Debra Messing’s Swept-Back Blowout

Debra Messing

Debra Messing at the WET Love Benefit
Photo: © Charles Eshelman/

We always think about charity and giving back, don’t we? Debra Messing is no different than you!! I had the pleasure of styling her hair recently for WET Love Benefit. She looked amazing in a sexy dress. So gorg!!!

We wanted her hair to look big, brushed-back and voluminous and to evoke a sexy modern sensibility. I used tons of Build It Blow Drying Agent at the root to create sexy, designed hair, then blew it out while brushing her hair backwards to get that swept-back shape. Check it out!

Beauty Is Individual

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The Hair Extensions Are Here!

Ted Gibson hair extensions

Who wouldn’t want to have glamorous full amazing hair? I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t. That’s why I created a new line of hair extensions. They are so easy to use. Clip them in when you ant. Clip them out when you don’t. You can be red carpet ready in less than 10 seconds and you will never have to worry about another bad hair day!!

I just debuted my hair extensions on QVC this past weekend. I have one thing to say: SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad about the response. I presented 5 colors and showed how to put them in.

Julia: warm Caramel medium brown
Angelina: Chocolate dark brown
Gabrielle: darkest espresso brown
Jennifer: light blondish brown ash
Reese: golden blonde

You can see the demonstration here!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Tip: Backcomb the area where you are going to attach the extensions. This will help the clips stay put.

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.

Anne Hathaway at The Last Emperor premiere

Anne Hathaway at The Last Emperor premiere

I had the pleasure of styling Anne‘s hair for an event the other night. It was her first appearance out since the Oscars and she looked AMAZING, as you can see.

When you are styling your hair it is important to always think about the blow dry. It is the single most important thing that will make your hair look the best when you are finished with your style. Take one inch sections to insure that you have enough tension and are not using too much hair. It’s important to control the hair at all times. I love YS Park brushes and they always seem to give me enough tension and grip on the hair when I am blow drying.

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.

Fall Winter 2009 Fashion Trend Recap

Tony Cohen / Vena Cava / Carlos Marc Valvo

Tony Cohen
Photo: Dennis Ho

Vena Cava
Photo: Dennis Ho

Carlos Marc Valvo
Photo: Nathan Bush

Whew, boy!! Fall Winter 2009 Fashion Week was several weeks ago, but I still get tired when I think of all the shows we did. I have one thing to say YOU BETTA WORK!!! LOL! Lela Rose, Carlos Campos, Vena Cava, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tony Cohen, and Jenni Kane. I love fashion week. It’s so much fun and hectic and crazy at the same time. WOW!!

Lela Rose and Carlos Campos - New York Fashion Week Fall 2009

Lela Rose
Photo: Dennis Ho

Carlos Campos women
Photo: Nathan Bush

Carlos Campos men
Photo: Nathan Bush

Hair for the Fall 2009 is super cool and super 80′s

Lets break it down:

Lela Rose: sexy ponytails with a sexy bump using bungee elastics
Carlos Campos Women: rock’a'billy chic using l’oreal professional
Carlos Campos Men: Clark Gable with a modern flare using l’oreal professionnel
Vena Cava: return to 80′s glam using ted gibson fix it gel
Carmen Marc Valvo: chic sophisticated glamour using beautiful hold hairspray
Tony Cohen: aysemmetrical glam using build it blowdrying spray
Jenni Kane: subtle power girl yes using hairsheet styling

Tip: When using a round brush to blow-dry your hair, work in 1 ½ inch wide section to ensure you get great volume and smooth, sexy results.

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.

Gibson Girls Invade Maryland

Ted Gibon salon DC

I just opened my second salon location and I am flying high!!! Yes I am so excited about it. It is in the heart of the fashionable mecca in Chevy Chase, Maryland, right above Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo. It definitely doesn’t get any better than that.

So far the predominant request from our clients has been for the “New York Chic” look. We’ve had lots of requests for bangs, bobs and one dimensional color.

The salon is part of Hela Spa, a luxury medi-spa that specializes in wellness and beauty. So now all the hard-working D.C. ladies can get all of their beauty needs taken care of, from haircuts and color to facials and botox and much more, in one fabulous destination.


Ted Gibson and Hela Spa @ The Collection in Chevy Chase
5481 Wisconsin Ave 2nd floor
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Book yourself an appointment and feel your Individual Beauty.

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.

Me and Miss Jones

Rashida Jones

Try on this Rashida Jones’ look here
Photo: © Charles Eshelman/

Wow, what can I say Rashida Jones!!!

