Ted Gibson, The Nice Guy
Whether in the salon or working at Fashion Week, always listen to the client, says Gibson. Who heâd most like to listen to during a week alone: Nelson Mandela.
Hairdressing leads to exciting international travel, says Gibson. Here, he styles Academy Award-winning French actress Marion Cotillard in Morocco.
Asked how others habitually describe
him, Ted Gibson says
proudly, âAs a nice guy.â He pegs
himself as âshy.â How then, did he end
up working runway shows for the likes
of Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, styling
the pinnacles of star power (Angelina,
Anne Hathaway), hosting TLCâs What
Not To Wear and planning 2011 platform
shows across the country? Respect,
discipline and knowing what
he wants, says Gibson.
A former âarmy brat,â Gibson learned appreciation for diversity at an early age. His biggest influence was his mother, who taught him respect. His most powerful memory is when his father made him play baseball in Japan.
âI didnât want to do it but I ended up being really good at it,â recalls Gibson. âSports taught me discipline.â
Flash forward to the Texas nativeâs U.S. return. When he saw the car, clothes and success a hairdresser friend had he asked about the profession, and his pal told him, âDo it; youâd be great.â It was later, says Gibson, that he learned how âbeauty changes lives,â also the name of an organization for which he is spokesperson.
A Beautiful Career
Gibson spent several years at Aveda, which led to fashion, editorial and runway work; he never wanted to be a âcelebrityâ stylistâback then it had a stigma. When a culture shift made it a must for doing magazine covers and he styled Angelina Jolie, his entire career changed, he says. His New York salon was followed by a product line and a Washington DC salon, where âthe new administration made it a better place than LA to make a difference.â Gibson plans a Ft. Lauderdale location next, in the W Hotel.
Ted Gibson and Angelina Jolie share a moment. âKeep your fist open; not balled-up; what you give always comes back,â he says of success.
Gibson styles actress Anne Hathaway.
A fitness aficionado who exercises
daily, he immensely enjoys how his own
celebrity dismantles stereotypes.
âWhen Iâm with Angelina, people think Iâm the body guard,â he laughs, âI tell them âno, thatâs a hairbrush in my pocket.ââ
With his 2011 platform shows, Gibson hopes to help other stylists eclipse his $950 cuts. Anyone can do it, he says: get known by the local press, focus on service (not yourself), set key goals, be clear about what you want and assist a mentor.
A mentor himself now, he works with Year Up, an organization that âcloses the opportunity divide,â by providing urban young adults with technical and professional skills, internships and college credits.
âNow, itâs about me giving back,â says Gibson. âI want to be an example and show young people an incredible, creative career alternative to corporate life. I love what I do; it really does change lives.â
Ted's Surprising Secrets
His Wonderful World: A loner and professed âGleek,â (fan of TVâs Glee) Gibson says if he hadnât been a hairdresser, heâd have been a singerâ âSam Cooke!â
Best Read: The Art of War
Guilty Pleasures: âWatching The Little Mermaid and Mulan.â
Fave Inspiration: Classic films