I never really understood pregnancy brain, so at my age chemo brain is new and scary. Younger people discount my age and wisdom too quickly, so vying for position is an interesting dance. They will win this round as I can recognize that I’m experiencing a little malfunction. But trust me, it's not as much as the tech addicted millennial, little old lady in the shoe, or the ever growing earbud-wearing rudies of all generations.
I had my first chemotherapy treatment last week, and the chemo itself wasn’t too bad. The treatment lasted 2.5 hours, complete with a sassy nurse who administered the drug.
My chemo experience was dwarfed by THE COLD CAP - a contraption that will allow me to keep my hair. The cold cap process was a seven-hour ordeal, after my precious friend Carol Augusto sought out 60 pounds of dry ice and prepared my four freezing caps to -32° F. With...more
In another week, I will post about my experience after my first chemotherapy treatment, but I’m currently fretting that my guest list is limited to two. How am I going to get my Penguin Cold Cap representative (this saves your hair, ladies!), two personal friends, and myself all situated for this new experience? I think chocolate for the nurses will help!
Stay tuned for more about the Cold...more
Everyone is telling me I need to learn how to relax, which is pretty hard for a Type A person. What do people do to relax? Retail therapy maybe?
With that in mind, I found myself at Stein Mart and successfully found more black pants to add to the 40+ pair I already have. From there I went to the purse department to find a new purse, wallet, and an evening clutch for the...more
Ali the alligator recently joined our team from New Orleans. Four Garbonians picked her up at a gift shop to bring home to me to cheer me up. She’s already taking on a life of her own!
Ali is taking her job seriously – she’s already learned how to shampoo, she’s growing out her beautiful hair, and she’s making product recommendations… We know that our skin dries out in wintertime with indoor heaters and drier air, so to add moisture...more
You can use box color at home for less money and more freedom than going to a salon will cost you. Sounds good, right? Well, Garbo A Salon offers a quick 75-minute color touch-up service, which includes a shine builder and a great blow dry, starting at $120.
Can you take some of our color to use at home? No… We custom mix your color every time you come in for your appointment.
Can you use box color? Yes, but we don’t recommend it...more
This year we have seen more trends in eyebrows than we ever have before. Some of these trends I am living for, like the super clean arched brow with a strong shimmer highlight underneath. But there are some trends that won’t be missed if they get left behind when 2017 ends, like the squiggle brows or feather brows. Now I know, most of these are for photo-shoots or avant-garde fashion shows, but even for that, they’re still pretty...more
On September 8th2017 at 11:15 pm, I sat in the room of one of my dearest friends and held her hand as she left this world way too early. It is estimated that in 2017 there will be over 40,000 deaths due to breast cancer and over 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time.
October is breast cancer awareness month. You have probably noticed the color pink everywhere you go, from your favorite clothing stores and...more
It is finally everyone’s favorite season again, Fall! Even though in Austin it’s still hot enough to be considered summer, we’re just going to pretend we don’t notice, drink our Pumpkin Spice lattes, and pull out our vampy lipsticks again.
When fall comes around so do the best trends of the whole year. So let’s start with the first thing people notice when they see you, your hair! It’s something you wear every single day so you have to...more
Every year Aveda comes out with their Autumn/Winter makeup collection, and every year is better than the last. This year the collection is called “Birds Of Paradise” and it comes with four eyeshadows, a blush, two lip glazes, and two lipsticks. My favorite thing about this collection is that there’s something for everyone because there’s such a variety of color. For anyone who’s never experienced Aveda makeup, it’s cruelty free, like all...more
For the few of you who have never heard of Garbo, Garbo a Salon is an authentic Austin salon. Marsha Powers has been serving Austin Texas from a single location for over 32 years. Recently Garbo has spread to a second location, but don't worry, it's just as fresh and funky as the original.
Garbo is an eco friendly, green salon. What does that mean? It means at Garbo we care about the environment. We were the 5th business to sign up for...more
1. Schedule a trial up-do with the stylist you are planning on seeing the day of. Insure that stylist will be available the day of the wedding and schedule the appointment you want ahead of time. If you are planning on getting makeup, schedule a trial for this as well.
