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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Another rift at another D.C. "Housewives" salon: Ted Gibson and Hela Spa part ways

By The Reliable Source

Ted Gibson, back row, center; with assorted Housewives at a September 2009 party at the Ted Gibson Salon and Hela Spa in Chevy Chase. (Jamie Windon)

Is there a "Housewives" curse? Partners in yet another salon featured prominently on "The Real Housewives of D.C." are splitting up less than happily.

Last month we told you about the nasty rift that led to Erwin Gomez's departure from the Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa -- the Georgetown place where Michaele Salahi was infamously groomed before the reality show's cameras on the night of the White House state dinner. Now stylist Ted Gibson, a recurring character on the show, is severing ties with Hela Spa, the site of a launch party on the reality show.

Gibson partnered up with the Chevy Chase spa and lent his name when it first launched a hair salon two years ago; based in NYC, Gibson's role with Hela was primarily marketing and PR, though he told us he also hired staff and visited regularly to do high-dollar hair cuts. Now, though, the partnership's gone belly-up. "I've removed all my pictures of celebrities, all my brand logos, everything," said Gibson. He said the two sides "didn't see eye-to-eye" on the management of the place; he claims the salon was holding up the spa end of the business. The Hela folks are being more circumspect, other than noting the salon will continue without him. "The separation was amicable," owner Mike Powell said in a statement, "and we wish Mr. Gibson the best in his endeavors."

By The Reliable Source  | February 7, 2011; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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