Check Her Out: Celebrity Stylist Gives Gabby Douglas A Hair Makeover

August 16, 2012  |  

Source: UsMagazine

After dismissing the criticism of her hair for the foolishness that it was, the mother of 16-year-old Gold medalist Gabby Douglas stepped in to explain that her daughter was staying with a white host family who didn’t know how to take care of her hair, not to mention that there wasn’t a black hairstylist in sight where the gymnast was training in Iowa.

Those issues are no longer a problem though, now that celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson has stepped in. The man known for hooking up makeover subjects on TLC’s “What Not To Wear,” along with models and celebrities inside Vanity FairVogueMarie Claire, and W, has extended his scissor magic to Gabby, giving her a new look with a middle part and soft waves that fall just below her shoulders.

Gabby tweeted her excitement over he new ‘do saying:

“Ted Gibson Is AWESOME!!! LOVE HIM SOO MUCH!!! Special thank you to my Gold Medal Celebrity Hair Stylist!”

Ted was equally ecstatic, sending out a tweet that read:

“It’s 3am, just left Ted Gibson NYC. Love you [Gabrielle Douglas]. What an amazing young lady you are. #award winner #gibsongirlsruletheworld.”

Though this makeover may seem to suggest Gabby is giving in to pressures to keep up a certain appearance, Ted doesn’t see it that way. When asked how he felt about the criticism of the 4’11” athlete’s mane, he told The Daily Beast:

I couldn’t believe it and still can’t. You have this young girl doing amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was ridiculous and shameful.”

As far as the makeover goes, he said:

“Women of color spend millions and millions of dollars on their hair to look good, so we know how seriously we take the issue of hair. Oprah Winfrey told me once when I was on her show that ‘our hair is our crowning glory.’ I have to say I agree with Oprah.

“It’s tricky because Gabby is 16 and I don’t want to do anything to make her look 25 years old. Together with her vision, I hope we can create something that’s easy and looks great no matter what she’s doing or where she is. I hope to create something that makes her feel good about herself as well. That’s so important and a big part of what I do for all the women I work with.”

Here’s another peep at her new look. What do you think about Gabby getting a hair makeover?

Source: Us Magazine

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  • Masterpieced

    So having straight hair is looking nice to you? wow

  • Masterpieced

    I cannot believe that her mama fell for this shi–. Now she looks like just another little ghetto girl. I would have stood firm on how her hair was.

  • There you go you stupid trolls. NOW YOU KNOW WHY HER HAIR LOOKED whatever way you thought it looked. She is beautiful and an inspiration either way! EVER IF SHE WAS BALD! Who cares!

  • writingmomma

    That girls mother should be ashamed of herself for saying that. There are black stylist and black people in “IOWA”. There is more than corn and whites in “Iowa.” There are some very wonderful stylist all over the state. I have a 8 year old grand daughter that gets her hair whipped by some of the finest stylest around. But, due to what Ms. Gabby was doing, her hair should have been the last of their focus. But, don’t blame the state because she received criticism. I didn’t give one hoot about her hair style. I was just happy to see her do her best.

  • SMHgurl24

    Hopefully she did this for herself instead of listening to a bunch of idiot internet thugs that probably won’t accomplish even a hair of what she did. Don’t know what the fuss is about, her hair is fine..

  • Hehe

    Gabby is so pretty she’s like a little doll.

  • NativeNuYorker

    I’m embarrassed how we criticize our talented young ladies. I’ve even read postings where babies and toddlers are being criticized. It’s just another example of self-hate. Regarding Gabby’s new look. She never should have had to change her look for self-loathing haters. She’s beautiful just the way she is.

  • Guest360

    She’s gorgeous whether her hair is in soft curls or pulled back in a ponytail. She’s got a wonderful spirit and a good head on her shoulders. That’s what makes her a beautiful person. What her hair looks like doesn’t matter though her new do’ is gorgeous. She’s an inspiration. I can’t wait to see how far she goes in her career. Rooting for her all the way. Team Gabby 🙂

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  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    she’s gonna be doing media appearances for a while, why would she not hire a stylist to make her look good?

    • Masterpieced

      Looking good means a weave? No!

  • meme

    Child please! If I was her, I would have wrapped that GOLD MEDAL around my head and kept it moving! LOL I love the middle part on her though. She looks really pretty.

  • I am very glad that Gabby got a new STAR hairstyle TED GIBSON. Praise the Lord!!! 🙂

    • Masterpieced

      So, star hair is their hair? You are sick.


    Endorsements…her hair needs to look a certain way for endorsements. She makes money off of her career through endorsements. She has to milk it before she’s no longer able to perform. I know it’s sad and some of you will shake your head. However, it’s the truth. If she wants to make money and sign more lucrative endorsement deals her appearance will become even more important. Trust me…as a naturalist I’m shaking my head while writing this. But I’m also a realist and this is how she’s going to support herself.

