Happy Hair at Home when you can’t get to the salon!

You may be wondering what you are going to do about your colour when you can’t get to the salon!

Don’t despair… or do anything too hasty! Let us advise and answer your colour questions. Email us Info@garbos-hair.co.uk We are here to help.

Before you throw on a box colour contact us and we can look back through your record to advise the perfect match. Always do a patch test first… or you could end up with a disastrous mess… then what will you do!

How to tame your mane at home!

  1. Dry Shampoo.
    One of the quickest and easiest fixes for dark roots is to apply dry shampoo close to the scalp as this will help lighten the top of your hair.
  2. Change your parting.
    always thought about parting your hair in the centre or zig zagged? When you wear your hair in the same way every day, your hair actually becomes flatter and your roots look darker. Switch the parting and it’s like a fresh colour injection.

3. Embrace styles that add dimension.
the best styles that are made to show highlights are braids and twists.
4. Try a root concealer.
There are products out there designed to help with hiding your roots, it might now be the time to try them out. Contact us and we can help with the right colour choice for you.
5. Apply Argan Oil. Argan oil is one of those heal all products that has huge benefits for your hair. It has omega 6 and 9 which will help strengthen and moisturise the hair. This should help both the colour and the texture of your locks.

We hope you are all safe and well. We are here to help.

Charlotte returns from her maternity leave

Charlotte returns from her Maternity Leave

Charlotte is returning to the salon following her maternity leave on Thursday 27 February 2020 after the birth of her daughter.

Charlotte will be working Thursday’s 11.30 to 7.30, Friday’s 9.45 to 6.00 and two Saturday`s a month the first & last 8.15 to 4.30.

We are all looking forward to Charlotte’s return to the salon as much as she is.

If you would like to make a booking please call Julie on 02392755520 or email to request an appointment using the link

Synthetics. Autumn Winter Hair Collection @ Garbos

The concept behind synthetics was inspired by science fiction with the idea to create a futuristic series of avant garde images for the Garbo’s Hair Art team Autumn/Winter Hair Cut Collection.

Inspired by Modern Day Robotics

The aim of the shoot was to create glossy, high precision styles for synthetic beings, with inspiration taken from modern day robotics, the development of artificial intelligence, abstract geometry, precision cutting and styling with colour used in contrasting palettes for sleek hair texture, Light thread and plastic materials were used with high impact make up to make each of the models appear Synthetic, All looks were created using Wella Professional colour system, Olaplex & Sebastian Professional products.

Stylists 
Wade Bennett, Trystan Jackson & Andrew Robertson 
Makeup by Billie Jean 
Director of Photography Jimi Russel 

Concept by Wade Bennett 
Photograŷphy By Dan Reid 
Models 
Anna Dronnen 
Massuma Nessa
Natasha Small

Christmas Party Hairstyles

Christmas is the time to pull out all the stops. With parties around every corner, trying to find a hairstyle to match your overall look can feel like an impossible task. Take the hassle out and let us style your tresses before your big night.

We’ve put together a collection of some of our all-time favourite party hairstyles to get you through the festive season in style. Medium, short, shoulder length or long, whatever your hair length, we’ve got you sorted. 

The classic half up half down is a go-to hairdo, versatile enough to work with the vast majority of hair lengths while also vamping up any party look.

A double Dutch braid is a grade up from the infamous French braid. This Christmas party hairstyle is a real winner as it can be easily adjusted for every hair length – long hair works really well with this look, but it can also be achieved with short and medium hair. 

For shoulder or medium length hair, swap the large bun for two smaller buns, while for shorter hair simply adjust the style to finish with two pigtails at the base of your head. 

Try out different styles like twisting or braiding the accent hair strand to achieve different looks. You can choose to loosely curl the rest of your hair (as pictured) or try something more suited to you – like keeping it straight or opting for voluminous tight curls. Add a pretty hairband for some festive glamour.

This is a fantastic hairstyle for medium and long hair, adding a little more detail to your updo. A criss cross ponytail will look simple and stylish. You can jazz up this fancy ponytail even more by curling the ends of your ponytail or backcombing the hair to make it more dramatic.

