This month, we’re highlighting Malloree Staley! Malloree works at our Oak View Mall location, and is a passionate and dedicated member of our team.  

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

I have been with Garbo’s for nearly six years now. I knew the minute I toured Garbo’s that I wanted to make it my hair home. The atmosphere and people I have the pleasure of working with make it the very best. 

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

Becoming a stylist was so much more than just a career choice for me. I wanted to be able to have an opportunity to make a first hand difference in people’s lives. I want every person who sits in my chair to know they are worthy and beautiful. 

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

I would consider hair color and cutting my specialties. I find it very gratifying to know that we got your color just right. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

Haircutting is hands down my favorite service to preform! A good haircut is the foundation of all hair goals and I enjoy the challenge of making every cut perfect. 
 

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

One of the biggest challenges I face as a stylist is making sure I can translate the clients desired look into reality. I overcome this obstacle with a thorough consultation and many questions to be sure I can achieve their hair dreams.

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

In my opinion becoming a successful stylist takes determination and a drive to learn and grow everyday. 

I feel truly blessed to be in a career that allows me the opportunity to meet and care for so many amazing people. Stop by anytime for a “hairapy” appointment! 

Malloree is the sweetest! We love having her on our team. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Malloree at our Oak View Mall location, you can schedule any service by calling 402-333-5600 or booking online.

This month, we’re highlighting Denise Hilson! Denise has been with us at our Village Pointe location for quite some time now, and brings such a great skillset to the table. She is dedicated, and her love for her job is unmatched! 

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

I have been a stylist at Garbo’s for 20 years. I’ve been in the cosmetology field for 37 years. I had heard many great things about Garbo’s throughout the years. I felt I was ready to make that change 20 years ago, and have been very happy with my decision.   

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

As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a stylist. I love the beauty and fashion industry. The endless possibilities of colors and finding the perfect cut for guests. Making changes is always fun, whether it’s with color or a haircut. I love making people feel good about themselves. 

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

My specialty would have to be haircuts and color. I enjoy short, fun cuts and long layered cuts and everything in between!  It’s fun to put a fun color with the cut. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service to provide for my guests is a great cut with a highlight or color to go with it. I do love a challenge! 
 

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

My biggest challenge is probably social media. Making guests understand that many photos are photoshopped and it can take more than one visit to achieve the color they are looking for, even though the YouTube video did it in 30 minutes! 

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

To be a successful stylist, you have to be willing to stay at work on those slow days, you never know when you might get that walk-in or call- in that becomes a regular guest.  

Come in early or stay late for a guest. Always keep learning by taking classes or watching co-workers . You can always learn  something new! Keep up with new styles and trends, and look the part! Have fun along the way!

Denise is  wonderful!  We are so grateful for all the hard work she puts in every day. If you’re interested in booking an appointment at the Village Pointe location, you can schedule any service by calling (402) 991-2227 or booking online.

This month, we’re highlighting an amazing member of our Midtown team, Allison Parsons! 

Allison’s dedication and love for her job stands out to many.  Continue reading to get to know more about Allison and her personal journey as a stylist! 

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

I’ve been a stylist with Garbo’s for a little over 4 years now. I started out of school at an all Aveda salon and fell in love with the brand, but I felt like I was doing a disservice to myself by limiting my knowledge of this industry to only one product and color line. I grew up getting my hair done at Garbo’s, and when I found out that Aveda was one of the brands offered, it seemed like the clear choice. 

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

I went to UNO for about 3 years as a theater and broadcasting major. After constantly coloring my roommates hair in our dorm, and styling wigs for the theater performances, I realized I should probably just take the hint and go to cosmetology school. It was absolutely the best decision I could have made!

I love the versatility of the job and the fact that I get to do something different every single day. I also love the flexibility my day to day has. I have a 1 year old son, so any extra chance I can have to be with him I jump at, and Garbo’s has really given me that opportunity!

