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Big Hair Makes A Big Comeback - Celeb Hairstylist Ted Gibson Shares How-To Steps

Big Hair Makes A Big Comeback - Celeb Hairstylist Ted Gibson Shares How-To Steps Angelina Jolie - DC Media

In the world of hair, what goes around comes around.  Such is the case in 2022, as big blown-out hair has been making a huge comeback.

Back in 2008, I had the great honor to chat with one of my all-time favorite celebrity hairstylists, Ted Gibson, one of the main stars (with Kim Vo) of the new Blowing LA show (premiering 12/7/2022 in the UK on Paramount+ and YouTube).

In 2008 Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker were among the celebs flaunting big hair and lush cascading locks.

Back during this big hair revival, Ted Gibson graciously offered Hairboutique.com his favorite tips on how to recreate big beautiful hair.

Big Hair Makes A Big Comeback

You only have to look at Angelina Jolie on the July 2008 cover of Vanity Fair and Sarah Jessica Parker in the "Sex and the City" movie posters to see all the celebrities turning up their hair volume.

The gorgeous Angelina (a long-time client of Ted Gibson) also showcased a big voluptuous hairstyle on the August 2008 cover of Vogue Portugal, famously photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

The current rendition of big hair is not the super sprayed, teased tresses of Dolly Parton or the B52s.  The modern version of big hair is sexy but with a touch of a Victoria's Secret model's lush waves.

Hair is backcombed but with the right products and smoothing techniques to create an updated sex kitten.

Celebrity Hair Stylist Ted Gibson

If you want sex kitten hair, turn to the man who creates the look for Jolie, Anne Hathaway, and Victoria's Secret models. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson is a master at creating over-the-top sexpot. Gibson has a method for creating big beautiful hair.  Follow his steps below.

Big hair may be back, but Gibson says the look is always in style -- without the '80s stickiness or heavy hairspray. "This kind of hair takes a certain attitude, a lot of personality," he said. "It's really about having the confidence."

It also takes a blow dryer and hot rollers.

Start At The Root

Big Hair Makes A Big Comeback - Celeb Hairstylist Ted Gibson Shares How-To Steps Dolly Parton - DC Media

Gibson advises that you always start at the root to get maximum fullness.

Follow his tips listed below to create big beautiful blown-out strands:

Step One: Cleanly divide your hair into five even sections (hair can be wet or dry).

Step Two: Apply a volumizing product to the scalp where each section is divided. Gibson favors his own salon products to build volume without the weight."

Step Three: Apply a light, controlling gel all over the hair.

Gibson uses two or three pumps of styling foam, then combs through the hair with his trusty Mason Pearson brush. "Brushing the hair after applying these products will help distribute the product evenly."

Step Four: Blow-dry the hair until it's about 80% dry, and then finish by pulling the ends under using a round brush.

Gibson said: "This helps get volume from the scalp." He uses a medium-sized round barrel brush on Jolie, Hathaway, and anyone with hair that hits from the chin to the clavicle. For shorter hair, use a small barrel.

Hot Rollers Make All The Difference

Step Five: Once the hair is completely dry, it's time for the hot rollers, which should be really hot.  Wrap 2-inch sections of hair around each roller until you look like a '50s housewife.

Note:  For 2022, you may want to use a hot curling iron.  After curling each section of hair, use your fingers to roll the new curl and pin it to your scalp to allow it to cool and set.

Step Six: Leave rollers in or similar for 10 to 15 minutes or until the rollers are completely cool. After taking the rollers out, the finished curls should be more like waves than ringlets.

Big Hair Makes A Big Comeback - Celeb Hairstylist Ted Gibson Shares How-To Steps Angelina Jolie - DC Media

Step Seven: Spritz a light hair spray all over the head. It should be a "working" hair spray, which means one that doesn't get sticky or stiff, allowing you to keep working and building volume.   Gibson recommends his own favorite hair spray.

Back Brushing And Back Combing

Step Eight:  Bend your hair over at the waist and brush the curls out.

"Again, you want volume from the scalp," Gibson said. "Make sure you do some back brushing. Just tease the hair a little at the crown, smooth down the top, and spray again.

Step Nine: If you're concerned about flyaways because of humidity, use a shine serum after brushing."

Summary  Big Hair Rules Forever

The look works for all ages,

Gibson said: "Just look at the model Carmen del Orifice. She's been wearing her hair big forever. Now in her 90s, she still does, and she's completely gray! But I'm from Texas, so this all makes sense."

As always, talking to Ted Gibson was such a special treat.  Not only is he a brilliant hairstylist, but he is also a lovely man.   Thank you, Ted.

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