loved it. I am not from Omaha so I had no idea what salons to start applying to, so I toured Garbo’s and knew right away it would be a perfect fit. 

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

As long as I can remember I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. I love the fast pace environment and the personal connections I make on a daily basis.

There is no better feeling than helping men, women, and children feel confident and beautiful, inside and out. Another thing I have come to love is the limitless opportunities and flexibility I get to have.

What would you consider to be your specialties when it comes to your job?

My speciality would have to be color. It allows me to be so creative whether it be with placement, lightener, toners, or even all over colors. I have taken numerous amounts of color courses thanks to all of the education Garbo’s offers! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service would have to be highlights! Give me all the foils! I love the repetition of placing the foils and dramatic changes that can be done even with just a few foils or gloss over pre-lightened hair. 

Due to COVID-19, Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

It was definitely scary not knowing what was going to happen next. I think in any situation the “unknown” is going to be very nerve wracking, let alone in the middle of a pandemic. Coming back I was still a little nervous but so excited to see my clients and coworkers! 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I wouldn’t say it’s made it more difficult but I have definitely had to adjust my whole routine! Sometimes you run a few minutes late with all the extra cleaning and sanitizing but your clients understand and actually appreciate it! 

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

In this new world of social media and photo editing some clients don’t understand that the picture they show me for an inspiration picture is either not realistic for their hair type or completely photoshopped. I have learned to have a ton of patience and try to find a picture that is more fitting for their lifestyle/hair type.  

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

The hair industry is ALWAYS evolving. Education and staying up to date with the latest trends are so important! I love watching my favorite celebrity hairstylists on Instagram or Youtube to see what is popular in the current season.

Another thing to always remember is you attract what you project!  I always have a positive attitude once I step onto the salon floor. Being flexible is what a lot of my clients love! Staying late, coming in early, working weekends and nights is what will make you stand out from the rest! 

We are so happy to spotlight another one of our wonderful stylists this month! We are so appreciative of Kelsee and her passion. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with her, you can schedule any service by calling (402) 991-2227 or by booking with her online.  Finally, make sure you’re following Kelsee Graham on Instagram @kelsee.at.garbosvp to see more of her work! 

Stylist Spotlight – Village Pointe Hair Stylist, Sam Dolan

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Sam Dolan, one of our amazing stylists at Garbo’s Village Pointe! She’s an Omaha native, dog momma of four, and loves her job. Sam has been in the beauty industry for over a decade and has a lot to share…continue reading to hear her story! 

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

This is my fifth year working for Garbos, and I have been in the beauty industry for 12 years! I wanted to work for Garbo’s because I knew I needed a supportive work family, and education, which is by far the best I have ever had. Before joining Garbo’s, I worked for a salon that didn’t do color and I knew that it wasn’t my forever home! 

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

I knew I was meant to do hair. I will say, I cut a lot of my doll’s hair and the famous “My Little Ponies”. I went to UNO for Biology and I knew it wasn’t for me!

What would you consider to be your specialties when it comes to your job?

I am certified in Habit hand-tied extensions based out of Gilbert, Arizona as of March 2019. I am currently working on my Aqua hand-tied extension certification as well.  My other specialties include balayage, highlights, color, on-site wedding hair, and special occasion hair

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My all time favorite service would be extensions! I also really like coloring services, even if it’s just a gloss or toner!

Due to COVID-19, Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

I hate to say it, and jokingly, I was waiting for an adult summer break all my life! I enjoyed my time at home to recalibrate and came back recharged. I spent most of my time educating myself, thinking of DIY projects that I never started or finished before. Coming back, I was so nervous, it was like my first day at Garbo’s all over again. I don’t know why…. it was a complete reboot, almost like meeting my coworkers again for the first time. It took me about 20 min of every day to get used to the mask, but now I drive all the way home with it on as if it’s a part of me. Won’t it be weird the first day we don’t have to wear masks anymore?!

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I don’t think my job has been more difficult, I just have a couple more steps to do now! There’s definitely more cleaning and the physical aspect of working with a mask but I think the most difficult thing is the emotions that come with dealing with COVID.  A lot more people are stressed, anxious, and scared so it can be difficult working with all these new emotions.  Therefore, I try to give myself more time for self-care so I can be recharged for my clients! 

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

Saying no! As a stylist, I want to give my clients exactly what they want, when they want it. It’s hard to tell and explain why the final look can’t happen all in one day.  Such as going from black box color to platinum, in 3 hours.

