Lauren made one fierce redhead – she had been wearing a gorgeous red color for about a year. There was just one problem: she wasn’t religious about getting her new growth colored every three to four weeks. She would leave the salon looking spectacular and then return seven or eight weeks later looking like a hot mess!
We decided to try to move towards a color that would be equally as flattering but would require less maintenance. I suggested a full head of medium blonde highlights running through a light brown/dark blonde base. Since every hair wouldn’t be colored, the line of demarcation would be much softer, and she could extend the time between salon visits. By the way, this must have worked because I haven’t seen her in the salon for ten weeks!
The result was gorgeous. Take a look at the video that shows the step-by-step process from beginning to end. What do you think? LMK – Jason
Back in September, Ashley Greene sent me a text message letting me know she was going to be in New York for Fashion Week. Her text said “Blond was fun but darks SEXAY”. Who am I to argue with one of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people?
Back in the spring I had lightened Ashley’s base color to a warm light brown and then highlighted it with some pretty light golden pieces, which meant I had to do her new fall color in a couple different steps. Once hair is lightened to a certain point, all the natural yellow and orange have been removed. In order for the color to come out looking natural, I had to replace (in the biz we say fill) that color. I warned her before we started that she would have stripes of Ronald McDonald red-orange running through her hair so she wouldn’t freak out! After that processed we rinsed – not shampooed – and rough dried. Then her hair was ready to take the new color.
I chose INOA – the new ammonia-free permanent hair color from L’Oreal – mainly because I knew it would deliver incredible, shiny, natural looking results – but also because I am obsessed with it.I have to say, when we were finished: MAJOR!
I took the pic with my Blackberry that night at dinner so the quality isn’t that great but you get the essence. I love it and, more important, SHE LOVES IT. What do you think? LMK – Jason
Sometimes I have to pinch myself. Last night I had the most amazing experience – I got to go to Christina Ricci’s Broadway debut in Time Stands Still. Honestly, I prefer a musical to a play (shocking, I know), but even without songs, dancing girls or cannons shooting glitter, I was captivated from the second the curtain went up. The cast is FANTASTIC — Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James are beyond amazing, and Christina, seriously, seemed like she was born to be on stage.
About a week ago I met Christina at the Ted Gibson Salon. She came to see me for color and to have Jan Marie, one of our super talents, do her Great Lengths extensions. Immediate crush, loved her — and her adorable dog Karen, a heartbreaker. I did a half head of highlights to soften her brunette base and make it a bit more golden for the season and followed that up with a frame highlight for extra sparkle. I loved it and more important (always) she loved it.
Anyway, back to the glamour. After the amazing performance, I got to accompany Ted to the backstage dressing room of Miss Ricci. What a moment of a lifetime! Backstage watching a Broadway star prepare for her debut party — DYING! In her dressing room, which was filled with roses and candles, the magic was happening. While Ted pulled Christina’s hair into a chic ponytail (very suitable for the Tiffany jewelry and the Alberta Ferretti dress — MAJOR), Francelle Daly (Nars Makeup Artist) was doing her makeup, and Karen was jumping around so excited the entire time. What a New York Moment.
What do you think about Christina’s look? LMK – Jason
When Ted and I started talking about the concept, we loved the process of taking soft, sexy, pretty “Gibson Girls” and turning them into their own nemeses! We wanted to transform them into the kind of women who reminded us of the villains from a comic book or super hero movie – stong, beautiful and gorgeous – but in an “I’m gonna kick your butt” kind of way!
It was easy to do the pretty hair color on the models – how could I mess those up? For the alter ego looks, we had to turn to wigs – not many real life girls want to look like super villains! It was a lot of fun and really inspiring to work with hair color looks using INOA in this unconventional way.
Follow the link to see some behind the scenes images and the formulas for the color I did. I’m anxious to hear what you think! LMK -Jason
We heard the evidence in a case about some dude selling crack cocaine – I had no idea people even did crack anymore – it seems so 90′s. Wasn’t anyone listening to Miss Whitney when she proclaimed “Crack is whack?” Apparently not. The Assistant District Attorney was listing the evidence, reading us the charges and I was doing my best to pay attention; however, it was incredibly difficult.