I had the pleasure of doing her hair for the Martha Stewart show, as well as for a photo shoot for an international publication called Velvet. If you don’t know who she is, she’s the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton. She is also on the new TV show with Amy Poehler called Parks and Recreation. It looks SO FUNNY!!! Also she is in the new movie, I Love You Man, staring opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. She said she had so much fun shooting it.

Tip… When using velrco rollers it is better to start of with you hair 100% dry to insure you get the maximum volume and shape from them.

Beauty Is Individual.

Creating 40′s Waves for Zoe Saldana

I had the pleasure of working with one of the most beautiful woman in the world for Vanity Fair Magazine. Her name you ask…Zoe Saldana. WOW! What a great time we had.

I created this gorgeous 10940′s retro wavy hairstyle for Zoe using the the Nalu Waver (I’ve talked about this before, I’m obsessed). To make this look really modern, I didn’t want to weight the hair down with products so the waves would have a light and airy feeling. I used Build It Blowdrying Agent and Beautiful Hold Hairspray.

We shot in Harlem at Lenox Lounge and the story focused on her and about 15 hot black male models. The clothes were styled by Jessica Diehl and photographed by the famous Michael Roberts, who is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair. I can’t wait for you to see it and will let you know when it hits newsstands!

P.S. Remember to always keep your hands washed as much as possible to avoid getting sick during the winter. If you cant wash you hands on a regular basis use JAO hand refresher.

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.

It’s time to FEEL PRETTY

hair model - Ted Gibson

At Ted Gibson we are celebrating the RECESSIONISTA! (You know, the Fashionista
who has suddenly become very conscious of the economy and her spending
because of the recession.) Now every Tuesday we are giving the
girls what they are asking for – a whole lot of bang for their buck!

“Recessionista Tuesdays” are hosted at the Ted Gibson Salon, 184 5th Avenue,
Second Floor.

All Blow Outs (normally $95) are just $40 no matter who the client sees -
from Junior to Senior Stylist.

All Haircuts (normally $125 – $175) are $75 no matter who the client sees -
from Junior to Senior Stylist.

All single process or partial highlights (normally $125 – $225) are $75
and all other color services have special Recessionista pricing. Master colorist, Jason Backe will be there to give single process color for just $75 (normally $200.)

Additionally, anyone can stop by the salon EVERY Tuesday between
10 am and 12 noon to drop off their business card or fill out a
registration form to win a COMPLIMENTARY hair make-over with Ted Gibson
and Jason Backe at the end of the day (worth over $1100!).

We are looking forward to seeing you and unveiling your individual beauty!

Call 212.633.6333 to book your appointment.

Great Hair On A Budget

Paris Hilton short haircut

Paris may not need to worry about money,
but this short cut will nonetheless save her some
© Sara De Boer / Retna

Ladies, I know that when you turn on the evening news from the top of the hour to the bottom of the hour, all they are talking about is the economy. A lot of times, when finances are short, the first thing to go is your beauty maintenance. I know that things can be tough but it is important to make yourself feel beautiful.

You don’t have to skimp on the things that make you feel more beautiful, you just have to be smarter about how you utilize them. Instead of following the latest trends, focus on keeping up the consistency and maintenance of your hair. Following the latest “It” trend can leave you with a hair cut you either hate, or that becomes dated quickly, meaning you end up back at the salon sooner than usual.

Keeping your hair consistent means not downgrading on things like a good shampoo and conditioner. This will affect the condition of your hair down the road and unhealthy hair has to be cut more often than healthy hair. So investing in a good shampoo and conditioner is actually more cost-efficient in the long run.

Another money saving tip is that when you do go to the salon, get your hair cut shorter than you normally would. Your hair will take longer to grow back, so instead of going to the salon every four weeks, you now go every six or seven weeks.

At home, be sure to use a deep treatment or hot oil mask to prevent split ends. Concentrate on the ends of your hair, because they need it the most. If you keep your ends healthy and moisturized, you won’t get as many split ends, so you won’t need to trim your hair as often.

Saving money is important, but so is looking beautiful. It’s okay to spend money on yourself because it keeps you feeling good about yourself and understanding that you are worth it.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual

Long, Luscious Hair

Gabrielle Union Hair Extensions

Gabrielle Union inspired my new extension line
Credit: © RD / Montemagni / Retna Digital

Have you always wanted to have longer hair? Hair that is shiny, or hair that you can make straight, hair that is past your shoulders and thick and bouncy? Now you can! I am launching a line of hair extensions on QVC. Very excited about it!! They will come in 8 different multi-dimensional colors called…Angelina, JenniferJulia, Gabrielle, Reese, Lindsay, Debra and Marcia. They are really amazing colors and textures and each one is modeled and named after the fabulous celeb that inspired them. They are heat styleable synthetics that come wavy and you can straighten them with a flatiron at 400 degrees.

