This month, we are highlighting one of our amazing stylists, Kelsee Graham, at Garbo’s Village Pointe! She has a strong passion for what she does and we are so lucky to have her on our team. Continue reading to learn more about Kelsee!  

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

I have been at Garbo’s Village Pointe for almost 5 years! I had a classmate from hair school that was already working here and loved it. I am not from Omaha so I had no idea what salons to start applying to, so I toured Garbo’s and knew right away it would be a perfect fit. 

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

As long as I can remember I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. I love the fast pace environment and the personal connections I make on a daily basis.

There is no better feeling than helping men, women, and children feel confident and beautiful, inside and out. Another thing I have come to love is the limitless opportunities and flexibility I get to have.

What would you consider to be your specialties when it comes to your job?

My speciality would have to be color. It allows me to be so creative whether it be with placement, lightener, toners, or even all over colors. I have taken numerous amounts of color courses thanks to all of the education Garbo’s offers! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service would have to be highlights! Give me all the foils! I love the repetition of placing the foils and dramatic changes that can be done even with just a few foils or gloss over pre-lightened hair. 

Due to COVID-19, Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

It was definitely scary not knowing what was going to happen next. I think in any situation the “unknown” is going to be very nerve wracking, let alone in the middle of a pandemic. Coming back I was still a little nervous but so excited to see my clients and coworkers! 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I wouldn’t say it’s made it more difficult but I have definitely had to adjust my whole routine! Sometimes you run a few minutes late with all the extra cleaning and sanitizing but your clients understand and actually appreciate it! 

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

In this new world of social media and photo editing some clients don’t understand that the picture they show me for an inspiration picture is either not realistic for their hair type or completely photoshopped. I have learned to have a ton of patience and try to find a picture that is more fitting for their lifestyle/hair type.  

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

The hair industry is ALWAYS evolving. Education and staying up to date with the latest trends are so important! I love watching my favorite celebrity hairstylists on Instagram or Youtube to see what is popular in the current season.

Another thing to always remember is you attract what you project!  I always have a positive attitude once I step onto the salon floor. Being flexible is what a lot of my clients love! Staying late, coming in early, working weekends and nights is what will make you stand out from the rest! 

We are so happy to spotlight another one of our wonderful stylists this month! We are so appreciative of Kelsee and her passion. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with her, you can schedule any service by calling (402) 991-2227 or by booking with her online.  Finally, make sure you’re following Kelsee Graham on Instagram @kelsee.at.garbosvp to see more of her work! 

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Sam Dolan, one of our amazing stylists at Garbo’s Village Pointe! She’s an Omaha native, dog momma of four, and loves her job. Sam has been in the beauty industry for over a decade and has a lot to share…continue reading to hear her story! 

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

This is my fifth year working for Garbos, and I have been in the beauty industry for 12 years! I wanted to work for Garbo’s because I knew I needed a supportive work family, and education, which is by far the best I have ever had. Before joining Garbo’s, I worked for a salon that didn’t do color and I knew that it wasn’t my forever home! 

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

I knew I was meant to do hair. I will say, I cut a lot of my doll’s hair and the famous “My Little Ponies”. I went to UNO for Biology and I knew it wasn’t for me!

What would you consider to be your specialties when it comes to your job?

I am certified in Habit hand-tied extensions based out of Gilbert, Arizona as of March 2019. I am currently working on my Aqua hand-tied extension certification as well.  My other specialties include balayage, highlights, color, on-site wedding hair, and special occasion hair

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My all time favorite service would be extensions! I also really like coloring services, even if it’s just a gloss or toner!

Due to COVID-19, Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

I hate to say it, and jokingly, I was waiting for an adult summer break all my life! I enjoyed my time at home to recalibrate and came back recharged. I spent most of my time educating myself, thinking of DIY projects that I never started or finished before. Coming back, I was so nervous, it was like my first day at Garbo’s all over again. I don’t know why…. it was a complete reboot, almost like meeting my coworkers again for the first time. It took me about 20 min of every day to get used to the mask, but now I drive all the way home with it on as if it’s a part of me. Won’t it be weird the first day we don’t have to wear masks anymore?!

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I don’t think my job has been more difficult, I just have a couple more steps to do now! There’s definitely more cleaning and the physical aspect of working with a mask but I think the most difficult thing is the emotions that come with dealing with COVID.  A lot more people are stressed, anxious, and scared so it can be difficult working with all these new emotions.  Therefore, I try to give myself more time for self-care so I can be recharged for my clients! 

