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We are headed back to our Village Pointe location for this month’s stylist spotlight!  Crystal Millerd has grown up behind the chair at Garbo’s Salon.  Her constant smile and positive energy can be felt the minute you walk in the door.  If you step back and watch her work you’ll see her providing top-notch service to her clients while simultaneously mentoring her teammates and helping them grow.  It is no wonder her books are always full!  

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Crystal this month and am excited to share a little bit more about our assistant manager with you below!

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

When I was ready to start looking for full time positions, Garbo’s was my first choice!  I’ve been a stylist at Garbo’s since February of 1998 – almost 22 years!  When I first went to apply I really wanted to work at the Regency location but unfortunately they were full.  So I then went over to the Eagle Run location and interviewed with the manager there, Sherri Mahoney!  I knew as soon as I walked in the door and met with Sherri that’s where I was suppose to start my career! Thankfully at the end of the interview she offered me the job!!! 

My schedule has changed about five times over the past twenty two years – I had different hours each day and enjoyed Fridays and Mondays off.  Now my schedule is a bit more consistent, 9 am to 7pm Monday through Thursday.  I take Fridays off to take care of my niece and nephew, Charlie and Thor!

Omaha Hair Stylist Crystal Millerd

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

I chose to be a hairstylist because hair styling was something I have had a passion for since I was a child.  Growing up, I would give all my Barbies, Cabbage Patch Kids and dolls haircuts and braids!  I love being a hairstylist because I get the chance to make my clients feel good about themselves!  And I get to be artistic – I love art and being creative! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service I love providing to my clients would be…all of them! I really cannot choose!  I do love picking out lipstick shades for my clients though… Having a new lip color with a new haircut or hair color is just fun! 

In addition to a hair stylist, you are also the assistant manager at Village Pointe. What made you want to take on a leadership role at Garbo's and why do you love it?

Well, I’ve always loved helping, coaching, and mentoring my teammates so when I was presented with the opportunity to manage I couldn’t pass up the chance!  Having something new to learn and experience at work is always a goal for me!  I love being an Assistant Manager for my Owner Darcy, Manager Sherri, Asst. Manager Susie and the team at Garbo’s VP!

We understand your sister is also an Assistant Manager! Do you love getting to work with her on a daily basis?

Susie started working with me as part of our cleaning staff at Garbo’s in July of 1998. She was 15 and I was 20 years old!  Working and leading our team with my sister is one of the best opportunities ever!  Susie has always been my rock, both personally and professionally, and my biggest cheerleader (other than my Mom!). She’s smart, strong and focused! We are truly lucky to have her on our team! 
Assistant Manager Crystal Millerd and Assistant Manager Susie Knezovich
Crystal and Susie in 1998

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

My biggest challenge I encounter as a hairstylist would be education. I simply do not take enough classes.  In our industry, education is so important for inspiration!  While Garbo’s provides many continuing education classes, I just need to take the time and sign up for them! 

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

A clean work space, a smile on your face and willingness not to give up! Also, education is a must! 

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

I would like our readers to know that I wouldn’t be who I am today without all the love and support of my Garbo’s teams, Manager Sherri, my friends, fabulous clients and my family! I love you all SO very much!

We all love Crystal so much and we are blessed to have had her with us at Garbo’s for so long!  She inspires all of us to be better people and better stylists and we can’t thank her enough for that!

Interested in booking an appointment with Crystal Millerd?  Click here!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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We decided to shake things up this month and do a double feature!  We are shining this month’s stylist spotlight on Adelia Chavez and Torrie Vaught – two talented stylists who work at our Oak View Mall location!  Both Adelia and Torrie love bright and bold fashion colors and enjoy educating their peers on how to achieve and maintain these beautiful colors.  Read more about Adelia and Torrie below!

ADELIA CHAVEZ

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

I’ve worked at Garbo’s Oakview mall since March of this year. I wanted to work at Garbo’s because it’s a beautiful high end salon and I knew my clients would enjoy coming in.

TORRIE VAUGHT

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

It’s been 2 years since I started my career with Garbo’s. I remember coming to Garbo’s when I was younger and always admiring the stylists and their work. It feels like a dream come true working for such a well known salon. I knew this was a place I could express myself and be happy. 

