Speaking At The American Association of Cosmetology Schools

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Last month, I was invited to sunny Phoenix, Arizona to be the key note speaker at the AACS American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

One of my goals for 2010 is giving back. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career and I want to teach other beauty folks to maximize their potential. Beauty students don’t realize that there are so many things you can do with your cosmetology license. A stylist, for example, can develop products, work behind a chair in a salon, or on movies, celebs, or editorial shoots. So much can be achieved with that certificate. In fact, I’ve done many of the things on that list.

I’m so honored to be be able to spread my message about the industry to its newest members. As an added bonus, I even fit in an appearance on local morning show Good Morning Arizona. I’m nothing if not a multi-tasker, right?

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Zoe Saldana On The Cover Of ELLE

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Zoe Saladana is supersexy.

I work with Zoe a lot, and I’ve learned from spending time with her that she likes to be sexy… but not too sexy. She wants to be approachable, still attainable. So for her ELLE cover (the Women in Hollywood issue!), I made sure to take her aesthetic into consideration when creating her look for the magazine.

We shot the photos at Chelsea Piers. Doesn’t Zoe look fabulous on the cover in her Calvin Klein? To achieve her wavy, voluminous look, I used Ted Gibson Clip-in Extensions and Build It spray for a lot of volume, a large brush and lastly, a large barrel iron. And a wind machine. You gotta have a wind machine, right ladies? But no teasing for this cover. I left the teasing to schoolyard bullies in this particular instance.

She’s a Gibson Girl, right?

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.

Tina Fey On The Cover of Harper’s Bazaar!

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I did cover girl Tina Fey’s hair for the November 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. I’ve worked with Tina Fey before. Though the 30 Rock mastermind (and star!) is remarkably self-deprecating, she has absolutely beautiful hair. Of course, she’s hysterical and a blast to work with.

We shot the cover at Milk Studios. For Tina, I decided to incorporate extensions. You can tell from the expression on her face on the cover that she’s caught in a moment on the cover of being very glamorous and yet very funny at the same time. I love that about it.

Let’s discuss products: This is a very voluminous wave. So, the first step was applying Fix It Gel to Tina’s wet hair. I then used Build It spray, and medium sized round brush to first blow-dry the hair. Then, I clipped in (naturally) my Clip-in Extensions in Julia to add volume and length. Lastly, I involved a large barrel curling iron to give her ends some kicky curl.

But the real secret to Tina’s touchably tousled look? The wind machine. You can’t have a cover girl without a wind machine, Gibson Girls. Nothing is worse than stagnant hair on a cover!

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.

Styling Debra Messing’s Hair for Fashion’s Night Out

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Debra Messing at Fashion’s Night Out
Photo: © MIke Coppola / Getty Images.

Fashion’s Night Out was a major New York City event this past September. I helped out the lovely Debra Messing for her FNO appearance at Macy’s Herald Square to celebrate the launch of Michael Kors’ fragrance Very Hollywood.

For the occasion, we decided on a modern French twist for Ms. Messing. Very high, very deliberately off the face. I felt that the neckline of the dresses required an updo, rather than the loose waves she tends to rock. The look was volumized, with no bang and was swept straight back for a polished effect.

Girls, I’m pretty sure you’re used to doing a French Twist on yourself. My tip is that you maintain control over your situation, and you do so with the right brush. Invest in a good bristle brush that won’t undo all of your backcombing.

Remember, Beauty Is Individual.

Working The Red Carpet At The Emmys Preshow on E!

I recently appeared live on E! Entertainment Television from the Emmys Red Carpet pre-show. I was nervous; I’ve never done a live red carpet segment before! Live TV means I can’t say whatever I’d like, it means no cursing (not that I ever do that), and no re-takes. Also, it was 95 degrees and everybody was sweating their heads off! We had a rehearsal, which calmed me down and luckily, the segment went great. The producers loved it.

On the pre-show, I presented three makeovers I’d done on real women, inspired by three respective celebrity styles.

Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009 Gala was the theme of the first inspiration. Instead of doing a color concept like Rhianna’s wild black and white hue, I opted for a two-toned creation that was closer to natural color. Instead of black and white, I dyed the hair black and brown, so it didn’t have as much of a contrast as Rihanna’s look.

The second was a Jennifer Love Hewitt updo homage. But I made it softer,sexier, and not as messy. The ‘do consisted of a French twist with a little bit of hair left out of the front. I made sure it was very shaped in the back. It’s perfect for girls who may not be as comfortable with a bolder.

The third makeover was inspired by Drew Barrymore‘s ’60s bouffant at the 2009 Golden Globes. I created a version of that, but I named it sexy hair. It was all about that: Shinier, sexier, not as flyaway or dry-looking as its protype. To create the look, I used Build It and Hair Sheets Styling. I blew-dry the hair, and then backcombed entire thing. I used a really great brush to go over the whole thing.

The girls loved their makeovers! Bonus: I even got to meet Ryan Seacrest, who was taller than I thought!

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.

How To Create Great Halloween Hair

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Halloween is right around the corner Gibson Girls and I know you all must be so excited for it. I love Halloween because it really gives you a chance to go crazy and create a unique look. I’m super-excited for this year because I’ve come up with some great ways to use my hair extensions to create some iconic, gorge looks. Check out my suggestions!

Britney Spears
She may have had some high and low points these past few years but one thing’s for certain, a Britney costume never goes out of style. To create the look, use my Reese clip-in extension, then tousle it and backcomb for that sexy, messy look.

Farrah Fawcett
The late, great Farrah was a hair icon from the very beginning so with this look it’s definitely all about the hair. Fortunately it’s pretty easy to get her look, just attach the Jennifer extension to your hair and leave it as is. You’ll have that gorge, full look that Charlie’s favorite Angel wore so well.

Lady GaGa
She’s been all over the place this year, so it’s no surprise that a Lady GaGa costume is a big draw for Halloween. To create her blonde bombshell look, attach a Reese extension to your hair, then pull all the hair to the back and cut the bottom so it creates a blunt edge. Flat iron to get that super straight, shiny and sleek finish.

Michael Jackson
The King of Pop rocked a sleek, black look in his later years, so recreate that with my Gabriel extension. Brush it out so the waves become very soft and subtle. Add a fedora and shiny silver glove and your are all set!

Need more Halloween costume ideas? Check out:

Budget Halloween Costumes from Beauty On A Dime

Vampire Chic from Positively Beautiful

Get A Virtual Vampire Makeover!

As always, 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.

Working With Amerie for Complex Magazine

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Ted Gibson and Amerie at the shoot for Complex magazine
Photo: Complex magazine

About five years ago, I worked with Amerie on the set of a video for a famous song of hers. And I’ve been working with her ever since. So I was so happy to do her hair for this shoot for Complex magazine. We did the all-day shoot in studio here in NYC. Amerie wore designs by The Blonds thoughout the shoot. She rocked shoulder pads and heart shaped necklines and lots of glitter.

Her hair was long and gorgeous. First, I prepared her hair with Build It and Fix It gel. Build It helped to add body from the roots and fullness on the ends, while Fix It gel helped to fill in the cuticle to help with dry stubborn hair.

We then put my clip-in extensions (we used Gabrielle) to add more volume and length. Amerie’s hair is usually about a little past her shoulders, middle of her back. Lastly, used a medium-sized curling iron to create wave and curl, then followed with beautiful hold hairspray. Amerie is so fun and lively and she loves to have her picture taken. She is larger than life and a total glamazon.

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.

Strong Buns At Tony Cohen

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Slicking back a model’s hair and the final look.
Photos: Nathan Bush

Usually when you think of buns you think of soft, graceful and elegant. The hairstyle I created backstage for the Tony Cohen Spring 2010 fashion show was the total opposite: strong, sophisticated and edgy.

There’s been a definite shift in the fashion world over the past few seasons; I feel like women right now desire clothes that are stronger and that make more of a statement. The same holds true for their hair. That explains why there were so many textured and slicked back looks this season.