All I could see was this perfectly lovely woman’s HORRIFIC HAIR COLOR! OMG – the worst! She had at least an inch of new gray growth and then bands and bands of various brunettes and auburns going through the mid section finished off with jet-black ends. I was beside myself.
I wanted to offer a visit to The Ted Gibson Salon – my compliments, of course – but unfortunately the jurors and attorneys are forbidden from communicating. What’s a coloris to do? LMK – Jason
My friend Victoria Stiles and I had a great idea–we wanted to do a contest where people could enter to win a makeover with INOA (my latest obsession), Platinum Seamless Hair Extensions, Face Atelier Cosmetics with Victoria doing the makeup application (she is MAJOR BTW) and me doing the color and extensions. The cool part about entering was we wanted to do the entire contest via Twitter! People who follow us on twitter (I’m @JasonHueMan and Victoria is @VictoriaStiles) or saw a re-tweet about the contest could post a picture through one of the Twitter applications so we could choose the winner. If you aren’t familiar with Twitter, this might sound complicated but it really is simple… AND we had a blast!!!
Raelinn Schmidt (@raelinn_wine) turned out to be the lucky lady. I did a single process with INOA to richen her base color and added a few highlights for some springtime magic. Then, I added a full head of Platinum Seamless extensions. Rit Lon–one of the super stars at the Ted Gibson Salon in Washington DC did a spectacular layered cut and finish à la Ted Gibson sexy style and Victoria finished the look off with a Face Atelier Cosmetics make-up look.
Wow! What a transformation!!! Check out the video I made with my Flip camera–what do you think? LMK!
There are a few things I always consider the best complements:
When a guest tells me everyone loves her hair color and she gets complements wherever she goes
When a new client comes in that was referred to me by a girlfriend who’s hair I color
When a guest comes to me for color, then tries someone else and comes back to me.
The third is the story with Alexis. I colored Alexis’s hair about 3 years ago. When she came in, honestly I didn’t remember her – come on, three years??? That’s a LONG TIME!!! I will not forget her again though because she gave me such a great complement – She said she had been all over the city having her color done but always compared it to what I did for her in the past! Welcome back sunshine!!
Alexis has a relaxer in her hair and wants her hair lighter with highlights. A lot of people believe you can’t highlight relaxed hair – NOT TRUE!!! You absolutely can lighten relaxed hair – you just have to be cautious. Lightening relaxed hair you need to follow the rules and pay attention.
Take a look at the video I made of Alexis’s color with my Flip. What do you think??? LMK
Ted Gibson was waiting for his flight home from Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago and started talking with Kathy, a flight attendant for American Airlines. After chit-chatting for a bit, she walked over to the podium and arranged for Ted to be moved to first class – JACKPOT! She ended up serving Ted for the whole flight and the chat continued. Ted mentioned he would love to cut her hair and have me make her a red-head. The next thing you know she and her son flew to NYC for a weekend in the city and a stop by the Ted Gibson Salon for a makeover!
Kathy had been wearing her hair in basically the same style since high school – super blonde and nearly to her waist. Because it was so blonde and very porous, I had to do the color in several steps. First I filled her hair. Filling is what we call it when we replace the gold and orange tones previously removed in the lightening process. Hair color is manufactured assuming it is going to be placed on virgin hair, which has gold and orange in it. Because of that, if I didn’t fill her hair with the missing tones first the color would look pastel or muddy.
Now Kathy’s hair was ready for the next step, the single process. I used my new obsession INOA–the revolutionary ammonia free hair color from L’Oreal. Both Ted and Kathy wanted to see some variation so I added a partial highlight for movement and dimension. Kathy still wasn’t quite feeling it however. She thought it was beautiful but it felt too red and too bold for her. That’s when I added the final touch – a few more highlights to soften the base color and give her the strawberry blonde she had envisioned for herself. She looked amazing and, even better, she felt amazing! I love my job!!!
