Watching *What Not to Wear * always makes us desire to clean our closets and also acquire a brand-new haircut. So we can't wait to watch what tonight's premiere (TLC, 9PM) inspires: *Dancing with the Stars * pro Cheryl Burke and actress Jenny McCarthy nominated Becky, their 37-year-old frifinish and individual assistant who resides in jeans, oversize sporting activities jerseys, and also a ponytail. (McCarthy grew up following door to Becky and also claims she's recognized her "my entire life.") We talked to WNTW's resident hair skilled Ted Gibson, who formats Angelina Jolie and also Anne Hathameans, about the risky service of transforming a reluctant woman's hair, his favorite makeovers on the show so far, and also exactly how you deserve to give yourself a mini-makeover prior to heading out after occupational.

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What do you favor around working on a makeover show? "With every one of the celebrities that I've operated with, every one of the red carpet occasions, all of the work-related in the salon, I think I didn't really discover what a hair makeover truly supposed to a womale until I began What Not to Wear. What I discovered was that it didn't matter if she was a size two or a 14, what background she was from, what part of the country she was from, what ethnicity, what kind of texture of hair—all woguys kind of feel the same way—that tright here is somepoint missing that they desire to look better."

Can you walk us through the pre-process? What perform you view prior to you satisfy the ladies? "The present goes out and scouts and also does this totality thing wright here after the women are nominated for 2 weeks they are filmed by a cam they don't understand is tbelow. So I've watched the footage before I've met them. And then I come in on the 3rd day and also talk to them around their hair and their lifestyle and also how their week has actually been. And you know what? I constantly think, 'Okay, clothing you deserve to take off, makeup you have the right to take off, but hair you really can't.'"

I've constantly thought that was the higher stakes moment on the show—because what if they don't choose it? "I had a woman 2 weeks earlier that felt prefer she looked great prior to. So I changed her color and I had wanted to change her hairreduced, however I made a decision at the last moment not to change her haircut because she had actually currently cried for 20 minutes in my chair before I started the process. I didn't want to take her to a location wright here she wasn't ready to go. I think as a good hairdresser that's a specialty you need to have—to not make it about our ego. You deserve to push them toward somepoint but at the end of the day..."

And that's the component that we don't gain to view on the display. That full consultation where you're getting a read on her. "Yes, I'm through them for almost four hours and on the display it's just around 3 and half minutes of footage."

__ "Yeah, and also I think it was simply voted number one for most hard makeover. What it was was that she did not want me to execute anypoint. She didn't want me to reduced it, she didn't want me to shade it. So the frustration after doing a 45 minute consultation with her, she said, 'Well, you recognize Ted, I'll do rock, paper, scissors through you.' And I sassist, you got it. I love an obstacle. So we did rock, paper, scissors, and I won. And I said, 'That'll teach you not to mess with Ted Gibson!' it was good. It was the the majority of incredible display."

Did she love her makeover afterwards? "Loved it. She shelp, 'I wish that I would certainly have dan additional.' And that's why you're tbelow. You're tright here to have actually that endure, to look at yourself in a method you didn't prior to. That's why I'm there."

Which was the a lot of sophisticated makeover you've ever before done on the show? "My initially one on the show, Ariel. Ariel was a 'kissing wench' and also she thought about herself a blonde bombshell. She had actually not delibeprice ombre and hair down to the middle of her ago. And I said, 'You would certainly make an tremendous redhead.' Finally, I talked her into it and also she's still a redhead to this particular day, and also that was about a year and also half back."

What hair changes are women generally the the majority of cynical to make? Is it color? "I think it's the reduced. I think that woguys have a tendency to get a tiny afrassist of changing the length. I constantly tell womales, 'Look, you have to readjust your hair at leastern twice a year. You need to readjust it seasonally.' And it's not just to keep yourself fresh for your husband, or your wife, or your girlfrifinish or whatever—however it's just so that you feel a adjust in yourself. You recognize when you leave a salon, you're a new woguy. I think that the hour and half or 3 hrs you're obtaining cut and also colored really helps you obtain to feel much better around themselves."

So it's about rejuvenation? "Yes."

Now, twice a year can seem choose a tall order. A lot of woguys have a signature look. But you think it's important to adjust that up? "Well, look at Jennifer Aniston. Think about Brooklyn Decker when I reduced all of her hair off, look at Rihanna. I think tright here are many womales who understand that principle. And it doesn't necessarily intend that you have to cut it from lengthy to shoulder size. You have the right to cut a side swept bang or a layers, altering just how it moves, placing a wave in it if it's straight all the time, it's altering it however not necessarily cutting it all off."

Now say I'm in a hair rut however I can't gain a cut or color. What's something that I have the right to carry out on my very own, simply through styling? "I think that most woguys are supplied to wearing a ponytail. So I say, readjust the ponytail. Adding some texture to the ponytail, changing the area of the ponytail. Obviously, the higher the ponytail, the even more cheerleader, a tiny more girl next door. The reduced the ponytail, the even more advanced and also chic. So depending on what your mood is and also what you're wearing, you deserve to develop something special for yourself in that means."

Say I'm simply having a bad hair day. Is there quick fix? "I think that if you're at the office and leaving to go to a special event, to go out via the girls for a drink, I think my Hair Sheets are the perfect product. They calm the flyaways; they include a nice fragrance to the hair. And if you're worried that's it's left your hair also wet—and also it dries really quickly—then simply usage the hand dryer in the bathroom. It'll give your hair a little fluff. And a travel-dimension hair spray never before hurt a girl. I favor L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium 2, bereason it's a workable hairspray, it's not going to be too stiff or too sticky."

What's the most prevalent mistake that you check out woguys making? "I think it's picking the wrong commodities for their hair. I think that if you have fine hair you don't desire to use somepoint that's really hefty. If you have actually relaxed hair you don't desire to usage a dry shampoo."

I obtained to ask, what execute you think of Stacy London's hair? "I love Stacy's hair! I love that she has actually the streak, and also that it works in that context. (I think women that have all grey hair should color it because that looks aging.) It has a nice soft wave, it's modern-day, and I think it's a hairstyle womales can relate to, it's definitely the sort of hair that most womales want."



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