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

I wanted to become a hairstylist because I enjoyed doing my hair and doing others hair when I could. I love being a stylist because i enjoy meeting new people and being able to be creative with hair. Having good hair makes you feel good and I want everyone to feel good about themselves. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service to provide is a bright, bold fashion color followed up by a keratin treatment to seal in the color and to give it more shine.

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

In my younger years I became fascinated with the world of hair and hair color. I experimented on my own hair and started playing with fun colors on extensions and friends. My artistic abilities needed to be shared with others and I wanted people to feel good about themselves. Meeting new people and giving them a new sense of self confidence makes me happy. I come to work and get to really have fun.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite things to do are fashion colors. Using bright fun colors or pastels and getting to create a new color palette. I lift the hair to be my canvas and the colors are my paint. I also enjoy dramatic color changes!

We hear you are also an educator, what made you want to be an educator and what type of classes do you teach?

I wanted to become an educator because I love sharing my knowledge and love the new things I learn with other people.  Everyone has room to learn and grow. 

I teach fashion color classes because they are just as complex as any other coloring and there’s a lot to learn about doing them.

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

My biggest challenge as a stylist is keeping up with new techniques and trends. There are so many different techniques that are coming out and trending and we all know trends don’t last very long or they are very difficult to do. I often go to classes even if I’ve already been to a similar class because you can still learn something new and a refresher never hurt anyone. 

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

I would love our readers to know that being a hairstylist is a hard job! It’s not just playing with makeup or hair all day. It’s hard on our bodies, we have to know chemistry to work with chemicals all day and how to customize hair colors. It’s a job you take home with you but it’s a very rewarding job as well! 

We hear you are also an educator, what made you want to be an educator and what type of classes do you teach?

Sharing knowledge and personal experiences will help other stylists in the future and new stylists. Helping others learn is rewarding to me because I get to see their clients walk out with something new and fun and talking about the new technique their stylist used. It makes them feel special and unique being able to tailor something to their wants & needs. I enjoy teaching fashion color, blonding, updos and disconnected cuts 

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

Color corrections are always challenging and time consuming, but I take it step by step. Corrections make you use your brain and eventually adds to your experience. When you are a hairdresser you are always learning and that makes it the most fun, it never gets boring. 

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

I will tell you anything and everything you need to know about fashion colors, home maintenance and product usage. If anyone has questions about anything come visit me in the Oak View Mall!  I’m glad I have changed so many lives over my career and want to continue the journey. 

We could look at both these gal’s work all day long!  Their ability to turn normal, everyday hair into a work of art using fashion colors is impressive and inspiring!  Make sure you go follow them on Instagram for more inspiration: @adeliachavez, @torrievhaircraft.

Interested in booking an appointment with either Adelia or Torrie?  Click here!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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Clair Wight

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?

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight

“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.”

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Wedding

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.”

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Curls
Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Brunette
Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Blonde

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.”

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Pups
Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Break Room

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! 

If you need a little hair-inspo today please check out (and follow!) Clair’s Instagram feed.   Her wedding styles are amazing!!  If you’re ready to book with Clair now you can use this link.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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Mikaela Kellogg

This month we shine the stylist spotlight on Omaha stylist Mikaela Kellogg.  Mikaela joined the Garbo’s family back in January and has been inspiring those around her at the Midtown Crossing location ever since.  Having grown up with a passion for art she decided to channel that love for creativity into a career as a hairstylist!

At Garbo’s we love how active Mikaela is on social media – constantly sharing photos of her work and her life, she does a brilliant job of capturing what it truly means to be a stylist at Garbo’s.  While we continue to share what life is like behind the scenes of a salon and spa this month, Mikaela pulls back the curtain on her life and career for us in her great interview below!

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

“My career with Garbo’s started in January of 2019. Being a hairstylist is a dream come true! In this field, I have found myself starting lots of goals and pushing myself to be the best version of myself as I possibly can! This industry is always growing & changing. One thing that tremendously caught my attention about Garbo’s was the extra education they offer to stylists. It is so important to keep yourself updated with trends/styles, and also to keep learning! There are so many paths one can take, so finding your niche and pursuing that is important. Practice makes perfect! 

