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By: Lindsey Carraher

The old “box dye” versus professional hair color convo… let’s have it! 

I’m sure all of us, at some point in our day, have been tempted by Eva Longoria’s stunningly gorgeous headshot on a “chestnut sand” box of hair color in the Walgreen’s aisle…  And most of us, including me, have given it a shot!  We are human, the manufacture’s marketing skills are on point and hey- it’s only $8!  Well, let me fill you in on what I’ve learned since my own days of “home highlights”…
Just like EVERYTHING out there on the market, you get what you pay for.  Brand new hair color for less than $20 may seem like the ultimate “deal” but when you think about it this particular thing you are paying for is one that chemically alters every strand of hair on your head.  Yes, chemically alters!  No matter which brand you choose or which store you purchase it from the product works the same way… How is it possible that the box is able to give you and your girlfriend (with the complete opposite hair color) the same result?! 
It’s possible by pumping the products full of high-level peroxides and ammonia to make certain the hair does “something”.  “Why did it turn out nothing like the picture?” – because it lacks information on certain factors that a highly trained hairstylist will take into consideration when coloring your hair.  These factors include the color, condition, underlying pigment, porosity, history, density, texture or the current integrity of your hair.  Your stylist will also know that fine hair processes differently than coarse hair.  That dark hair has a different underlying pigment than light hair does.  That hair processes differently on the base than on the mid-strands and ends… Your stylist is able to factor in these points in order to create the perfect formula for your specific hair.  
“Why doesn’t my hair shine like Eva’s”, you ask?  The chemicals used in the way box color uses them, break open and roughen the cuticle.  Think of the cuticle layer like shingles on a roof.  These “box colors” cause all the “shingles” to stay raised and rough not allowing light to bounce off of them and reflect.  Raised shingles don’t do the roof much good in the way of protection…  Just like a raised shingle would allow rain, critters and other outdoor things to creep into the ceiling of your home, the raised cuticle of your hair also allows heat and other environmental factors to get in between them which end up damaging and breaking the hair. 
I know many of you are thinking “salons are just so much more expensive!”  So I challenge you to think of it this way… if you had to wear the same top every single day to every event, every function and around every social group forever would you buy an $8 top from Walgreen’s?  Probably not!  You would probably spend the time searching for and trying on many tops before deciding to make a worthy investment on the perfect one, right!?  Your hair is just that.  It is the mainstay of your wardrobe.  It is the accessory you never take off…  
So, now that I’ve shared my thoughts on this matter, my advice to you is this: save yourself the stress, the risk and the money it will cost for your color correction and find a hairstylist you trust.  You will not regret it!


Sending love,



Lindsey Carraher is this week’s guest blogger.  She is currently a Master Stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Village Pointe.  In addition to working behind the chair, Lindsey is Garbo’s Director of Education and is a member of our Business and Digital Strategies Team.  With over 14 years of experience, Lindsey is able to educate based on what she knows and what she has experienced as a tenured professional in the industry.


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By: Maddie

Gift Giving is hard

Let’s make it easy! Garbo’s first Gift Guide is filled with easy and awesome gifts that your friends and family will ACTUALLY use! You can snag any of these gifts in our stores and the ones that are available online are linked below!
2018 Garbos Gift Guide

The Goods

1. Aquage Backcombing Brush – $11

2. Aquage Smoothing Brush – $34

3. Aveda Tea Bags – $21

4. Aveda Tea Bottle – $31

5. BaByliss Pro Hair Dryer – $189

6. Garbo’s Candle – Berry Spice – $18

7. Hot Tools Curling Irons – 1 inch, $47, 1 1/2 Inch, $80

8. Garbo’s Gift Card – Any Amount

9. Garbo’s Guest Bathroom Bag –$45 Small, $70 Large


10. Aveda Gift Box – Starting at $22

11. Garbo’s Travel Bag –

Build your own! – Price Varies

Pre-Made Bag – Curly Hair – $28

Pre-Made Bag – Color Safe – $26

Pre-Made Bag – Volume – $27

Pre-Made Bag – All Hair Types – $28

12. Aveda After Shave – $35

13. Aveda Shave Cream – $21

14. BaByliss Pro Straightener – $169

Happy Shopping!

Let us know what you think of our first Gift Guide and if you find it useful!  Make sure you take an extra look around when you are shopping in our store or online – you never know what perfect gifts you might find!

Happy Holidays!


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By: Maddie

Feel that hair of yours.  Does it feel different now than it did before the summer started?  Think back to everything you experienced over the past three months and now remember that your hair went through it just like you did!  I’m sure you put on sunscreen when you relaxed at the pool or lathered on some lotion when your legs were feeling a bit dry… but did you take care of your hair the same way? 

It’s funny how our hair tends to get forgotten when it comes to us taking care of ourselves.  The sun, wind, chlorine, salt water and sweat can all negatively impact the healthiness of our hair.  Thankfully, there are a number of ways we can get our hair back to healthy both in the salon and at home.  

