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By: Maddie Poteat

From spilling a fresh bottle of liquid foundation to getting a red lipstick on your white shirt, we’ve all had our own misfortunate experiences with makeup stains…  We run to our bathroom cabinets and do our best to remove them with whatever we can find – rubbing alcohol, kitchen vinegar, even hairspray!  But sometimes, those go-to methods of removing makeup stains aren’t enough.

Often times, there are pesky makeup stains that are harder to remove.  In such a case, it is suggested to take it to a dry cleaner.  Some dry cleaners even offer free pickup and delivery right to your door!  On the other hand, if you have the right products, you can remove makeup stains at home.  Below are a few quick solutions to help with your fight against spilled makeup!

#1 Makeup Wipes

You use them to clean makeup off your face, why not use them to clean up after a spill?!  Makeup wipes have great cleaning potential – they can remove stains out of cotton fabric, silk cloth, leather and even white shirts!  They are even safe to use on carpets, curtains and couches.  Makeup wipes are super quick and easy to use and this sneaky technique works like magic!

#2 Shaving Cream

Surprise!  Shaving cream can actually lift makeup stains!  Let me introduce you to this amazing trick.  Shaving cream is best-suited to remove liquid or cream stains such as foundation, concealer, or BB creams.  Any good shaving cream works wonders and will cut right through the oily component of a makeup product and gradually lift the pigment.  If the stain is a stubborn one, it is recommended to mix a small amount of shaving cream with a small amount of alcohol.  Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  Afterward, carefully rub the stain and wipe off the cleaning mixture.

#3 Ice

This is one of my favorites – no need to run to the store as the ice in your freezer might just do the trick! Grab an ice cube and apply it to the spilled makeup stain to remove it from your clothes.  Rub the ice cubes vigorously on the fabric.  In no time at all, the melted ice and cold water will remove the makeup stain.  Avoid hot water when trying to remove stains as it can potentially spread the stain instead of lifting it.  Save the hot water for your next relaxing bath!

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#4 Detergent Pen

Have you ever heard of a detergent pen?  These pens are specifically designed to treat minor stains that need a quick fix – just like spilled makeup!  Just like makeup wipes, the detergent pens also contain moisture for erasing stains. These magic pens are convenient and harmless on most fabrics – even those labeled “dry clean only”!

$5 Oil-Free Makeup Remover

If you don’t have makeup wipes laying around try reaching for an oil-free makeup remover instead.  The ‘oil-free’ ingredient is a must; otherwise you’ll most likely end up creating a bigger mess than you had before.  Thus, it is recommended to consider a high-end or branded makeup remover.

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By: Maddie Poteat

Winter is hard.  Yep, I said it.  While the snow, crisp weather, and the thought of cuddling up by the fire sounds amazing, it can also make everything downright more challenging.  One of the things winter can really affect is your hair.  We’ve written on the topic of winter hair care before (read here) but we wanted to update it with a few extra tips and tricks.  If you can remember and follow these few things this winter season your hair will be in good shape come spring time!

Protect your hair from the elements

One of the biggest risks to your hair during winter is the weather…  The wind, rain and cold can wreak havoc on your beautiful locks.  The elements might not only ruin your style but they can also cause real damage.  Next time you’re headed out in the cold make sure to protect your locks.  Try a silky headscarf, a hat or just pull your hood up!

Winter Hair Care - Tips and Tricks

Go easy on the heat

I know we say it all the time but excessive amounts of heat can stress and dry out your hair.  If you can muster it, washing your hair will cooler water can really help.  Laying off those styling tools will also provide a break from the heat.  If you can’t skip blow-drying your hair then make sure the heat option is turned down and you use a heat protectant (like Garbo’s Brilliance Blow Dry Spray) to further protect your hair cuticle.