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

Saying no! As a stylist, I want to give my clients exactly what they want, when they want it. It’s hard to tell and explain why the final look can’t happen all in one day.  Such as going from black box color to platinum, in 3 hours.

I have to remind myself that I am the professional with years of experience and need to have confidence to tell a client what we can do today and what we can’t.  Under promise, over deliver. 

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

I’ll say this first, my instructors told me about the 80/20 rule. 80% of our class won’t be doing hair in 5 years and 20% will.  I’d have to say that within my cosmetology class of 26 maybe 3 girls are still in the industry.  It takes being in love with the industry and treating every client as if they were on vacation at the spa.  You have to make a memorable experience for them, go above and beyond. I washed a young girl’s hair for her first time and she never forgot it – she’s become a lifetime client just from that experience!

It’s about being a business person, tracking your service and retail numbers. I can look back at last year’s numbers and compare this year’s. I set goals for each day, week, month, and year. It’s about advertising and promoting your work!  Becoming successful means failing, and I’ve failed a lot, but it’s about turning the failures into learning experiences. Education has a huge impact on your success. This industry is ever-changing and to keep up with new trends you need to immerse yourself in education – wherever you can find it.  I learn a lot on Instagram and social media which is crazy!  Also, it’s always important to ask for help, it doesn’t matter how long you have been doing hair, someone else will have a fresh idea or perspective on how to solve the equation, whether it be a color formula or color correction.

We are so happy to showcase another one of our awesome stylists this month! We love Sam and her love for doing hair. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Sam, you can schedule an appointment by calling 402-991-2227 or by booking with her online Finally, make sure you’re following her on Instagram @sam.dolan.at.garbos.

Omaha Stylist Sam Garibo

This month, we’re highlighting one of our awesome stylists, Sam Garibo! Sam has been with us at our Midtown Crossing location for over two years now. We love all of the creativity that she brings to the salon. Continue reading to hear more about Sam and her story! 

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

I have been working at Garbo’s for 2.5 years now! Garbo’s was the second
salon I ever job shadowed at, and I loved the vibe from Day 1. It was
professional, luxurious and laid back, everything I wanted for my business! All
the stylists were super cool and welcoming, I just knew that I wanted to work in that environment. The owner seemed genuinely interested in me as a
professional too. I felt valued and I knew I could learn a lot at Garbos! 

Why did you choose to be a stylist and why do you love it? What would you consider your specialties when it comes to your job?

I was actually in my sophomore year at UNO, when I decided to become a hairstylist. None of the majors seemed interesting enough for me and I always ended up feeling like I was settling. So, I asked myself, “In a perfect world where no one could tell you anything, what would your career look like?” Cosmetology was the answer and I dropped out of UNO the very next week! I wanted a career where I could be creative, be in charge of how much $$$ I could potentially make, and I wanted to be able to dress up and be ‘boujee’.

Although I enjoy doing all types of hair, my specialty is “Lived in Hair.” Hair that is low maintenance and looks effortlessly ‘slept in’. I love soft color blends and lots of texture. I recently got certified in Hand Tied Extensions, and I am practicing lots so I can make them one of my specialties, as well! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I actually don’t think I have a “favorite service.” I honestly enjoy whatever my client needs the most. For example, a client may come in for color, but realize that the haircut was the most impactful part of their visit. I just love when my clients feel good when they see their hair. Whether it’s a color, cut, or a new set of extensions, I love doing whatever is going to make my client’s life better. 

Due to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

Closing for Covid was scary. I was very sad and stressed out by the situation, but I decided that this was a rare gift of time. I was given a lot of free time and I really wanted to do something productive. That’s what was going to make me feel better about it. So, I took a lot of classes and practiced a lot while we closed. Coming back was also scary! I had a lot of mixed emotions, but my main priority was safety and seeing all my clients again. I got used to the masks fast and I’m just grateful that I can keep providing services!

 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

I don’t think my job has been more difficult, I just have a couple more steps to do now! There’s definitely more cleaning and the physical aspect of working with a mask, but I think the most difficult thing is the emotions that come with dealing with Covid. A lot more people are stressed, anxious and scared so it can be difficult working with all these new emotions. So, I try to give myself more time for self-care, so I can be recharged for my clients! 

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?

Covid aside, one of the biggest challenges that come with being a stylist is the sense of ‘having to catch up.’ I always felt like I wasn’t good enough or that I needed to work on something. It was so stressful comparing my business to someone else’s. I had to learn that my path is unique and that wanting to be better shouldn’t be a hindrance, but motivation!