Fashion Week Spring 2010 Tony Cohen buns

The view from the back.
Photos: Nathan Bush

For Tony Cohen, I wanted to make a bun that was slightly more architectural in design, something that was more special and spectacular. I took lots of Fix It Gel (and I mean A LOT) and applied it to the hair, brushing it back to create a slick, shiny, almost wet effect. I pulled hair into a ponytail, then twisted it in on itself creating a coil that was then pinned and place.

To add the “wow” factor, I grabbed some hair pins and began to insert them haphazardly around the bun, pushing them only partway in so they were very visible, adding that structural effect to the look. I then sprayed the whole thing with Beautiful Hold Hairspray to keep it all in place.

It’s definitely a statement look and sexy all the way. What do 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.

Backstage At Carmen Marc Valvo

The look at my friend Carmen Marc Valvo’s Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Week presentation was conservative, but with a twist. I believe anybody will look good with a strong side part, so I incorporated them into the sleek style I created. Check out the above video, where Daily Makeover’s Amber Katz interviewed me to get the details on how this look can be worn in real life.

The products used are: Ted Gibson Hair Sheets, Tame It Shine Lotion, and Beautiful Hold 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.

Loose Low Ponytails at Jenni Kayne

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The low, loose look I created backstage at Jenni Kayne was inspired by a chic downtown girl on a summer afternoon pulling her hair back into a non-contrived ponytail.

To create it, I used Ted Gibson Tame It Shine Lotion to smooth the hair’s texture and to tame fly aways and add shine. There was no backcombing involved with this look, making it pretty easy to interpret for an everyday look.

Then, I pulled the hair into a sort of topsy tail, but a less As-Seen-on-TV version.

Lastly, I sprayed on Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray for super light control.

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.

My Messy Sophisticate Hair For Vena Cava

I love working with the Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock — they really know their consumer very well and cater to their cool, chic but not stuffy sensibility.

For the Spring 2010 show, I decided to create a messy, yet sophisticated updo for the Vena Cava girl. Sophisticated uptown in the front and a carefree downtown feel in the back.

To start I applied Hair Sheet Styling and blew the models’ hair out straight, then applied a bit of Tame It Shine Lotion before pulling it back into a ponytail.

For the actual updo, I started with a textured ponytail, the length of which I twisted all the way through the ends. Next, I frayed the ponytail from the bottom up by twisting it and roughing it up with my fingers.

Once it was fully ratted out, I sprayed it with Beautiful Hold Hairspray, then took the texturized ponytail and coiled it into a bun at the nape of the neck. I left the ends a little undone, so that it didn’t look too perfect. The idea was for it to be cool, modern and hip hair.

The end result was a dual-personality ‘do that rocked the runway. What do you think of the look?

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.

Partying With Marc Jacobs

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I love a good party and the one I attended recently for the launch of Marc Jacobs’ fragrance Lola was so much fun! The Beauty Director of Vanity Fair, the gorgeous SunHee Grinnell, personally invited me to the launch as her guest and I was more than happy to accept.

Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers — I like his quirky sensibility and attention to detail. I really love how he can do Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton at the same time and still make both look so unique and special.

The party was an intimate affair with guests that ranged from socialites and industry execs to makeup artists and the kind of cool downtown girls that Marc Jacob’s represents so well.

The fragrance is beautiful, the guests were gorge and I had a fabulous time. It was the perfect way to celebrate those last fleeting days of summer and get myself geared up for Fashion Week. I’ll have some crazy stories for you from backstage at the Tents next week!

Remember, Beauty Is Individual!

How To Get Your Best Hair Cut

Hey there Gibson Girls! I’ve been busy yet again these past few weeks. In addition to my posts here on Daily Makeover and my work on What Not To Wear, I’m also a contributor to MSN’s Style Studio. I recently did a segment with Jamie, a gorge gal who just lost 70 pounds(!) and was looking for a hair cut to help accentuate her new face.

Check out the video below where Jamie and I determine what her dramatic new look will be and I also give you lucky readers some invaluable advice on how to get the best hair cut ever.

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.

The Politics of Power Hair

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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.