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By: Maddie Poteat

“The Men of Garbo’s”… It has a nice ring to it!  Although it may sound like a hot new band’s name, The Men of Garbo’s are the fantastic male stylists who make up a small, but mighty, percentage of our team.  We have been busy sharing why Garbo’s Salon and Spa offers the best men’s haircuts in Omaha (Book now!), but we wanted to make sure our own guys get the credit they deserve.  What better time than Men’s Month to spotlight the Men of Garbo’s?!

Introducing the Men of Garbo’s!

John Bernal, Omaha Hair Stylist

John Bernal, Hairdresser at Garbo’s, Midtown Crossing

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

“I began working at Garbo’s back in 1996.  I was originally located at One Pacific Place but moved to the Midtown Crossing location when it opened.  I have been there ever since.”

What is your favorite service to provide to clients?

“What I love most is making someone love their hair.  Sometimes it’s the cut, sometimes it’s the color, sometimes its other treatments.  It’s hard for me to choose just one!”

In your opinion, how does Garbo’s cater to our male clients?

“Garbo’s provides head to toe services for our male guests – haircuts and color, facials and body treatments, waxing, manicures, and pedicures.”

Christian Brooks, Hair Stylist Omaha NE

Christian Brooks, Hairdresser at Garbo’s, Village Pointe

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

“I’ve worked at Garbo’s for one year”.

What is your favorite service to provide to clients?

“My favorite service to provide to my clients is hand tied extensions.”

In your opinion, how does Garbo’s cater to our male clients?

“Garbo’s caters to our male clients by giving them a comfortable space to get “pampered” without making them feel uncomfortable.”

We are using the month of June to raise awareness that Garbo’s offers Men’s Haircuts as well as many other services that men should take advantage of.  With that being said, is there anything you would like to add?

“One service that men should take advantage of is hair color.  I have a male client who doesn’t have hair on his head yet we still blend out the grey in his beard.  He always feels much more confident after the service.”

Adam Kloppenborg, Guest Services at Garbo's Salon and Spa

Adam Kloppenborg, Guest Services at Garbo’s, Village Pointe

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

“I’ve worked at Garbo’s for the past two months”

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

“My favorite service to provide is making sure our clients feel like they’re being taken care of to the best of my ability.”

How does Garbo’s cater to our male client’s?

“We definitely seem to have more stylists that really enjoy doing men’s haircuts and colors than other salons I’ve worked at.  It is very beneficial to have people who are skilled at each.”

We are using the month of June to raise awareness that Garbo’s offers Men’s Haircuts as well as many other services that men should take advantage of.  With that being said, is there anything you would like to add?

“I feel like a lot of men forget that simple maintenance or grooming can be very beneficial to how they look and feel.  Simply getting your eyebrows waxed, or your cut cleaned up, or even changing things up with a new color or style all together.  Feeling good and looking good go hand in hand.”

Thomas Sena, Hair Stylist and Manager Omaha NE

Tom Sena,  Hair Stylist and Salon Manager at Garbo’s, Regency

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

This is a difficult question for me.  I began my career at Garbo’s over 25 years ago as a newbie in the location at One Pacific Place.  I then worked at The Factory, opened up my own salon (T’eez) where I worked for the next 18 years and then I finally returned to Garbo’s to work with Darcy (Garbo’s owner) about 5 years ago!

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

My favorite service is probably updos.  I feel most creative while I’m designing in real time.  Also, I love that it’s usually for an event as it’s fun to be a part of someone’s special day.  Styling was something that took me the most conscious effort to learn.  I felt like the females I went to school with at least had experience working with hot tools on their own heads but I had to start from scratch.  I was determined to work hard to catch up.  Once I got into it I really loved it.  I’ve styled for many photo shoots and fashion shows over the years.  I have also had the honor of styling for many brides over the years.  At the height of my schedule behind the chair I was styling over 50 brides a year.  My record was 6 separate brides in one day!   It’s truly an honor.  I even had the genuine honor of styling the writer of this blog for her wedding!!! 

How does Garbo’s cater to our male client’s?

Males are the fastest growing demographic in our salons today.  Men simply care more than ever about their personal style.  Even with the resurgence of barbering there just aren’t as many barber shops around anymore.  Training for our stylists at Garbo’s focuses a great deal on men’s cuts and styles and the specific products that work best for men.  The men’s cuts of today are demanding and we don’t take that lightly.  Bring on the dudes.  We ain’t scurred.

We are using the month of June to raise awareness that Garbo’s offers Men’s Haircuts as well as many other services that men should take advantage of.  With that being said, is there anything you would like to add?

Besides all the new cuts and styles that men are wearing, or wish to wear, they are also paying closer attention to manicures, pedicures, waxing, and skin care.  Grooming for men is more than just hair.  Maintaining eyebrows, nose, and ear hair, beards, nails, and skin is also a part of a man’s regular maintenance routine.  Because it’s newer to many men, we help direct them and let them know what we can do for them.  Often men come in with orders from their wives or partners.  We are happy to help them out and even get them into grooming before they are told by their partners to get in here.  We help guys show up to the party already looking great!

Adam Podraza, Guest Services Omaha NE

Adam Podraza, Guest Services at Garbo’s Regency

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

“I have been in the beauty industry since 2009 but joined the Garbo’s team in 2018.”