    • Masterpieced

      I disagree.

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  • rosemary davis

    While it is nothing wrong with a Woman wanting to make hersef look beautiful hair included I don’t understand why we feel the need to wear fake hair wigs, weaves, extentions, etc why not wear your own??Some Women don’t understand that beauty is only skin deep it is what we are on the inside not the outside that counts because once you take the fake hair away than a man can see the real you and not fall in love with you because the fake hair made you look beautiful and look made you too be someone that you are not because eventually he will see the real you the one without the fake hair and how will he view you will he still find you to look just as beautiful or will he long for the fake hair because when he met you it was the fake hair that attracted him the most and not the real you.Gabby look nice with the fake hair but is that the real Gabby the beautiful black girl that we all fell in love with napps and all.or is this someone who feels she is more attractive too others by being someone other than herself just too please others.

  • I’m happy for her. But maybe blacks woman need to learn how to take care and handle their own hair, just because there are no beauty supply stores and black stylist in site, doesn’t mean, you do nothing.

  • colliz

    She looks adorable as always. I wish her mom would have not explained herself about Gabby’s hair. They owe no one an explaination. She proved she is a brilliant athlete which is what the olympics are about. It wasn’t a hair show therefore no explanation about the condition of her hair was ever needed. Can we just let the hair issue go now please? she needs to be recognised and highlighted in the context of her accomplishments in gymnastics. She brought home gold people, which hadn’t been done by the US gymnastics team in 16 years.

  • dreamlove

    In reference to her moms comment, at 16 Gabby should know how to take care of her own hair. The fact that she’s in Iowa or that her host family is white shouldn’t be a factor. With that said, Gabby is beautiful & inspirational. If she’s happy with her new hairstyle then I’m happy for her. She was happy with the old hairstyle and I was still happy for her because her positive, winning personality outshines any superficial opinions about her appearance.

    • Nadine

      Black women are just hating, this has nothing to do with her not knowing how to style her hair, because there are grown women going to beauty salons and stylist to get their hair done. So it has nothing to do with age, I think when some people sees another person doing good something. The loser crowds just comes in rude and loud and pull the person down. There are too many insecurity in the black community especially with the women and their hair weaves or wigs.

  • Ann

    Gabby is beautiful the way she is! I don’t have a problem with her getting a hair make over when the GYMNATICS SEASON IS OVER WITH and it is off season! People need to realize that Gabby is a gymnist, she CANNOT do the balance beam, the uneven bars, the vault or the floor exercise with a nice hairstyle. It is foolish and ridiculous for blacks to even address that hair issue. This beautiful young lady made history and this is all they can say about her hair. Her hair was fine and she was just as pretty when she was performing. Gabby looked amazing when she appeared on America’s got talent last night and when she was on Jay Leno with Michelle Obama. It is a shame that most of Gabby’s followers are white and they didn’t say anything about her hair. They loved her and so do I. I am a bigger fan than them. LOL!

  • Tracy

    I love Ted and Gabby with any hairstyle! Enough already about her hair, let’s move forward people.

  • Kayo

    The people who were criticizing her hair will feel like they have won because of this.

    • TRUTH IS

      She looks soo much better. That’s how it’s supposed to be although she has an excuse of training and sweating her hair out. She looks great. Thats all!!

      • Masterpieced

        She looks much better to you now? You are sick.

  • dontdoit

    The fact that Gabbie’s mother went on a national stage to speak on why Gabbie’s hair was not done gives credence to those who deserved no credence. The fact that she got a make over in the most public way and it is considered news gives credence to those who deserve none.

    Black women spend sooooooo much money on hair that the Koreans have decided to corner the black hair market, or where we under the impression that the Korean store owners love us and that it is why they open all these stores.

    I wish more black women and girls would spend as much money on what is in their head as well as what is on it.

    • BlueCornmoon

      Girl, you are preaching THE TRUTH !! As I said on another message board, making this non issue a big issue only gives the hoodrat haters more power. I can just picture them in their dens squealing with glee over seeing their ignorant tweets quoted everywhere. Maybe if more black folks did as you said & put as much…no, MORE money into what’s in their heads then WE would have the corner on OUR hair market instead of the Koreans. Every immigrant goup starts out opening businesses in/near our neighborhoods, making money & moving on ’cause we don’t do it ourselves. I’m a teacher & I’ve seen parents come to school with expensive tattoos,long blinged out nails, weaves, lacefronts,stilettos,etc & the men with expensive shoes, bling, Escalades, Lexus, etc & their kids can’t read well or do math & act the fool in school ’cause there’s not a doggone book in the house for them to read. The parents are too busy profilin’ & stylin’ to help them with schoolwork or teach them how to act in school. Then they want to cuss out & blame school staff & run for lawyers to sue the schools when their kids have to repeat a grade .

      • FinVoilaQuoi

        Amen to both of y’all.

