Best friends and chimney sweeps Kim Rogers and Liz Wallace have been on top of many rooftops in Sun Valley, Idaho, including a house with 12 chimneys, but their foray into Ted Gibson's New York City salon was a first.
They say they understand the physics of chimney mechanics, and the poetry of brushes and brooms; but they confess they don't know much about hair color or about how to make their hairstyles fit their lifestyles. And they wanted to look younger and refreshed. Enter the TODAY show and iVillage, which gave the two women from Sun Valley, Idaho new looks. New York City celebrity hairstylist and iVillage beauty expert Ted Gibson says he was delighted to be part of the makeover team. "Both Kim and Liz really wanted to make a change," he says. "And wanting to change is what separates a makeover from being traumatic to being life-altering in a very positive way."
The main issue for Kim, says Ted, is that her hair was too long and the extra length aged her. "Every woman struggles with her hair, especially if it's extra long," he says. "When a woman is older than 35 she should be aware that long straight hair pulls her features down. What you want is a sexy, playful haircut and color." To give Kim hair that looks healthy and shiny, Ted dyed her hair an overall golden-blonde color and gave her natural-looking highlights. To achieve a soft and sexy look he cut her hair above her shoulders and added feminine layers and flirty bangs. In the process of updating her style he was able to get rid of the most damaged hair. "I cut out hair that had the most history, the most split ends and the hair that was the most dehydrated," he said.
Liz had shorter hair to begin with but wanted a more cosmopolitan style. To update her look and place the emphasis on her light blue eyes Ted gave her a bob that is graduated in the back and longer in front. "Liz has beautiful eyes and jaw line so I emphasized both." As for color, he took her from dusty-red to brunette. "The darker hair color really accentuates her lovely eyes," he says.
Ted advises both women to take care of their hair while on the job. "Keep hair covered to keep out the grime, soot, dried paper and wood chips!" he says. "And use a clarifying shampoo once a week. To keep hear really silky he suggests applying leave-in conditioner to locks before covering it so that hair is treated while they are working. As for maintaining the haircuts, he says, "I always tell clients to find someone you trust as a hairdresser; someone who listens and respects the style."