By Susan Romero
Celebrity hair stylist, Ted Gibson, is the newest addition to the royal style family on the TLC show “What Not to Wear,” replacing another well-known NYC stylist, Nick Arrojo. Gibson celebrated his new gig with a cocktail party at his New York City salon in July. The place was filled with beautiful people drinking champagne and eating hors d’oeuvres, while Gibson received congratulations from anyone who could navigate the crowd to reach him.
Gibson is known for styling many a celebrity head, including Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Debra Messing, Gabrielle Union, Lake Bell and Zoe Saldana. His New York City salon attracts everyone from top models and actresses to everyday New York women. He also has a salon in Washington, D.C. and a Ft. Lauderdale location is in the works. The salon has an unpretentious atmosphere that appeals to everyone, including me, who received a stellar haircut from one of Gibson’s stylists last year.
The salon’s low-key atmosphere complements Gibson’s own down to earth style: Gracious and warm. Gibson always shakes hands and looks his clients in the eyes, creating a feeling that the two are the only ones in the room. These people skills of Gibson’s are an asset to a show that gives women and men alike a total makeover including the purging of old wardrobes, and entirely new hair and makeup looks. After seeing Gibson’s first episode, I know what he meant when he said to me at the cocktail party, “Wait until you see the show tomorrow!”
On the premiere show, which aired on July 24, the woman that Gibson styled was in tears while adjusting to the shock of her new hair color. But Gibson was a calming force and dealt with it well. According to Gibson, he had filmed five episodes so far, and was on hiatus from filming until September. He is scheduled to film a total of 26 episodes for the show. Remaining respectfully coy, he would not reveal how the other episodes turned out, so stay tuned for more surprises.
Gibson joins fashion stylists Clinton Kelly and Stacy London a well as Carmindy, the makeup artist. Gibson replaced Arrojo who is currently busy with his New York City salon, The Arrojo studio, which is now a whopping 5,000 square feet with over 60 employees. Check it out at http://www.arrojostudio.com. His salon has launched several different programs to promote its various services and talented stylists, such as its “Featured Artist of the Week” program where one Arrojo “hair guru” per week will be featured on the website.