  • I love it when women change their hair style from time to time. The problem I have here is the idea that her hair wasn’t acceptable the way it was for the occasion when all the talk began. If she likes this style , good for her but, does this style somehow makes her more acceptable?

  • CabbagePatchKid

    I love it. Also people need to calm down. All of the athletes get image makeovers when they become stars. Ryan Lochte used to have that nasty curly long hair thing going before he hooked up with his current PR team. Nastia Luikin and Shawn Johnson also stepped their game up. When you have endorsements and you’re making TV appearances there’s nothing wrong with looking nice. She’s not competing right now so she can take the time and effort to do her hair. Jeez can she live?

  • Mystique

    Its a shame she had to go through this about her hair. I hope that’s her own hair thought that has been permed and not some long fake weave to impress the people that criticized her.

    • Kayo

      One can usually tell if a woman is wearing a weave by looking at the ends of the hair. It doesn’t look like a weave to me.

  • ashley79

    It looks like he gave her a trim and a part not much there. It kind of looks the same as she had on the Today show when she met that model. But I thought that she looked good on Leno with that low ponytail. Who cares how she wears her hair, she young wear it as she wants. At her age I wore ponytails all the time except when I got my hair done.

  • JaneDoe

    Oh Goodness.. Damn if she does damn if she don’t.. Let the girl live.

  • Dom

    Ted Gibson just got another little piece of my heart for stepping in, getting the job done, and keeping it classy! I was already a fan from WNTW, but this is awesome!

    • ashley79

      I feel it was a little of let me put my name to her name. She’s the new super star of the Olympics and the it girl right now. I’m glad that she got to get her hair done but she look nice either way.

    • Masterpieced

      Honey, he got attention. It is not like it was a makeover for poor folk when no cameras were on.

  • Cadence

    I think black women need to stop being SLAVES to their hair. And the fact that her mother felt like she owed any of yall non-mf factors an explanation about Gabby’s hair makes me sick. SMDH

  • oprah didnt say your hair is your crown and glory, the bible did…maybe not in the same words!

    • ashley79

      You know most people think that end all for everything!If Oprah said it, it must be true. Just ask the Texas cattlemen. LOL

    • Masterpieced

      Yes OUR hair is our crown and glory. A weave is not OUR hair.

  • Timika

    She looks great either way. I don’t believe she is trying to impress anybody. She worked hard and decided go treat herself. She deserves it…and so much more! #TeamGabby!!!

  • Michelle

    Gabby didn’t need a “celebrity stylist” to do her hair. She could have got her second cousin, Shanequa, to do it for a pack of sunflower seeds and a shout-out on Twitter.

    • MLS2698

      Wow! I’m sure Gabby does have people in her family that know how to do hair. But sunflower seeds? Looks like some curls were added to her hair, so I don’t know how much ” styling ” was done, or if it was relaxed.

  • Tagirl

    She’s a beautiful young girl. She did what was best for her. She looks great.

  • dontdoit

    This is truly some superficial bull. She is 16 I hope she doesn’t internalize the self hate that the haters were showing and really their issue.
    Conformists rejoice, resistance is futile.

  • Gimmeabreak78

    Gabby is a beautiful girl. There is nothing wrong with her getting her hair done after the Olympics. The Olympics were not the time and the place for getting dolled up. Leave this child alone. She has done more in her 16 years than most of us will do in our entire lives.

  • She looks great regardless of what she does with her hair….way to go Gabby!

  • guest 9999

    i didn’t notice the hair at first to be honest. now that its such an issue i guess i will comment on her new look. to be honest i think she should try a more natural approach. braids, micro braids perhaps. stuff like that. weave isn’t for everybody.

    • Activist1

      I don’t think she wears a weave…

    • diggy p.

      Why does it have to be a weave?

    • TheSoulWriter

      Thats her real hair ….. all they did was shape it… and add waves… I personally don’t think anyone should wear weave micros etc be proud of your natural hair… It is your crown and glory

      • Kayo

        A woman can still wear a weave or braids and be proud of her hair.

    • keys

      What’s natural about braids or micros? She has a beautiful head of her own hair & just because it’s long & healthy looking now does not make it a weave!

    • I agree, a natural look would have been better, than the sterio typical controversal european look….

    • guest9999

      you’ve got to be kidding me? you can tell that’s a weave from the roots. her mother confirmed she was wearing a fake drawstring pony tail during the olympics. i love the fact she took home the gold but the topic (which is so stupid) is about her hair. i’m gonna comment on that said topic.

      • diggy p.

        Maybe she doesn’t have a perm anymore and her roots are just natural, thus the reason she has no part.

  • Hello_Kitty81

    It ain’t nothing wrong with getting a makeover, she’s not impressing the haters, just want to look good just like the rest of us. I just hope she gets no type of plastic surgery in the future.

    • Amija James

      She’s such a cute little girl! Any one of us would jump at the chance to get made over by him!