Straight Up Style With Debra Messing

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I love it when my Gibson Girls mix things up with their hair. A few weeks ago I got to to do just that with my girl Debra Messing, who was attending Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation Gala.

There was actually a strict dress code at this event: Everyone had to wear black jeans or leggings, so Debra paired her black leggings with this futuristic, silvery one-shoulder top and some amazing Pucci heels. Debra is a curly girl at heart, but I took one look at her outfit and knew we weren’t going to be able to do what I call the Classic Debra Messing Curl & Wave. Since her outfit was so strong and modern, I knew we had to go for a strong and modern hairstyle. We talked it over and decided to do sleek, straight hair with a dramatic side-part.

I started off with wet hair using L’Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Expansion Body Activating Mousse and Build It Blow Drying Agent and created that deep side part. I then blew her hair dry with an amazing Denman brush to help create that straightness and close down the cuticle for ultimate shine. Next I took a Ted Gibson flat iron, heated up to 350 degrees, to smooth out her hair. It’s important to have it at that high of a heat because Debra’s hair texture is so curly and can be on the coarser side, so it needs a bit more heat to make it stay smooth and sleek.

I finished up by spraying her hair with Beautiful Hold Hair Spray and tucked one side of her hair behind her ear. You’ll notice I do that alot, with Debra in particular. That’s because she has such an amazing taste in jewelry and I want to be sure that her hairstyle doesn’t cover it up and instead helps to show it off.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual!

Stunning Stars At The Met Ball

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Hello Gibson Girls! Boy has it been a crazy few weeks. Between filming What Not To Wear, shuttling back and forth from the New York and Washington, D.C. salons, plus all of my various television appearances, magazine photo shoots and red carpet work, I’ve definitely been busy! Last week was no exception as I styled not one, but two of my fave Hollywood ladies for the prestigious Costume Institute Ball: Anne Hathaway and Emma Watson.

The Costume Institute Ball, commonly called the Met Ball, is considered fashion’s biggest night. Put on by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and hosted by Vogue magazine, the Met Ball is where all of the most fashionably fabulous starlets put out all the stops. For big red carpet events such as this, it’s not uncommon for me to work with multiple stars, which can mean a whole lot of work. Fortunately, both Emma and Annie are so wonderful to work with that I had a blast, even though I was running all over Manhattan!

I started off uptown at the Mark Hotel where I met with Emma. This was my second time working with her and I have to say, I’m loving her more and more. Since she’s a spokesmodel for Burberry, she was wearing one of their simply gorgeous gowns. I instantly knew I wanted her hair to be down, soft and wavy to really complement the dress.

Emma is Young Hollywood after all and a college student, but she’s also very stylish so I needed a style for her that was effortless and easy, but most of all chic. I started off with wet hair, spraying Build It Blow Drying Agent all over her head, concentrating on the scalp to help create that root lift. This was followed by Hair Sheet Styling over her entire head to help fill in the cuticle and start building that gorgeous shine. After that I blew her hair dry, then tousled it with my fingers and used a medium barrel curling iron to create soft curls. I made sure to do a deep side-part because it really opened up her face and helped frame the her makeup look–a center part would have closed her off. To finish, I ran my fingers through the curls to break them up, then sprayed Beautiful Hold Hairspray to help keep it all in place.

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Once I finished up with Emma, I had to dash downtown to get to work on the beautiful Anne Hathaway. I’ll admit it, I was running a teensy bit late. Okay, a lot late. New York City traffic speeds up for no man. Fortunately the lovely Lady Hathaway was very understanding, but I had to get right to work as soon as I stepped in the door. The moment I saw her stunning, sparkling Valentino gown, I knew we wanted to keep it simple and elegant. A dress as breathtaking as hers required hair that won’t take away from its impact–the whole look should be seamless from top to toe.

