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Caring For Gray Hair

Finding gray hair amongst your locks is a rite of passage when it comes to aging…no matter how you feel about the problem! The thing to keep in mind is that gray hair can be just as healthy and beautiful as colored hair, and here at Garbo’ Salon and Spa, we would love to help you own your natural beauty as you age. 

If you are experiencing gray hair, you may be thinking about ways you can hide it or try to embrace it…the good thing is that we can help you do both! There are a few simple ways we like to do this in our salons: add in some highlights to blend your current hair, color your hair to completely cover grays, or transition your hair to a fully gray color overall. It just comes down to personal preference! 

Today, we’re going to talk about the gray hair phenomenon and try to change the stigma around this natural occurrence we all experience in our lives. We’ll be giving you some useful tips and insight on transitioning to and caring for gray hair.

3 Reasons to Embrace YOUR Gray Hair

There are many reasons why embracing your grays may be the right choice for you: 

  • It’s easier! You can trade color touch-ups every four to six weeks for deep conditioning treatments and trims instead. This way we can still use our professional skills and products to keep your hair healthy without you having to come in for a color treatment so frequently. 
  • It’s beautiful!  Your grays are gorgeous – just like you.  With proper care you can learn to fall in love with them. 
  • It’s a change!  Going completely gray–with the right tone and care–can result in a beautiful new look that suits you well!

CARING FOR YOUR GRAY HAIR - 5 tips to Brighten and Soften Gray Hair

Gray hair will be much drier compared to its pigmented counterparts. Here is some essential advice you should follow if you want to keep your gray hair looking and feeling its best: 

Brush Your Hair Nightly 

This will distribute natural oils from the scalp and nourish your hair. Your hair will become softer and smoother with time if you keep up this habit! It can be even more effective if you brush daily with a boar hair bristle brush. 

Use Proper Shampoo

Gray hair can sometimes appear dull due to its fair coloring. Using a purple-tinted shampoo, like Garbo’s Blueberry and Beet Root Shampoo, can brighten it up and make it appear more vibrant. Purple shampoo will also help to maintain the cool tone of your grays and keep them from getting brassy. 

Use Styling Products 

Using serums as well as products with conditioner and silicone will help smooth your gray hair. Deep conditioners like Garbo’s Indulge Mask are ideal for taming stubborn, sometimes wiry gray hair. 

Get Regular Hair Treatments 

Conditioning treatments can help maintain the integrity of your hair as you age. This will smooth out rough, wiry hair while helping to maintain your new natural color.  Next time you’re scheduling your appointment, add on Aveda’s Botanical Repair.  This conditioning treatment will help strengthen, repair, and protect your hair. 

Tips to Grow out Gray Natural Hair 

If you are making the switch from regularly coloring your hair to going gray, there may be a 6-12 month period of uneven color as the natural hair grows in. To allow the new growth to blend quickly, you can consider coloring your hair to match your grays, cutting your hair shorter or getting a few highlights to help with the transition. 

Always feel free to talk to our stylists about what they think will work best.  They’ll make sure your grays blend in seamlessly until you’re able to fully grow them out.

Lots of people choose to let their gray hair go because of its unique tone and lower maintenance care. After reading this article, hopefully you know how to take better care of your gray hair so it can leave you feeling just as beautiful as before. Gray hair doesn’t have to be a bad thing, let’s find you the right products and treatment so you can embrace the beauty of yours today!

Published with the writing assistance of: https://www.lippiehippie.com/

Why You Should Hire a Professional Hairstylist

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Hairstylist

 

Your hair is the ultimate crown you wear, and the hair industry really depends on that. Whether you have synthetic hair or your natural hair, it’s important to have a good hairstylist in your corner to help you maintain it. Professional hairstylists are trained to provide you with exactly what you ask for, whether you want to change up your entire look or just maintain the style you already have. 

At Garbo’s Salon and Spa, we emphasize the importance of seeing a professional hairstylist to maintain the health and beauty of your hair. There’s a lot you can do to take care of it at home but there also comes many times where it’s best to leave it up to the professionals. The following are some benefits of choosing a professional hairstylist for yourself and what we can do for you! 

You get exactly what you ask for

Cutting hair is an art. There’s a lot of thought and strategy that goes into it, even when it’s just a trim. There are many other factors that have to be taken into consideration. A professional hairstylist will observe your face, cut closely, and style your hair according to what you ask for.  Our stylists will always ask you about the length you want to keep, and give you the best suggestions based on the health of your hair. You can always put your faith in us because we know what your hair needs, while still respecting the style you want to achieve.

Professionals will suggest the best hair products for you

Everyone’s hair is different, which means we all need different types of products. At Garbo’s, our hairstylists will help you choose the best products for your hair type. These days, most people follow an elaborate, several-step skin care routine…and we encourage you to do the same with your hair! It doesn’t have to be complicated, but our stylists will always tell you what products to buy and how or when to use them so you can achieve salon-like style at home! We have years of experience dealing with different types of hair, so we know exactly what will suit yours the best.

Professionals can spot when something’s not right

With increased stress (which has been a little higher than normal for most of us lately), scalp problems often occur. Professional hairstylists see many people each week, and will often know the kind of scalp problem you might be dealing with. If the condition is mild, they can advise you on which products may help it.  Sometimes, stylists even notice moles or changes in your scalp color that can indicate skin cancer.

