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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rachel Miller

This month we shine the light on Rachel Miller!  Rachel currently works at our Regency location and has been with Garbo’s for almost three years.  We interviewed Rachel to learn a bit more about why she loves being a hairdresser and what inspires her on a daily basis.  Read on to learn more about Rachel in her own words!

What is Your Favorite Service to Perform?

Hair cutting, the more precision the better. When I was a kid, hair cutting fascinated me. I remember going to the salon with my mom and sisters (I have 6!) and I would always want to go last so I could spend as much time as I could watching the stylist cut. I needed to know how they were doing it. I needed to know how they knew what pieces to pick up and how they knew to cut with such fluidity. The ease displayed was intoxicating and it hooked me. Hair cutting is really where my passion is and my clients notice it.

What do you love most about being a hairdresser?

To put it in simply, when someone leaves my chair in a better state of mind than when they arrived, I did my job. There's obviously so much more in between the lines there, but it really boils down to the relationships you build. The ability to boost someone's confidence is a God given privilege and I'm living my dream daily behind the chair.

Women's Long Bob and Blonde Color by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency

What Inspires Your Creativity?

Education is huge for me. I am beyond lucky to work for a salon that offers world class education in our academy. The educators and teams I've learned from and have worked with will always be a huge inspiration to me.

What Challenges You Most as a Hairdresser?

Myself. I am my own competitor. I'm always trying to master things and make them better, put a fresh twist and spin on things, make them personal. Hair doesn't always do what you expect, but hey, that's just life. I have to be able to roll with the punches because there's still a client there who wants to leave with confidence.

A Men's Cut by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency
Blonde and Pink Hair Color by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency
Boy's Braids by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency

Why is social media so important for hairdressers to utilize?

Social media is everywhere now! I've been in the industry 9 years and it's way more prevalent now than ever before. Boosting my work on my professional profiles is a great way to stay connected with those clients who choose to use those platforms. I've definitely gained quite a few clients through social media. It's really cool to be shown your own work by someone saying, "I want this!".

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

My mom will tell you she always knew I would grow up to do this. Everything needed a haircut, and I mean everything. I cut the stuffed animal's hair, the barbies' hair, my sisters' hair, everything. When you're meant to do something, when it's your passion, working isn't working. Sure, some days are hard, but doing what I get to do is as much fun as it is hard work. I was lucky to know from a pretty young age that this is what I wanted to do. I get to go to work and have fun, work hard, collaborate with awesome coworkers, make people look good, feel good, do what I love to do! Not everyone gets to say that about their job. If you can't, maybe you should try doing hair!

Thank you so much to Rachel for allowing us to interview her this month.  If you want to see more of Rachel’s work she has a killer instagram account – one that you should follow immediately!  She posts photos of her work, her favorite products and more on a regular basis!  And, if you want to book an appointment with Rachel you can call our Regency location at 402.391.2333 or book her online! 

Thanks as always for reading – we’ll be back next week with a few new ideas for your next nail appointment! 

Sending love,

Maddie

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Alicia Janulewicz

This month we shine the light on Alicia Janulewicz!  Alicia currently works at our Oak View Mall location and is both a manager and a stylist there.  We interviewed Alicia to learn more about what drives her professionally and why she loves being a hairdresser.  Read on to learn more about Alicia in her own words!

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

“I started at Garbo’s at Oak View the day after my birthday in 2013; so 5 years ago last month! Darcy didn’t know it, but she gave the best birthday present ever! Ever since I decided I wanted to be a hairstylist I always wanted to work at Garbo’s. As soon as I was hired the salon became my second home and the stylists became my second family. When you care so deeply about the place you work and the people you work with that attitude and passion rubs off on everyone you are around and shows in everything you do.”

What is your favorite service to provide to clients?

“I love all of it, but my absolute favorite is creating dimensional blondes and dry cutting. Customizing blondes to match desired level of maintenance and personality can take time and effort, but the finished product is soooooo worth it. Then when you can complete a look with a detailed dry cut and style it perfectly it is the most satisfying feeling.”

What do you love most about being a hairdresser?

