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By: Maddie Poteat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,