Additionally, I would add the atmosphere you feel is very inviting and welcoming! Every location treats its guests the same! Our guests are first and foremost, everything else can wait. We work as a team, always willing to lend a hand when needed. It makes a huge difference in working for a salon where people support one another! 

Furthermore, Garbo’s owner, Darcy Michalek, is one of the most genuine and caring people I have met! When I met her, I knew this was where I was meant to be. She is a strong leader: one who helps set realistic goals and make a concise plan on how you can meet them. Darcy always encourages us while also making us think hard about who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to get to where we want to go. 

Finally, I chose Garbo’s because it is a very social media-driven and forward-looking company! Of course, word of mouth is a great way to get your name out there; however, the time we are living in is all about social media!  Taking pictures is one of my favorite things. You get to choose that perfect angle & lighting to capture your work to share with the world! The internet is a great platform to showcase your work! We like to keep up with the trends here at Garbo’s, so we jumped on the social media bandwagon!”

Omaha Stylist Mikaela Kellogg in Arizona
Omaha Stylist Mikaela Kellogg working at Midtown Crossing

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

“Color & cuts – oh my!

One of my favorite things about color is YOU get to be the artist. You hold the most powerful wand! 😉 It can change an entire person’s look if you want!  From covering grey completely to blending grey with color or foils, giving someone a vibrant red, blue or even the rainbow! Guests who are lower maintenance but still want that summer glow; balayage is the perfect go-to. There are so many ways to do a balayage look, it is pretty freestyle! Full head foils are always a fun challenge to see how many foils I can get in, my running foil achievement is 114! 

Typically, when you get your hair colored or highlighted, there’s always a haircut thrown into the mix. From short hair to long – I love both Women’s and Men’s hair. My favorite is when a guest comes in and wants a drastic change; mostly because you can tell they are over what they have and want something new and different! I’m always down for a good challenge; however, I do like my girls that just want a trim! I see you!! 😉  Same with color, a good cut can change a person’s look! My end goal is to always give my guests what they want and make sure they leave happy and satisfied knowing I gave it my all! 

Who doesn’t like a good shampoo?! This is probably top of what I enjoy about pampering my guests! In the salon chair, while I am working on their hair we are either asking each other questions, getting to know one another or catching up from the last time we spoke about life, family, upcoming/past trips, etc.  So, I use this time at the shampoo bowl for my guests to relax.  At Garbo’s, we are all about pampering our clients so we use hot towels that we have spiced up with relaxing/cooling essential oils for extra neck support on your neck while at the shampoo bowl. After the shampoo, while I am letting the conditioner sit, I take this time to give a scalp & neck massage! The best response I can get is, “I’ll pay you extra for 10 more minutes of this!” or “I may take a little nap, this is great!” “

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

“Cosmetology did not cross my mind until after high school. Growing up drawing and painting, I was always using & challenging my artistic ability. Anyone will tell you, as a kid, my dream was to become an artist. Starting my art business in 2014 was the beginning of really dreaming about making art my career. Well, here I am today; using my artistic talent to create masterpieces out of hair! I don’t think there could have been a better field for myself. When it came to making the decision of art school or hair school, I knew overall that I wanted to be a positive impact on someone’s life & what better way than cosmetology?

Over the years, I have become quite the people person! My love and compassion for people are unreal! I used to get so frustrated by the fact that I would become so moved emotionally by others emotions or events in others’ lives. Now, I see it as a gift God has given me to better help love people. My goal with everyone who sits in my salon chair is to make them feel valued, seen and loved. That they feel beautiful, confident & worthy of feeling that way!! To live this life is a gift, to be able to positively impact another person’s life is a gift; a gift I am privileged to be given. 

The greatest joy is watching your client walk out of the salon happy & confident to tackle anything that comes their way!!”

Omaha Stylist Mikaela Kellogg working at Garbo's Salon and Spa, Midtown Crossing
Omaha Stylist Mikaela Kellogg

How does social media influence your business?

“Social media is a big part of what Garbo’s pursues in creating new high-quality content for our clients to be inspired by! I have grown up with a love to take photos & Instagram is my jam. It is a great platform to show your creativity, show your work and write about what you love. As much as word of mouth is wonderful, social media is growing and more and more people go to the web to search for hairstylists/salons near you. Also, when they research this, if you have an Instagram/Facebook handle with the right hashtags and your content is there, your page is more likely to be clicked on. There are so many ways to brand yourself and I am still figuring it out but this year I have decided to tackle building my very first website! 

