Ted Gibson is seeing sexy bangs in Ginny Kallin's future.
The celebrity stylist and "What Not to Wear" hair guru is giving the red-headed grandmother the full VIP treatment on a recent Sunday afternoon. Gibson typically charges a hair-raising $950 for his services, but Kallin, of Oakland Park, won the free makeover as part of the Sun Sentinel's Shop-O-Matic reader contest Facebook.com/SentinelDeals.
Gibson is in South Florida putting the finishing touches on his chic new 2,000-square-foot, 14-chair salon, practically on the sand at the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale beach. "You have beautiful eyes," Gibson tells a beaming Kallin, 58, as he seats her in The Chair.
"I'm going to bring emphasis to your eyes. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and you want your eyes to stand out, especially if they are very beautiful," he says, gently running his fingers through her auburn hair. Kallin is purring.
The contest winner, a customer service representative for CapsCanada in Pompano Beach, was in a hair rut and jumped at the chance to get a new look from the TLC hair-do guru.
"Do whatever you want, Ted," Kallin says, dimples flashing. "This is a dream come true. I can't understand why some women on the show won't let you touch their hair. Why? Let someone who knows what they are doing make them look good."
Sporting a light gray suit accented with his signature pink shirt and comfy neon-orange running shoes, Gibson tells her, "I'm going to change the roundness and give you more movement through the sides. You'll have lots of sexy movement."
"Oh, boy!" says Kallin's husband, Ken, with a grin. The couple are enjoying this.
He asks how much time Kallin spends on her hair each day. "About 10 to 15 minutes," she replies. "It's important to spend time on yourself."
After a long, luxurious shampoo session, Gibson explains to her his vision in a soft-spoken Texas drawl.
Gibson regularly has visions, setting trends on runways and styling boldface beauties like "Twilight" star Ashley Greene, as well as Demi Moore and Angelina Jolie. He typically commands $950 for his services at his Fifth Avenue salon in New York and, now, at the Ted Gibson Salon at the W Fort Lauderdale. (Luckily, haircuts from Gibson-trained stylists start at $100.)
The sought-after stylist expects a busy 2012: Upcoming awards seasons and scheduled photo shoots for "Glamour," "Harper's Bazaar" and "Vanity Fair."
On this Sunday, he focuses full attention on Kallin in the "makeshift salon" set up on the 20th floor by W staff. Gibson's lobby-level salon, scheduled to open Thursday, is under construction and had not yet received an occupancy license.
But this homey setting suited Spencer, Gibson's 18-month-old Norwich Terrier, who settled comfortably to sleep in snippets of hair under Kallin's feet.
"Shape in a haircut is crucial in what it can do for a woman," Gibson says. "It's not that this cut is going to be much shorter. It's just going to be shaped differently. Hair cutting can change the shape of your face."
During the transformation, Gibson is careful to keep Kallin's back to the mirror. "I'm dying to see what it looks like. It feels different," she says with a shake of her head. "It feels good! I can't wait to see it." More dimples.
"NO peeking," Gibson teases. "It's all about the reveal."
After 30 minutes of blow drying and another 15 minutes of flat ironing, the moment arrives. At last.
"Are you ready?" Gibson spins The Chair.