I knew her hair needed to be a bit more structured; we definitely didn’t want something that was too soft or romantic. I’ve been working with Annie for about 7 years now, so we’ve worked out a comfortable kind of groove. I started off on wet hair and used Fix It Styling Gel Used all the way through to the ends, then blew hair dry with a large round brush. After drying, I used a large barrel curling iron to create a subtle wave. Normally when you are creating waves, you take a section and wrap it around the iron from the top of the hair down. I wanted Annie’s hair to have just a little bend on the ends instead of a full-on curl, so I took sections and wrapped her hair around the curling iron starting with the ends and working my way up. This gave her hair more curl on the ends instead of the roots, so the look was pretty, but not overly done or romantic. I then back-combed her entire head to give her more volume at the scalp, brushed it through with my Mason-Pearson brush to smooth it out, sprayed it with Beautiful Hold Hairspray and tucked it behind her ears.

It was a whirlwind of a night, but both ladies looked amazing and I had so much fun working with them. What do you think of their fashionable hairstyles? Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Some Of My All-Time Best TV Appearances

I just wanted to share the above video montage of some of my favorite television moments and editorial work! Some of the transformations are truly gorgeous and you can just tell that the recipient of the new hairdo feels beautiful. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Interview on StyleCaster

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StyleCaster interviewed me about celebrities I’ve worked with, beauty icons who inspire me, and about hair products and tips to style your hair for that amazing look. Check out the video below and get the deets!

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Chelsea Handler And Abigail Breslin for Harper’s Bazaar

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A few weeks ago, I was so excited to do the hair of Chelsea Handler and Abigail Breslin for the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar. It was a funny shoot; Chelsea was intended to look like Abigail’s publicist, while Abigail was playing a diva teen actress.

I worked with Chelsea before on a Vanity Fair spread. It’s always a good time, that woman is hilarious. We laughed the entire time. On Chelsea’s hair, I used my ted gibson clip-in extensions in Reese, which we flatironed straight. I cut them shorter, so that they grazed her shoulders. I intended them to be more for volume, not length. Lastly, I used hairsheets styling, tame it and beautiful hold to finish Chelsea’s look. All ted gibson hair products are available here.

This was my first time working with Abigail Breslin. She’s great! For 13, she’s very mature. On Abigail, I used the same products, except for the extensions.

What do you think of their looks?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Sexy Hair: Tracks Video on Essence.com

I’m so happy to announce that I’m going to be doing a series of hair videos for Essence.com! I appreciate Essence.com not only for their extensive beauty coverage, but especially for the fact that they put such a premium on hair that it’s its own category one the site’s navigation bar. As in: News, Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty and THEN Hair. Right?

So the first of the videos is now up and it’s all about how to change your look in a matter of 10 minutes or less. I worked with a client at the Ted Gibson New York Salon and glued on two tracks (extensions) to add length to front of her hair while giving dimension to her dark hair color. Check out the video below.


The toolkit: I used two different tracks, my ted gibson flat iron, tame it shine lotion and beautiful hold hairspray to set it. All ted gibson beauty products are available for purchase here. The client loved her new ‘do and I was so happy to be able to help her see the beauty in herself.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Kate Gosselin’s One-Day Rounded Bob

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Before: February 2010
Credit: © INFphoto.com /US Weekly

After: March 2010
Credit: © Flynetpictures.com/US Weekly

It’s a ‘do a day for style chameleon Kate Gosselin!

For Kate, we wanted to create a new ‘do just for her premiere on Dancing With The Stars. The next day after the premiere was shot, she want back to her regularly-scheduled extensions. Kate Gosselin’s hair was colored by Jason Backe first, before I styled it. Her sleek new bob is both sophisticated and chic. This is the best direction for her at the moment, as this new hairstyle will help her get ready for her show persona.

To style Kate’s ‘do, I used build it blowdrying spray and hairsheet styling to give added shine and protection for blondes on-the-go. I then followed up with beautiful hold hairspray to give soft hold and placement. What do we think?

All Ted Gibson products are available at tedgibsonsalon.com.

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Lake Bell’s Hairstyle: 2010 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

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Credit: © Gilbert Carrasquillo/Film Magic

One of my favorite soft, pretty looks I’ve done recently was that of Miss Lake Bell for the 2010 National Board of Review Awards Gala.

It’s about a sexy, center-part and a youthful girl vibe. Lake’s hair was down, so I curled it and used ted gibson hairsheets styling for her blow-out and then added some tame it shine lotion to create texture. I employed a large barrel curling iron before finishing with beautiful hold hairspray. Little bit of teasing for volume and we were good to go. Doesn’t it compliment her dress? Let me know what you think!