“I get to go to work everyday and help transform the way people feel about themselves inside and out. Hugs, smiles, laughs; I don’t HAVE to go to work, I GET to go to work. Not everyone can be so lucky.”

What inspires your creativity?

“Honestly, everyone on my team inspires me daily. Everyone is so unique and has so many different ways to perform a service. Being around so many creative minds pushes you to try new techniques and strive to accomplish one of a kind looks for every person who sits in your chair.”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

“Being a stylist is so much more than just “doing hair”, it’s about growing a lasting relationship with your clients and co-workers by listening, being sincere, TRULY caring, and loving people by giving them a more positive outlook on themselves by just changing their hair.

It’s hard for me to articulate how much being a hairstylist means to me. It has changed my life and outlook in so many ways. I have always had a need to help people, which was why I originally went to school to become a nurse and had been working as a CNA. Then I realized that that type of helping people wasn’t for me. Being a hairstylist, I get to help people through hard times in their lives, celebrate the good times, and laugh through some of the crazy times. As my career goes on it just keeps getting better and better and the relationships I have made keep growing in a positive way. I love my career and my clients, I adore my Garbo’s family, and can’t wait to continue my journey with all of them and keep growing as a stylist and person inside and out.”

A Few Examples of Alicia’s Work:

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We have to thank Alicia for being so open and honest in her answers to our interview questions.  We love learning why our stylists enjoy their work and what pushes them to be their best.  To see more of Alicia’s work make sure you follow her on Instagram at aliciaomahahairstylist.  To book an appointment with Alicia you can call our Oak View Mall location at 402.333.5600 or book your appointment online here!
 
Thanks for reading this month’s stylist spotlight!  Make sure to come back next month to see who we shine the light on next! 

Sending love,

Maddie

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Erin Lewandowski

We know how much you love learning about our stylists so we decided to take our Employee Spotlight to the next level by making it a blog post!  This month we shine the light on Erin Lewandowski.  Erin has been with the Garbo’s family for three years  but has been a stylist for eight.  She currently works at  our Regency location and loves doing updos and men’s cuts.  Erin’s favorite part about her job is the ‘wow factor’ when she spins her client around and reveals his or her new look!   

Stylist working on a client's hair

Erin is a constant presence at all the education events we put on for our stylists and was recognized as a top performer at our annual event a few weeks ago!  She loves to continue her education so she can confidently recommend the right products and knowledge to her clients as each person who sits in her chair is unique.

In addition to her work behind the chair, Erin is a part of the Garbo’s Wellness Team, has worked on the hair team for Omaha Fashion Week and the Aveda Catwalk in addition to many other things!  We could go on and on about how amazing Erin is at her job but it isn’t just us who love her… check out these amazing reviews Erin has received recently! 

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Rave review for Erin L. at Garbo's Regency! I have been seeing Erin for a while now to get highlights and style my hair, and she is always great about educating me on new products, treatments, and just overall doing wonders for my hair! So when it came to wedding hair, I knew she was the only person I could trust. She did my hair for my wedding on September 8 of this year, and not only was my hair beautiful, but holy cow that sucker did not move all night and did great through pictures! After two accidental veil pulls, dancing at the reception, and even some moderate wind, the intricate design remained beautiful. Please understand that I have a lot of hair, and it is very thick, so to have my intricate hairstyle survive the night beautifully is a big deal! Please go see Erin L. at Garbo's Regency for your general hair needs, but truly consider her for your wedding hairstyle!!

Erin has been cutting my hair for the last five years with the last two being at Garbo's. They have an excellent selection of products and services and Erin actually helped me find a gift for my dad for Father's Day. Erin has always done a phenomenal job with my hair and takes her time to make sure that it's done right the first time. The prices are reasonable for a salon but still relatively expensive compared to some of the lower cost options that are out there. I've tried several other places and people over the years but I always go back to Erin.

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To see more of Erin’s work make sure you follow her on Instagram at  erinlewhairpro.   To book an appointment with Erin you can call our Regency location at 402.391.2333 or book your appointment online here!
 
Thanks for reading this month’s stylist spotlight!  Make sure to come back next month to see who we shine the light on next! 

Sending love,

Maddie