Make sure that you spray your hair with hairspray before making the criss-cross section of this look. Hairspray gives your hair more texture and helps it keep its hold, which is vital when you are constructing different looks. By using hairspray before you make the criss-cross ponytail, the chance of the ponytail unravelling over time is reduced. Get on that dance floor!

Thankyou to our wonderful clients




A BIG Thankyou from all the team here at Garbos. We appreciate your loyalty and we love nothing more than helping you to have happy, healthy luscious locks.

If you book in your next appointment between now and 29th Feb, we’ll enter you into a very special prize draw. You could be in with the chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes:

– Cut & style
– Dark oil shampoo / conditioner
– Dark oil candle
– Olaplex treatment

Draw will take place in March 2020. Book in today!

Help us support crisis at Christmas





We are pledging to raise £288 for Crisis at Christmas. This would help 10 homeless people receive a Christmas dinner and health check.

We need your support by buying a raffle ticket for just £1 and you’ll be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes, including:

The draw will take place on December 28th. Get your tickets now please and help support this amazing charity.

Autumn trend, changing of the leaves and celebrating our students with top offers!

When leaves begin to fall, temperatures drop and days become shorter, it can only mean autumn is on its way. No matter how hot the summer has been, the next season of the year is now upon us with home comforts, bronzed woodland hues and a pumpkin or two.

Autumn Colour Trend

If you’re eager to stay ahead of the curve, following the runways from New York, London, Milan, and Paris, you can expect to see some surprising colors in the mix. Aside from the usual autumn suspects we can never get enough of (think camel and merlot), colour pops like vibrant orange and hot pink (even popular worn together!) and every shade of purple and pistachio have been seen.

Trend Haircuts

Autumn hair embodies chic, clean sophistication and people give it a little more attention. Your vibe can be playful, edgy, or even ruffled by a hat and scarf, but ultimately your hair this season will require and deserve a little more effort. This season sees shorter lengths and sleek side swept bangs…

Celebrate our students with amazing discounts!

Portsmouth and Southsea is a vibrant city and home to over 20,000 students! This time of year is buzzing with activity as new students start their education adventures and get to know the local area.

What better way to start your new academic year then with a new style!? Our creative art team are on hand with all the latest trends to suit your own unique look. Whats more is we have a great selection of offers:

  • 50% off all cut and blowdrys for all freshers!
  • FREE cut and blowdry with our colour service
  • 30% off walk in appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Valid from 19th – 23rd October- see website for all details.

Behind the Chair, getting to know the team

Our Flagship Salon is buzzing and full of creative inspiration. If you haven’t yet met all the team, let us tell you a bit more about them and what inspires and motivates them. This month’s interview is with Wade… he has recently featured in latesthairstyles.com, you can read his full interview here:

https://www.latest-hairstyles.com/short/asymmetrical.html#3
Wade is extremely passionate and a true hair artist. Here we get to know a little bit more about him and see his exceptional work..

Tell us a little bit about your hairdressing journey? I started at Garbos as an apprentice when I was 17. I have worked and trained alongside many amazing educators, stylists and colourists, all of whom have provided me with a life time of creative influence, knowledge and skills for my own artistic expression. For this I am eternally thankful.

What do you think makes Garbo’s unique? Having worked with Garbos for 18 years. I have been privileged to have seen the journey of the salons and its services evolve along side the brands Sebastian, Sassoon, Wella & Olaplex. What makes the salon unique is the team of creative talent, each having an individual style and repertoire of skills to bring to the table. Garbo’s provides a pool of highly trained staff, each striving for the highest degrees of creativity, perfection and self development in a contemporary salon environment.

How do you feel; about the hairdressing industry today? I feel the industry is at a point of daily change where there is no such thing really a “trend” anymore. The internet allows people access to a broad variety of styles and hair dressing techniques from many walks of life, Providing new inspiration, influences and ways of thinking. This gives people more freedom in how they wish to express themselves. Clients lead the way these days with high expectations, and are way more open minded to push their own boundaries.

