Ted Gibson’s Guide to Job-Landing Locks!

Guest post by celebrity hair stylist, Ted Gibson

We all know that you need to “Dress for Success” for your interview to land the perfect job. Your appearance is super important, however, many women forget about one of the most important aspects of your look: HAIR!! One of my mantras is “Hair Changes Everything.” It really does! How your hair is styled for your interview can affect the interviewer’s perception of you. Here are my favorite hairstyles sure to make an excellent impression on any future boss!

Sleek Bun

Whether parted to the side, in the middle or with no part at all this classic style is perfect for your next job interview. It’s neat, clean and screams sophistication!

The Bob

First impressions are super important. You want your potential new boss to take you seriously and know that you are capable of taking on the job you are interviewing for. The bob is so versatile and there is a version for everyone! Whether cut just below the chin or a “lob” (long bob) grazing the shoulders, a bob says “I’m stylish, I care about my appearance and I mean business!”

Fresh Blowout

There’s nothing like a fresh blow-out! It’s such a clean and refreshing look – you absolutely cannot go wrong! I think it’s a great idea to get a fresh blowout before any job interview. Whether your hair is short or long, super curly or straight, a blowout can do wonders for your look! Here’s how to do a Gibson girl blowout at home!

  1.  First, you will need a good blow drying hair spray. You want to look  for sprays that say they will  add volume and shine and have a heat and UV protection. Spray this throughout your hair while wet.
  2. Next, the secret to the perfect blowout is to start with your fingers. Pull your fingers through your hair starting at the roots and shoot the heat at the roots while holding the hair taut. Get your hair about 75% drying using this method. Then, part your hair in your desired part.
  3. One of the biggest mistakes women make with their at-home blow dries is that their sections are too large, resulting in flat hair. When blow drying, you want to take 1 – 1 ½ inch sections.
  4. In the salon, most stylists blow dry hair using a  boar bristle and nylon round brush, however this requires practice and skill. If you are not comfortable using round brush, use a boar bristle and nylon paddle brush. The boar bristle in the brush gives hair great body and shine.  You never want to use a metal brush when blow drying your hair  – the metal heats up too fast and can burn and break your hair off. Take one section of hair, hold your dryer by the handle about 3 inches away from your head and blow dry while brushing with the paddle brush.
  5. Once your section is dry, curl the hair up in a Velcro roller. Do this to your entire head. Once you’re finished and the hair is cool, take out the rollers and lightly rake through your hair with your fingers. Turn your head upside down, shake it out a bit, and spray with a light, flexible holding spray. Flip your head up and you’ll find you’ve given yourself a salon quality blowout at home!

Ted Gibson is one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business.  His work has appeared in publications such as VogueHarper’s BazaarElleMarie ClaireVanity FairPeople StyleWatchW, and Allure and backstage at runway shows such as Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana.  He is also a huge influence and presence at both Fall and Spring New York Fashion Week styling some of the top American fashion designer labels including Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo and Lela Rose.  Ted is perhaps most known for toiling over the tresses of top celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Debra Messing, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Greene, Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union and many more.

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