Garbo's Brilliance Blow Dry Accelerator and Flat Iron Sealer – 4.4 oz
  • Blow dry accelerator and flat iron sealer
  • Speeds up blow drying up to 40%
  • Seals cuticles during flat ironing
  • Moroccan Argan protects air from intense heat
  • Weightless formula adds depth and renewed radiance to color-treated hair

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Avoid over washing

Another top tip for winter, and all year round actually, is to avoid over washing your hair.  That means going easy on the shampoo, as too much washing can strip your hair of its natural oils.  Everyone is different, but if you can scale back your washes to no more than three times a week your hair will look and feel much healthier.  When your hair is feeling a little oily, opt for a dry shampoo product like Garbo’s Dry Shampoo to get you through the day.

  • Skip a day of regular shampooing and save time
  • Dry shampoo revives and refreshes
  • Never feels wet or sticky
  • Extends color and blowouts
  • Eliminates odor with fresh scent
Garbo's Freshen Up Dry Shampoo – 3.25 oz

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Treat your hair

We all need a little TLC in the winter time and our hair certainly does too. One of our favorite winter hair care tips is to treat your hair with a deep conditioner.  The Garbo’s Indulge Masque deep conditioner is one of our faves.  Spend a little extra time in the shower to allow the deep conditioner time to penetrate the hair cuticle.  This should help improve hydration and keep your hair healthy all season long.  If you’re looking for something a little more medicinal, you can try a tea tree oil – its cleansing and nourishing properties will help rebalance the scalp, clean out your hair follicles and nourish your roots. 

Garbo's Indulge Masque – 6 oz
  • Ultimate moisturizing treatment
  • Intense moisturizing for touchable softness
  • Won’t weigh hair down
  • Replenishes moisture loss during color & chemical treatments
  • Perfect for dry/damaged hair

Keep It Trim

The thought of cutting your hair to help it grow faster is still hard to grasp… No matter how many times our stylists tell us.  However, trimming your hair helps get rid of split ends before they have the chance to split further up the strand and ultimately weaken the entire thing.  This might be asking a lot, but if you have long hair you should look to get a trim every three months.  If you have short or medium length hair you should come in for a trim every two months.  In doing so you are helping to remove the dead ends which will help your hair stay healthy much longer!

Not all of these winter hair care tips are easy, but if you’re looking to improve the look, feel and length of your hair over the winter months than you need to keep it healthy.  Put these tips into practice to help your hair stay healthy and beautiful all winter long!  

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie

We all know how hard it can be to keep our skin looking fresh and feeling soft in the winter time.  The cold weather moves in, the howling wind picks up and we suffer dry, cracked and flaky skin.  However, there are a few tips that can help you stave off the annoying effects of winter and we have jotted them down below!

 

Tips to Keep your skin healthy this winter

 
 
1. Turn down the heat 

That super hot water you are soaking in can strip away more oils in your skin than necessary.  By lowering the temperature just a tad you can maintain more of those oils in your skin and help avoid unintentionally drying it out.

2.Moisturize right after washing

In order to trap  as much moisture as possible, try applying your moisturizer, creams and lotions immediately after washing your skin.  

3. Check your ingredients

Some ingredients in lotions can irritate your skin.  Look for a cream or ointment that contains olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid or mineral oil.  All these ingredients can help to soothe dry skin (according to the AAD).  *Extra tip:  Carry a travel size hand cream (like our Aveda Hand Creme) with you so you can apply it to your hands each time after washing them.

4. Add Moisture to the air

If the air in your home feels a bit too dry, try plugging in a humidifier.  It is a simple way to moisturize the air and help keep it from drying out your skin!

5. Exfoliate your skin!

The easiest way to reveal fresh, glowing skin is to gently exfoliate it.  Softly scrub your body while in the shower to remove old, dry skin cells.  This will help the body regenerate a new layer of skin! 

6. Protect your skin from harsh weather

When you step outside in the winter make sure you are properly dressed.  Cover your hands with gloves and your neck with a scarf to help protect those areas from the cold, dry conditions.

7. Hydrate yourself!

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we opt for warmer options instead – hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.  Remembering to stay hydrated will help your skin stay hydrated as well.

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Our Salon and Spa sells Aveda Moisturizing Cream for the Face
Client Applying Aveda Moisture Cream

 

Sending love,

Maddie

 

Most of the information in this article was pulled from the following three sites:

www.AAD.org

www.bewell.com

www.chiroone.net

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

By: Antonia Rodgers

Why undercutting? 