As I have said, social media is quite popular these days, and the more outlets you have the better! My website is a place where people can go to see more of my work, watch how-to videos, see behind the scenes of a hairstylist’s life through personal encouraging blogs. There I can also share my favorite products I use in the salon.  If you are interested, you can find my website here: https://www.mkhairmua.com/

Do you have any tips/tricks that you would like to share with other stylists who are just starting to build out their profiles?

“First, CONGRATS! You are in one of the best industries! You are also about to make a very great decision, building your brand!  No, I do not have it all together or figured out; but here is what I have learned.  You are you – share that with the world!  Share your work, your uniqueness and build your brand in a way that you choose & feel is right.  However, the algorithm game is harsh but you can override it. 😉 Instagram or Facebook (I would create a business account for both), these posts should be the highest quality you can get within your means. Quality over quantity.  In the IG world, they say to post once a day, which is not realistic, especially if you are busy in the salon! 

Cohesiveness on your page will make such a difference in what your page looks like.  If you use a little filter, always keep the same tone, warmer or cooler. The way photos flow on your page makes a huge difference. I have seen pages where they just post whatever whenever – that is not bad, but it looks more pleasing to the eye if you have some sort of organization.  For example, I will post 2 hair photos to 1 photo of me (where I’ll talk a little more one on one, a storyline) or 1 hair photo, 1 makeup photo to 1 photo of me; this way it is cohesive and flows! 

Your bio is very important! You have about 3 seconds to catch someone’s attention enough for them to hit that follow button!  This means, having an eye-catching trendy profile photo! If we want to attract someone in 3 seconds, it should say what you do, for example:

“Hairstylist in Omaha, NE. 

Expert colorist & balayage artist.

Spreading good vibes” 

Listed in a way that they can see where you live and what kind of hair you like to do! If you have a website or an online booking tool, add this to your profile as well! You can make it as interesting and unique as you want; just be yourself with it! 

Lastly, HASHTAGS! Woooooooo! These are my favorite, hashtags are how someone can very simply search “omahahairstylist” & find your page.  The trick is to do more local hashtags than broad ones like “hairstylist”, (which hairstylist might be good if you are going for more of an educator view rather than getting people into your salon chair).  Yes, it is great to have people find you from California or North Carolina, but if your goal with social media is to get people IN your chair than local tags are the way to go! 

I see a lot of hairstylists putting hashtags in the post. Remember when I was talking about making your page simple & cohesive? If you are scrolling through a business page and all you see is hashtags, it looks messy and tacky. So, still add the tags, just add them in the comments;  Ahhh, so much cleaner when the eye scrolls by! 

These are a lot of “you have to’s” but just a few simple things I have learned so far. Please remember to be yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you who you should be, you alone are enough. Have fun & be creative! 

What type of posts have you found work the best for finding and booking new clients on social media?

“I have found that taking good quality photos of our clients (before or after), then sending those photos over to our clients and asking them when they post to tag you & Garbo’s in the post works great! This is one of the best forms of advertisement on social media – straight from your guest’s page!  It gives you a chance to gain followers & eventually get them & their friends into your salon chair!”

We are taking our clients and readers behind the scenes this month - is there anything you would like the readers to know about you and your work that they may not?

“I was born in California but raised in Northeast Iowa and still not used to the cold winters! ;).  I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda & there is where I met the love of my life!  I fell in love with the country & one of their very own, very handsome men.”

Omaha Stylist Mikaela Kellogg with Boyfriend

Mikaela’s passion for her career is abundantly clear from the fantastic photos she shared with us.  It was a treat being able to interview someone who truly loves her job and loves sharing it with the world!

I highly recommend following Mikaela on Instagram – her page is full of inspiration!  If you would like to schedule an appointment with Mikaela you can find her at the Midtown Crossing location.  Click here to book online or book by calling the salon (402.933.9737).

Thank you so much to Mikaela for taking the time to share more about herself with us!  We enjoyed every minute!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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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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By: Maddie Poteat

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