What inspires you? I am influenced by so many things such as music, architecture, science, nature and modern art. I see things from a futurists standpoint. I am captivated by visions of our future and where things will lead. I love to help people push their own creative side of freedom and expression, I like to transform people and create looks that evolve with the clients daily lifestyle. I see the role as a collaboration of ideas between the stylist and the client to create a piece of living modern art.

Sebastian Professional Dark Oil

Sebastian Professional’s mission is to simplify and solve the challenges hairdressers face every day. They provoke and push the imagination further. You know the rules; they encourage you to break them. The education in the products inspires the artist in every stylist, enabling them with new techniques for new-to-the-eye looks.

With innovative products, you can create superior styles and transform hair from day to night-professional to provocative, whenever you want.

New Dark Oil..

Since the beginning, Sebastian has enabled stylists and the stylish with new products, tools and techniques. Our styles work in the spotlight, in the salon and on the street. Our innovations simplify, and put self-expression in your hands.

Learn more about the Dark Oil Technology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htAiSB9N5JY

Dark Oil Evanescent Styling Oil

A lightweight styling oil that smoothens hair and adds body. Dark Oil contains precious natural oils: sandalwood, cedarwood and argan, giving our styling oil an incredible fragrance. It smoothens the cuticle, adds body and disappears into the hair using DiffusX technology, providing effortless styling and hair care.

Dark Oil Lightweight Shampoo & Conditioner

A Lightweight Shampoo infused with a special blend of oils. The Dark Oil Lightweight Shampoo cleanses while adding natural body and shine without weighing down the hair. Suitable for all hair types, leaving your hair up to 3 times smoother.

Dark Oil Lightweight Mask

A professional lightweight hair mask infused with a special blend of oils. The Dark Oil Lightweight Mask nourishes the hair whilst keeping the hair’s natural body. Leaving hair looking shiny with a silky hair feel. Suitable for all hair types, leaving your hair up to 3 times smoother.

Dark Oil Silkening Fragrance Mist

Professional hair fragrance infused with a special blend of oils. The Dark Oil Fragrant Silkening Mist smooths and conditions the hair leaving a silkening and shiny effect on the hair. Ideal before a blow dry or for a quick touch-up day to day.

Summer Holiday Hair and all NEW SebMan


The Countdown is on to your holiday in the sun, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your locks looking super chic this holiday. Whether you’re looking for a hairstyle to tame your frizzy mane or feel like experimenting with different looks whilst your away, perhaps these summer holiday hairstyles will fit the bill nicely..

  1. Thick Hairband

Give a nod to one of this season’s hair trends by sporting a thick headband on your holiday. There’s plenty of headbands to be inspired by. We particularly love a thick alice band to keep our hair out of the way when soaking up the sun. Who thought practical could ever look as chic, ey?

2. Mermaid Waves

Mermaid waves are this summer’s wave of choice. Not only are they extremely cool, they’re feminine and carefree, too. The key to these waves are to randomly curl the hair in different directions for a soft, effortless vibe. Also, remember to keep your mermaid waves looking fly by applying a wearable styling treatment like Sebastian Professional Potion 9 beforehand, to get glossy, whimsical waves that are frizz-free and protected against humidity.

3. The Ballerina Bun

This summer, we’re trading in our top knot for a ballerina bun. It’s much more fresh and fashionable, plus it’s super easy to do too. To create a ballerina bun, work a little bit of Sebastian Professional liquid gloss (link), into your fingers, flip your hair upside down and run the gloss through the lengths of your hair to de-frizz, polish and add a shine boosting finish. Then gather your hair into a bun and flip it back up again. Finish off by securing the bun with a hair elastic.

4. The Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid is a classic braid that can be customized in so many ways for your tasting. It makes for a super quick and easy look for your summer days. Once you have mastered the fishtail braid, you can experiment with different variations such as the French fishtail braid, chunky fishtail braid, double fishtail braid, three-way fishtail braid, and so much more!