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.

Celestial French Twist Hairstyle At The Lela Rose Show

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I’ve worked with Lela Rose for a few Fashion Week seasons now and it’s always a pleasure to collaborate with her on a hair concept for her girls. This season, for Lela Rose’s Fall 2010 fashion show it was all about polish and sophistication. I achieved both by creating a modern and textured French twist hairstyle. The shape of the back is a crescent moon, which also ties into the celestial look.

The French twist boasted a lot of texture. I used build it spray and fix it gel from ted gibson to give it that extra jazz. Then, I backcombed hair and blew dry then tilted the models’ heads over for a side-to-bottom french twist. Lastly, I finished with my beautiful hold hairspray. All products are available for purchase at tedgibsonsalon.com.

What do we think? Tell me in the comments. Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Equestrian Beauty At Vena Cava!

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I love working with the Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock during Fashion Week. They know their consumer very well and cater to their cool, chic but never stuffy sensibility. For the Fall 2010 show, I decided to create an equestrian ponytail for the Vena Cava girls backstage. It’s all about a girl who’s been horseback riding all day long. It’s effortless and super cool. We pulled the hair back into a ponytail and then tied it back with a leather strap. With the horsewoman theme, it’s only a hop and a skip from Ralph Laurenvillle. We didn’t want it to be quite that kind of party, so we made sure to keep it very downtown and cool with the help of color. We added in Streekers in shades of purple, green and pink. Streaks of color are a major trend for fall.

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Products used included Build It for texture, Tame It on the flyaways, then Beautiful Hold to set everything. So the final feel is equestrian, but not stuffy. This is a very hip girl. There’s slight texture at the roots and then a lot of rough texture throughout to give it that windblown, look. All products are available at beauty.com

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Carmen Marc Valvo’s Fall 2010 Fashion Show

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I love working with Carmen Marc Valvo during Fashion Week. This was my third season doing hair backstage for his presentation and I just love his chic sensibility. His willingness to mix risky elements into his chic garments is amazing and makes for a sophisticated and fun look.

Carmen Marc Valvo was inspired by a movie called Lust Caution, a Chinese espionage thriller. So, we went for a decidedly Asian influence mixed with a ’40s vibe. Many of the models were wearing inspector-type hats, so to offset that, I created a deep side-parted fob (faux bob).

To pull off this vision, I secured the length of hair underneath by tucking it under. Then, I used a curling iron for a bit of wave. I blow-dried in some build it lotion for volume, used a bit of fix it gel for control, tame it shine lotion for gleam and then finished for beautiful hold hairspray to ensure it would last throughout the show. All products are available here. Lastly, I pinned the free side of the hair with a bobby pin to impart a youthful vibe. Nothing should be so serious. Right, ladies?

In short, I’m down with CMV (yeah, you know me). Are you? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Kate Gosselin’s New Cropped, Straight Hairstyle

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Kate Gosselin Before: January 2010
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Kate Gosselin After: February 2010
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Hair chameleon Kate Gosselin wanted to switch up her look again. That’s the beauty of a makeover, friends. The gal doesn’t change her hair for ten years, then poof! Two different looks so far in 2010–and we’re still in the first half of February. So last week, I cut her extensions into a shoulder-length ‘do and flat-ironed it for super sleekness.

We just wanted to create something different, but more practical for her. Her actual hair had grown and it made sense. Jason Backe freshened up her color and I cut the length. She can wear many different styles now, longer or shorter, and she is loving the new length! We’re going to re-do the extensions in about a month. What do you think of Kate’s new look?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Ashley Greene’s Hairstyle for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

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In the midst of the Conan/Leno debacle, my attention was focused on Jimmy Fallon. Why? My gal Ashley Greene, Twilight Saga sensation extraordinaire, came to me to do her hair before her Late Night With Jimmy Fallon segment a few weeks ago. Remember when I did her hair for the Golden Globes?

The look we went for was most singularly modelesque. It was chic, chic chic: A center-part, flat-ironed straight and smooth. I cut it a bit to ensure her lob would have the appropriate amount of swing (read: A lot). I used Ted Gibson Hairsheets Styling, Tame It Shine Lotion and lastly, set it with Beautiful Hold Hairspray to make sure her sleekness would last through the late night. All Ted Gibson products are available online here.