In the salon:

Most salons, including Garbo’s, carry deep conditioning treatments that the stylist can apply while you’re at the shampoo bowl.  These treatments are different than take-home products as they penetrate deeper into the hair follicle and are for professional use only.  Two of our favorite treatments come from Aveda – one to help pump moisture into very dry hair (Moisture Treatment) and one to improve the look and feel of damaged hair (Repair Treatment).  Depending on what your hair needs, your stylist may recommend one over the other or a combination of the two.  These treatments do come at an extra cost ($40, or $20 if adding on to another service) but they are worth it as you can’t get the same treatment at home.
Client at Shampoo Bowl

At home:

While an in-salon treatment is highly recommended when your hair needs some serious love, it is not the only option.  Garbo’s carries many high quality products that can help get your hair back to healthy!  These deep conditioning masks will leave your hair feeling smoother and looking much less tattered and dry after just one use.  While these products can be used separately we recommend pairing them with a deep conditioning treatment for maximum repair.  Our favorites: Aveda Damage Remedy, Aveda Dry Remedy, Garbo’s Indulge Masque and  Aquage Seaextend Silkening Oil Power Infusion.  
Aveda Damage Remedy (Purchase In-Store Only)
Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque
Aveda Dry Remedy (Purchase In-Store Only)
Garbo's Indulge Masque – 6 oz
Garbo's Indulge Masque
Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Oil Power Infusion
Aquage Seaextend Silkening Oil Power Infusion

We know these things can be complicated and confusing so please reach out to us if you have any questions!  Send us your questions in the comments box below, give us a call or schedule a consultation online – our team of stylists can work with you to figure out what your hair truly needs to get back to healthy.


Sending Love,


Winter is a tough season.  It takes a toll on everything – from our homes, cars, and schedules to our minds, attitudes, and bodies.  In addition, it also isn’t particularly kind to our hair.   There are many ways the cold and dry weather effect our hair but we have outlined the top three winter hair fails below and included easy ways to fix or remedy them!

1. Dry Air = Dry Hair

As the temperature drops, so does the humidity.  We know you aren’t a fan of what humidity does to most hairstyles but it is a double-edged sword…  Yep, don’t celebrate too long because before you know it, that sustained lack of moisture in the air does the same thing to your hair.  Ugh, it’s like you can’t win, right?  Don’t worry, read on for a few helpful tips!

Our number one shampoo for dry hair is called “Pure Moisture Shampoo“.  It’s going to drench your hair with moisture but not weigh it down.  That’s a very tricky task but Pure Moisture crushes it.   Use it just once and you’ll feel the difference.  In addition to moisturizing your hair it also comes with all the bells and whistles:

  • sulfate and salt-free
  • no petrochemicals
  • formaldehyde-free
  • no animal testing
  • gluten-free

2.  Split Ends and Fly-Aways

Fly away with me…on vacation away from this cold dry air!  Ok so now you have more than just dry hair.  Your ends are splitting and your fly-aways are out of control.  Once again, it’s the dry air plus hats, sweaters, heaters, furnaces, and static electricity that are doing this to you!  Yay, winter!  Oh but wait,…we have your hair life preservers right here. The aforementioned Pure Moisture will work for any type of dryness you are experiencing.  However, we do have some other options that can help.

Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo – smooths, silkens and adds shine to unmanageable, curly, frizzy or chemically treated hair.  You will also want to make sure you are using the Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner as well.  Both of these options have Moroccan Argan Oil in them which is the ingredient that helps control your flyaways and helps to protect the hair shaft so fewer split ends occur.  If you are looking for more information on the great effects of Argan Oil click here.

3.  Dry Scalp

Oh pretty it’s snowing….oh wait.  Never mind.  I’m afraid that’s your dry, flaky scalp on your hair and your navy top.  This takes us full circle: Cold Air = Dry Air = Dry Hair = Dry Scalp = Flaky Scalp 🙁

Listen, just like a snowflake, we are all unique.  Some of us have an oily scalp when it’s dry out and some of us suffer from a very dry scalp.  It’s weird, I know, but it has to do with your physiological makeup and what you are using on your scalp and your hair.  Garbo’s makes a few products that help maintain a healthy scalp:

Garbo’s Energizing Shampoo or our Lucky Man Scalp Stimulating Shampoo change your thoughts on shampoo.  It’s made specifically for your scalp and you’ll know the first time you use it.  Infused with menthol and caffeine, this shampoo stimulates your scalp and promotes blood flow which in turn cleans your scalp and helps your hair grow longer.  Now that you have taken care of your scalp you need to make sure to follow it up with a great conditioner.

When you really need the big guns (which you will during the winter), it’s time to bust out Garbo’s Indulge Masque Deep Conditioner.  This is the ultimate in moisturizing treatments.  What is particularly unique about this conditioner is it won’t weigh your hair down after using it – just make sure to give your strands a good rinse.  Garbo’s Indulge Masque renews and revitalizes your hair with moisture which gives it bend and flexibility again.  Since this product does pack some punch we recommend using it weekly.

Now that you have read the three most common winter hair fails and their fixes we hope you feel more confident when styling your hair this season.  The weather can really do a number on our hair but if you have the right products and tools you’ll be in a much better position to take on the challenge!