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By: Maddie Poteat

Garbo’s “Top Performer” is an award that recognizes those in our company who have dedicated themselves to performing at the highest levels of excellence in our industry.  One night a year we celebrate those who choose to go above and beyond to build their business and hone their craft each and every day.

Earning the title of Top Performer isn’t an easy task.  With over 100 stylists working for Garbo’s Salon and Spa, it takes more than just showing up each day with a smile on your face to win this award.  It can take years for a stylist or esthetician to build their business to the level of “Top Performer”.  

To qualify as a Garbo’s Salon and Spa Top Performer, a stylist or esthetician must hit certain numbers in both services provided and product sales. Those numbers are not easy to hit.  These fantastic men and women work hard all year – hustling for each new client, recommending only the best products to their clients and constantly working to improve their skills.  If, by the end of the year, their numbers qualify them as a Top Performer they are invited to celebrate with the rest of the members who make up this elite group.

The Top Performer award is the most coveted award that Garbo’s gives. While we truly value and appreciate everyone who calls Garbo’s home, it is important to honor those who go above and beyond. 

The Top Performers event of 2019 was one of the books and we wanted to take the time to recognize each winner individually below.  If you see your stylist listed please tell them congratulations.  They have definitely earned it!

Lindsey Balkovec - Master Stylist/Marketing Dir.

Lindsey Balkovec

Lindsey Balkovec works at our Village Pointe location. In addition to being a master stylist, Lindsey is also a National Aquage Educator. Lindsey is a fierce advocate of Garbo's and is beyond talented. Her work has been featured in national editorials and can be seen on her new Instagram page: @lindsey_balkovec_aquage

Omaha Hairstylist Erica Bang

Erica Hord (Bang)

Erica Hord works at our Village Pointe location. Erica has worked tremendously hard to grow her extension business over the past year. Erica embraces social media to promote her beautiful work (@ebang4 on Instagram). Erica is extremely talented, energetic and an amazing asset to our team!

John Bernal, Omaha Hair Stylist

John Bernal

John Bernal works at our Midtown Crossing location. John is one of our best educators - we refer to him as the cutting specialist! John is extremely detail oriented and his work is meticulous. John is extremely dedicated to his craft and we are lucky to have him on our team!

2019 Garbo's Top Performers

Katherine Bower

Katherine Bower is the lead spa educator and an esthetician at our Village Pointe location. We can always count on Katherine when it comes to the spa side of Garbo's - she makes sure the team has everything they need and is always willing to step in and answer questions / help out when needed. In addition, Katherine is also an extremely talented makeup artist!

Lindsey Carraher

Lindsey Carraher can be found behind the chair at our Village Pointe location in addition to her work behind the camera! Lindsey is also the director of education and shoots all the content you see on our website and social media feeds. Lindsey is beyond creative and can make anything look amazing. Last but not least, she is downright the nicest person you will ever meet!

Shannon Carsey

Shannon Carsey calls our Village Pointe location home. This past year Shannon has dedicated herself to her craft and saw great success! While Shannon excels at all types of haircuts, she is a master at short cuts. This is the first year Shannon has won the Top Performers award and we couldn't be more proud of her!

Ken Chapman, Hair Stylist Omaha NE

Ken Chapman

Ken Chapman works at our Regency location and is a consistent top performer. Ken has won the award year after year and the folks at our Regency location have come to count on him and look up to him as a role model!

Marcia Harper - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Marcia Harper

Marcia can also be found at our Regency location. In addition to her fabulous work behind the chair, Marcia is the head of the Garbo's health and wellness program and works hard to keep our salons fit and healthy. Marcia is a wonderful teammate and is always looking for ways to help her teammates!

Emily Hilker - Stylist

Emily Hilker

Emily Hilker joined the Garbo's family a few years ago and quickly became a top performer. Emily works at the Village Pointe location and specializes in curly hair clients. She is also amazing at men's cuts!

Sherri and Tom at the Top Performers Event
Girls at the Top Performers Event
Denise Hilson - Stylist

Denise Hilson

Denise Hilson works at our Village Pointe location and is the ultimate professional. Denise always brings her "A" game and is extremely talented and super consistent in her work. Denise has been with the Garbo's family for a long time and we love watching her continually grow her business!

