Jessica Chastain's Hairstylist Shares His Best Tips

Jessica Chastain; Ashley Greene Credit: John Lamparski/Getty; Jason Merritt/; Jaime Windon (inset)

NYC-based celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson, who has coiffed starlets from A (Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie) to Z (Zoe Saldana), filled out our Style Secrets questionnaire and answered the age-old hair question: short or long?

My current clients include Jessica Chastain, Ashley Greene, and Gabby Douglas.

If I could describe their style in one word it would be sophisticated (Jessica), chic (Ashley), and downtown (Gabby).

If I had to choose a favorite look for each, it would be sleek for Jessica, big sexy hair for Ashley, and retro for Gabby, because as I hairdresser I love being able to help a woman discover her beauty potential.

I knew I had made it as a celeb stylist when I flew to London to do two back-to-back magazine covers with Angelina Jolie and one of the most famous photographers in the world, Patrick Demarchelier.

The best item to fix frizzy hair is Ted Gibson Hair Sheets, $25; and L’Oreal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil, $25.

Short or long? Long—I love long, sexy, bed-head waves! It's my signature.

In my opinion, the best trend is '40s waves and the worst is ombre hair color.

I tell my clients never to leave for a red carpet event without looking in the mirror because you have to know how to pose!

I wish I could style Lena Horne's hair because she’s classic and has paved the way for so many women!

Imagine this: Your client gets bashed for her hair on TV. What do you do? Dig a hole for myself and hide!

I feel my most fabulous when I am dressing hair.

My style inspiration is believe it or! I love clean lines with a strong emphasis on gray and black because they never go out of style.

The one thing every woman should own is a box of French bobby pins because they are perfect for putting your hair up whenever you want to. The ridges in them help hold hair in place better than regular bobby pins.

Alternately, the one thing every woman should never attempt to try is cutting your hair at home because it’s always messy!

The best beauty investment is a $1200 haircut with Ted Gibson!

What do you do that is different from a stylist who charges $100 for a cut? The Ted Gibson experience is a luxurious, 5-star experience, wherein each guest receives a stress-relieving treatment with hot towels, shampoo, conditioning treatment, haircut, blow-dry, and style—all done by me.