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By: Maddie

We can’t believe it

We still can’t believe we are celebrating 30 years this month!  Not many small businesses have the opportunity to celebrate such a milestone so to say we are grateful is an understatement!  Hopefully you read the blog post our owner, Darcy, wrote last week (if not, you can find it here!) as she did a great job of sharing how thankful we are for the amazing people who work at our salons and for all of YOU who visit our locations everyday.  We really can’t say thank you enough!

We are family

Over the past 30 years we have made some great memories.  From Christmas parties, fashion shows, charity events and more, we really have had some fun!  Check out a few of the pictures below that we pulled from the ol’ vault.
Photo of Garbos stylists
Susie Ricki and Courtney Group Photo
Garbo's Salon, Regency Location, Group Photo
Garbos regency group photo
Garbos Group Photo in front of Aveda Banner
Garbos group photo with stylists in costumes
Garbos Group Photo
Crystal and Jules old photo

Don’t Forget!

As we close out our birthday month it also means the end of our giveaway!  Throughout this month we partnered with some amazing ladies to help spread the word of the $300 customizable basket we are giving away!  A special thank you to  @gracegatheredhome, @mpronspies, @lattesandleather and @bonniewyrick for being such amazing spokeswomen for our products!

We have received over 500 entries and are so excited to choose our winner after the contest closes tonight.  Make sure you check out the bloggers we partnered with and enter for a chance to win before the giveaway ends!  You can enter on any of these posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 or Post 4 (or enter on all of them and increase your chances of winning!).

Thank you again!

Thank you again for being part of the Garbo’s family!  We are so thankful to have celebrated 30 years in business and can’t wait to see what the years ahead hold!

Sending love,


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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,


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By: Maddie

Erin Lewandowski

We know how much you love learning about our stylists so we decided to take our Employee Spotlight to the next level by making it a blog post!  This month we shine the light on Erin Lewandowski.  Erin has been with the Garbo’s family for three years  but has been a stylist for eight.  She currently works at  our Regency location and loves doing updos and men’s cuts.  Erin’s favorite part about her job is the ‘wow factor’ when she spins her client around and reveals his or her new look!   

Stylist working on a client's hair

Erin is a constant presence at all the education events we put on for our stylists and was recognized as a top performer at our annual event a few weeks ago!  She loves to continue her education so she can confidently recommend the right products and knowledge to her clients as each person who sits in her chair is unique.

In addition to her work behind the chair, Erin is a part of the Garbo’s Wellness Team, has worked on the hair team for Omaha Fashion Week and the Aveda Catwalk in addition to many other things!  We could go on and on about how amazing Erin is at her job but it isn’t just us who love her… check out these amazing reviews Erin has received recently! 


Rave review for Erin L. at Garbo's Regency! I have been seeing Erin for a while now to get highlights and style my hair, and she is always great about educating me on new products, treatments, and just overall doing wonders for my hair! So when it came to wedding hair, I knew she was the only person I could trust. She did my hair for my wedding on September 8 of this year, and not only was my hair beautiful, but holy cow that sucker did not move all night and did great through pictures! After two accidental veil pulls, dancing at the reception, and even some moderate wind, the intricate design remained beautiful. Please understand that I have a lot of hair, and it is very thick, so to have my intricate hairstyle survive the night beautifully is a big deal! Please go see Erin L. at Garbo's Regency for your general hair needs, but truly consider her for your wedding hairstyle!!

Erin has been cutting my hair for the last five years with the last two being at Garbo's. They have an excellent selection of products and services and Erin actually helped me find a gift for my dad for Father's Day. Erin has always done a phenomenal job with my hair and takes her time to make sure that it's done right the first time. The prices are reasonable for a salon but still relatively expensive compared to some of the lower cost options that are out there. I've tried several other places and people over the years but I always go back to Erin.

Follow Erin!

To see more of Erin’s work make sure you follow her on Instagram at  erinlewhairpro.   To book an appointment with Erin you can call our Regency location at 402.391.2333 or book your appointment online here!
Thanks for reading this month’s stylist spotlight!  Make sure to come back next month to see who we shine the light on next! 

Sending love,


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By: Maddie

What is it?

As you have probably seen in our social media posts throughout the past weeks, we have been spending a lot of time in “The Academy“.  We created this space a few years ago after realizing we needed a dedicated space to teach, learn and continue to improve our craft.  Setting up an educational class in our back room just wasn’t cutting it anymore (pun intended)!  So, after our next door neighbor left we took over the space and made it the educational center for all four salons.  Thus, The Academy was born. 

Instructor teaching a class in the academy

Tell me more…

The Garbo’s Academy takes up more than 2,000 square feet of space and is located directly next to our salon in the Oak View Mall.  The space is outfitted with movable tables and chairs which allow us to set up any type of configuration we need. 

Just like in any business, the moment we stop innovating and improving we cease to exist.  The best way to keep moving forward is to learn from the best and to be given the chance to push the boundaries of our creativity.  The Academy provides us that opportunity and we take full advantage of it!

Stylist learning in the Academy

Previous classes and instructors

Because we believe so strongly in education we have our very own education leaders who are responsible for setting up classes and bringing in top talent from all over the country to teach us their ways.  We use these classes to learn more about every portion of the salon industry – hair cutting, coloring, styling, hot and upcoming  trends and even how to grow our books of business.  We don’t limit the type of education that can be taught in the Academy – if we can grow from learning it then we will!

Over the years we have been very blessed to have learned and be inspired from some of the best in the industry.  These are just a few who have recently helped us grow!

Luis Alvarez – Co-founder of Aquage

Luca Boccia – Aveda Business College

Dominique Barnes – Textured Hair

Stevi Trevino – Aveda Color

Geno Chapman – Aveda Artist

Retail Sales Class

Illumina Color Class

Lyndsay Von Dietrich – Wella

Sonya Dove – Wella Global Artist

Nick Arrojo – Business Jam

Will Harries – Wella

David Conners – Barberology


Aveda Color Talk

Teresa Champion – Wella Blondes

Dayna Gamba – Barberology

Lindsey Balkovec – Aquage Stage Artist

Phytodess Class

Aveda Fashion Colors

Aveda Merging Color

CPR Certification

Microblading Certification

Tippi Shorter – Textured Hair

Stylist learning in the Academy




Do you love learning?

We love learning and we love giving our team members the opportunity to learn.  The Academy gives us a place to do both!  If you are currently in the industry keep your eye out for educational opportunities that we offer that are open to the public.  If you are still in school and care about continuing education – please keep Garbo’s in mind!

Follow us on our social media channels ( Midtown FB, Oak View FB, Regency FB, Village Pointe FB, Instagram) to stay up to date with everything we are learning!

Sending Love,