HAIR GURU TED GIBSON (212-633-6333, www.tedgibsonbeauty.com) is a self-described Army brat who spent his childhood living as far away as Germany and Japan. Years of globe-trotting ultimately gave the high-school-footballer-turned-celebrity-groomer a unique perspective on beauty. It showed me that diverse cultures turn out equally beautiful women of all colors, says Gibson, whose signature salons in New York; Washington, D.C.; and, beginning in December, at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, attract such Hollywood regulars as Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, and Renée Zellweger, among others.
Although a Gibson cut will set you back $950 -- the most expensive haircut in the world by some standards -- you can be a Gibson girl for as little as $19 since the stylists eponymous hair-care line, once exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora, hit Target stores this fall. Gibson has also introduced Recessionista Days every Tuesday at his salons for those who want to give their tresses the star treatment without the Hollywood price tag. We talked with Gibson about his work.
Whats the impetus behind your $75 Recessionista Days cut? Its really for that girl who lives in the East Village who only wears Manolo Blahniks but eats ramen noodles. Those girls dont have the disposable income, but they want salon hair. Its also my way of helping people who have lost their jobs and can no longer afford to come in on a regular basis.
Whats the secret to great hair when you cant get to a salon? The scalp is one huge concern because it becomes very dehydrated from changes in seasons. So its important to condition the scalp as well as the hair. I offer a product called Goodnite that is a replenishing hair serum that you put on at night. [It] smells divine but doesnt end up all over your pillow. Its also great to use on those eight-hour flights when you have to go straight to a meeting or dinner right afterward.
Any other advice for protecting the hair in winter? Static electricity is a big concern because we tend to wear more hats and scarves. To avoid that, I use Hair Sheets, which are essentially moist towelettes for the hair that contain vitamins A, D, and E, as well as an antioxidant and UV absorber. I also carry them in my Louis Vuitton Epi bag when Im traveling.
What else will we find in that bag? My iPod. My BlackBerry; there should be a support group for that. Definitely Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter because my elbows get so dry, and I just love that moisturizer. And -- one more confession -- anytime I fl y, I always take American Way. I know its there for me to take, but it just feels kinda naughty.
TWO MORE FOR THE TRESSES
Bette Midlers personal stylist, ROBERT RAMOS (877-726-6755, www.robertramos.com) of the Los Angelesbased Estilo Salon, has launched his own signature hair-care line this fall. With items from $14 to $31, the six-piece collection, already a favorite of Ramoss clients Jessica Alba and Eva Mendes, includes daily moisture shampoo and conditioner, as well as the stylists own Texture Crema styling gel and Lite Styling Spray, which Ramos promises will banish helmet hair forever.
Known for dressing the blond tresses of Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman, among other A-listers, British stylist NEIL WEISBERG and colorist AMANDA GEORGE of the Neil George Salon (310-385-9332, www.neilgeorgesalon.com) have introduced two new additions to their signature hair-care line. The products, priced from $20 to $38, are all made from botanicals rich in antioxidants, such as Indian gooseberry to thoroughly nourish your scalp.