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Catching Up with Ted Gibson
The top hairdresser to the stars continues to
stay at the top of his game
it'S Been 25 years in the beauty biz for Ted Gibson, but
the sought-after celebrity stylist is just getting started.
From creating memorable red carpet looks to running a successful salon to styling covers for major
fashion mags, he is working harder than ever.
Gibson is a frequent contributor on the beauty
segments on "Good Morning America." He
created the looks for the Pamela Rolland and
Carmen Marc Valvo runway shows as part
of Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion
Week in September. This past summer, he was
featured on WWD Beauty Inc.'s list of Top 50
Most Influential People in the Multicultural
Market. And next year, be on the lookout for
Gibson's new hair care line.
He's amassed an A-list clientele (Lupita
Nyong'o, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway
and Angelina Jolie), and is still recognized
from his days on "What Not to Wear," but the
Army brat with Texas roots knows the sky is
not the limit for him. Gibson, who turns 50 in
November, shared what the future holds for
him and the next generation of stylists.
in your eyes, how has the multicultural
market evolved compared to 10 or 15
years ago? It hasn't changed for me. For me
it was always multi-cultural, since I started
beauty school and started in the business 25
years ago...My tagline is "Beauty is individual"
and I never cared about the color of anyone's
skin. I always thought about textures of hair.
you started a limited makeup line in 2013. Do
you have any plans to expand? Not to cosmetics,
but we're launching Ted Gibson styling products [to
go along with existing shampoos and conditioners]
probably second quarter of next year and we're super
excited about that. The packaging should be finished
very soon and the formulas are pretty much finished.
It's going to be out of this world.
you were the inaugural Beauty Changes
Lives ambassador in 2010 and have spent
time speaking to students at beauty
schools. Why is education so near and
dear to your heart? I went to beauty school
[OG's School of Hair Design in Killeen, Texas] and
have a beauty school license...I think education is
the groundwork. I believe that education is how
we feed our souls and our lives. Changing our
consciousness allows us to move forward with
the results we breathe, desire and claim. Once you
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change your consciousness, you have the ability to
change your career, your environment and your
lifestyle. I believe #HairChangesEverything.
What are some of your long-term goals?
To have more products, more salons and beauty
schools. I want to get into that because I think that
it's always about the next generation and helping
them see they should be charging $1,200 or more
for a haircut. It's truly my life's work and my life's
goal is to make that happen...I want to raise the
idea of what the beauty business is about and help
hairdressers know their worth.
What do you do to stay in the know and keep
things fresh? In terms of keeping things fresh,
I more focus on my health, my meditation and my
prayers and things that keep me grounded and always
looking forward for the future. I am a visionary, so
being a visionary I try to think about what's going
to be happening ahead of time.
What's your daily routine when it comes to
staying refreshed and energized? I have a
morning practice where I meditate for 20 minutes,
read for 20 minutes and try to write for 20 minutes.
For me, the morning is the best time to really
create what I want to create in my life. It's the most
important part of the day for me.
How has this routine contributed to your
success and helping map out your goals? I
think the majority of people in the world are sort of
waiting for things to happen, instead of creating for
themselves what they want to happen, or waiting for
someone to do it for them. It's never been like that
for me. How I not do that is by concentrating on my
goals and writing them down and having pictures
of my vision board that I look at every single day
and knowing that everything is possible whatever
it is that I want.
now for a fun question: you're originally from
texas, so how did you get rid of that accent?
I worked hard on it (laugh). When I go home and talk
to my Mom and family, it comes back...A Southern
accent is charming and beautiful, but sometimes I
find that in the business of beauty, people sometimes
might not take you so serious. I think it's gorgeous,
but for me, I knew it wouldn't work.
Lashonda Stinson Curry is the editor of BeautyLink
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4
AACS Annual Convention Preview
Event Recap: CEA Annual Convention
The Continued Growth of Massage Therapy
Roadmap to a Healthy School Culture
Multicultural Corner: Catching Up with Ted Gibson
Trendspotting in Spas
Pedicuring the Diabetic Client
Leaving the Nest
Recognizing the Signs of Burnout…and Tips to Prevent it in the Future
Three Ways to Approach Life
Superstar Graduate: Nikki Hynek: Being Business Savvy in Beauty
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4