Over 4 years ago in February of 2009,  Lisa Vann  invited 125 stylists to attend a fashion hair show with her dear friend Tony Masciangelo at the Alexis Hotel ballroom.  It was a way to bring some of the high fashion and editorial stylists from around the world to the Pacific Northwest.  The show was such a success, ” Lisa Vann and Friends” was created.

Finishing up its 7th event featuring Antoinette Beenders, British Hairstylist of the year winner and Aveda Global creative director, Allen Ruiz, International Hairstylist of the year and North American Hairstylist of the year, and Bruno Elorrioroz, Global guest artist hair color London, it was the best attended Lisa Vann and Friends show yet.

Lisa Vann is excited to announce the next Lisa Vann and Friends show presenting Ted Gibson and Jason Backe, May 19th 2013 in Seattle Wa.  Try to contain yourself for just a moment because we know you are jumping up and down screaming like a little {hair} school girl…  Not only is this happening but you should go because you know we are going to be there!  How can you pass up an opportunity to spend any amount of time with the very talented Ted Gibson, Jason Backe and Lisa Vann?


Need to buy tickets?  Visit Lisa Vann and Friends! Let’s go on a #HairVenture together!!


Ted Gibson

“Beauty is individual”

Ted Gibson is one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business.  His work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, People StyleWatch, W, and Allure and backstage at runway shows such as Chanel, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana.  He is also a huge influence and presence at both Fall and Spring New York Fashion Week styling some of the top American fashion designer labels including Rachel Roy, Carmen Marc Valvo and Lela Rose.  Ted is perhaps most known for toiling over the tresses of top celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Debra Messing, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Greene, Joy Bryant, Zoe Saldana, Emma Watson, Gabrielle Union and many more.

Considering his background, it’s not surprising that Ted’s incredibly successful Flatiron salon is frequented by models, actresses, fashion and beauty insiders and influential women who love its modern vibe and its discreet, down-to-earth flavor of chic.  The new Fort Lauderdale, Florida Salon located in the W Hotel opened in January 2012 and is the newest venture for the Ted Gibson brand.  Ted is also the resident hair guru on TLC’s “What Not To Wear” airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST and responsible for the participants life-changing makeovers.

On top of all this, his luxurious product line offers unique, innovative products that have developed a loyal following, as well as being honored with industry accolades and awards. His products, including shampoos, conditioners, and styling products were an immediate success and sold out within hours on QVC.  The Ted Gibson Hair Sheets have become a cult product and beauty closet staple amongst celebrities, editors, and salon clients all over the world.

Born in Texas and raised in a military family, Ted Gibson moved from one exotic location to another, living in Germany, Hawaii, and Japan. This experience opened up a whole new world for Ted, as he learned at an early age to appreciate the beauty of different cultures. Upon returning to the Lone Star State, Ted followed his passion and pursued his dream career.

An influential style maker, Ted is a regular contributor on “The Today Show” and has also appeared on “Oprah,” “The Insider,” “Good Morning America,” “Inside Edition,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Early Show,” “FOX News,” “CNN American Morning” and “ABC News.”

Today, Ted divides his time between working with clients, managing the Ted Gibson salon, and creating new products.  His career as a fashion, runway, editorial and celebrity stylist continues to thrive taking him around the world where the beauty of different cultures inspires him and where exciting new projects continue to challenge and fulfill him.

Jason Backe


Jason Backe – Celebrity Colorist, President and CEO, ted gibson
Over the span of his career, Jason Backe has established himself as a highly accomplished color artist.  He is one of the most sought after hair colorists in New York and his appointment book at ted gibson salon, which he co-owns with partner Ted Gibson, is always full.  From editors and models to actresses and executives, clients love Jason’s color for its chic and complimentary wearability.   They also love his friendly, down-to-earth personality and his positive, upbeat vibe.

Jason considers hair color an artistic expression of personal beauty, and takes great pride in his attention to detail and commitment to impeccable customer care.  Jason has worked with celebrities such as Renée Zellweger, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Elettra Wiedemann Rosselini and Lake Bell.   His work is also recognized by the top modeling agencies in New York and the models he works on are seen in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Versace.  Jason’s work has also been called on for multi-million dollar ad campaigns for influential haircolor companies such as Redken, L’Oreal and Garnier, as well as for beauty segments on the Oprah Winfrey Show, theToday Show, the Nate Berkus Show, the Rachel Ray Show and Good Morning America.
Thanks to his extensive knowledge of haircolor science and trends, his ability to offer practical advice, and his exuberant personality, Jason is regularly quoted in top beauty and fashion publications such as Allure, InStyle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle and The New York Times Sunday Styles.  Additionally, Jason’s work has been extolled in Allure magazine’s Directory          four years in a row, Insiders Guide, Best of Beauty and Bridal Guide.
Jason began his career working for Aveda where he traveled the world educating stylists, salon owners and managers in both hair cutting and coloring techniques and business building. He was recently named Celebrity Colorist for L’Oreal Professionnel and was one of the first colorists to adopt their revolutionary ammonia-free INOA hair color.  He is on the Color Advisory Board for The Colorist and is a part of Intercoiffure America/Canada Color Council.  Today, he also guides and motivates his own staff at ted gibson salon.  And as CEO of ted gibson beauty, Jason is intimately involved with the creation of new ted gibson products, which are fast gathering a devoted following.  Known for uniqueness and innovation, the line has been honored with several industry accolades and awards from esteemed publications such as Women’s Wear Daily and Redbook.

Stephen Dimmick


Stephen Dimmick was born and raised in the small air-force town of Ipswichin Queensland, Australia. Stephen’s first beauty muse was his mother who graciously “suffered” many hair and makeup looks at the endlessly creative hands of Stephen. It was very clear from early on that Stephen was going to be a major force in the world of beauty.

When he was 16 and no longer satisfied with small town life, Stephen moved to Brisbane City where he found other like minded creatives and thus his rise to international success began. Living hand to mouth and painting faces (mostly his own) and doing whatever it took to make ends meet. Stephen was in his element with a makeup brush in one hand and a palette of makeup in the other.

Sydney was the obvious next step for Stephen and although this was a short stop, it proved to be fantastic schooling for what was to come in New York City. Since moving to New York, Stephen has had the fortune of working with some of the most esteemed actresses in film and television and “A” list celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick and the Kardashian’s. His runway credits include Christian Dior, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs to name a few.

Stephen has collaborated with some of the world’s best photographers including Greg Lotus, Miles Aldridge, Chad Pitman and Josh Olins. His work has appeared in the Italian, Japanese and Australian editions of Vogue, as well as Time magazine, Numero, Interview, Flair and V Man.

Stephens’s greatest passion is the empowerment of women. “Nothing fills me with joy more than seeing a woman walk with her head held a little higher because she learnt how to enhance her beauty with just one flick of a brush”