Leslie Johnson - Stylist

Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson has worked hard this year to build her extension clients. All in all, Leslie is one of the hardest working stylists we have on our team. Her ability to build rapport with her clients is amazing and speaks to her kind personality! Leslie was also highlighted in our Stylist Spotlight blog post not too long ago. You can find Leslie at our Village Pointe location.

Kaitlyn Johnson - Stylist

Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson joined Garbo's only a few years ago but was an instant top performer! Kaitlyn is the energizer bunny of the salon - she is such a wonderful teammate and is always helping out around the salon! We couldn't ask for a better person to work with!

Aynsley Kalahar - Hair Stylist and Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Aynsley Kalahar

Aynsley Kalahar can be found behind the chair at our Midtown Crossing location. In addition to being a Top Performer, Aynsley is also one of our coaches. She is always willing to help the team in any way she can. Aynsley specializes in fashion colors and was recently highlighted in last month's Stylist Spotlight blog post!

Kara Kowalski - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Kara Kowalski

Kara Kowalski has only been with Garbo's a few years but was quick to earn the title of Top Performer. Kara also specializes in fashion colors and has excellent hair cutting skills. You can find Kara at our Midtown Crossing Location!

Joilynn Larsen - Stylist

Joilynn Larsen

Joilynn Larsen is both a stylist and esthetician at our Village Pointe location. Joilynn is constantly looking for ways to grow her businesses and expertise. This year she added dermaplaning to her list of services and also specializes in extensions!

2019 Top Performer Celebration
Erin Lewandowski - Stylist

Erin Lewandowski

Erin Lewandowski works at our Regency location and is both a stylist and an educator. She excels at educating her clients on the best way to maintain the styles she's created and that has lead to her becoming a top performer so quickly.!

Sherri Mahoney

Sherri is our manager at the Village Pointe location and is an exemplary leader in every possible way. In addition to her work as a manager, she also maintains a strong book of business. She is an incredible person and boss!

Heather Marchio

Heather Marchio can be found behind the chair at our Midtown Crossing location. In addition, Heather also acts as our Wella color coach. Heather is a fantastic team member and is extremely talented in everything she does. Heather was also highlighted in our Stylist Spotlight a few months back!

Amber Meier - Omaha Nebraska Master Hairstylist

Amber Meier

Amber Meier is the manager at our Oak View Mall location and is a fantastic mentor and leader to her team. This is Amber's first year as a Top Performer! In addition to her duties as manager and stylist, she is also an extension specialist.

Rachel Miller - Stylist/ PK Edu

Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller is a stylist, business coach, and product educator at our Regency location. Rachel is extremely knowledgeable about our industry and stays on top of the latest trends and products. She also runs a great social media account (@rachel_scissor_hands)!

Omaha Hair Stylist Crystal Millerd

Crystal Millerd

Crystal Millerd is the assistant manager at our Village Pointe location and the lead educator there as well. Crystal is Garbo's #1 Top Performer!!! Crystal was highlighted in our Stylist Spotlight a few months back and is one of the sweetest people you will every meet!

Top Performers Event 2019
Erica and Katherine at the Top Performers Event
Molly Ohern - Stylist

Molly Ohern

Molly Ohern works at our Village Pointe location and is known as one of the kindest people you will meet. She is extremely consistent and is always helping out in any way she can - we sometimes even see her behind the front desk when things get busy!

Headshot of Dinet Pena

Dinet Pena

Dient Pena works at our Oak View Mall location and is our lash specialist. She can make anybody's eyelashes look amazing! Dinet is always looking for ways to grow her business so it is no wonder she is a Top Performer!

Denise Pittman - Stylist

Denise Pittman

Denise Pittman works at our Regency location and is both a Great Lengths extension specialist and an Aveda specialist. Denise is the ultimate professional and is all around incredible at her job!

Julia Elliott - Stylist

Julia Elliott

Julia Elliott can be found behind the chair at our Village Pointe location. This is Julia's first year as a Top Performer! She has worked extremely hard to build her business. She is a long hair specialist and loves giving her clients highlights and balayage.

Audrey Reinhardt - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Audrey Reinhardt

Audrey is our manager at the Midtown Crossing location and is an amazing team leader. She has built a fabulous team at Midtown while maintaining a terrific business behind the chair!

Emily Reinhardt - Stylist

Emily Reinhardt

Emily Reinhardt (not related to Audrey!) works at our Village Pointe location. Emily works very hard and is amazing at mens cutting. In addition, she is always helping out around the salon which is so appreciated!

