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By: Maddie Poteat

Marcia Harper

This month we shine the stylist spotlight on Marcia Harper!  Marcia works at our Regency location and is one of our most experienced stylist and longest running employee – she’ll celebrate 30 years with Garbo’s this year!  She is also the leader of our fitness club!  Since we are in the middle of celebrating the beauty of fitness this month we thought it would be a treat to learn more about Marcia, what she does for our salon and how she has seen the beauty industry change over her 30-year career.  Read on to learn more about Marcia in her own words!

What is Your Favorite Service to provide to your clients?

My favorite services to provide are permanent waves and coloring hair. However, I enjoy performing any service that makes a guest feel better about themself.

How has the beauty Industry changed over the years you have been working in it?

Hairstylists are much more educated than they used to be and we are now recognized as professionals. In the infancy of my career finding a salon that offered benefits was rare. Now a stylist can work at a top salon, like Garbo's, where they offer their employees benefits such as health and disability insurance, paid vacation and a retirement plan. You may also move ahead within your company, or out of it, by accepting positions to further your career.

Why do you love being a hairstylist?

I see hairstylists as the doctors of beauty. We have the ability to touch more than just our client's hair, skin or nails. We help guest look and feel better and teach them how to maintain their looks until they can come see us again. We are truly health professionals.

What made you interested in the GArbo's Fit Club position?

In 2000 I was home for three months with a broken ankle. While stuck at home I started thinking of ways to better our workplace. Once returning to work I put my ideas into motion by starting a flu shot clinic and bringing CPR classes to our salons. We had such a great response that we knew we needed to continue providing health-related functions to those who work at Garbo's. I didn't truly have a position until Darcy offered me a chance to apply for it. Darcy, our owner, is very supportive.

Omaha Stylist Marcia Harper

What fun fitness activites has the salon been involved in?

There have been complimentary yoga and kickboxing classes and we are about to be treated to a Barre Class at the Barre Code in West Omaha. We have a workout corner in each salon and have participated in a few charitable runs. All the success we have had with this program is largely due to our fitness team. Claire, Erin, Susie, Molly, and Heather have worked diligently to make our program what it is.

Fitness and beauty... they don't typically go together. Why does garbo's care about staying active?

I think fitness and beauty actually complement one another well. Beauty follows fitness inside and out. Being healthy and fit makes anything you achieve in life that much better, including a workplace. It is forward thinking to add wellness to a workplace, it provides happiness and safety. I'm happy to be at a company that has that mindset, thank you, Darcy!

I loved what Marcia had to say about the relationship between beauty and fitness.  Although there is something raw and natural about working out and staying fit there truly is a connection to beauty.  The rush of empowerment and positivity felt after a great workout can make you feel beautiful! 

When you’re behind a Garbo’s chair we work hard to help you feel beautiful.  We see and feel that same rush in our clients when the chair is turned around and they see their new hair for the first time.  

We believe that staying active is beautiful – that is why we dedicated an entire month to fitness!  We’ve partnered with some amazing small businesses to bring you the best of beauty and fitness so make sure to follow along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts!

Thank you so much to Marcia for allowing us to interview her this month and for the work she does to keep everyone at Garbo’s healthy and fit!  If you are in need of a new stylist we highly recommend choosing Marcia.  You can book your next appointment with her online or by calling our Regency location at (402) 391-2333.

Thanks as always for reading – we’ll be back in a few weeks when we wrap up our month of fitness!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie Poteat

Rachel Miller

This month we shine the light on Rachel Miller!  Rachel currently works at our Regency location and has been with Garbo’s for almost three years.  We interviewed Rachel to learn a bit more about why she loves being a hairdresser and what inspires her on a daily basis.  Read on to learn more about Rachel in her own words!

What is Your Favorite Service to Perform?

Hair cutting, the more precision the better. When I was a kid, hair cutting fascinated me. I remember going to the salon with my mom and sisters (I have 6!) and I would always want to go last so I could spend as much time as I could watching the stylist cut. I needed to know how they were doing it. I needed to know how they knew what pieces to pick up and how they knew to cut with such fluidity. The ease displayed was intoxicating and it hooked me. Hair cutting is really where my passion is and my clients notice it.

What do you love most about being a hairdresser?

To put it in simply, when someone leaves my chair in a better state of mind than when they arrived, I did my job. There's obviously so much more in between the lines there, but it really boils down to the relationships you build. The ability to boost someone's confidence is a God given privilege and I'm living my dream daily behind the chair.

Women's Long Bob and Blonde Color by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency

What Inspires Your Creativity?

Education is huge for me. I am beyond lucky to work for a salon that offers world class education in our academy. The educators and teams I've learned from and have worked with will always be a huge inspiration to me.

What Challenges You Most as a Hairdresser?

Myself. I am my own competitor. I'm always trying to master things and make them better, put a fresh twist and spin on things, make them personal. Hair doesn't always do what you expect, but hey, that's just life. I have to be able to roll with the punches because there's still a client there who wants to leave with confidence.

A Men's Cut by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency
Blonde and Pink Hair Color by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency
Boy's Braids by Rachel Miller, Garbo's Salon and Spa, Regency

Why is social media so important for hairdressers to utilize?

Social media is everywhere now! I've been in the industry 9 years and it's way more prevalent now than ever before. Boosting my work on my professional profiles is a great way to stay connected with those clients who choose to use those platforms. I've definitely gained quite a few clients through social media. It's really cool to be shown your own work by someone saying, "I want this!".

is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

My mom will tell you she always knew I would grow up to do this. Everything needed a haircut, and I mean everything. I cut the stuffed animal's hair, the barbies' hair, my sisters' hair, everything. When you're meant to do something, when it's your passion, working isn't working. Sure, some days are hard, but doing what I get to do is as much fun as it is hard work. I was lucky to know from a pretty young age that this is what I wanted to do. I get to go to work and have fun, work hard, collaborate with awesome coworkers, make people look good, feel good, do what I love to do! Not everyone gets to say that about their job. If you can't, maybe you should try doing hair!

Thank you so much to Rachel for allowing us to interview her this month.  If you want to see more of Rachel’s work she has a killer instagram account – one that you should follow immediately!  She posts photos of her work, her favorite products and more on a regular basis!  And, if you want to book an appointment with Rachel you can call our Regency location at 402.391.2333 or book her online! 

Thanks as always for reading – we’ll be back next week with a few new ideas for your next nail appointment! 

Sending love,

Maddie