I have to remind myself that I am the professional with years of experience and need to have confidence to tell a client what we can do today and what we can’t.  Under promise, over deliver. 

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

I’ll say this first, my instructors told me about the 80/20 rule. 80% of our class won’t be doing hair in 5 years and 20% will.  I’d have to say that within my cosmetology class of 26 maybe 3 girls are still in the industry.  It takes being in love with the industry and treating every client as if they were on vacation at the spa.  You have to make a memorable experience for them, go above and beyond. I washed a young girl’s hair for her first time and she never forgot it – she’s become a lifetime client just from that experience!

It’s about being a business person, tracking your service and retail numbers. I can look back at last year’s numbers and compare this year’s. I set goals for each day, week, month, and year. It’s about advertising and promoting your work!  Becoming successful means failing, and I’ve failed a lot, but it’s about turning the failures into learning experiences. Education has a huge impact on your success. This industry is ever-changing and to keep up with new trends you need to immerse yourself in education – wherever you can find it.  I learn a lot on Instagram and social media which is crazy!  Also, it’s always important to ask for help, it doesn’t matter how long you have been doing hair, someone else will have a fresh idea or perspective on how to solve the equation, whether it be a color formula or color correction.

We are so happy to showcase another one of our awesome stylists this month! We love Sam and her love for doing hair. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Sam, you can schedule an appointment by calling 402-991-2227 or by booking with her online Finally, make sure you’re following her on Instagram @sam.dolan.at.garbos.

Stylist Spotlight – Midtown Crossing Stylist Sam Garibo

Omaha Stylist Sam Garibo

This month, we’re highlighting one of our awesome stylists, Sam Garibo! Sam has been with us at our Midtown Crossing location for over two years now. We love all of the creativity that she brings to the salon. Continue reading to hear more about Sam and her story! 

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

I have been working at Garbo’s for 2.5 years now! Garbo’s was the second
salon I ever job shadowed at, and I loved the vibe from Day 1. It was
professional, luxurious and laid back, everything I wanted for my business! All
the stylists were super cool and welcoming, I just knew that I wanted to work in that environment. The owner seemed genuinely interested in me as a
professional too. I felt valued and I knew I could learn a lot at Garbos! 

Why did you choose to be a stylist and why do you love it? What would you consider your specialties when it comes to your job?

I was actually in my sophomore year at UNO, when I decided to become a hairstylist. None of the majors seemed interesting enough for me and I always ended up feeling like I was settling. So, I asked myself, “In a perfect world where no one could tell you anything, what would your career look like?” Cosmetology was the answer and I dropped out of UNO the very next week! I wanted a career where I could be creative, be in charge of how much $$$ I could potentially make, and I wanted to be able to dress up and be ‘boujee’.

Although I enjoy doing all types of hair, my specialty is “Lived in Hair.” Hair that is low maintenance and looks effortlessly ‘slept in’. I love soft color blends and lots of texture. I recently got certified in Hand Tied Extensions, and I am practicing lots so I can make them one of my specialties, as well! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I actually don’t think I have a “favorite service.” I honestly enjoy whatever my client needs the most. For example, a client may come in for color, but realize that the haircut was the most impactful part of their visit. I just love when my clients feel good when they see their hair. Whether it’s a color, cut, or a new set of extensions, I love doing whatever is going to make my client’s life better. 

Due to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

Closing for Covid was scary. I was very sad and stressed out by the situation, but I decided that this was a rare gift of time. I was given a lot of free time and I really wanted to do something productive. That’s what was going to make me feel better about it. So, I took a lot of classes and practiced a lot while we closed. Coming back was also scary! I had a lot of mixed emotions, but my main priority was safety and seeing all my clients again. I got used to the masks fast and I’m just grateful that I can keep providing services!

 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I don’t think my job has been more difficult, I just have a couple more steps to do now! There’s definitely more cleaning and the physical aspect of working with a mask, but I think the most difficult thing is the emotions that come with dealing with Covid. A lot more people are stressed, anxious and scared so it can be difficult working with all these new emotions. So, I try to give myself more time for self-care, so I can be recharged for my clients! 

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

Covid aside, one of the biggest challenges that come with being a stylist is the sense of ‘having to catch up.’ I always felt like I wasn’t good enough or that I needed to work on something. It was so stressful comparing my business to someone else’s. I had to learn that my path is unique and that wanting to be better shouldn’t be a hindrance, but motivation!