What do you think of Ashley’s ‘do?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Get Me Patrick!

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I recently had the opportunity to do the hair of the woman with possibly the most recognizable ‘do in the nation–Anna Wintour. The VOGUE editrix personally requested me for two days in DC to tend to her tresses. We did a touch up one day, and a complete blow-out the next. She told me she was really pleased with the results. I found her to be extremely nice, accommodating and generous. She’s unassuming, but she commands a presence. She told me to call her Anna and asked lots of questions.

The ‘do itself? Well, darlings. Obviously, her hair wasn’t changing, as she’s into her very specific bob with bangs. Her hair is super thick and luxurious, so there was no volumizing involved. Fascinatingly, I used no product at all. I just styled it with a round brush–no flat iron, no other tools.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Golden Globes 2010 Hairstyle How-tos: Ashley Greene And Lake Bell

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I was just in LA getting two of my favorite Gibson girls Ashley Greene and Lake Bell ready for the Golden Globes award shows, events and after parties. It was a busy busy day in La La land! And, I had to contend with the rain. No easy task. We made it through though. The gals ended up looking gorgeous.

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Ashley looked BEYOND. I started by blowdrying with hair sheet styling then put in a deep side part using the ted gibson flatiron. With an elastic, I pulled her hair back into a low ponytail and used tame it shine lotion to give control and shine. Lastly, I followed up with beautiful hold hairspray to keep hair place with a medium hold to keep the hair soft and healthy while keeping it in place.

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For Lake, we painted a very wavy picture. I first added build it blow drying agent all over the entire head and began to blow dry with a medium-sized round brush. At home, to achieve fullness and length, you can add in ted gibson clip-in extensions. Then, I used a large barrel curling iron to give soft sexy waves and volume and finished off with beautiful hold hairspray to give light touchable hold.

All Ted Gibson products are available for purchase online here.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Zoe Kravitz for Vanity Fair

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I recently did the adorable Zoe Kravitz’s hair for Vanity Fair shot by uber-talented Patrick Demarchelier. It’s actually not the first time I did her hair. She is just adorable. First of all, I loved her hair for the Glamour Women Of The Year awards—what a cute little bun. Zoe has a great way of using words. During the shoot, we talked about a film she just worked on where she’s the lead.

Let’s discuss her hair: She is a bohemian, chic and downtown kind of girl. Young, innocent, you know. She doesn’t have a relaxer, so I straightened her hair, and then set it into a ’50s wave. I started with Tame It, and Hair Sheets Styling on Zoe’s dry hair to blow her out. Then, I used a Marcel curling iron, keping the ends in. The secret is to wrap the hair under the curling iron, curl it all the way from the roots all the way to the ends. I spritzed with some Beautiful Hold Hairspray for a little hold, and then employed a wind machine, of course. All Ted Gibson products are available here. What do you think of Zoe’s look?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Kate Gosselin’s New Extensions: Clean Slate Kate!

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Kate Gosselin Before: October 2009
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Kate Gosselin After: January 2010
Credit: © People

Last Sunday, I helped fellow TLC star Kate Gosselin achieve a new look for 2010 with some fierce extensions. The process took 20 hours (quite a long makeover!) and we did it all in one shot at Kate’s hotel suite. We understood the importance of getting the job done. Jason colored the extensions (stay tuned for his post on that!), while stylist Nancy put them in. We used the Great Lengths iteration, which are comprised of real hair. We chose Great Lengths because they’re more permanent than other types of extensions.

Kate’s former ‘do included a long sweeping bang. But I think she was hiding behind that. It was a period of her life that she wants to move past. Kate has short, thick hair, and to make her long locks look as natural as possible, we had to put in 18 bundles of hair. The norm, for your reference, is 6-8 wefts. The extensions were initially 18-inches long (straight) and we cut them to right below the collarbone. I added in subtle layers and incorporated a bang she can either wear down or swept to the side.