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

I specialize in fashion colors and unnatural colors. It’s a service that allows me to step completely out of the box and truly be artistic. I’ve done just about every color in the rainbow (and even a couple rainbows) on my guests!

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

This is going to sound weird, and I’m sure it’s going to make a lot of my coworkers cringe, but I actually love doing corrective color. When I see a note on my books that someone is coming in with box black on their hair and wants to be blonde, I simultaneously have a panic attack and do a happy dance. It’s such a difficult, but rewarding process and you really have to use all of your color knowledge to make it work. 

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

My biggest challenge as a stylist is not taking my work home with me. If you’ve ever sat in my chair, I can almost guarantee I’ve sat at home later that day and thought about what I could have done differently to make that cut or color better. I’m constantly continuing my education and practicing my craft so that the next time I won’t find something to nitpick about my work in hopes of overcoming this challenge, but so far I’m not there yet! 

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

The best part about both this industry, and working for Garbo’s is that success is really whatever you want it to be. If you want to be a six figure, working 60 hours a week stylist, there is a path for you. If you want to go into education, there is a path for you.


For me, success is moving into a leadership position and being able to focus on my team reaching their goals. I’ve spent the last couple of years working up from the business coach to manager at the Midtown location, and when I see someone in my salon rocking out something I know they’re nervous about, or hitting number goals they’ve set, that’s when I really feel successful. 

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

My team refers to me as a kindergarten teacher because I love to plan silly games and events for us at the salon. At least once a month they’ll find me at the back table making something ridiculous out of construction paper or planning a team building activity. I think the best one we’ve done was our murder mystery party a couple years ago. Another stylist and I set up clues around the whole salon and had the team try to solve it. We like to do silly things all the time at Midtown and laugh a lot. It’s such a fun environment and especially after how tough the last year was for our industry, I couldn’t be more proud of the people I work with! 

Allison is just simply the best!  We are so grateful for the heart and soul she puts into her job every day. If you’re interested in booking an appointment at the Midtown location, you can schedule any service by calling 402-933-9737 or booking online.

No doubt, last year was hard.  But even with that challenge, our stylists and estheticians continued to perform at their highest levels each day. Their dedication, hard work, and excellence shone through every aspect of their work.

Each year we enjoy recognizing and celebrating those who take their commitment to their stylists to the next level.  While we truly value and appreciate everyone who calls Garbo’s home, it is important to honor those who go above and beyond.  While we normally throw a large party and take lots of pictures, this year we had to celebrate differently.

With over 100 service providers working for Garbo’s Salon and Spa, these stylists and estheticians have excelled in their performance. These fantastic men and women worked hard all year – taking great care of each client, and constantly working to improve their skills.  

The Top Performers of 2020 are out and we wanted to take the time to recognize each winner individually below. If you see your stylist/esthetician listed, please tell them congratulations. They have definitely earned it!

Black Diamond/ Diamond Level

Lindsey Balkovec Black Diamond Level

Sherri Mahoney Diamond Level

Amber Meier Diamond Level

Gold Level

Katherine Bower

Thomas Sena - Omaha Hairstylist

Tom Sena

Shannon Carsey

Ken Chapman, Hair Stylist Omaha NE

Ken Chapman

Silver Level

Denise Hilson - Stylist

Denise Hilson

Clair Wight

Eileen Staley - Stylist

Eileen Staley

Rachel Miller

Denise Pittman - Stylist

Denise Pittman

Mikaela Bana

Marcia Harper - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Marcia Harper

Dinet Peña

Emily Reinhardt

Bronze Level

Kara Kowalski - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Kara Kowalski

Erin Lewandowski - Stylist

Erin Lewandowski

Kathleen Traxinger - Stylist/Men's Cutting Specialist

Kathleen Traxinger

Ashley Renee Kotil

Sheryl Balfour

Emily Hilker

Hayli Winans- Stylist

Hayli Winans

Audrey Reinhardt - Omaha Hairstylist at Garbo's Midtown Crossing

Audrey Reinhardt

Torrie Vaught

Marie Mertz

Courtney Shipp - Stylist

Courtney Luetkenhaus

John Bernal

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.