Antonia Rogers - Stylist at Garbo's Salon and Spa, Village Pointe

Antonia Rogers

Antonia Rogers calls our Village Pointe location home. Antonia is a professional in every regard - she is an excellent educator, meticulous hair cutting specialist and is always consistent and patient with her clients!

Thomas Sena - Omaha Hairstylist

Tom Sena

Tom Sena is our manager at the Regency location and is one of the coolest guys we know. This is Tom's first year as a top performer! Tom is a master stylist and can do just about anything. No challenge is too big for Tom!

Eileen Staley - Stylist

Eileen Staley

Eileen works at our Regency location and is a business coach in addition to her work as a stylist. She is one of the most fun and enthusiastic people we know and is beyond talented! If you have problem hair, you need to see Eileen - she can fix anything!

Gals Enjoying Drinks at the Top Performer Event
Celebrating the Top Performers

Jules Steinwart

Jules Steinwart works at our Village Pointe location and has won the Top Performer award multiple years in a row! Jules is the ultimate professional when it comes to her business and works hard to keep her clients happy!

Kathleen Traxinger - Stylist/Men's Cutting Specialist

Kathleen Traxinger

Kathleen works at our Regency location and is one of our best educators when it comes to sharing her knowledge with her clients and her team members. Kathleen always comes in early and stays late and is the best at helping out around the salon!

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight

Clair Wight

Clair Wight also works at our Regency location and extremely talented. Clair is a wizard at color corrections and one of the kindest and nicest people you will ever meet!

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We are so proud of all these amazing individuals who went above and beyond this past year.  While we try to show our appreciation through the Top Performers event, words and actions can’t express how thankful we are to have such an amazing group of people who call Garbo’s home.

As we mentioned above, if you see your stylists listed make sure to tell them congratulations the next time you see them.  Earning the award of Top Performer is not easy and they deserve to be recognized for their amazing accomplishment!

🎉 Congratulations one more time to all our 2019 Top Performers! 🎉


Sending Love,


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By: Maddie Poteat

It may not officially be winter yet but the freezing weather and the snow have me feeling like we are right in the middle of it.  Thankfully, No-Shave November is here to warm us all up and get us thinking about a few important things!  While I will not be participating in No-Shave November this year ( I love my razor too much), I will definitely be supporting the cause. 

No-Shave November is a movement that encourages men to grow out their hair to help raise awareness for men battling prostate and testicular cancer as well as suicidal thoughts.  

If you thought Garbo’s was a female only salon, think again (and read this post and this post while you’re at it)!  While you guys are busy growing out your facial hair this month don’t be afraid to stop in to your nearest Garbo’s location for some help.  We can assist in styling your new, longer hair in a way that will have you looking and feeling great while being an ambassador for the No-Shave November movement.

More on the No-Shave November Movement

Of course you’ve heard of No-Shave November but maybe you’re not exactly sure what the movement is all about.  Don’t worry.  The movement began as a way to stimulate conversation centered around men’s health and break the stigma of men being uncomfortable talking about personal health issues. Studies show that men are 33% less likely to visit a doctor, leaving them susceptible to late detection and prone to health risks. By growing out facial hair or head hair, we can all be agents to a great cause!

Styling Your Way Through November

Many of the men I know use No-Shave November as an excuse to not worry about their hair for a month… So what if things look a little scraggly?  No!  The stylists here at Garbo’s beg you not to let yourself turn into a caveman… 

If you start waking up with messy hair try forming it after you get out of the shower with little of bit our Lucky Man Creme Clay.  The best part about this is that a little goes a long way, and if you’re on the go, you can always toss it in your bag and have it when you need it.  

Need a few other ideas for how to get the perfect beard while working with what you’ve got?  Check out this style guide below!

No Shave November Styling Guide

Hair loss shouldn’t be something you worry about during a month advocating growth, so if you’re looking to thicken your hair, consider meeting with a professional.  We’ve recently partnered with DGMD Medical to offer new MedSpa services at our Midtown Crossing location.  In addition to injectables and fillers, DGMD focuses on hair restoration in both men and women.  Dr. Gross and his team can help you find the best way to combat your hair loss – whether that is a prescription, PRP Therapy, a hair transplant or one of their other solutions!  In the meantime, you can check out this style guide for a few ideas on how to style the hair you do have!

