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By: Maddie Poteat

What is the difference between a Barber and a Hair Stylist?  Does it matter?  Well, when it comes to male grooming, guys have a couple of options.  Aside from swanky shaving boutiques, “watch sports while you get your haircut” salons, and the classic men’s barbershop, the options for a men’s haircut boils down to two options: a Barber or a Hair Stylist.  While knowing the core differences between the two professions can be helpful, we argue that choosing one over the other because of their title isn’t the best way to go.

Making the Right Choice

In honor of Men’s Health Month, we’ve put together a thoughtful infographic detailing everything you need to know about Barbers and Hair Stylists – the tools they use, the skills they possess and the education they must attain.  It may surprise you to learn just how much the two professions have in common!  Make sure to read through to the end as we include our recommendation on how to choose the best option for you at the bottom.

Barbers Vs Hair Stylists


Sherri Mahoney, Manager, Master Stylist, and Barber at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Village Pointe

Arthur Lyle, Owner and Master Barber at Lyle Stylez & Cutz (@lylestylez_cutz)

How to Choose between a Barber and a Hair Stylist

The main difference between a barber and a hair stylist is the fact that a barber can use a straight edge razor to shave your face.  Now, the education piece is important as well.  While cosmetologists learn a variety of skills during their time at school, Barber’s do spend more time learning about the different cutting and styling techniques on men’s hair.  

With that being said, we argue that your decision between a barber and a stylist should come down to the professional and not the profession.  In our opinion, it doesn’t matter which license they hold – the quality of service, the integrity of the person, the commitment to their craft and their passion for the industry should matter much more.

Making Your Decision

The next time you are in need of a new stylist or barber here is our recommendation on how to choose between the two.

  1. Determine your desired cut/style – the type of style or cut you are after will help you narrow down the pool of potential hair cutters.
  2. Research your area’s best salons and barbershops (look at their work on their website or social media, read their online reviews, drop in for a quick consultation, or ask your friends and family for suggestions)
  3. Once you’ve chosen your preferred location, communicate with the guest services team.  More than likely they will know the ins and outs of each stylist or barber who works there – what they specialize in, what types of styles they are good at, what they enjoy doing, etc.  The guest services team will be able to place you with a person who can help you achieve the look you are going for.
  4. Over-communicate!  Every time you visit a new stylist or barber make sure you tell them exactly what your vision is.  Don’t be afraid to speak up during the appointment if the cut isn’t short enough or the look isn’t turning out as you thought it would.
  5. Bring in a photo as an example.  It never hurts to have a visual example of what you are looking for.

All in all, it is important to remember that most stylists these days are well trained and well equipped to handle any type of men’s haircut or style.  On the flip side, most barbers are equally as trained to handle women’s cuts and styles.  At Garbo’s, our stylists attend Men’s Cutting classes and Barberology courses each year in order to stay up to date on the latest techniques and trends.  When searching for a new place to get your haircut, make sure Garbo’s is on the top of your list!

A big thank you to both Sherri Mahoney and Arthur Lyle who helped fact check and provide valuable insight for this blog post.  Arthur has a new book out called “The Cutting Edge” – if you are a Barber or a Stylist and need help growing your business this book is a must read! 

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By: Maddie Poteat

Contrary to what you might think, working for a salon/spa doesn’t mean I have tried every new service we provide to our clients.  In fact, I probably surface for an appointment once every couple of months… Why is that you ask?  I am verrryyyy low maintenance when it comes to my hair and beauty routines.  The more time I spend on my makeup and hair in the morning means less time for everything else!  

With all of that being said, when eyelash extensions became big they quickly caught my eye.  With the promise of a shorter morning beauty routine AND having amazing lashes every moment of every day – even after just rolling out of bed – I had to learn more! 

Therefore, I chatted with a few of our experts in eyelash extensions and had them answer every question I had about the product, the service, and the up-keep. 

What are eyelash extensions?

Let’s start here.  Eyelash extensions are exactly like what they sound like.  Real or synthetic hair is attached to your current lash to make them longer, fuller or more voluminous.  There are three types of hair a salon can use: synthetic, silk or mink.  The lovely ladies at Garbo’s use Mink Hair for the eyelash extensions as they are lighter on the eyelid than other types.  In addition to the different types of hair, you can also choose the look, shape and the length you desire.  Once you know what type of lashes you would like, a trained professional applies the false lashes to your natural lashes one at a time using a special type of semi-permanent glue.  Think of lash extensions as hair extensions for your eyes…


Ahhh the famous question…  After much research and talking with the gals at the salon, the answer is no!  When the extensions are applied correctly they will not harm your natural lashes.  The special adhesive used on your lashes is formulated to create a solid bond specifically for human lashes.  The adhesive dries softly on the lashes which allows them to stay flexible and bouncy just like your own lashes.  With that being said, if you take proper care of your lashes while you have them they will not hurt your natural lashes at all!

How expensive are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions can range in price depending on what type you select and where you have them done.  At Garbo’s, our prices for the first appointment start at $175.  The price for each follow up appointment start at $60.  >> Book your appointment now.

How long does it take to apply the lashes?