Professionals offer a wide variety of services

One of the best things about going to a professional hair salon is that they typically offer a variety of services. Our stylists are constantly attending continuing education workshops to increase their skills and stay up to date on the latest trends. Many of our stylists also work to attain new certifications every year in different areas of cosmetology.  Being able to offer you a variety of services to choose from is what makes seeing a professional worth it! A greater variety gives you an opportunity to choose what’s best for you.

Ultimately, choosing to see a professional hairstylist proves to be beneficial in many ways. There are many things in life you can “DIY,” but when it comes to your hair, it’s best to leave it up to the experts! At Garbo’s we pride ourselves in hiring top tier stylists who are always willing to learn and grow with the changes in the beauty world.  The next time you reach for the at-home box of hair color, or pick up the scissors to give yourself a trim, remember what you read in this article and book an appointment at one of our five Omaha locations!

Madison Lander

MADISON LANDER

Madison will be a junior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville this fall studying Public Relations and Business Administration. She is originally from Illinois, just about an hour south of Chicago. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, & spending time with family.

How to Treat Mascne

How to Treat Mascne - Stylists Wearing Masks

Mascne...How To Combat Our Newest Enemy

It’s safe to say that this pandemic has brought us all many ups and downs. Like any other situation in life, there have been positives and negatives, but as time goes on it feels like new issues surface every day.  It’s time we talk about one of those issues… MASCNE.

What is “mascne”?  Acne that is caused by the longtime wear of a mask.  It’s caused by a combination of dirt, friction, bacteria, and moisture retention that are a result of wearing masks for long periods of time.  Why does protecting yourself and others have to come with such nasty consequences?!

As if these times haven’t been challenging enough, the last thing we want is to be battling breakouts and blemishes. In the case of mascne, you can run, but you certainly cannot hide…. Wearing a mask is mandatory in most public areas now and it’s our social responsibility to help slow the spread.  Luckily, we’ve done some research and compiled tips and tricks on how to treat mascne so you can keep your skin clear AND keep everyone safe!  Follow our suggestions below to tackle the uncharted territory of MASCNE.

1. Wash and change out your mask frequently

If you’re wearing a disposable 3-ply mask, you should technically be switching it out after every use.  If you opt for a cotton or cloth mask, then you should wash it after every use if possible.  This will not only keep you safe but also keep you from exposing your skin to the bacteria that harbors in the fabric of your mask.

2. Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

Hydrating, using antioxidant rich products like Image Skincare’s Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum, Vital C ACE Antioxidant Serum, or Vital C Repair Cream and applying a daily sunscreen like Image Prevention+ SPF 32 Matte or Prevention+ SPF 50 are just a few ways to strengthen your skin.  This will prepare it to block bacteria that’s being stored in your mask.  Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so treat it with some respect!

3. Steer Clear of Sugar

As most of you may know, excess sugar in your diet is no friend to your skin!  Sugar is very inflammatory and can cause acne flare ups when regularly consumed in large amounts.  Therefore, when trying to prevent or get rid of mascne, consuming lots of sugar will not do you any favors.  Sugar also weakens the skin barrier which makes you more susceptible to breakouts, especially when wearing a mask for hours every day.  Try eating more nutrient dense foods and healthy fats to keep that skin of yours strong!

How to Get Rid of Mascne

4. Use Products That Contain Salicylic Acid

Knowing how to treat mascne means understanding which products to use to help keep your pores clean.  Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliator and is also known for keeping pores clear. Using products that contain salicylic acid like Image Skincare’s Clear Cell Acne Masque or Salicylic Cleanser  have been shown to clear breakouts and keep them away. This could be especially helpful when dealing with tough mascne. You need something strong to get rid of the bumps and blemishes, and salicylic acid may do the trick. 

5. Try to Wear Less Makeup

Like mentioned before, cloth masks trap heat, dirt, oils, and other gross particles around our face. Your skin is already having trouble breathing when wearing the mask, so imagine what it’s like to have a thick layer of full coverage makeup on too!  Try letting your skin breathe a bit and lay low with the makeup on days you’ll be wearing a mask for a long time.  And, if you do have to wear makeup, be sure to wash your face thoroughly at the end of the day so your skin can rejuvenate overnight!

6. Keep Facial Cleansing Wipes Close

If you feel like you’ve tried everything but mascne is still winning the fight, this may be your solution. Taking the time to quickly cleanse your face after each wear of your mask could solve your mascne problem.  Keep facial wipes (like Image Skincare’s IBEAUTY wipes) in your purse or car, so they’re easily accessible! Then, get in the habit of using them every time you take your mask off.  This will allow you to quickly freshen up your skin and rid it of any oils, dirt, or other harmful particles that can cause a mascne flare up!

Unfortunately, it may be a while before we can take off our masks for good… Until then, we have to learn how to treat mascne so we can focus on what matters most – keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our community safe! 

Madison Lander

MADISON LANDER

Madison will be a junior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville this fall studying Public Relations and Business Administration. She is originally from Illinois, just about an hour south of Chicago. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, & spending time with family.