If this is your first time adventuring with growing out your beard, congratulations to you!  With a wonderful beard comes the need for an even better hairstyle.  Lean on one of our talented stylists when it comes to this as they can point you toward the best hairstyle to match your beard,  

If all that time checking yourself out in the mirror has lead to you noticing a few more gray hairs than you thought you had, just remember our stylists love coloring our male clients’ hair as well.  There is nothing wrong with a little touch up from time to time!

By the time the month is over, the call is yours. Keep your beard and be proud you were an advocate for a great cause, or book an appointment and our stylists can help you get back to looking like yourself at whichever of our four locations suits you best!

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,


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By: Maddie Poteat

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to see bright colors, dresses and beautiful wavy hair again… Happy Spring, everyone! 
If you have been following along on social media, you know we LOVE partnering with local businesses.  Last month we partnered with two local gyms to bring you easy hair and makeup looks you can wear from work to the gym and back (read that post here if you missed it!).  This month we decided to focus on a topic I’m sure most of you will be excited about – Spring Hair and Fashion Trends!
When we were thinking about who we wanted to partner with this month we knew it had to be someone who has a pulse on the upcoming fashion trends we will be seeing this Spring.  Bliss Boutique quickly came to mind and after reaching out to Valerie, owner/manager, we knew we had a solid collaboration in the works.
I first stepped foot in Bliss Boutique years ago when I was looking for a dress for my high school prom…  Needless to say, I have been a fan of Bliss Boutique for many years!  Since moving to Rockbrook Village, Bliss Boutique has cemented themselves as a go-to store for both on-trend looks and the classic styles we all love.  Read below to see the outfits chosen for the shoot and how we paired them with the makeup and hair trends our stylists are seeing this season!
2019 Spring Hair Trends

2019 Spring Makeup Trends

This season we are seeing a mix of bold looks and more toned-down natural looks.  Glitter seems to be everywhere this Spring but our makeup artists chose to stick to the subtle, natural, no-makeup look for our models.  Paired with a lightly stained pink lip (in different shades), the model’s makeup helped bring a refreshed and energized look to the shoot.

Go-To Makeup Looks:

  • Lightly stained pink lip
  • Subtle smoky eye
  • No-makeup look – Natural, soft makeup in a muted color palette
  • Glitter eye shadow (not shown here)
2019 Makeup Trends - Natural Makeup
Makeup by Ashley Beutler
2019 Makeup Trends - Lipstick
Makeup by Ashley Beutler
2019 Makeup Trends - Natural Look
Makeup by Ashley Beutler

2019 Spring Hair Trends

For the hair, our stylists honed in on easy at-home styles perfect for any occasion this season.  While some of the current Spring trends are more dramatic than the styles we went for this shoot, these hair styles will still turn heads!  One of our stylists, Mikaela Kellog, added a side, french braid to her model.  This look would be perfect for anything outside as it will keep those pesky fly-aways at bay while still giving you a pretty, feminine and polished look.

The other two styles are similar as they both include loose beach waves.  Our stylists achieved these looks by using the Garbo’s Stay Spritz and Shine for both hold and protection.  (Need extra help with those beach waves?  Check out our how-to video we made here!).  While Mikaela kept her model’s hair completely down, Jessica styled her model’s hair by sectioning off the top part and securing it in a messy-ish bun.  I personally love this look as it keeps my hair out of my face while still allowing me to wear part of it down.

Other Spring Hair Trends We Are Seeing:

2019 Hair Trends - Braids
Hair by Mikaela Kellog
2019 Hair Trends - Loose Waves
Hair by Mikaela Kellog
2019 Hair Trends - Beach Waves
Hair by Jessica Wollam