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

A successful stylist can be all about numbers, having a booked schedule, having high retail, but to me it’s about the clients. A successful stylist is a stylist that makes their clients day easier. I never want to push something to a client because I want to have a higher ticket. For me, it’s all about building an honest relationship with whoever sits in my chair. There has never been a greater shift in my business until I figured this out! Don’t get me wrong, a successful stylist needs to be dedicated and consistent, but I stopped trying to focus on the numbers and focused on truly solving my client’s hair problems and the clients started pouring in!

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your work?

I want the readers who are considering a career that is creative, “low income” and/or non-traditional to feel motivated to pursue becoming a hairstylist! I believe that if you have passion for something and you are determined to make it work, that it will! I was always an academic and I got really good grades and I would’ve never imagined I would be working at a salon, but I am making my career fruitful and I am so happy! Being smart in a creative job is not a ‘waste’ as some people may tell you! 

We are so happy to highlight another one of our amazing stylists this month. We love Sam and all her dedication and feel blessed that she’s on our team. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with her, you can find her at our Midtown Crossing location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402-933-9737 or by booking her online Finally, make sure you’re following her on Instagram @samanthagaribo.

Omaha Stylist Alysha Donahoo

We’re so excited to spotlight yet another one of our amazing stylists this month! Alysha Donahoo has been with us at our Oakview location for quite some time. We love her positive energy and the contagious smile she’s always wearing when arriving at the salon. Continue reading to hear about Alysha and her story! 

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

Eight years—when I first moved to Omaha it was one of the best-known salons.

Why did you choose to be a stylist and why do you love it? What would you consider your specialties when it comes to your job?

My best friend was going to hair school and dragged me along…from there it became a part of me, and I saw myself doing nothing else. I LOVE a good blonde and doing fades.

ADue to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

With COVID, I honestly got to sit back and enjoy my three beautiful daughters. Life can get so busy. It was amazing being able to slow down and cuddle. But, coming back made me realize how much I need my clients as well.

 

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

The only difficulty with the safety measure would have to be the mask. We already sanitized after each client before the virus, I just miss seeing their faces!  

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

Being consistent and loving what you do! I ALWAYS show up with a smile on my face!

 

 

We love being able to show off our stylists’ and all of the hard work that they do. Thank you for reading about Alysha and her story! 

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By: Maddie Poteat

After high school, Shannon wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.  She took a year off to think through her options and ended up finding her passion for hair.  With a stroke of luck, her best friend from hair school was working at Garbo’s and told her she should come check it out.  Lucky for us, Shannon loved it and has been here ever since!

It’s been a while since our last stylist spotlight and we couldn’t have chosen a better person to highlight as our first post back!  Read on below to learn more about Shannon Carsey!

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

I have been a stylist at Garbos for 7 years. My best friend from hair school was a stylist at Garbo’s and wanted me to come join her.  At the time I wasn’t sure if I would fit in but I’m so glad I did because I work with a great group of people.!

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

Honestly I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school so I took a year off to decide. I had people that told me I’d make a great hair stylist because I enjoyed messing with hair and have always been a people person. So that’s what made me pursue a career as a stylist.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I really enjoy cutting short pixie haircuts but ultimately I love every aspect of my job because it gives me the opportunity to make people feel good about themselves.
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Due to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?

Covid really made me miss my work and it also made me realize how much I value my clients. I was ecstatic to come back and start doing hair again!

With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?

The new safety measures in place haven’t made it more difficult but it has been an adjustment in getting used to this new normal within our country. I know the changes we’ve made are good in helping keep everyone safe. {Garbo’s Salon and Spa Safety Guidelines}

Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you over come it?

The biggest challenge has been getting used to wearing a mask all day. Although its frustrating at times, I know it’s the right thing to do in keeping our clients safe.
Shannon Carsey Omaha Hairstylist

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

Listening to people and being able to hold a conversation… being kind, attentive, and consistent in the service you provide.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your work?

I truly love what I do and care about the people who walk through our doors.  Our clients matter and I want them walking out feeling the best possible way about themselves.

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Shannon, you can find her at our Village Pointe Location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402-991-2227 or by booking her online.  Finally, make sure you’re following her @shannonkayhair.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie Poteat

We all may be stuck inside and the doors to our salons locked up tight but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the hard work of someone who truly deserves it.  This month’s spotlight shines the light on one of our fabulous estheticians.  We’ve spent the last few weeks sharing all the amazing services our spa offers so it only makes sense to share more about the person who is in charge of them! 