We always say “Beauty Changes Lives”–how has it changed yours? LMK!
Last weekend I was in The Windy City of Chicago for America’s Beauty Show! I have to say two things. 1) I LOVE a hair show 2) I love hairdressers!!! To me, hairdressers are a combination of rock stars and bartenders–tons of fun mixed with unlimited creativity. Imagine a venue filled with thousands of them for three days in a row. MAJOR!
I attended as a guest of L’Oreal to talk about INOA. In case you haven’t heard–INOA (innovation no ammonia) is the revolutionary new ammonia free hair color from L’Oreal. I am obsessed with it to say the least. I have been using it in our DC salon since November and in our NYC salon since January. Honestly, I can’t imagine going back to the old school, ammonia based hair colors–INOA has raised the bar and set the new standard for professionals and consumers. Ok,I know–this is supposed to be about the show! Clearly, INOA was the biggest innovation there, in my opinion.
As I was having my love affair with the show and obsessing about the energy coming from the hairdressers, I decided to pull out my Flip camera to capture some of the sights. I was coming across so many amazing things (spray tans offered by shirtless hunks for example) but I decided to focus on my favorite thing – hair color. I stopped people in their tracks (oddly enough everyone I interviewed had short hair…) to ask them to tell me what they love about their color and why.
Take a peek at the video to see…. What do you love about YOUR color? LMK!
Over the years I have had some pretty crazy consultations–as I’m sure you can imagine. I have had women bring in tears frommagazines, pictures of themselves from childhood to even bringing in their own child to show the perfect color. I have had guests bring in furs, wigs and even pets!!! There are a couple consultations that really stand out though (and thank goodness I had my Flip Camera to record one of them).
One of my more memorable consultations was with Ivy. Ivy is quite a unique individual (to say the least). To paint the picture, she is a hat designer, is covered in tattoos, dresses like a rock star and is all of 5’1″–FABULOUSLY entertaining!!! Surprisingly, Ivy was always pretty conservative with her hair color and liked to simply cover the few grays she had and stick with her natural dark brown color. One day she stepped off the elevator and immediately drew all the attention to herself. She was wearing a wig that had orange, red, yellow and black stripes coming off the center part. The wig was sort of plopped on top of her head with her own hair hanging below it and she was carrying a gigantic mirror. The mirror was so big she had to have a friend (who was actually a stripper/dancer who also drew quite a bit of attention) help her carry it. She wanted her hair to look like the wig on top, her own hair on the bottom but the colors to match the shades of the wood in the frame of the mirror. Who am I to argue?
More recently a long time client of mine, her name is Liz (and honestly – I ADORE her), warned me before she started in on the consultation. She and I always have relatively lengthy conversations about her color –but this was a doozy! It included everything from a hair sample to pictures from last summer to childhood! Check out in the video clip I included above.
The other day I was standing at the front desk with my guest as she was getting ready to pay the bill. I am usually with my next guest when the previous is paying so normally I am not around for this part of the salon visit. She asked for the total and it was around $800. She took out her credit card and said to Karl (one of our client coordinators) “Put $250 on the card and I will pay the rest in cash.” She must have seen the curious look on my face because she explained that her husband never questions her salon visits if they are under $300 so for as many years as she can remember she has always only paid for the portion her husband sees (the credit card statement) with her card and the rest cash! This scenario had me wondering; what are the tricks women do to have the salon experience they want without getting into an argument about it at home or work.
Of course I got many responses to the question. There was a lot of answers like they were going to a doctor’s appointment or there was a daycare emergency or that a repair man was coming to the apartment and they needed to be home for it. I was glad to know that not only do I color hair, I am also known as Dr. Backe!
The award for most creative has to go to “Jane”. Jane works at a very popular magazine. She found it very difficult to find the time for her color and haircut with Ted and me. On the day of her appointment she would bring an extra sweater and an extra handbag to work. When it was time to leave for her salon appointment she would change the settings on her screensaver, leave the lights on in her office and strategically place her extra sweater and handbag in a conspicuous place – then sneak out of the office. Anytime people would ask “Where is Jane” the response was “She must be around, all of her stuff is still here”! Genius!! As long as she always had her blackberry she was golden!!!
