By: Maddie Poteat
This month we decided to pop over to our Regency location to shine the spotlight on Omaha stylist Clair Wight. Clair has been a member of the Regency team for the past eight years and although working in a salon in Omaha wasn’t always her plan she is extremely happy how it all worked out. Clair’s love for her clients, he hard work ethic and her positive attitude are just a few reasons she earned the spotlight this month. For all the other reasons, continue reading below!
How long have you been a stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Regency and what made you want to work there?
“I have been working at Garbo’s in Regency since the beginning of September in 2011. If I am being completely honest, when I got out of hair school I had dreamed of moving back to Des Moines, but when I went out and started to hand out resumes I always got the response that they were looking for someone with experience and clientele. This, of course, got me down but I knew there were amazing salons in Omaha so I decided this was my sign that I was supposed to stay here. I had gotten my hair done with friends for school dances before at Garbo’s and it had always stuck out to me as a salon with a fun atmosphere and great people. That was exactly what I was looking for.”
Why did you choose to be a hairstylist and why do you love it?
“I may have told my mom when I was in preschool I was going to be a hairstylist… She even has the book to prove it.
I knew that cosmetology would be fun and would always keep me on the go and learning more. There is always something new to learn and your day is never the same as the day before or the day after. I never feel like I’m stuck going to work, I love what I do so it doesn’t ever seem like work to me.
Making other people feel beautiful and good about themselves is also an amazing feeling. You never know what the person in your chair is going through but when they are in your chair you can make a difference and that day you as a stylist might be exactly what they need.”
What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?
“That is definitely a hard one for me to answer as I love so many. I would say it would be a toss up between highlights, keratin treatments. and updos. They are all fun for different reasons. I would say they are definitely the services I want to see on my books.
Highlights are great to give dimension with subtle or drastic change and they are very customizable.
The keratin treatments in Nebraska during summer are great to reduce frizz with all the humidity we have.
Updos are fun because of the high school girls coming in for dances or the brides you see on their wedding days. I know it is such a special day for them and to get to be a part of that, to watch them see the look they have dreamed of for themselves on this day come together, there’s no better feeling.”
What is something that sets you apart from the other stylists at Regency?
“That’s a hard question… I have had a lot of my clients for years and even those I haven’t I would consider them like another family to me. I have grown close to a lot of my clients and have been with them through marriages, births of children, graduations, moves and so many other life experiences.
Every year I get invited to high school graduations, sometimes gender reveal parties, and bridal showers. My clients have become a different family to me. There are some that know if they ever need anything at all, hair related or not, to let me know and I will do the best I can to help them.
I can’t imagine being a hairstylist without the amazing clients that I have coming in to see me and I try my best to make sure my clients know how much I appreciate them and how much they all mean to me.”
I'm sure all stylists have crazy stories about their clients or a service you once provided - do you have any you would like to share?
“I’m not sure my clients would appreciate me sharing all their secrets :). Years ago though I had a client come in and I could tell her hair was different from the last time I had seen her. The texture, the thickness, there was just so much that seemed to be off. She, of course, had noticed it too so as we were talking she had asked if I had any idea of what could cause the change. We went through the list: had she changed product, changed medications, started new medications, had she recently had her thyroid checked, anything along those lines…
Next time I saw her she let me know that she was expecting! She was about 8-12 weeks along when we were trying to figure out what the change was!”
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
“I would just say that I love being a stylist at Garbo’s. Being a hairstylist is such a rewarding career, but I couldn’t do it without my amazing boss, extremely talented coworkers, or my loyal and caring clients. So I would like to say thank you to all of you.”
Clair is one of the sweetest people you’ll meet and we are very lucky to have her as a part of the Garbo’s family! If you’re looking for a new stylist in the Omaha area we can’t recommend Clair enough – especially for one of those three services she loves to do!
Thanks as always for reading!
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