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

“Getting to know our guests is my passion.  Everything from connecting with our clients who have been letting our team service their families for 20+ years as well as finding the perfect stylist for each new guest that calls or walks into one of our locations.  Every member of our team has a unique skill set and different services they are passionate about and seeing the connection you have made between a guest and the right service provider is a satisfying feeling. Being in guest services is a unique position within a salon, you provide the first and last impression for our guests. You need to be knowledgeable not just about the products and services we provide but also about each of your service providers, their personalities as well as their strengths.”

How does Garbo’s cater to our male client’s?

“Overall, men tend to be very dedicated to a good stylist/barber and I have never seen a more fiercely loyal clientele until joining the team at Garbo’s.  While I feel that alone speaks volumes about the level of service our stylists provide, at every location we have team members who specialize in men’s haircuts.  The education and support I see here at the salon blows me away and has taken the barbering skills of our stylists to another level.”

We are using the month of June to raise awareness that Garbo’s offers Men’s Haircuts as well as many other services that men should take advantage of.  With that being said, is there anything you would like to add?

“I’ve taken my skin for granted over the years using harsh chemicals, products that weren’t appropriate for my skin, unprotected sun exposure and just plain neglect and I’ve found that as I (and my skin) have aged, I have become extremely passionate about aesthetics.  For decades, things like skin and nail care have been deemed “girly” and overlooked by a lot of the male population but as a society we have become very focused on the visual (social media, reality television, etc) and practicing self-care has become a huge part of that trend.  Services like facials aren’t just a hydrating lotion and cucumber slices on your eyes anymore, they’re highly refined and specialized treatments for your skin prepared by professionally educated and licensed providers.  A Signature Facial not only leaves my dry skin balanced and hydrated but it’s a long term investment is your skin’s health. Not to mention, it’s also one of the most relaxing experiences you can have (I fall asleep every time).  A natural mani/pedi exfoliates the skin on your hands and feet and combined with a trim of your cuticles and buffing of your nails (or clear polish if that’s your jam) is a huge boost to your self-esteem.  A massage by one of our therapists is the right way to really hit the reset button on your body and balance you both physically and mentally.”

A big thank you to John, Christian, Adam, Adam, and Tom for taking the time to share their thoughts with us.  Ken, we’ll catch you next time!  

If you are still scratching your head at the difference between a barber and hair stylist I urge you read our previous blog post (What is The Difference Between a Barber and a Stylist?) – we’ve laid it all out in a super easy-to-understand infographic!

If you are interested in booking an appointment with one of our talented male stylists please click here.  Otherwise, thank you all for reading and we’ll be back soon for another great salon blog post!

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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

Sources:

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

Alicia Janulewicz

This month we shine the light on Alicia Janulewicz!  Alicia currently works at our Oak View Mall location and is both a manager and a stylist there.  We interviewed Alicia to learn more about what drives her professionally and why she loves being a hairdresser.  Read on to learn more about Alicia in her own words!

How long have you worked at Garbo’s?

“I started at Garbo’s at Oak View the day after my birthday in 2013; so 5 years ago last month! Darcy didn’t know it, but she gave the best birthday present ever! Ever since I decided I wanted to be a hairstylist I always wanted to work at Garbo’s. As soon as I was hired the salon became my second home and the stylists became my second family. When you care so deeply about the place you work and the people you work with that attitude and passion rubs off on everyone you are around and shows in everything you do.”

What is your favorite service to provide to clients?

“I love all of it, but my absolute favorite is creating dimensional blondes and dry cutting. Customizing blondes to match desired level of maintenance and personality can take time and effort, but the finished product is soooooo worth it. Then when you can complete a look with a detailed dry cut and style it perfectly it is the most satisfying feeling.”

What do you love most about being a hairdresser?

“I get to go to work everyday and help transform the way people feel about themselves inside and out. Hugs, smiles, laughs; I don’t HAVE to go to work, I GET to go to work. Not everyone can be so lucky.”

What inspires your creativity?

“Honestly, everyone on my team inspires me daily. Everyone is so unique and has so many different ways to perform a service. Being around so many creative minds pushes you to try new techniques and strive to accomplish one of a kind looks for every person who sits in your chair.”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

“Being a stylist is so much more than just “doing hair”, it’s about growing a lasting relationship with your clients and co-workers by listening, being sincere, TRULY caring, and loving people by giving them a more positive outlook on themselves by just changing their hair.

It’s hard for me to articulate how much being a hairstylist means to me. It has changed my life and outlook in so many ways. I have always had a need to help people, which was why I originally went to school to become a nurse and had been working as a CNA. Then I realized that that type of helping people wasn’t for me. Being a hairstylist, I get to help people through hard times in their lives, celebrate the good times, and laugh through some of the crazy times. As my career goes on it just keeps getting better and better and the relationships I have made keep growing in a positive way. I love my career and my clients, I adore my Garbo’s family, and can’t wait to continue my journey with all of them and keep growing as a stylist and person inside and out.”

A Few Examples of Alicia’s Work:

Follow Alicia

We have to thank Alicia for being so open and honest in her answers to our interview questions.  We love learning why our stylists enjoy their work and what pushes them to be their best.  To see more of Alicia’s work make sure you follow her on Instagram at aliciaomahahairstylist.  To book an appointment with Alicia you can call our Oak View Mall location at 402.333.5600 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,

Maddie

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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,

Maddie

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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

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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! 

Reviews

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,

Maddie