Katherine Bower joined Garbo’s seven years ago and calls our Village Pointe location “home”.  In addition to her work as an esthetician she is also our Spa Lead and Village Pointe‘s wedding coordinator!   She may be busy but she handles all of her responsibilities with ease.  It’s no wonder she is this month’s spotlight! 

How long have you been an esthetician at Garbo’s Salon and what made you want to work there?

I’ve been working for Garbo’s going on 7 years. I had a friend who worked for the company recommend I apply and I’m so glad I did! I knew right away after my interview with Darcy that it was the best place to grow my career!

Facial in Omaha by Katherine Bower

Why did you choose to be an esthetician and why do you love it?

I chose to be an esthetician because I have always struggled with acne and skin problems. Going to aesthetic school gave me the opportunity to educate myself on how to take care of my own skin and my client’s skin!  I absolutely love what I do. I have the opportunity to make my clients feel good about themselves! And to me that is extremely rewarding.

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service I provide to my clients is facials.  I get to help someone understand their skin and how to take care of it and they also leave feeling relaxed and pampered!  But I really do love all the services I provide my clients – from transforming brows to taking care of someone on their wedding day! 
Omaha Spa Lead Katherine Bower

We understand you are the spa lead for the salon - what additional responsibilities do you have?

As the spa leader of Garbo’s, my responsibilities are making sure that the spa is the best it can be! I make  sure all the spa team members are educated and up to date on what’s new. I’m also the wedding coordinator for the Village Pointe location. I love being able to help brides plan their special day!

What is the biggest challenge you encounter as an esthetician and how do you overcome it?

I strive for perfection and sometimes it’s not going to happen over night. I do my best everyday to make sure my clients leave happy! 
Omaha Facial by Katherine Bower

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

Being successful in this industry means you have to work hard and never stop educating yourself! Some days are easier than others but it all pays off in the end and I couldn’t be happier with where my career is now and where it is heading in the future! 

As you know, this month is spa month - is there anything else you would like our readers to know about our spa or spa services we provide?

We offer so much in the spa at all the Garbo’s locations! Customized Image or Aveda facials, amazing massages to waxing and nails! We also have spa packages for the perfect day to relax and be pampered!
Thank you to Katherine for allowing us to interview her (over the phone) this month!  If you’re interesting in learning more about the salon services we offer, you can find them here.  If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Katherine Bower when we re-open our doors you can do that here! 
 
As always, thank you for reading!  Stay healthy! 

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By: Maddie Poteat

Eileen Staley grew up in a small town and thought she would end up in an equally small salon when she grew up.  However, life had other plans!  For the past five years Eileen has called our Regency location home! 

As we close out the month of February we wanted to shine our stylist spotlight on someone who goes above and beyond.  Not only is Eileen a top performing stylist (named a 2019 Top Performer) she is also one of our talented business coaches.  The enthusiasm she has for her work is contagious and we are so excited to shine this month’s stylist spotlight on her! 

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

Being from a small town, I always thought I’d end up in a small, family run salon but the minute I met Darcy Michalek (Owner of Garbo’s Salon and Spa), I knew Garbo’s was for me. Family is such a big deal at Garbo’s and I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve been lucky to be with Garbo’s for five years and I have no plans of ever leaving!

Eileen Staley - Omaha Stylist Spotlight

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

When I think back to my childhood I was always doing my doll’s, sister’s, and even friend’s hair before 4th grade basketball games!  I knew from the time I was a child that I loved hair and that I would make that my job when I grew up. 

I’ve come a long way since playing with my doll’s hair – I used to think hair had to be wet to get a curl with a curling iron!  Every year in this business makes me love my job even more.  There really is no better feeling than seeing my clients smile and check themselves out after I do their hair.  Knowing I’ve made a positive impact in how they see themselves means the world to me!  

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

If I could do hair color all day long, I would be one happy girl! It always keeps me on my toes and makes me think!

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We understand you are an educator for the salon - what do you teach and why did you want to start teaching?

I get the privilege of teaching both Wella hair color theory and business coaching.  I was approached and asked to teach both subjects and I couldn’t say no.  There was a need to help out new stylists who wanted a better understanding of the Wella color line and there were also a large number of stylists who needed direction on how to grow to be a successful stylist behind the chair.

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

The job is pretty glamorous and there really isn’t much to complain about but nothing hurts me more than having an upset client. Sometimes color doesn’t go as planned or we aren’t on the same page but luckily, you can fix any color or style and make it right! 

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

The list goes on and on!  To me, being genuine and really focusing on what your client needs is so important. Clients need our help and it is such a blessing to have the opportunity to be there for them!

