Holiday Hair with Ted Gibson

Celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson has a deeply rooted philosophy that beauty is individual. This holiday we head to the Ted Gibson Salon in New York to get the scoop on the latest up-dos and styles for this festive season. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 21, 2008

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Ted Gibson has a deeply rooted philosophy that beauty is individual. “There is nothing I enjoy more than giving a client a makeover in my salon."

2 of 16 Jennifer Cooper visited Gibson’s Fifth Avenue salon in NYC to watch him work his holiday magic on former “America’s Next Top Model” finalist Eugena Washington.

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Gibson prepped Eugena’s tresses with his Tame It Shine Lotion ($31, to combat frizz and add shine. We love this product because it gives locks a silky smooth texture.

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“It is all about the haircut. Whether your hair is weaved, short or natural, it’s all about making a statement this season. It’s all about the cut,” says Gibson.

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According to Gibson, one of the biggest Black hair myths is that the scalp should be oily or greasy. “Hair must be able to move!" he said.

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Gibson applied his Goodnite Replenish Hair Repair Serum to Eugena’s distressed locks. “If you wear a weave, it’s great for preventing or repairing hairline breakage,” says Gibson.

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Gibson used a curling iron throughout the entire lower section of Eugena’s hair to create loose curls; then, he pulled apart the hair with his fingers for a soft, natural look.

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Go for glam this holiday season, insists Gibson, who created a side part for a sophisticated finish for Eugena’s curly, wavy hair.

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We love the way Gibson creates gorgeous, shimmering hair. “Gabrielle Union, Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, Joy Bryant are just a few of my girls who make my life so much fun. Big sexy hair is what put me on the map. Being able to bring out a woman’s most beautiful features makes it all worthwhile for me.”

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Gibson added a detachable bang to Eugena’s mane for a flirty, fun look. Try Sensationnel Instant Weave Plus Removeable Bang ($24.95,

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This glam updo will dazzle any holiday party! To create the look at home, you’ll need an elastic band, a natural bristle brush, pins, hairspray and a hairpiece to create volume at the crown.

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To make this updo sparkle, Gibson suggests going for a jeweled headband or jeweled barrette.

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Eugena looks holiday party-ready with her darling updo and gorgeous green cocktail dress ($1,750, available through special order at!

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Using a 1 1/2 inch curling iron, Gibson curled the top sections of Eugena’s hair from the temple up. For the lower section, he used a 1-inch iron. The different-sized curls keep the body of your mane looking natural.

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Gibson pinned Eugena’s long locks up for an illusion of a haute new holiday do.

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Gibson puts a smile on every woman’s face. For more information on the Ted Gibson Salon or the Ted Gibson Hair Care Line, visit


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