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

A successful stylist can be all about numbers, having a booked schedule, having high retail, but to me it’s about the clients. A successful stylist is a stylist that makes their clients day easier. I never want to push something to a client because I want to have a higher ticket. For me, it’s all about building an honest relationship with whoever sits in my chair. There has never been a greater shift in my business until I figured this out! Don’t get me wrong, a successful stylist needs to be dedicated and consistent, but I stopped trying to focus on the numbers and focused on truly solving my client’s hair problems and the clients started pouring in!

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your work?

I want the readers who are considering a career that is creative, “low income” and/or non-traditional to feel motivated to pursue becoming a hairstylist! I believe that if you have passion for something and you are determined to make it work, that it will! I was always an academic and I got really good grades and I would’ve never imagined I would be working at a salon, but I am making my career fruitful and I am so happy! Being smart in a creative job is not a ‘waste’ as some people may tell you! 

We are so happy to highlight another one of our amazing stylists this month. We love Sam and all her dedication and feel blessed that she’s on our team. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with her, you can find her at our Midtown Crossing location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402-933-9737 or by booking her online Finally, make sure you’re following her on Instagram @samanthagaribo.

Stylist Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Alysha Donahoo

Omaha Stylist Alysha Donahoo

We’re so excited to spotlight yet another one of our amazing stylists this month! Alysha Donahoo has been with us at our Oakview location for quite some time. We love her positive energy and the contagious smile she’s always wearing when arriving at the salon. Continue reading to hear about Alysha and her story! 

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

Eight years—when I first moved to Omaha it was one of the best-known salons.

Why did you choose to be a stylist and why do you love it? What would you consider your specialties when it comes to your job?

My best friend was going to hair school and dragged me along…from there it became a part of me, and I saw myself doing nothing else. I LOVE a good blonde and doing fades.

ADue to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

With COVID, I honestly got to sit back and enjoy my three beautiful daughters. Life can get so busy. It was amazing being able to slow down and cuddle. But, coming back made me realize how much I need my clients as well.

 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

The only difficulty with the safety measure would have to be the mask. We already sanitized after each client before the virus, I just miss seeing their faces!  

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

Being consistent and loving what you do! I ALWAYS show up with a smile on my face!

 

 

We love being able to show off our stylists’ and all of the hard work that they do. Thank you for reading about Alysha and her story! 

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Spotlight – Omaha Stylist Shannon Carsey

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie Poteat

After high school, Shannon wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.  She took a year off to think through her options and ended up finding her passion for hair.  With a stroke of luck, her best friend from hair school was working at Garbo’s and told her she should come check it out.  Lucky for us, Shannon loved it and has been here ever since!

It’s been a while since our last stylist spotlight and we couldn’t have chosen a better person to highlight as our first post back!  Read on below to learn more about Shannon Carsey!

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 7 years. My best friend from hair school was a stylist at Garbo’s and wanted me to come join her.  At the time I wasn’t sure if I would fit in but I’m so glad I did because I work with a great group of people.!

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

Honestly I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school so I took a year off to decide. I had people that told me I’d make a great hair stylist because I enjoyed messing with hair and have always been a people person. So that’s what made me pursue a career as a stylist.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I really enjoy cutting short pixie haircuts but ultimately I love every aspect of my job because it gives me the opportunity to make people feel good about themselves.

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Due to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

Covid really made me miss my work and it also made me realize how much I value my clients. I was ecstatic to come back and start doing hair again!

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

The new safety measures in place haven’t made it more difficult but it has been an adjustment in getting used to this new normal within our country. I know the changes we’ve made are good in helping keep everyone safe. {Garbo’s Salon and Spa Safety Guidelines}

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you over come it?

The biggest challenge has been getting used to wearing a mask all day. Although its frustrating at times, I know it’s the right thing to do in keeping our clients safe.

Shannon Carsey Omaha Hairstylist

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

Listening to people and being able to hold a conversation… being kind, attentive, and consistent in the service you provide.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your work?

I truly love what I do and care about the people who walk through our doors.  Our clients matter and I want them walking out feeling the best possible way about themselves.

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Shannon, you can find her at our Village Pointe Location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402-991-2227 or by booking her online.  Finally, make sure you’re following her @shannonkayhair.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

Box Dye vs. Professional Hair Color

Lindsey Carraher - Stylist at Garbo's Salon and Spa - Blog Post Photo

By: Lindsey Carraher

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

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

 

Sending love,

Lindsey

 

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

 

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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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