Ted Gibson owner of Ted Gibson Salon & Hela Spa in Chevy Chase and Ted Gibson Salon in New York, as well as a regular on TLC's "What Not to Wear" is one of the most sought after hair stylists in the world.
People Magazine recently featured Ted's complete transformation of Kate Gosselin's trademark short cropped hairdo on their recent cover. Kate's new Gibson created hairstyle involved a head of long lush white blonde hair extensions which reportedly took approximately 20 hours to complete.
Ted Gibson, the stylist whom TLC filmed creating "Clean Slate Kate," told RadarOnline.com that Gosselin's cut would cost close to $7,000 at his salons in New York and Washington. “My haircuts are $950,” he told the web site. “The color would have been about $500, and the extensions, which were Great Length extensions, would probably cost about $5000.”
The celeb hairdresser reportedly wanted to transform the mother of eight from looking like an average housewife to the star she has become. "I wanted to make sure I took her from being really ordinary to really extraordinary!”
The goal was to completely change Kate's tresses from short to long. Indeed, after 20 hours of Ted's undivided attention and tons of hand placed fusion extensions, Kate looks completely different from her trademark hairstyle which was extensively copied last Halloween due to its unique shorn back, spiked high top, looped and swooped along the front hairstyle.
Ted told People the biggest challenge was adding hair to the tiny little strands at the back of her head.
Indeed, I personally was surprised that those strands were long enough to handle the weight of fusion extensions, which is what I am assuming Ted used.
The famous hairdresser also had to gently nudge Kate into letting go of her signature front swoop in favor of shorter and more fashion forward bangs. Kate's hair is reportedly very thick and Gibson was forced to use a variety of products to tame her old 'do.
"She wasn't sure about bangs," says Gibson, "But I find many women have that one thing they're afraid to let go of, that one ‘security blanket' part of their look, whether it's a fear of going shorter or darker or something. But once they finally let go and embrace the change, they always love it."
Who better than celebrity hairdresser Ted Gibson to completely transform the reality TV star? Many experts consider Ted to be one of the very top celebrity hairdressers in the United States, if not the world.
Ted's spectacular hair designs have appeared in such internationally renowned publications as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and Allure.
He's worked with top celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Kerry Washington, Keira Knightley, Gabrielle
Coming from a professional background, working with Aveda as a global educator, and developing products has
Ted believes in promoting his brand as much as possible. He has told the media "the more people know about our salon team and our backgrounds the better."
When asked what is one of the most important characteristic he would like clients to think about when they describe him and his salon is that he is "real". He also cares deeply that he and his team always provide "great service that exceeds their expectations." Ted believes it important to be "chic but comfortable."
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