2. On the day of the trial bring pictures of any idea's you have. Bring several options so you can explore what looks best on you and will...more
No. That's the simple answer. There is 3 major differences and 1 typical result.
I know for a fact that I can not apply color to myself with any sort of precision or grace. I will admit... when I was young I tried box color and even Sun-In, just horrible. When I look back at pictures I cringe, my awkward teenage self with blotchy hair. Not cute. The reason why it was so blotchy was because I was trying to apply it....more
1. Can I bring my kids with me while I get my hair done? Ideally, No. When you arrive at the salon the goal is to insure that you are relaxed and escaping from everyday life. We also want to insure the experience of the other guests in the salon. When your kids are with you it may take away from the full experience. We also understand if you do not have another option and welcome children to the salon at all times....more
So as you may know from my previous blogs I am a salon director. As a director I know that I should book my appointments ahead of time, but I don't. Why you ask? Well it's a simple answer, I'm completely lying to myself. At the end of every appointment I somehow convince myself that I will "check my schedule" or "schedule it as soon as I know my kids schedule"... nope. Never happens. I then land in the super uncomfortable place that I did...more
I would like to take a moment to reflect on what I like to refer to as the "Dry shampoo phenomenon". I grew up in an era where I was not exposed to the everyday use of dry shampoo. I was under the impression that dry shampoo was in the grandma section of the beauty store. Boy was I wrong. Dry shampoo is not just a great tool to make those roller sets last a whole week, it's for everyone.
I started seeing the error in my ways when I...more
I was recently asked a question while at work, it was as follows, "Why don't you do your hair more often? I mean you work in a salon."
Well, The sad part about that is that I actually did my hair that morning. You see I am a salon manager and 3 years ago I landed my dream job... but on top of that I hold about 40 million other titles, Mom, Wife, Daughter, Sister... I could go on. That question got me thinking, why do I suck at doing my...more
As seasons change, our skin can become imbalanced while trying to acclimate. We are just starting to feel the first signs of cold weather here in Austin. If you are experiencing signs of mild dryness, some simple changes to your skin care routine can alleviate these symptoms.
The first way to balance your skin is simple, consider changing the toner you are currently using. The Aveda Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning...more
Summer is here, any MUST KNOW tips for our skin?
For summer the most important skin care tip is to wear sunscreen everyday. Not just on your face, but also on your neck and chest as these areas of skin are just as sensitive as the skin on your face.
Also, it is a great idea to invest in a daily body lotion that has SPF to wear on your arms, hands, and legs if they are exposed. Preventative care is much easier and less expensive...more
We all play hard in the summer. Sun, sand, sandals, and swimming take a toll on our hands and feet. Lack of exfoliation and lasting moisturization is the main culprit of summer nail problems. Here are a few tips to keep them in tip-top condition.
*Make an invigorating scrub by adding sugar and a spoonful of coconut oil to your favorite body wash or cleanser. Cleanse the legs with the scrub before shaving, for an extra close, smooth...more
The August issue of Natural Awakenings landed on stands around town this week, and includes an an interview article with our fiercely passionate owner, Marsha Power. The article, Zen and the Art of Hairstyle Maintenance, discusses how Marsha has been able to find her vision, stretch her vision, and share her vision with...more
Every so often on Wednesday, we do a feature called Wordless Wednesday. It features a picture, often a scenic view of a place in Texas or some other fascinating part of the world. "Vacationesque" is how we like to describe it.
These pictures are to places to we have been, or maybe we've dreamed about going to....more
In the 28 years Garbo has been in the neighborhood, we have become more than just a business, but an active and supportive member of this community and our city. The 78757 and surrounding ZIP codes are a close knit group of small businesses and neighbors, and we see ourselves as one of those strands — an important piece of the colorful and creative tapestry that is our beloved city. Our team continues to be a part of numerous events annually...more