2019 Spring Fashion Trends

Now for the fashion!  When partnering with Bliss Boutique we wanted to emphasize not only the upcoming trends but the wearability of these trends.  If you have ever skimmed through a fashion magazine you know that some styles can be really hard to pull off.  I’ve seen bright, bold colors on models that I would never be able to wear… Or certain types of clothing that my lifestyle just doesn’t call for (example: ball gowns and stilettos).  The styles that Bliss Boutique offers are both trendy and wearable – the perfect combo! 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends - Florals
Floral print tank top paired with Cardigan
2019 Spring Fashion Trends - Off the Shoulder Shirts
Off the shoulder top in dusty blush with feminine lace detail
In addition to the wearability of these pieces, Valerie at Bliss Boutique wanted to emphasize Femininity.  You will see both florals and lace in any form this Spring so she really wanted the outfits to showcase those trends.  She also loves the mix of blues, beiges and dusty rose colors this Spring.  They truly highlight the Femininity feel we were aiming for. 
As with every Spring wardrobe, dresses once again are an important piece to fill the closet.  Valerie wanted to showcase a fun and flirty Spring dress during the shoot.  In addition, tank tops are a must for the warm weather days ahead so she chose a tank top with a prominent floral print and loose, feminine flow.  By adding the loose cardigan you can take this look from those hot days to those chilly Spring nights. 
Lastly, the off-the-shoulder trend is still in style and we are still loving it!  Valerie chose an off-the-shoulder top that incorporated a pretty, feminine lace in the dusty blush color we love.  
2019 Spring Fashions - Light Blues
Loose, feminine dress is light blue - Bliss Boutique

We hope our re-cap of this month’s collaboration with Bliss Boutique filled you with inspiration for all things beauty this Spring!  There is always so much to remember when it comes to new season trends but don’t worry – if you need help on the hair/makeup side, Garbo’s has you covered.  If you need help on the fashion side, Bliss Boutique can help! 

A big thank you to those made this month’s collaboration possible:   

Hairstylists: Mikaela Kellog, Jessica Wollam

Makeup Artist: Ashley Beutler

Models: Kelli Welch, Kristine Kruse, Talia Fickel

Fashion and Clothes: Bliss Boutique

Thank you so much for reading!  Stay tuned for our next post where we highlight a very deserving stylist from one of our locations!

Sending love,


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By: Maddie Poteat

Staying active, being healthy and working hard are all things we believe are beautiful!  We dedicated last month to fitness as we know March can be the breaking point for many people… It’s still cold out, the days are not much longer than they used to be and we are all itching for warmer weather.  Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get us back on track so that is exactly what we aimed to provide!

By partnering with two local businesses in Omaha and Elkhorn, we were able to showcase different types of workouts and the amazing ladies who do them.  Sweating, working hard and staying active isn’t always pretty but what makes us strong and powerful also makes us beautiful!  Read below for a quick recap of the businesses we partnered with, the looks we showcased and the products we recommend when you are busy staying active! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles on Workout Models

Barre Code 

Our first partnership of the month was with Barre Code and Athleta at Village Pointe in West Omaha.  If you have never done a Barre class before you have never felt your legs and arms burn like this…  The workouts consist of cardio and strength training but the overall emphasis is on positivity and female empowerment.  

When styling this shoot, we went with styles that could be easily transitioned from work to workout.  Many of the classes Barre Code offers are over the lunchtime hour so busy professionals are popping in during their lunch break.  With no time to fix their hair and makeup after the workout, we made sure our looks could easily transition from one activity to the next.

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Braids
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Braid
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyles we went for our Barre Code athletes can easily be replicated at home.   The idea behind these looks was to keep the hair out of the face but provide a style that was easy enough to do at home and cute enough to wear to work (or anywhere else you are heading to that day!).

The double dutch braid in the first picture can be accomplished by crossing each of the three strands UNDER one another.  Just think about how you normal braid your hair and pull the strands the opposite way.  By doing this you are taking a normal braid style and mixing it up just a tad.  And by wrapping a small strand of hair around your elastic you take the look to another level! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Four Braided Buns Close Up
Hair by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Regency
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Blush
Hair by Leslie Johnson, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

The hairstyle you see in the first picture above may seem complicated but it is actually four individual ponies braided and then fashioned into buns.  Not only is this look extremely easy but it will also keep all those fly-away hairs in place as you transition from one barre move to the next.

As for products used to maintain these styles, Garbo’s Freshen Up Dry Shampoo is the answer.  Throw the small can in your gym back and give your hair and scalp a quick spritz after class.  The dry shampoo will absorb the oils while re-securing your hair back in place.  The best part is this dry shampoo smells amazing so you don’t have to worry about any bad smells lingering once you get back to the office! 

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Thin Eyeliner
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Half Up Half Down
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe.

To achieve the makeup looks for this shoot, we used Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture.  This light foundation will both protect the skin and hide your imperfections all while feeling light and airy.  By using products that were light and wouldn’t clog the pores, we ensured our models looked and felt beautiful while working out.

Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Concealer
Makeup by Ashley Beutler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Barre Code and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Light Smoky Eye
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Crossfit Elkhorn

The other local business we partnered with this month was CrossFit Elkhorn.  A CrossFit class is a bit different than a barre class.  Focusing on power, speed, and athleticism, CrossFit is a much heavier workout.  CrossFit Elkhorn (CFE) is located a bit further west than Village Pointe – on 204th street in Elkhorn, NE.  With a membership of over 200 members, this gym is truly making its mark on the small town of Elkhorn.  With an all-inclusive atmosphere, CFE stands out among other CrossFit gyms in town.  Everyone is an athlete at CFE – no matter where you are on your fitness journey the trainers will help you reach your goals!  

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Makeup styles for Crossfit Athletes
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - French Braids
Hair by Amber Klebba, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Although CrossFit does differ from a Barre workout our approach to the hair and makeup for this shoot didn’t change too much.  Keeping the hair out of the face was priority number one.  Amber Klebba (@amberklebbapro) styled the first look by adding braids to the typical ponytail.  The tension in the braids along the hairline keeps the baby hairs, bangs and layers locked into place throughout your workout! 

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Messy Bun
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Hairstyles - Two Low Buns
Hair by Jules Steinwart, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Village Pointe

Another look we styled originated from a messy bun.  Grabbing your hair and throwing it on the top of your head may seem like the best workout style but unfortunately, buns easily fall out.  Add in a few powerful CrossFit moves and your once perfect top-knot is now resting on your shoulders…  Therefore, we added in an additional elastic, a few bobby pins and a quick spritz of hair spray to keep this one in place!

The next look we styled also included braids as they truly are a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you workout!  We added two buns to this version to make it stand out a bit!

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup Idea
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Red Lipstick
Makeup by Melissa Taulborg, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

Our goal this month was to inspire you to keep pushing through.  Whether you gained inspiration from the strong women at Barre Code or the powerful women at CrossFit Elkhorn, we just hope these styles were enough to get you back on your feet!

Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Finishing Powder
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall
Elkhorn CrossFit and Garbo's Collab - Fitness Makeup - Highlighter
Makeup by Amber Schussler, Garbo's Salon and Spa - Oak View Mall

A HUGE thank you to those who helped make this collaboration possible – the hairstylists and makeup artists who volunteered their time,  Bonnie Eisenhart, her beautiful Barre Code Team, Justin and Lindsey Carraher and their amazing CrossFit Elkhorn Team!

Thanks so much for reading and make sure you stay tuned as we are working on a few Springtime posts that I’m sure you’ll love!

Sending love,



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By: Maddie

We can’t believe it

We still can’t believe we are celebrating 30 years this month!  Not many small businesses have the opportunity to celebrate such a milestone so to say we are grateful is an understatement!  Hopefully you read the blog post our owner, Darcy, wrote last week (if not, you can find it here!) as she did a great job of sharing how thankful we are for the amazing people who work at our salons and for all of YOU who visit our locations everyday.  We really can’t say thank you enough!

We are family

Over the past 30 years we have made some great memories.  From Christmas parties, fashion shows, charity events and more, we really have had some fun!  Check out a few of the pictures below that we pulled from the ol’ vault.
Photo of Garbos stylists
Susie Ricki and Courtney Group Photo
Garbo's Salon, Regency Location, Group Photo
Garbos regency group photo
Garbos Group Photo in front of Aveda Banner
Garbos group photo with stylists in costumes
Garbos Group Photo
Crystal and Jules old photo

Don’t Forget!

As we close out our birthday month it also means the end of our giveaway!  Throughout this month we partnered with some amazing ladies to help spread the word of the $300 customizable basket we are giving away!  A special thank you to  @gracegatheredhome, @mpronspies, @lattesandleather and @bonniewyrick for being such amazing spokeswomen for our products!

We have received over 500 entries and are so excited to choose our winner after the contest closes tonight.  Make sure you check out the bloggers we partnered with and enter for a chance to win before the giveaway ends!  You can enter on any of these posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 or Post 4 (or enter on all of them and increase your chances of winning!).

Thank you again!

Thank you again for being part of the Garbo’s family!  We are so thankful to have celebrated 30 years in business and can’t wait to see what the years ahead hold!

Sending love,


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By: Darcy Michalek

I’m Grateful

If you hang around me long enough, sooner or later you will hear me say “it’s impossible to be miserable and grateful at the same time”.   Life is tough, business is tough and some days it’s easier to focus on all of the tough stuff rather than the really good stuff.  Good stuff is long lasting, it sustains you through the difficult times, but it doesn’t do a very good job of that if you don’t take the time to remember what exactly you are grateful for. 