Hair extensions are actually really easy to insert, the trick is to do a little bit of backcombing in the area where you are inserting the extension. This will help to secure the extension and look like it’s naturally part of your hair.

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.

How I Create Glam, Sleek Hair

Jennifer Connelly with sleek hair

Doesn’t Jennifer Connelly look fabulous with sleek hair?
Credit: © Eric Charbonneau /

To me nothing says glam more than super sleek, straight and shiny hair. It’s one of the easiest and most fabulous looks to create.

Start off with Hair Sheet Styling on wet or dry hair. It will help to fill in the cuticle and give hair that amazing sleekness that you are looking for. Using a flat paddle brush, blow-dry one and a half inch sections. This will ensure that you dry every strand of hair and eliminate any frizz or potential curling. A flat iron is the key component for this look because it creates a smooth surface and smoothes down the hair cuticle. Before you flat iron, be sure to apply a shine protection cream like Tame It Shine Lotion to protect hair and give it beautiful, frizz-free smoothness. The end result will be smoking hot straight, sleek hair.

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.

Inside My Tool Kit

While the hairstyles I create may look effortless, there’s actually a lot of work that goes into each one. Before I do hair for a special event, I have to think about what is in my kit and make sure I have all the right stuff. From Angelina Jolie, Gabrielle Union, Anne Hathaway, Debra Messing, Joy Bryant, Claire Danes — each has her own style and different hair type. Extensions are one of the most important things in my kit, so I make sure that I have them in every color. I usually use clip-on’s because they are easy to put in and take out and don’t cause much stress on the hair. They aren’t so much of a commitment as permanent extensions.

Products are an important thing for me and an important part of making my girls’ hair look its BEST!! Here are the things I bring with me to make my Gibson Girls feel and look good.

9 different sized curling irons
1 flatiron
5 different sizes round brushes
1 big box of hair pins (to anchor hair)
1 big box of bobby pins (to lightly hold hair in place)
10 different colored hair elastics

Beautiful Hold Hairspray
Build It Blow Drying Agent
Hair Sheet Styling
Tame It Shine Lotion
Goodnite Replenish Hair Serum
Daily Cleanse Shampoo
Daily Nourish Conditoner
Baby powder (to add texture make product application easier and subtly scent hair)

Yes, I lug all this around in a BIG Tumi Bag that I carry with me from shoot to shoot, from plane to plane, from home to salon and from hotel to suite. I love my work and feel so blessed to love what I do.

Tip: Always remember to rinse hair with cool water when washing out your conditioner. It will help to give you brilliant shine and close down the cuticle.

Beauty is individual

Slideshow: My Favorite Oscars Hairstyles

Wow! The stars were so beautiful last night at the 2009 Oscars. From Angelina Jolie’s half-up hairstyle to Taraji Henson’s sleek bob, the ladies on the Red Carpet exuded glamour. Here is a fun slideshow where I talk about the trends and how to get the looks. Enjoy!

Oscar hairstyles with Ted Gibson

Anne Hathaway’s Retro Glam Hairstyle

Anne Hathaway at SAG 2009

Credit: © Steve Granitz /

I did Anne Hathaway‘s hair for the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and, wow!, did she look gorg. I went for an old Hollywood glamour look and her wavy and textured style was a big hit.

Anne’s hair is usually bone straight and fine, but she has lots of it. To create this tousled bob, I used Build It Blow Drying Agent and Fix It Gel on her dry hair.

As I blew out her hair I ran my fingers through two-inch sections to create a gentle tousling effect and give her hair the appropriate texture.

After that I used a good friend of mine Frank Rizzieri’s Nalu Waver. It’s such a fun tool to play with. I figure-eighted one and a half inch sections on Anne’s hair around the double prongs of the Nalu Waver to create curls.

Then I blew out the curls using the warm setting of a blow dryer to soften them. Finally I set the style by spraying her hair with Beautiful Hold Hairspray and she was ready to hit the red carpet in style.

Tip: When you are working with tools on your hair make sure the hair is one hundred percent dry before using curling irons, flatirons and other tools.

