Betty Gbehi’s salon, Betty’s Mode de France, has been a staple in Houston for nearly 30 years. Gbehi was born and raised in the south of France. She is of African descent. After high school, at age 15, Gbehi spent three years training at Ecole Technique de Coiffure. It’s one of the best schools in Paris, France to train to be one of the highest level in hair design and haute coiffure. Her education didn’t stop there. Gbehi spent another year studying hair color application technique at Loreal Paris. After completing her course she went on to get a certificate at Rene Furterer Paris for special hair treatments.
“After that, I did an internship with Jacques Dessange in Paris,” said Gbehi. “I was transferred to Houston where I also interned at the first Dessange salon in the United States. I was the apprentice to Claudie and Guy Andre for several years. I was so happy because my fiance, now my husband, was transferring to the Bayou City too.”
Gbehi’s passion for hair dressing and her entrepreneurial spirit gave birth to “Betty’s Mode de France” in the Bayou City.
Betty, as her customers affectionately call her, believes in treating everyone as if they’re the most important people in the world. And to her they are. She has styled, cut and colored the hair of customers from all walks of life and all economic backgrounds. It’s not unusual to run into Houston’s movers and shakers while at her hair salon.
In addition to attending to her client’s every need, Gbehi has also worked on making Houston’s news more attractive. For more than 10 years, she made sure many of Houston’s TV anchors put their best face forward when delivering the news. She was the hairstylist for anchors at KHOU-TV 11 and KRIV-TV Channel 26. Gbehi is also a stylist to the stars. She has worked with movie stars, network anchors and network stars.
Gbehi’s talents compliment her knowledge of style. Many of Houston’s socialites hire her to be their wardrobe consultant. She has also often been hired to coordinate bridal ensambles. Which is why KHOU-TV 11 interviewed Gbehi about the wedding of the century of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.