I would encourage you to just take a minute, especially when you are stressed out or overwhelmed or depressed or full of anxiety, just take a deep breath and think of all of your blessings.   The right now blessings.   I read somewhere recently that those who live constantly in the past are continuously depressed about things they cannot change and those who live only in the future are full of anxiety worrying about what might be.  Those poor souls then wake up one day and realize they missed their life because they didn’t focus on today and all of the gifts it has to give.  (My kids accuse me of having a bit of “Fear of missing out” because I love to stay up late and get up early and wring every bit of goodness out of each and every day.) You know, as I think about it, it’s also really difficult to stay in the state of “woe is me” when you are helping someone else feel better about their day or their life or anything for that matter.  So the one-two punch for combatting misery is 1) recalling who and what you are grateful for and 2) doing something kind for someone else.  Kindness matters.  Not much else does if kindness isn’t present in the intent.  So really, every day could be a day of thanksgiving if you think about it that way!

Throughout the years I have been blessed to know some of the most generous people.   People who helped me through something when they didn’t need to and who simply overwhelmed me with their kindness and extreme generosity.  Today I think about them and am thankful for those people.  Now I try to be that person to someone else because if we aren’t here to take good care of each other and help each other what’s the point? 

I see this in the wonderful talented people I get to work with every day.  These are people who love what they do and are absolutely and totally passionate about helping people.  Helping people feel better and look better, helping them escape for a little “me time” when a couple of hours in a few weeks might be all they have to spare on themselves.  The team I am blessed to work with is comprised of kind, generous people who love, and I mean LOVE, taking good care of others.   Don’t get me wrong, they struggle too, with life, with love, with heartache and illness and even death of a loved one but this team of people still show up every day on a mission to bring joy and kindness to others.

So many days I am running from salon to salon and I am greeted by friendly, wonderful, beautiful smiles at our reception desks and laughter and relaxation in our salons and spas and it just makes me smile.   I smile knowing that for just a short period of the day these dear, wonderful people I call my teammates are sharing great joy with so many and that is just awesome, and so are they.

I can’t end my time with you without thanking you.  Thanking you for trusting us to take good care of you.  Thanking you for telling us when we can do better.  Thanking you for the laughter, the uplifting words and your loyalty.  May God bless each and every one of our Garbo’s team members and you, our fabulous clients, on this Thanksgiving Day and every day.  

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Darcy Michalek

Maddie Poteat Headshot

By: Maddie

This week was a special week for us – we had the opportunity to join Omaha Fashion Week in its first bridal themed showcase – The Wedding Salon!

Omaha Fashion Week Models styled by Garbo's Salon and Spa Hairstylists
Heather and Jameson Photography

As the summer winds down (I can’t believe Labor Day is almost here!) and wedding season comes to a close, we were excited to show those attending the event the different hair and makeup styles we were able to create.  As the night’s exclusive makeup and hair vendor, we had the chance to let our creative juices flow and come up with the styles that best suited both the model and the dress they would adorn later that evening.  From up-do’s to braids to large back-combed styles, we really had fun creating each and every look!

Brunette Model in Wedding Gown
Heather and Jameson Photography

Just like a typical wedding day it was both exciting and stressful… doing hair and makeup for 70+ women is no easy task!  With only a few hours to make visions into reality, the floor was buzzing with activity.  As the final bobby pins were placed and the clouds of hairspray died down, the final products began to emerge… and let me tell you, everyone looked stunning!  It was hard to believe the women in the chairs were not getting ready to walk down the aisle but instead the runway!

Garbo's Makeup Artist Applying Eyeshadow
Heather and Jameson Photography

Weddings hold a special place in our hearts here at Garbo’s.  As a recent bride myself, I know how much trust our clients put in their stylists when they ask them to be a part of their special day.  So being able to showcase our talented teams’ abilities to a room full of people was a treat and we were delighted to be a part of Omaha Fashion week again this year!

Blonde Model in Wedding Gown
Heather and Jameson Photography

If you or any of your friends are getting married soon please consider Garbo’s when looking for a team to take care of you and your girls on your big day.  Drop us a line or send us a note (link below) to find out how we can help make your day truly special!

Sending love,