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What Not to Wear' gets a star for hair

Ted Gibson — who counts Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway and Gabrielle Union as his clients — has joined TLC's "What Not to Wear" as the show's hairstyle expert.

Every episode (for schedule:, he and style gurus Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, as well as makeup artist Carmindy, make someone over.

The 43-year-old stylist has salons in New York and Los Angeles in addition to a line of products sold at Target stores and a collection of heat-resistant hair extensions (you can curl them without scorching them!) at

We chatted with Gibson recently, touching on the long and the short of it.

Hair it is. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

QUESTION: How important is hair?

ANSWER: "I think you can change your clothes and you can change your makeup, but your hair stays with you. ... I think that hair really reflects a woman all the time. She can not have a stitch of makeup on and have her hair done and feel like a million bucks."

Q: What kind of hair do you prefer?

A: "Big, sexy hair and I would say that's what put me on the map."

Q: What does big, sexy hair say?

A: "I would say confidence. I would say daring, I could say, of course, sexy."

Q: What do men want from women in terms of hair?

A: "I think in general men love longer hair. ... I think it's ridiculous to say when you get to a certain age, you can't have longer hair. It makes no sense to me."

Q: What do women want from guys in terms of hair.

A: "I think that women like the bad boys. So when I think of bad boys, I think of generally longer hair."

Q: What's the biggest mistake people make when it comes to their hair?

A: "Not changing it often enough. Keeping it the same boring tired self. ... It should be changed every season at least. It can be the same length, but I think the color ... in the summertime you should be a little lighter and in the winter, you should be a little darker. It makes a huge difference, I think, because your complexion is different."

Q: What's one thing you should never, ever do to your hair?

A: "I think you shouldn't do it in a way that you're not going to be able to do it yourself. I think you should be able to re-create what the hairdresser does ... learning how to blow dry or learning how to use a curling iron and flat iron."

Q: Do hairdressers have profoundly strong arms because of all that blow drying?

A: "Yes."

Q: What's going to be popular this fall?

A: "It's about shoulder length and shorter. I think the bob is still really hot. I think fashion and hair kind of dictates each other. I think they're making fashion for shorter hair ... anything that has a neckline to it."

Q: How do you feel about the toupee?

A: "I see a lot of men that wear toupees. I think that it works for them."

Q: Really?

A: Yeah, these days toupees are hard to even notice. There are a lot of men in Hollywood who wear toupees. ... Jeremy Piven ... There are great toupees now, they're not like they used to be."

Q: Aren't toupees kind of dishonest?

A: "No, I don't think so. It's like wearing extensions. I don't think that's dishonest."

Q: You have very short hair, why is that?

A: "I think it's youthful. I'll be 44 this year."


Georgea Kovanis writes for the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at kovanis(at)


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