80s Curls by Ted Gibson

Ted Gibson - 80s Curls Tutorial

Happy Friday, everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving—time really flies for me this year! A few people asked me on social for tips on how to style hair for holidays and I feel it’s a perfect opportunity to share with you the tips and tricks that I learned while visiting Ted Gibson salon in New York, where my stylist Dayna Goldstein taught me how to create trendy this season 80s season curls. I was so inspired when I saw the come back of this gorgeous style on Mandy Moore (one of my favorite actresses when I was a teenager!) and I was thrilled to try this awesome hairstyle myself.


While it seems like the 80s curls take forever to create, it’s not actually as time consuming as I thought. The main trick here is to create your hairstyle from scratch, meaning that you have to wash your hair first as opposed to curling your second day hair (which is typically my strategy as my hair is too smooth for curls). Don’t forget to properly wash and condition your hair to create a perfect canvas for your 80s-style curls. Then, continue as follows.

Ted Gibson - 80s Curls Tutorial

Step 1: Apply your favorite heat protect spray to minimize the damage of using the curling wand. Dayna recommends Redken Heat Design 09 as her product of choice for curly hair styles.

Step 2: Use a diffuser on your hair dryer to add additional volume to your roots. (If you don’t have one, check out this selection of diffusers that you can attach to the hair dryer that you already own). Put your hair dryer on low speed and “brush” your hair with the diffuser to create a voluminous look.

Step 3: Pick the thinnest curling wand you have in your collection and create bouncy curls of different sizes. If you are wearing bangs, curl them too—your hairstyle gonna look even more 80s!

Step 4: Finish with Oribe Curl Control Silkening Creme to define your curls.

Step 5 (optional): If you don’t have any bangs, try creating the illusion of having them by pinning a small amount of hair onto the crown of your hair.

Ted Gibson - 80s Curls Tutorial

I’m not sure if you caught it on my Insta Stories or not, but we had so much fun taking photos at the salon. We Boomeranged in front of the beautiful design of Ted Gibson salon with Dayna and I had an additional photo shoot afterwards, on the roof of one of the Midtown’s skyscrapers. I don’t know if it was my smile and a great mood that I had after visiting the salon or the 80s curls look that I was rocking, but it felt amazing to try a new and refreshing hairstyle—especially on the eve of so many wonderful holidays.

I have a few posts about holiday dressing coming up on the blog and I’ll try recreating this hairstyle again soon as, in my opinion, it’s one of the most festive styles you can do yourself. Alternatively, if you live in New York and don’t like doing your hair, just stop by at Ted Gibson salon! Granted: you’ll look and feel great afterwards!

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