Beauty Is Individual

My Cosmo Cover with Marisa Miller

Marisa Miller and Ted Gibson

I just did a cover of Cosmo with the famous super model Marisa Miller. It was shot in Malibu California and the weather was beautiful!

Marisa is known for her amazing work with Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated and countless covers of magazines like Shape, GQ, Complex and Esquire. She is considered the All-American girl and is originally from southern California.

Of course, Cosmo is all about looking sexy so I created these big beautiful waves for her.

To create this, first start off by blow-drying hair with a round brush so it’s super-smooth and frizz-free. That’s always key if you want the best looking hair ever because it creates a good foundation that leads to the absolute best end results.

Cosmo Cover Marisa Miller March 2009

Once everything is dry, create a center part and then spray on hair spray and Build It Blow Drying Agent to create ultimate volume.

Then, using a large barrel curling iron, curl one to 1½ inche wide sections of hair throughout the entire head. Tip your head upside down and finger comb through your hair from scalp to ends. This will bring out all the sexy body. Spray Beautiful Hold Hairspray to set the style.

Remember, Beauty Is individual

Beating Back the Winter Blues

Winter got you down?

Winter got you down?

Its already February and I know your hair, skin, scalp, hands and mind are having a moment. Trust me, I have some things that will make your heart sing.

Help calm a dry scalp and repair dry, brittle hair with Goodnite Replenish Hair Serum. Moisturize your scalp and gently cleanse the hair with Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution.

For dry, chapped hands try Surgeon’s Skin Secret Beeswax Moisturizer. Another way to prevent dry skin during the barren winter months is with L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream.

For your mental health, try to get out of the house. Take a long weekend out of town and go somewhere you’ve never been. Join a class on something you’ve always wanted to learn. Novelty and challenges have been shown to contribute to happiness. If you can’t go on a winter trip then you have to read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It will help your mind relax during the cabin fever months by learning to be present in the moment and let go of anxiety about your past mistakes and future uncertainties.

Remember to always see the best in yourself. And if you go and treat yourself to a haircut and a massage it will do wonders for you.

Beauty Is Individual

Anne Hathaway’s Chic Side Ponytail


Anne Hathaway at the 2008
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala.
© RD / Dziekan/Retna Digital

The recent National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala was a very important for Anne Hathaway. She won another award and I know that she feels so wonderful about it. She looked Chanel perfect in this beautiful beaded knee-length dress.

I complemented her look with a low side ponytail that was twisted into a small chignon. To get this style right, it’s important to add texture to the hair first. I used a large barrel curling iron and Tame It Shine Lotion. Curl the entire head, then finger comb to soften the waves and pull hair into a side ponytail. Twist and pin, then spray with Beautiful Hold Hairspray.

Anne loves Hair Sheet Styling and I use it on her all the time. As a world traveler, just like most of you Gibson Girls, she travels with them and keeps them handy for last minute touch-ups.

Debra Messing’s Red Carpet Ponytail


Debra Messing at the 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards
© Bob Ramirez / Retna Ltd.

Can you even stand how gorg Debra Messing looks? She wore a Vera Wang blue dress with gold Fred Leighton jewelry and looked amazing.

Ponytails can be an alternative to that long flowing romantic hairstyle that we see on the red carpet all the time. I used Build It Blow Drying Agent to create the ultimate volume and Hair Sheet Styling to smooth ends and fill the cuticle.

It’s important to slick your hair back first, then place hair in a ponytail in the center of the head. Secure the ponytail with an elastic that will keep hair in place. Make the ponytail look glamorous and luscious by using a large barrel curling iron to create big waves. Spray with Beautiful Hold Hairspray to keep everything in place and make hair shiny and bouncy.

Debra loves the chicness of this look. She is a dream to work with and I have a ball with her.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.


Anne Hathaway is the Critics’ Choice

Ted Gibson styles Anne Hathaway Critics Choice

Anne’s new bob wins at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Photo credit: Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

I had the best time with Anne Hathaway styling her hair on January 8 for the Critics Choice awards in Los Angeles. She looked stunning in Gianfranco Ferré. She won that night and I felt so honored to have styled her hair.

I cut her hair that night into a sleek cool sexy bob and she loved it. I used the Ted Gibson Professional Flat Iron on her before I cut it to make sure that every strand of hair was in place. Then I followed up with Beautiful Hold Hairspray to add that lasting shine that she needed all night. She could go out dancing all night long and her sleek style would hold up. Now isn’t that a pretty picture. GORG!!!!!!!

And remember, Beauty Is individual.