What tricks have you done to make it to your color appointment? LMK.
If you saw my last post, you know I got the opportunity to color some hair for the Vena Cava show for New York Fashion Week. It’s always fun and exciting to be able to be a part of Fashion Week – especially when I get to see some of my own work on every single girl coming down the catwalk! MAJOR!!!
Well yesterday morning I went with Ted Gibson bright and early to Milk Studios in the Meat Packing District to prep the girls for the show. We had to be there about an hour earlier than originally planned because Ms. Anna Wintour herself requested an early viewing!!! We had to get four girls ready–AND FAST!!!
I got a little bit of the backstage action with Ted as well as his inspiration for the looks captured on my Flip video camera. The girls looked HOT!!! Ms. Wintour thought so too and she specifically commented on how she loved the color in the hair–be still my heart
Anyway I loved the look – hope you do too. Check out the video and LMK.
When Ted Gibson came home from the Vena Cava test (that’s what they call it when the hair and makeup artists figure out the looks for the show) he said the designers wanted to see a pop of color running through the hair. I, of course, immediately thought about how I could make that magic happen!
I used my Flip camera to show you how I took blond wefts of hair and changed them into vibrant shades of purple, pink and green for Ted to use on the models. I used my new fav consumer product–Streekers–to create the looks AND I have to say I love the results.
Remember–it is right on the money for trend right now to see a little sparkle of color. I loved it and I was told that when Ms. Anna Wintour saw the ribbons of color in the hair, she loved it too!!! Don’t be afraid! Give it a try and LMK.
Ever since I have been a colorist, I have been listening to women express their issues with hair color. There are a handful of trade-offs women have simply accepted as fact. The tradeoffs I hear most about are that hair color smells bad, that hair color irritates or burns their scalp and that hair color damages their hair. Some complain a little, some complain a lot and some have reactions so severe, they can’t even put permanent hair color on their scalp. All of them however attribute their discomfort to ammonia–the ingredient that has been essential since the invention of today’s permanent hair color. I have been waiting for the day I can tell my guests they no longer need to have trade-offs when they color their hair.
For the last several weeks I have been one of a handful of colorists around the country to be able to preview the new color line from the hair color creators themselves, L’Oreal. It is called INOA. INOA stands for Innovation No Ammonia. That’s right, NO AMMONIA!!! In a nutshell,with INOA you get great gray coverage, up to three levels of lift and NO SCALP IRRITATION!!!
I could seriously go on and on about how amazing this product is. I am sure you will have a million opportunities to hear all about it because Ted Gibson and I spent the entire day yesterday with beauty editors from all the major books–from InStyle and Allure to American Salon and Launchpad Beauty–we even had a private sitting with VOGUE! It was MAJOR!!!!! With this REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY I can’t imagine how the press wouldn’t be all over it.
Enough of what I think – check out these four “real women” who are clients of mine at the Ted Gibson Salon to see what they think of the INOA hair color experience.
When I saw Tricia Ismail’s post on StyleCaster.com, I was immediately inspired!!! I have been noticing on runways like the Zak Posen’s and Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2010 Collections and of course on my fave Gaga but it was so great to see that Tricia compiled them all into one place. Check out the link if you are interested.
People come into the salon all the time asking for similar variations of these looks. There are a few different ways you could achieve these pastel to vibrant shades yourself if you are so inclined.
The first is with Streekers. Streekers are temporary hair colors that come in pink, ultraviolet, red, green, yellow, orange, purple and blue. They are super easy to use because they come in a lip gloss like applicator. You can easily add ribbons of any shade into your natural hair color. Because the color is temporary you can change your look as frequently as you like and it will shampoo out after one wash.
You can also buy clip in extensions or have your hairdresser apply a more permanent extension like Great Lengths (the brand we used for Kate Gosselin’s makeover). Extensions, like Streekers, come in so many different colors and will give you the Gaga look you may be gagging for.