Haircuts, as we know, are essential to maintaining the length and the shape of a style we find that accentuates our personality and bone structure.

There are many reasons why the individual nature of our hair will make a preferred cut and style difficult. Thankfully, there are some ways around that.

If you find trouble with manageability, whether it be drying time, thickness or controlling curl and unruly hairlines, there is a cutting technique that may be for you.  An avenue that can give the desired style a foundation to allow the cut to come to life… 

This can be done by strategically undercutting the hair. This is using an undercut as a utility for function to achieve form rather than for aesthetics. It may be visually extinguished or distinguished by your hair color choice. This can also make the technique much more approachable if your professional environment maintains a more conservative policy.

Undercutting - Antonia's First Step
Undercutting - Omaha Hairstylist, Antonia Rogers of Garbo's Salon and Spa
Undercutting - The Finished Look

Reason #1 

The two most common reasons I will take this approach is first and most often, to manage thickness. This is the most obvious advantage to undercutting the hair. The drying and styling time is drastically reduced along with a more comfortable weight within the hair. It can be done very aggressively with clippers (to take the hair very close to the scalp as seen with most of the trending cuts over the last few years) but often when I use undercutting for this purpose in function, that is not necessary.  Depending on the texture of hair and length of the desired style, the undercut can be only half the length shorter to achieve the function needed. Typically, the undercutting will start at the nape and, depending on the severity of thickness, it can be taken all the way to just above the occipital and into the sides above the ears.  With that, the cut is allowed to move and your overall look is more balanced and manageable. Just what we want!

Reason #2

The second reason I will utilize an undercut is for troublesome hairlines. Those of you who have one know what I mean. It can cause having a great, new shoulder-length bob a constant battle every time you style. That hairline may produce one side to flip or pop out while the other side is perfectly behaved, creating an unwanted silhouette and constant frustration.  Typically what’s going on is, at the bottom edge of the hairline, the growth pattern on either corner of the nape can cause the hair to kick out, ruining even your best hair day. By cutting that growth pattern down, which is technically referred to as a whirl, it will collapse the growth pattern causing the problem in the first place and allow the longer hair to lie gracefully on top as it should and voila…. you can have your desired shape day in and day out. Again, it doesn’t have to be cut down to the scalp.  It can be gently whittled down and softened enough that it will allow a graceful grow out between cuts and remains very approachable to anyone.

Rather than just remedying through endless frustration when styling, undercutting can allow you to take control of your hair destiny, in that you can finally eliminate the problem of too much hair or rebellious hair lines forever!

Sending love,

Antonia

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By: Maddie

Our first how-to video + a Surprise!

We are so excited to share our first how-to video with you that we decided to pair it with a super fun announcement (read more below)!  For this video we partnered with the fabulous Eileen Staley to help show our followers and clients how to add volume to fine hair – something we know a lot of you struggle with!  Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts!

Products / Tools we used

  • Babyliss Hair Dryer
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Conditioner
  • Aveda Volumizing Tonic
  • Aveda Air Control Hairspray

** All products can be purchased at any Garbo’s location!

The sTeps

1. Shampoo and Condition with Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Section hair into small sections and spray Aveda Volumizing Tonic to the base of the hair
3. Blow dry in an upward motion
4. Add volume to curls by holding the base of the curl with tension by pinching and sliding your fingers upward
5. Finish with Aveda Air Control hairspray for hold and flaunt that volume!

the surprise announcement! 

 We are putting on our first Garbo’s Curl Academy!  On Wednesday, November 28th we will be hosting 25 people who want to learn the techniques our stylist use to achieve the salon quality curls we all love.  This is a hands on course so you’ll need to bring your own tools but we’ll provide the styling products, the techniques and a few yummy snacks!  Tickets go on sale now so head on over to our shop to snag your spot before they are sold out! 
 
Let us know what you thought of our first how-to video and if you are excited about our upcoming class!   We hope to see you on the 28th! 

Sending love,

Maddie