The Politics of Power Hair

Michelle Obama June 22 2009

Michelle Obama knows that you can have
chic hair and still be taken seriously.
Photo: © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
For Entertainment Industry Foundation

Hey there Gibson Girls! If you haven’t already gotten the latest issue of W, be sure to go out and pick it up because yours truly is featured in it! I contributed my expertise to a story about politics and hair, something that’s really timely, especially for me, right now.

We opened the Ted Gibson salon in Maryland about six months ago and I’m thrilled with it. The Washington D.C. area tends to be a pretty conservative place, especially on the beauty front, so we brought a little bit of that NYC celebrity and chicness to the capital region.

There’s a misguided notion that women in high-powered positions have that if you look beautiful or sexy that you won’t be taken seriously. A lot of these women will opt for older-looking cuts that are heavily sprayed and kind of bland in order to be taken seriously by their co-workers.

Listen up power-suited ladies: You can look gorgeous and sexy and still be powerful. Stiff hair isn’t flattering on anyone! I love a woman in soft waves — they are always a sure thing and look great on shoulder-length hair. If you prefer an updo, opt for a classic French Twist, but shake things up a little by leaving a few pieces loose so it’s not so stiff. Soft hair doesn’t mean you’re a soft boss, so put down the hairspray and add a little bit of touchable sexiness to your usual corporate ‘do.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual!

Styling Steals!

Ted Gibson Clarity Shampoo

Hello Gibson Girls! I’m a firm believer that the basis of any great hairstyle is great products. You just can’t create a fabulous ‘do if your hair isn’t healthy and strong. That’s why I’m offering $5 off my Ted Gibson Haircare line, now available at Target! Just print out this coupon and bring it to your local Target to instantly save $5 off your Ted Gibson Haircare purchase. How great is that?

Since summer is winding down and most of us are getting ready to touch up our hair color for fall, I would definitely recommend stocking up on Clarity Color Shampoo; it features UV protectants to help shield your hair color from fading or drying out and leaves your locks feeling soft and manageable. It’s a great option for anyone who worries about their color fading or for those looking to impart softness and moisture to their overprocessed hair.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get shopping! And remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Jessica Lange Goes On The View

Jessica Lang

Photo: © RD/Dziekan/Retna Digital

Gibson Girls I am so excited to tell you that one of my absolute favorite actresses, the legendary Jessica Lange, was just nominated for an Emmy for her performance in Grey Gardens. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ms Lange before and when she was asked to join the ladies of The View to talk about her nomination, I was honored when she requested me to style her hair.

Usually when I do talk shows I have to be at the studios at the very crack of dawn. Since The View is an afternoon show, I didn’t have to be at the studio until 8:30 in the morning, which made me so happy.

She may be all glamour on the red carpet but in person Jessica is pretty low-key — she walked in wearing jeans and a really cute top. She had brought along a gorgeous Michael Kors dress for the show so I used that as my inspiration for her look.

I wanted her hair to look elegant and sophisticated, but not be so Upper East Side socialite. To give her that sexy, modern, yet still polished look, I used Build It Blow Drying Agent and Hair Sheet Styling on her wet hair. I then blew her hair dry and used a medium barrel curling iron to create waves. To give her hair that modern polish, I added lots of volume by backcombing the waves and then spraying it with Beautiful Hold Hair Spray.

The trick to making soft, touchable waves like Jessica’s is all in the cooling. I like to use large hot rollers on dry hair and then spray them with hairspray. Let the rollers cool down for 20 minutes — do your makeup and get dressed while you wait. Take the hot rollers out, then brush or use your fingers to comb through the curls to soften them up. Brushing them will get rid of that really defined curl and instead create a nice, volumized wave that doesn’t look too “done” or pageant-y. Spray your hair with a light mist of hairspray and you are good to go! This technique works really well on second-day hair and is a good way to refresh your hairstyle.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual!

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Away We Go With Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

Photo: © Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Hello Gibson Girls! I’ve been so busy these past few weeks with filming for What Not To Wear, seeing my clients at the salon and doing tons of red carpet work. It’s been insanity! But it’s also been a lot of fun and I’m blessed to be able to do what I love.

Recently I got the chance to style the hair of the absolutely charming Melanie Lynskey. She was attending the premiere of her new movie with Maya Rudolph, Away We Go. Many of you might know Melanie from her appearances as Rose on Two And A Half Men. She’s an absolute doll and so fun to work with.

Melanie was wearing a really great off-the-shoulder dress and I decided right away that we needed to put her hair up — it just wouldn’t make sense to leave it down and hide all that gorgeous detailing! I wanted her to look chic and sophisticated, but still really downtown cool so I decided to create a kind of messy bun.

On her wet hair I used Fix It Gel, then Hair Sheet Styling on top and blew hair dry. I wanted her bun to have volume in the back and, since her hair is normally shoulder-length and very fine, I added in my Extensions in the Julia shade to help create that body and length.

To finish up, I curled the hair with a large barrel curling iron then used Tame It Shine Lotion to calm the frizz. I pulled her back into a bun, then sprayed it with Beautiful Hold Hairspray to set.

The key to making this look a little more hip and a little less ballerina is to use your fingers to soften up the front. Pulling a few strands of hair out adds that cool dimension, which looks a lot prettier and more interesting than a flat top and looks a lot better in photographs.

What do you think, do you like this style on her?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

As a celebrity hairstylist, I often receive samples of new products directly from beauty brands to test out. Any product I mention in this blog is one that I’ve tested out myself, in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Celebrate Good Times!

Ted Gibson Salon Party

Photo: © Rob Loud

My very first episode of What Not To Wear premiered last week and the response has been so amazing! I’ve gotten so much email from people telling me how much they loved Ariel’s new look. I told you there were a lot of tears. I’m so glad she likes her new hairstyle now, but it was touch and go there for awhile!

Last week to celebrate my WNTW debut, Jason and I hosted a party at the salon with all of our fabulous friends and beauty colleagues. The Beauty Bloggerati dropped by as part of their fabulous Beauty Crawl and there were also editors from all the major magazines — Vanity Fair, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, US Weekly and so many more. There were a few celeb guests too, including supermodel Jenny Shimizu and Jessie Leavitt of NYC Prep.

Ted with Jessie Leavitt

Me with Jessie Leavitt of NYC Prep
Photo: © Rob Loud

There were over 100 people in the salon that night to watch the show with me. It was so great that people came out in the pouring rain too. We had removed all of the styling stations from the floor and had gorgeous flowers from Belle Fleur lining the space. Guests were served champagne courtesy of Moët, martinis from Three Olives Vodka and Hint water for the health-conscious among them. Yummy!

It was hard to watch myself on the show — I’m my worst critic and I just kept thinking about the things that I would have done differently. But it was really nice to have all of my friends watching with me and supporting me. My favorite part of the night was when Evan, one of the producers of the show, introduced me and said some really sweet things about how happy they are to have me. It was nice to hear what he had to say and how they feel about me on the show.

Afterwards I got so many comments from people telling me how much they enjoyed watching it. Did you watch the show? What did you think of Ariel’s hair makeover?

And remember, Beauty Is Individual.