To maintain her new ‘do (and I think we can all agree this is definitely a DO!), I recommended that she not shampoo daily and opt instead for a sudsing at least every other day with Ted Gibson Daily Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner. I used my Hairsheets Styling, flat iron and Beautiful Hold Hairspray for her cover shot for PEOPLE. All products are available for purchase here. Kate will need to come back to get her extensions touched up every 3 months and will need to get her hair color done again once every 4-6 weeks.

Overall, It was an amazing experience meeting her. Considering she hadn’t changed her hair much in the last 2-3 years, she was surprisingly open to the process. Initially, she wasn’t jazzed about the idea of bangs, but we worked toward it.I just think that bangs are sexy on a woman. I think a recently divorced woman just needs a makeover to help her exude as much sex appeal as possible. Because women with kids don’t necessarily focus on sexiness, whether they have two kids… or eight. In fact, Kate Gosselin’s calling her new look Kate Clean Slate. It’s inspiring! She even sent an email today saying she loves it.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Introducing… La Brasiliana Keratin Treatment at Ted Gibson Salons!

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Our newest hair treatment at Ted Gibson Salon is La Brasiliana. La Brasiliana is our Brazilian Keratin Treatment, now available at both our New York and DC locations. You MUST say it with an accent: La Brasiliana.

The treatment makes an immediate and major difference with manageability and shine. We offer it in two formulations, one with formaldehyde and one without. For women with coarser hair, the added formaldehyde helps coax their hair into compliance. The process takes about three hours and costs $450-800 depending on hair density and length.

The process is as follows: Hair is washed and blow-dried. Then, the treatment is brushed in, all throughout the length and thickness of hair. Lastly, the hair is flat ironed so that the sleekness is sealed in. That’s it! The client must remember, however: No ponytails, no washing for four days. But after that, it’s all about low-maintenance, super smooth hair that simply air-dries to chic perfection.

Want to make an appointment for a frizz-free 2010? Call the New York salon at 212-633-3333.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Working With Ashley Greene!

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I’ve been working with Twilight Saga sensation Ashley Greene all over the place this past month. She’s a total delight and fascinates me because she is so young and still, she’s very confident and knowledgeable. It’s an interesting mix for 22 year-old girl. She is serious about her craft: You can tell from the way that she interacts with people that she has the same level of professionalism as that of a seasoned, seasoned actress.

We’ve done so much with this gal’s hair lately. For Ashley’s Late Show with David Letterman appearance, I cut her lengthy ‘do from her mid-arm to right below the shoulders with some soft bangs. To style her hair, I used Hairsheet styling mixed with Fix It gel by Ted Gibson to create this ultra chic modern look. Next up, Ted Gibson flatiron to make hair super straight. I added polish and shine with Tame It shine lotion by Ted Gibson to smooth flyaways, then Beautiful Hold hairspray to hold in place but still achieve movement.

We’ve been switching it up between multiple textures for this gamine gal. Some straight, some with a little bit of wave. My favorite is the straight look. At the New Moon premiere in New York, we did an updo for her. The next time I was called to Ashley duty was for the party for Ashley gracing the cover of Maxim. Her profile is simply fantastic, isn’t it? I have a feeling that nose is now the prototype for many a rhinoplasty.

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.

Lake Bell At The It’s Complicated Premiere

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Lake Bell
Photo: © Soul Brother/Film Magic.

I recently worked with my gal Lake Bell for the New York premiere of It’s Complicated. I can’t wait to see that movie, by the way. I think it’s just hilarious when Alec Baldwin says “OMG, I thought he would never leave” in the trailer. Right? Anyway, I’m gonna try to catch the flick over the holidays.

So, I work with Lake a lot, and normally she likes to do her hair long, down and wavy. But we switched it up this time and did a modern French twist to compliment her Narciso Rodriguez dress. The back was cut out, so a lot of hair would hide the design masterpiece. This is definitely a dress that warrants a massive amount of volume at the crown. A follicular masterpiece, if you will

To create this modern French twist, I started with Fix it gel to keep her hair in place for great body, volume, and all around movement while maintaining that intense shine. Build It Blowdrying Agent gave Lake that extra bounce and volume to keep her looking stunning throughout the night.

I then topped off the look with Beautiful Hold hairspray, Lake’s hair looked incredibly smooth and in place without giving hair that normal hairspray sticky, texture one usually gets from a typical hairspray.

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.