You can find Eileen on Instagram @staleyeileen.  She uses her page to show off her hair and beauty work,  behind the scenes pics and any new services she is offering so I would recommend giving it a follow!

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Eileen you can find her at our Regency location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402.391.2333 or by booking her online.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie Poteat

Hayli Winans’ career began at Garbo’s just about three years ago (she’ll celebrate her anniversary in March!).  Her friend told her about the salon and mentioned that she should look into it if she was interested.  After a great interview with our owner, Hayli got to work behind her new chair!

It’s always fun to learn what brought people to Garbo’s and to watch them grow behind the chair.  Hayli is this month’s stylist spotlight because she is working extremely hard to build her business.  Anyone who puts in the extra work to bring in new clients deserves to be recognized!

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

I have been a stylist at Garbos for 3 years in March!  I had a friend who worked here and loved it. After meeting with Darcy [the owner of Garbo’s Salon and Spa] I knew Garbo’s is where I wanted to be to grow my career! 
Omaha Stylist Hayli Wanins

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

 I have wanted  to be a hairstylist since middle school, I’ve just always been amazed by the difference somebody’s hair can make in their life.  Being able to make someone feel so good about themselves to the point where they are ecstatic about how they look is the most awesome feeling! 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

I love updos and downstyles, loose boho styles are my favorite, I love the energy and excitement that comes with weddings and other special occasions where I get to help someone feel beautiful!  I also love highlights and balayage – pretty, dimensional hair is the best but if you don’t love the harsh grow out of highlighting, balayage can still give tons of dimension without the high maintenance upkeep.  I also love men’s cuts!  They are super detailed and the look of a smooth fade is one of the most satisfying things for me to do! Lashes are right up there too! I really couldn’t pick a favorite!
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What is the biggest challenge you encounter as a hairstylist and how do you overcome it?

Being a hairstylist is too commonly thought of as not a “real job”.  That it’s just a fun job that allows you to play with hair all day.  However, in reality, it is more physically and emotionally demanding than many other careers but the bonds you build with your clients who truly appreciate you make it all worth it!
Balayaged Hair
Low Maintenance Color
Blowout by Hayli Wanins

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

Dedication to the industry. You really have to want to be a hairstylist to be a successful one. As fun as it is, it takes a lot of work  to build a clientele and it’s easy to get discouraged during slow times of the year. Therefore, if you’re not 100% dedicated you won’t be successful in the industry.

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

When you look your best you feel your best, and when you feel your best you do your best. Investing in your hair can really change your life!

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Hayli Winans’ Instagram is @haylishair – she shows off her hair and beauty work there so I would recommend giving it a follow!

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Hayli you can find her at our Regency location.  You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402.391.2333 or by booking her online.

Hayli Winans’ services include: Haircuts, colors, extensions, smoothing treatments, special occasion styling, eyelash extensions, waxing, makeup and pedicures.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Darcy Michalek

It’s that wonderful time of year again when I love to reflect on the blessings of the year. 

Many times I do my supply deliveries early on Sunday mornings when the salons are closed and the malls are quiet.  I was walking through them this past Sunday and as I looked around I could see the care that had been put into preparing for another busy day.  Stations clean, capes ready, foils torn…  It’s so much fun to stand in that quiet and then envision the energy that will fill these spaces.  Our amazing managers and reception staff are there early making coffee, preparing tickets and warming towels.  Our kind and talented stylists and estheticians show up shortly thereafter ready to create the magic that is transformation and relaxation at Garbo’s. 

My goal for our company is to provide a place of welcome respite from a busy hectic day.  A place where any member of the family feels comfortable and is able to enjoy a little luxury.  If I could share all of the wonderful and kind things our staff has done for each other and for their clients and if I could share with you all of the kind and amazing things our clients have done for our staff, I could write a book.  There are so many good people out there! 

Business is never easy, no matter what industry or profession.  We work to make a living but we also work to make a difference.  Over the past year we were blessed to be able to share our success with those throughout our community.  One of the causes most dear to our hearts is the Boys Town National Hotline.  We believe in what they are doing for the community and love giving back to help them do it.  

Every day we work to make each person we touch feel just a little better.  We try to educate and guide and make life a little easier and more fun.  From the outside it might just look like a salon and spa but what I am most thankful for is what’s on the inside.  Good, kind people taking good care of each other and their clients.  Happy Thanksgiving from my grateful heart to all of you. 

Sending love, 
Darcy Michalek

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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,

Maddie