Remember, if you see your service provider listed make sure to tell them congratulations!  With over 100 stylists throughout of five locations, earning the award of Top Performer is not easy and they deserve to be recognized for their amazing accomplishment!

 Again, congratulations one more time to all our 2020 Top Performers! 

This month, we’re highlighting not only our stylist but our amazing manager, Thomas Sena! From our Regency location, Thomas has made an invaluable contribution and his dedication and passion never go unnoticed.

We can go on and on about how great Tom is but you truly have to meet him to understand!  Continue reading to get to know this month’s stylist spotlight all the reasons we appreciate him so much.

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

 I have a long history with Garbo’s. I worked for Garbo’s in its original location in One Pacific Place almost 30 years ago. From there, I went out and did my own thing for many years and then came back to Garbo’s under the current owner, Darcy Michalek, in 2014.

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

I don’t even know if I could say that I chose to be a hairstylist. I grew up in the business. My dad was a stylist and owns salons as well as my aunt and then my older sister. I always say my first job was emptying ashtrays in my dad‘s salon when I was about 4 years old. So eventually I just kind of stepped into the role.

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

As far as a specialty, I can just tell you a couple of services that I do that are still somewhat unique. I’ve done extensions since way before they became trendy. OK, I should probably stop answering every question making me sound like I’m 100 years old.

I also do the Japanese Thermal Straightening. This is the original system (oh man here we go again) that’s tried and true. The products are actually in Japanese. No, I did not learn how to read Japanese but I did learn how to use the products a long time ago from a stylist in LA. It’s the best chemical straightening method, period. 

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

It’s hard to nail down a favorite single service or aspect that is my favorite because what I love so much about this business is that it’s allowed me to do so many different things and utilize my talents (if any) in so many areas. Cutting, coloring, styling, extension, photoshoots, art direction, marketing, management, mentoring, product development, and fashion, to name a few. Love it all. 

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

I’ve had the honor of managing, hiring, training, and mentoring Stylist for a long time. Unfortunately, I’ve also had to let some go. I’ve seen stylists succeed for a number of different reasons. Some take longer than others. I can tell you it’s been very rare that I’ve ever let anyone go because I didn’t think they had the capacity to learn how to do the work. Some take to it like fish to water and others develop their craft over a long period of training. But the story I try to tell all of my stylists is that when I got started I thought the craft was everything. I did not pay attention to customer service because I felt if I could just do the work better than most people that I would be busy. I then watched a lot of stylists pass me on the way up, I finally figured out the importance of human connection. Looking good should always go hand-in-hand with feeling good. The fastest building stylists are the ones that are competent at their craft but also provide a fun, safe, and genuine customer experience as well. That is our ultimate goal.

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

I love to have a good time. I love a loose and fun atmosphere in the salon and with my crew. If it’s not fun it’s not worth it. When I see my staff really enjoying what they’re doing and having fun with each other there’s just nothing better.

Lastly, I’ll do a little plug for my newest venture. Darcy and I have started a new company called, Baby Dog Mama and we could not be more excited. It’s a specialty hair product company with three core products, to begin with. A baby shampoo, a dog shampoo, and a shampoo for mama. The dog shampoo is already available at Garbo’s salons and online at garbossalons.com. Look for the other two shampoos to come online later this year. We are doing a lot of very special things with this company and these products but the one thing I’ll mention is that for every product you buy we will give away a shampoo to a pet, family or women’s shelter. That’s really at the heart of our mission and we hope we can highlight some of the great work being done at shelters.  

How amazing is Thomas! We cannot thank him enough for all that he does and it is truly talent like Thomas that makes Garbo’s the salon that it is! If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Thomas, you can schedule any service by calling our Regency location at (402) 391-2333 or by booking with him online Finally, make sure you’re following Thomas Sena on Instagram @thomassena to see more of his work!