There are many hair color brands you can try as well. L’Oreal has an at home color line called Colour Rays that will give you vibrant color results that will stay put. Manic Panic, a semi-permanent hair color, has been a favorite of punk rockers, club kids and teens for years and has a huge selection on colors to kick you up a notch. I was also searching around www.youtube.com and found a million how to videos using Kool-Aid for a great pastel tint for hair.
Whatever your desire for fab faux or permanent, colorful, sparkle there are so many options!!! Maybe next week I will post a video trying some out….
I only had dinner with Rihanna once. O.K., well maybe we didn’t exactly have dinner together but we were in the same restaurant AND she was only four tables away from me AND we had a moment–she looked right at me and gave me a huge smile–so yes, it counts. After all, I have been at a few lame dinner parties with people and had less interaction…
Anyway, when I had dinner with Rihanna, I couldn’t help but check out her hair and more specifically her hair color. She had just started wearing the blonde on the top–in the moment all I could think about was that bird the guy on the late 70′s TV show had on his shoulder… Baretta, I think. Anyway, she’s a pop star–she can pull off the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo look in a way that is quite chic. I liked it.
Recently, instead of the spiky Cockatoo version she has been wearing it down and curly. Immediately I thought of old school Dionne Warwick!!! Compare the pics… Am I wrong?I think Dionne would be into the imitation as it’s the sincerest form of flattery. After all, That’s What Friends Are For. Right?
I love inspiration –the way I feel when I’m inspired, the different sources–birds on a shoulder or song birds–and I love any modern twist on a retro or classic.
Just before Christmas Ted came up to me and said “You will never guess who I am doing a makeover on for the cover of People Magazine!!! Kate Gosselin!!!” I naturally said “Don’t you mean the makeover WE are doing???” Hahaha – actually I was blown away by what a great (and super fun) opportunity this was.
I have to admit every time I saw a picture of Kate in a magazine I always thought, what is she thinking with that hair?!?! Since I never saw an episode of the show John and Kate Plus Eight, I really didn’t know anything about her except what I had read on the covers of the weekly magazines.
Kate’s color was, in my opinion, too stripey, the variation had too much contrast and it looked really dated. When we did the consultation for her new color I was completely surprised by the fact that SHE REALLY LIKED HER HAIR!!! During our initial chat she expressed that she wanted to keep the bold variation and that she really loves to see some contrast in her hair. It was my job to A. Make it look different enough that it would have some impact on the cover of a magazine and B. Make it look pretty!
Kate had never had a single process (one color all over everything) before and that is what I decided to do to the base. I wanted to lighten it from the natural medium brown to a medium sandy blonde. After that, I did a gloss to take all of the previous highlights down to a softer, darker blonde. Then I put in a half head of highlights and lowlights to break up the stripes that were there before and make everything a lot softer and more modern looking.
I was thrilled with the color – and so was she! I listened to what she said and kept the bold variation she loved but did it in a way that looked expensive (she laughed when I told her that!) and super sexy. In the end, Kate was so happy with the way I kept the parts of her color she felt identified her and at the same time, gave it a whole new twist.
If you are curious about the whole day – nearly 20 hours? It was a blast. I love Kate, she is charming and funny, she can tell a good story, she is patient and lovely. People like Kate and these kinds of work days take my job from fun to super fun!!!
I was all excited when I heard that Nicole Richie had changed her hair color. She has always been someone I like to keep an eye on. Whether she is in the weeklies for being too skinny or married or pregnant or whatever–I like her. There are some people who I just think are good celebrities–even if they don’t have a hit TV show (or any TV show) or aren’t in a string of A-list movies (or really any movies) and Miss Richie is one of those people for me. I love reading about what she is up to, I love looking at her fashion choices and I love her evolving looks. Remember a few years ago when she cut her hair into that MAJOR concave, shoulder length bob with the asymmetrical side swept bang? DEVASTATING! I loved it.
