This month, we’re highlighting one of our awesome stylists, Sam Garibo! Sam has been with us at our Midtown Crossing location for over two years now. We love all of the creativity that she brings to the salon. Continue reading to hear more about Sam and her story!
How long have you been a stylist at Garbo's Salon and what made you want to work here?
I have been working at Garbo’s for 2.5 years now! Garbo’s was the second
salon I ever job shadowed at, and I loved the vibe from Day 1. It was
professional, luxurious and laid back, everything I wanted for my business! All
the stylists were super cool and welcoming, I just knew that I wanted to work in that environment. The owner seemed genuinely interested in me as a
professional too. I felt valued and I knew I could learn a lot at Garbos!
Why did you choose to be a stylist and why do you love it? What would you consider your specialties when it comes to your job?
I was actually in my sophomore year at UNO, when I decided to become a hairstylist. None of the majors seemed interesting enough for me and I always ended up feeling like I was settling. So, I asked myself, “In a perfect world where no one could tell you anything, what would your career look like?” Cosmetology was the answer and I dropped out of UNO the very next week! I wanted a career where I could be creative, be in charge of how much $$$ I could potentially make, and I wanted to be able to dress up and be ‘boujee’.
Although I enjoy doing all types of hair, my specialty is “Lived in Hair.” Hair that is low maintenance and looks effortlessly ‘slept in’. I love soft color blends and lots of texture. I recently got certified in Hand Tied Extensions, and I am practicing lots so I can make them one of my specialties, as well!
What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?
I actually don’t think I have a “favorite service.” I honestly enjoy whatever my client needs the most. For example, a client may come in for color, but realize that the haircut was the most impactful part of their visit. I just love when my clients feel good when they see their hair. Whether it’s a color, cut, or a new set of extensions, I love doing whatever is going to make my client’s life better.
Due to COVID-19 Garbo's had to close its doors for a while - how did that impact you and what was it like coming back?
Closing for Covid was scary. I was very sad and stressed out by the situation, but I decided that this was a rare gift of time. I was given a lot of free time and I really wanted to do something productive. That’s what was going to make me feel better about it. So, I took a lot of classes and practiced a lot while we closed. Coming back was also scary! I had a lot of mixed emotions, but my main priority was safety and seeing all my clients again. I got used to the masks fast and I’m just grateful that I can keep providing services!
With all the new safety measures in place, has it been more difficult to do your job?
I don’t think my job has been more difficult, I just have a couple more steps to do now! There’s definitely more cleaning and the physical aspect of working with a mask, but I think the most difficult thing is the emotions that come with dealing with Covid. A lot more people are stressed, anxious and scared so it can be difficult working with all these new emotions. So, I try to give myself more time for self-care, so I can be recharged for my clients!
Aside from those new safety measures, what is the biggest challenge you encounter as a stylist and how do you overcome it?
Covid aside, one of the biggest challenges that come with being a stylist is the sense of ‘having to catch up.’ I always felt like I wasn’t good enough or that I needed to work on something. It was so stressful comparing my business to someone else’s. I had to learn that my path is unique and that wanting to be better shouldn’t be a hindrance, but motivation!
In your opinion, what does it take to become a successful stylist?
A successful stylist can be all about numbers, having a booked schedule, having high retail, but to me it’s about the clients. A successful stylist is a stylist that makes their clients day easier. I never want to push something to a client because I want to have a higher ticket. For me, it’s all about building an honest relationship with whoever sits in my chair. There has never been a greater shift in my business until I figured this out! Don’t get me wrong, a successful stylist needs to be dedicated and consistent, but I stopped trying to focus on the numbers and focused on truly solving my client’s hair problems and the clients started pouring in!
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your work?
I want the readers who are considering a career that is creative, “low income” and/or non-traditional to feel motivated to pursue becoming a hairstylist! I believe that if you have passion for something and you are determined to make it work, that it will! I was always an academic and I got really good grades and I would’ve never imagined I would be working at a salon, but I am making my career fruitful and I am so happy! Being smart in a creative job is not a ‘waste’ as some people may tell you!
We are so happy to highlight another one of our amazing stylists this month. We love Sam and all her dedication and feel blessed that she’s on our team. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with her, you can find her at our Midtown Crossing location. You can schedule an appointment with her by calling 402-933-9737 or by booking her online. Finally, make sure you’re following her on Instagram @samanthagaribo.