Introducing SEBMAN

We have been a grand Salon for the Sebastian Professional range for over 22 years and are delighted to share with you the exciting new men’s range.  SEB MAN introduces a new range of hair care, styling and grooming products, for men who refuse to be categorized. Enabling men to express all versions of themselves, in the most hassle-free way.

A compact hassle-free line up for versatile style. YOUR POWER SHOT ON THE GO. With guarana extract and a stimulating scent of bergamot and pink pepper for a vibrant freshness. Why not book an appointment with your stylist today to try out the new range? go on express yourself!

Top tips for lustrous Summer Hair

Many clients will be booking in their holidays and getting their hair summer ready! Have you booked in your hair appointment yet?
Did you know that sun and UV rays, sea and swimming pools conspire to turn glossy hair into tangled tendrils. Here at Garbo’s we have put together some top tips for caring for your hair in the summer sunshine!

It just takes a little TLC to have great hair days all summer long. Here are some hair care tips that can get your hair ready to beat the heat even on the hottest of days.

A few tips for lustrous summer hair

  • Cover it up
    Probably the easiest way to protect your hair from the glaring sun is to cover them using a scarf or hat. While protecting your hair from UV rays, a scarf or hat helps keep the scalp healthy by retaining the moisture. If you are on the beach, then a scarf will also shield hair from the wind that can cause tangles, which can further result in damages and breakages.

  • Want to keep hair loose? Protect them with sun filters
    There are many sun protection filters that can protect hair from UVA and UVB damage. Choosing hair care products that protect hair from sun damage and keep coloured hair from fading. We love the wella Invigo Summer range (link) They keep hair protected before, during and after sun exposure.
    Don’t want to use chemicals? Consider using all-natural UV protectants like sunflower. Massage sunflower oil into your hair before sun exposure. Oil of sunflower not only protects hair from UV rays but it also provides the much needed moisture to your tresses. You can also switch to shampoo and conditioner with added UV protection with sunflower.
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  • Outwit damage and frizzes
    Let’s be honest. No matter how careful you are, summer is going to take its toll on your hair. So, it is wise to be prepared to fight problems like dryness, split-ends, frizzes and green pool hair. Consider adding deep conditioning treatments once a week into your hair care regime to add moisture. You can also try hot oil rinse to get back the shine in your tresses.
  • Got green pool hair?
  • Try rinsing out your wet hair with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water. This will help you eliminate discolouration and dullness. To prevent green crust from depositing on your tresses, get your hair wet before entering the pool to prevent the absorption of chlorine.

Our favourite sassy summer haircuts

Tis the season for switching up your haircut. From layered pixies to Lobs, to long hair with curtain bangs, there is an option for every hair length. Here are a few of our favourites..


Kate Mara- and her choppy bob

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To get Kate Mara’s look, ask for a true, shoulder-skimming bob. Switch it up depending on your mood by shifting your part and adding in undone waves with a flat iron.

Michelle Williams- and her stylish pixie

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If losing length is the name of your summer hair game, then check out Michelle Williams’s short and sweet pixie.

Vanessa Hudgens- the lob

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Vanessa Hudgen’s hairstyle isn’t your average lob. The hair was chopped at a slight angle for a chic take on a mid-length cut.

Behind the Chair…. Getting to know the team

If you haven’t yet met all the team, let us tell you a bit more about them and what inspires and motivates them. This month’s interview is with Natalie, she has been with us for 22 years!

Tell us a little bit about your hairdressing journey?

I started my career in Hairdressing with Garbos at the age of 14 as a Saturday girl. I have worked for over 22 years now with the Garbos Team. I became a Master Colour Expert in 2011 and also I am a Teacher within Garbos.

What do you think makes Garbo’s unique?

Garbos is unique in that we are really a family run business and everyone who works in the Team feels like part of that family as well.

How do you feel; about the hairdressing industry today?

The Hairdressing industry is still an exciting place to work in. Constantly changing and evolving it’s never dull.

What inspires you?

Colour still inspires me, over the years colours have changed and the innovation behind the colour has allowed us to take ideas further. Educating the younger team also inspires me as they are the next generation.