As we mentioned above, eyelash extensions are added one by one.  Because of this, the process can take a while… A normal initial appointment can last anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours.  The subsequential appointments you make to fill in the lashes that have fallen out do not take as long – the length of these appointments depends on how many new lashes you need.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Since the lashes themselves are glued to your natural lash they will eventually fall out – either from coming detached from the natural lash or when the natural lash itself falls out.  Because of this, a full set of lash extensions will last 3-4 weeks depending on your level of activity and how you care for them.   If you intend on wearing your eyelash extensions longer than 3-4 weeks (which most people do) you will have to head back to the salon for a fill.  This appointment doesn’t take as long as the original lash appointment but new lashes will need to be added to replace the ones that fell out.


Yes!  Your eyelash technician should be properly trained to apply the adhesive to the lashes in a way that will not harm or irritate your eye.  At Garbo’s, all of the stylists and estheticians who offer eyelash extensions have taken the required training and have the experience necessary to safely apply false lashes.  However, if for some reason you do experience any burning or discomfort during your appointment it is important you speak up!  This service should be a pain-free and relaxing experience.


There are a few big no-nos when it comes to eyelash extensions.  First and foremost – do not pick or pull them off.  This will most likely result in you pulling out  your real lash along with the fake one!  Also, keep water away from your lashes for the first 12-24 hours as it can weaken the adhesive before it is set.  Depending on the type of glue used, most oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area should be avoided.  You should also avoid rubbing your eyes as that will loosen or pull the lash off prematurely.  For a full list of do’s and don’ts ask your technician after your appointment – he or she will be able to provide you with more information that is specific to the type of lashes that were installed.

Are you running out the door as you read this to get eyelash extensions?  Or do all the rules and upkeep scare you away?  Did I miss any of your burning questions?  Let me know!

If you’re one of those people sprinting to get your falsies applied, you can make your appointment by calling your preferred Garbo’s salon location or booking online!  

Thanks as always for reading and following along!

Sending love,


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By: Maddie

I love how a new season can bring with it the opportunity to start anew – to change things up a bit.  However, knowing what it is in style or on trend can be daunting – especially if you aren’t ready to make a drastic change.  Thankfully, this fall’s hair and beauty trends fall in a pretty broad range so we have plenty of room to freshen things up on our own terms.  I’ve rounded up my favorite styles, cuts and looks for the new season in hopes of giving you some inspiration, and maybe a little confidence to try something new!

90’s Inspired Hair Accessories

Get ready for a comeback!  As with so many things this season – what was old is new again.  Remember those Banana Clips and thick headbands you used to wear back when?  Well go pull them out from the dusty drawer you threw them in because they are back!  

Don’t be afraid to mix it up with these accessories – trade out your muted headband for a large neon one (also very in this fall) and wear it over your ears.  Instead of wearing one barrette pair it with a few more and stack them on top of each other.  Or, try stuffing all your hair into a large banana clip and wearing it higher on your head!  Need more inspo?  Check this site out for a few more ideas.

Hair Styles:

Low ponytails are super in style this season.  Get that baby as low as it will go while keeping the sides sleek and straight.  Pair this style with a bold middle part to shake things up a bit.

The hair scarf – my favorite trend this season!  There is no easier way to class up a simple look than tying a beautiful hair scarf around your ponytail or bun.  We are seeing both long and short scarves so don’t be afraid to mix things up and have some fun with this style!  Here are a few options I found online from Anthropologie (I have these and LOVE them), Amazon and J.Crew.

Girl With Scarf in Hair

Effortless big waves are always in style and they are still going strong this season.  Make sure you are using a heat protectant spray (Garbo’s has two great options: one that can speed up blow drying time and another that has a bit more hold to it).  If you want to avoid the heat altogether, try braiding damp hair and letting your strands dry to achieve a similar look.  Try Garbo’s Volume Infusion to really nail the natural look – this leave in spray will add a little bit of volume and definition while making the hair super soft and shiny.


While there are many cuts that are in this season, two of my faves are:

The Wash and Go cut – the cut that allows your hair to be itself.  Let the hair dry naturally to take full advantage of this low maintenance ‘do.

The Bob – Another wash and go style that is cut just below the chin.  This style doesn’t have too many layers so it is perfect for you low maintenance ladies out there.

If these aren’t enough for you, check out a few more options here.

Aveda Hair Medium Cut - Blonde

Hair Color

As always, going dark for the fall is still popular.  However, there are so many different color browns to choose from so here are the three that jump out at us this month:

Deep Chestnut Brown – The perfect fall color for your hair.  No matter the skin tone, this color will look amazing on you and with anything you wear this season.

Light Understated Brown – Not quite as dark but not close to blond either.  This color is much more understated and is perfect for you if you want a more natural look.

Rose Brown – With just a touch of violet and pink, this color strays away from the boring.  This different take on the classic brunette color will give you the change you are looking for this season.

Freshening up your style for a new season doesn’t have to mean a drastic change.   The range of this Fall’s hairstyles, cuts and colors is pretty broad so finding your next ‘do while still staying on trend is easier then ever.  However, if drastic change is what you’re after that is totally “in” as well!

Whatever you are ready to try this season you can count on Garbo’s to help.  Bring in your wild and crazy ideas and put our stylists to the test – we are confident you’ll walk away looking amazing and feeling your best!


Sending Love,