So anyway, back to her color. I couldn’t wait to see the end result (I have no idea who did it–but it wasn’t me). In all honesty? It’s a little boring. I was expecting a deep, rich, sultry, sexy, brunette hair color that would emulate the deliciousness of chocolate cake or the cool strength of walnut. Nope. All we got it is brown. Plain old brown.
Ok, ok, yes. It is very pretty. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the formulation or the application. The tone looks lovely from roots to ends, it is shiny and not matte or drab. The tone on tone variation is well done. The color is perfectly lovely – on a regular girl. A girl who lives next door. Not what I expected from a fashion girl who really had the chance to make a bold statement.
I get questions from my guests in the salon all the time about ways they can make their hair color a little bit more dramatic or dimensional. At the same time, most women want their hair to look very natural for every day. A solution I am so inspired by is temporary hair color.
If you saw my post, with a Flip Video clip, about TouchBack a few weeks ago you know how excited I am about this product. Whenever I can get my hands on something that is new and exciting I just can’t put it down–that has definitely been the case with TouchBack. It is a temporary hair color in this genius marker-like applicator that you can use to cover up your grays instantly with no stickiness or flaking. It’s amazing not only because it covers the gray and is so easy to use but because it looks and feels like professional salon color!!!
Since I have been obsessed with TouchBack, I have been trying to use in all sorts of different ways. One of them is for giving hair color some extra drama without the commitment of permanent hair color. For example, I have used it on blondes to give dark blond, light brown or red variation in the hair, which looks amazing when the hair is styled up or in a ponytail. I have also used black or deep auburn shades on brunettes for similar dimension and movement.
The great thing about a temporary color like TouchBack is you can be as creative and expressive as you want to be. When you are tired of the look (or even if you put it in and decide you want to change it) all you have to do is shampoo! That’s it! MAJOR!!!!
The trick to getting the look you want is to choose a couple of shades. Remember the closer you stay to your current shade the more natural your additions will look–the farther you stray the more drama and excitement!!! After you choose your shades, start with a section about the size of a pencil eraser somewhere in the interior of the hairstyle (not on the part of coming off your hairline). After you apply you can gauge your work–if you like it, go ahead and add more or make the pieces bolder and bigger. Have fun with it!!!
I would love to see some pics of your holiday hair after trying out TouchBack!!!! LMK.
I have a guest at the salon who has been coming to me for about five years to have her hair colored. She has also been seeing various people at the salon to have her hair cut. She is a very well put together woman–great fashion sensibility, pretty skin, nice makeup, good manicure–you know the type. Although she always loved her cut and color, for her entire life she has never LOVED her HAIR.
She is of Northern European decent and has that kind of hair that is fine and limp. On top of that it is also frizzy and would never grow beyond her shoulders. For her, her hair was a combination of frustrations that always made her feel like she had to start the day with a fight!
I guess I was in that fatal rut with her that so many hair dressers and colorists fall into with long time clients. I knew her. I knew what she likes, what she doesn’t like and how far I could push the envelope when she wanted to make a change in her color without seeing her in for an adjustment two days later! Because of that relationship of, I don’t know what to call it–respected boundaries I guess, we were doing variations of a theme for years. Well, the last time she was in it was like I was struck by lightning. We had a serious conversation about her hair and how we could take if from something she had to fight with to her crowning glory.
We recently started doing the La Braziliana Hair Keratin treatment at our salons in NYC and DC. It is an amazing treatment that removes frizz and cuts your blow dry time down by up to 90%, (check out some of my favorite blogs for reviews on treatments in DC, The Make Up Girl and NYC, Beauty Blogging Junkie) so first we did that. No more frizz.
Next I introduced her to Nancy Jiminion–our extensions pro who has done them on everyone from Gabriel Union to Anne Hathaway. She did a half-head of Great Lengths extensions on my client that matched her color perfectly and changed her short, fine hair, to glorious cascading locks that now fall past her shoulder blades. AMAZING!!!!
My point to all this is–with all of the options we have in the salon today, there is no reason to hate your hair. Stop in for a consultation so you can unlock the secrets!!!! Don’t just wish for it, GET IT!