When it comes to hairstyling, Ted Gibson has done it all.

He’s prepped countless models for magazine shoots and high-end fashion shows and he’s styled A-list celebrities for their red carpet walks.

Most recently, he got plenty of buzz for adding extensions to Kate Gosselin’s signature ‘do.
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Gibson, 44, has his own line of hair products, owns salons in New York City and D.C. and appears regularly on TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”

We got his take on getting into the world of hairstyling.


Is hairstyling a talent you’re born with?
It’s a trade people can learn. …. But you can’t teach people how to have personality. Those are the people who make the most money.

Do you need cosmetology school?
Yes. … At cosmetology school you learn a lot of important skills, especially about consultation. … Who would have thought that I could charge $950 for a haircut?

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How do you recommend people get started?
It’s good to start as an assistant. At our salon, people are assistants for 18 months to 2 years and we have a training program. That’s really crucial.

How are most hairdressers paid?
It’s a commissioned-based business. Depending on the salon, hairdressers will usually take home about 25-50 percent of the cost of the service.

How many different options are there within the field?
Lots — that’s what’s so great about it. There are so many things you can do, from working behind the chair to being a salon owner, doing editorial, doing celebrity [hair] to creating products.

What are some of the challenges of the business?
Competition, standing on your feet all day, carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s not a business for the weak at heart.

Gibson's tips:
The next hot hairstyle according to Gibson:
The lob — a shoulder-length bob that’s grown out.. Like Zoe Saldana’s.

“But I think the bigger trend now is about making an individual statement,” Gibson said. “It’s about breaking the rules. If you’re over 50, you can still have long hair.”

His insider tips:
To remove product buildup, mix a teaspoon of vinegar in your favorite shampoo twice a week.

Use baby powder to soak up oil. When you don’t have time to shower, sprinkle it at your scalp. It also gives volume.