Ted Gibson has been on Oprah. He counts Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway (Angie and Annie to him) as his regular clients, and at $950 a pop, he’s the most expensive haircut in America. Someday, I do dream of the luxury of having Ted Gibson cut my hair, but for now, I’ll have to settle for the excitement of having Ted Gibson even touch my hair. (However, to date, I’ve had 2 stylists from the Ted Gibson Salon style my hair, Haley and Sade, and they are both wonderful!)
Last Tuesday, thanks to Total Beauty, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Ted for a good 30 minutes – to pick his brain about his professional and personal life, as well as snag a few tricks here and there. Ted is sooo friendly and totally down to earth. In fact, we Facebook message each other. Jealous? He doesn’t even consider himself a celebrity! (Ted, I saw how the cameras mobbed over you at Lela Rose pre-show so you’re not fooling me).
Hailing from Texas, Ted got his start at Aveda where he was for a long time. Aveda took him to Minnesota for 6 years and then out here to New York where he started working with fashion models and celebrities. At the time, Ted was everywhere: Milan, Paris, London, and New York. His first fashion show was Miu Miu (great choice!) and soon he was styling covers of Vogue and Marie Claire.
The Daily Obsession: You hold the title for the most expensive haircut in the country. What exactly goes into a Ted Gibson haircut?
Ted: I always listen to what the customer wants. I’m not one of those egomanic hairdressers…if you say you say you want a trim, you want a trim and I’m not going to cut your hair off just to cut your hair off. I’m with you the entire time. I’m not going to pass you off to 2 or 3 different people – so I do what is called a Stress Relieving Experience, I do the haircut, I do the shampoo, I do the blow dry. It’s a total 5 star experience.
TDO: What is one hair secret or tip you wish every women knows?
Ted: Not to shampoo every day.
TDO: Oh well, that is for sure the #1 hair sin I commit. Why is that?
Ted: The pH of the shampoo you use should be neutral, but most of them have a little bit more alkaline. If you shampoo every day, this strips the natural oils of your hair, which are the best oils for you. The old wives tale about brushing your hair 100 times every day before you go to sleep – that is true.
TDO: What if you work out?
Ted: Rinse and use a deep leave in conditioner like Hairsheet Styling or a treatment instead of shampoo.
TDO: What if you have oily hair? I feel like I need to wash every day to clear that out, but you’re telling me the opposite.
Ted: Absolutely. If you have oily hair, use a dry shampoo instead of shampoo shampoo. If you don’t have that, you can use translucent powder from your makeup bag.
TDO: So what are some new products coming down the pipeline?
Ted: We have 4 products called the Luster Series that will be out first quarter of next year. I’m also heading over to the lab this week to work on developing some more stuff that’s launching for Fall ’09.
TDO: You have a dry shampoo in the works?
Ted: Yes. And probably another salon. Maybe 3 new salons. I’m talking to 4 different places.
TDO: Wow. More Ted Gibson to go around.
Ted: I’m a big boy! I’ve got plenty. Plenty to love!
TDO: Is there one celeb you haven’t had a chance to style that you would love to?
Ted: Michelle Obama. She’s my kid of girl. She’s beautiful. She’s classic, seems approachable. She’s not overdone. She doesn’t seem stuffy. I feel like all the girls I work on are like that from Angie to Annie Hathaway.
TDO: What’s your current obsession?
Ted: I am obsessed with Obama ’08. I am also obsessed with my iPod. I actually have 3 iPods, but this morning, I used the one was my father’s that he gave me before he passed away last year, which I feel especially connected to. This morning, I was listening to Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, and Fantasia during my workout – on the treadmill.
TDO: What are your favorite spots around NY?
Ted: I am obsessed with a restaurant called Bagetelle in the Meatpacking District. I’m also obsessed with an old sushi place called BONDST. And I am obsessed with the West Highway and the West Side Park. I go running down there. The west side is fabulous.
So there you go, dear reader. Ted Gibson reinforces everything mom’s told you, and my job of informing you where you can hang to maximise your odds of running into this hair legend is complete.