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Right Said Ted
Despite catering to an A-list crowd, celebrity stylist Ted Gibson keeps it real through continued education and developing his brand.
It was New Year’s Eve when a then 23-year-old Ted Gibson
decided to become a hairdresser. “I was with a friend who was a hairdresser in Austin, Texas, and he had a great car, a great apartment and just seemed to be living a great lifestyle,” Gibson recalls. “I was always very creative and had an interest in hair, but that’s when I ofﬁcially made my decision.” Gibson’s career choice did not go over so well with his father, however, who was “not keen on his son playing with hair.” Because his father was in the army, Gibson had the opportunity to see the world growing up, and his passion for style was honed early on thanks to time spent stationed in places like Germany and Japan. “I really developed a love for the beauty of the individual,” Gibson reﬂects. “This is now a major part of my brand.” Today, the Ted Gibson brand includes far more than the stylist’s much-publicized haircuts (his going rate is $950)—it also includes styling major fashion magazine cover shoots, working with top designers at Fashion Week, tending to the locks of Hollywood Alisters (Angelina Jolie is a Gibson devotee), and of course, charming the nation’s style-challenged on TLC’s What Not To Wear. But before commanding all these beauty accolades, Gibson paid his dues. “When I decided to become a hairdresser, I was working in newspaper advertising and couldn’t afford to quit my day job, so I went to barber school at night in order to make my 1,500 hours,” Gibson relates. “It took almost two years.” Realizing a continued need for education within the industry, Gibson went back for an additional 1,000 hours to earn his teaching license, eventually working as a global educator and product developer with megabrand Aveda (Gibson cites Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher as a mentor). Seven years later, it was time to Ted Gibson branch off on his own. “I decided I wanted to open a salon and compete with the big boys,” Gibson remembers. Opening eight years ago, Gibson’s eponymous New York City salon continues to attract the city’s elite thanks to a luxurious environment and discretion for its high-end clientele. “Discretion is very important,” Gibson notes. “I even have my staff sign nondisclosure agreements.” Gibson is additionally set to launch a salon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s W Hotel this month. While he balances a hectic schedule of working behind the chair, tending the tresses of Tinseltown and making time for TV appearances, education still looms large for Gibson. So large, in fact, that husband and business partner Jason Backe and he plan to take the Ted Gibson brand to the high seas with the launch of Ted Gibson Academy at Sea. The educational cruise around the Bahamas will set sail April 13 to 16 and offer stylists a unique opportunity to take part in cutting, color, style and businessbuilding workshops led by Gibson and his team of dedicated artists. The “voyage of transformation” will also include meditation and yoga with Gibson, supplying an intimate window into the stylist’s lifestyle philosophy. “I wanted to do an educational event where people could have fun,” Gibson smiles. “It’s about being able to share not only education, but a way of life.” —Jillian Gordon
Headshot: courtesy of Ted Gibson; runway: Paul Morigi/WireImage
For more on Ted Gibson Academy at Sea, visit tedgibsonacademyatsea.com.
Gibson works a model’s mane backstage at Vena Cava’s spring 2010 showing.
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