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Ken Paves was born in the Detroit suburb of New Baltimore, Michigan as the youngest of three children of Helen Paves (who is of Portuguese and Filipino descent) and Gary Paves who's of Romanian Jewish descent. Pavés credits his mother Helen for his entry into the world of hair and fashion, saying that when she dressed up "she turned almost into a superhero." He came out of the closet to his parents before going to school. He graduated in 1994 from a cosmetology school in St. Clair Shores.
After school, he pleaded to be the assistant to star stylist Oribe in Miami — a job that paid US$75 a week. He would moonlight doing strippers' hair until 4 A.M. When these clients showed up in Oribe's shop during regular business hours, Oribe learned that Pavés could do "big, beautiful hair."
Pavés studied hair design at Vidal Sassoon Academy and Toni & Guy Institute. He traveled with other celebrity hair stylists during tours of Europe where Pavés created hairstyles in conjunction with couture collections for Versace, Valentino and others. However, he met his most regular client, Jessica Simpson, in 1998 when she hired him as the stylist for her imminent album cover.
In 2002, Pavés met Hairboutique.com founder Karen Marie Shelton at a Seventeen magazine shoot in Dallas, Texas for Jessica Simpson. Pavés and Shelton formed an ongoing collaboration where his celebrity hair advice was initially featured (with exclusive celebrity hair tips) on the Internet through the Hairboutique.com website. Also beginning in 2002, Pavés appeared regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show creating a series of hair make-overs for Oprah Winfrey audiences. Pavés has appeared on several episodes of MTV’s reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica starring Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey in addition to his appearances on MTV, VH-1 and similar entertainment shows, providing hair care tips.
In 2004, Pavés launched Flawless by Pavés Professional which was originally sold in Walgreens and on Hairboutique.com. In 2006 he launched a line of clip-on hair extensions that he created in partnership with Jessica Simpson and the HairUWear company. The resulting product, Hairdo, is designed for home usage and everyday wear. The two are also featured in the video Simpson & Ken Paves: Behind the Scenes, a brief video designed to show the inspiration behind the line, as well as the feasibility of the hair pieces for the every day woman. The video is featured at most websites that carry the hair pieces.
Pavés has worked with celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Carmen Electra, Céline Dion, Kim Cattrall, Ashlee Simpson, Christina Applegate, Heather Locklear, Avril Lavigne, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Biel along with others since the mid-1990s. His hair designs have appeared in beauty, fashion and hair publications including Vogue, Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, US Weekly, Celebrity Living, Life & Style Weekly and Star.
He currently is working alongside a leading company in "alternative hair" accessories, extensions and systems for women and men, called HAIRuWEAR, who also helps provide wigs for cancer patients. Pavés, along with HAIRuWEAR, has created a unique clip-in extension system called hairdo, which emulates the same extensions Jessica Simpson wears daily. The line also carries ponytails, clip-in bangs, and more. Hairdo is sold all over the Continental U.S., as well as internationally. He has recently launched sales on QVC.
Ken Paves has most recently joined forces with the ElevenSpa Vegas. The luxury, 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) spa is located on the Las Vegas Strip at the 1,500,000-square-foot (140,000 m2) regional lifestyle center known as Town Square and opened in January 2009. ‘Ken Paves Salon at ELEVEN’ will also operate the hair salon at ELEVEN’s Palm Beach location.
In October 2011, Ken Paves launched his newest hair system called Ken Paves Self Help seen on SelfHelpHair.com website. The family of products claim to transform hair in as little as four uses by using a proprietary formula that strengthens the hair shaft and increases elasticity to the cuticle. A long form television commercial produced by Ductapemedia has been launched to support the product line hosted by Ken Paves himself and Giuliana Rancic. She is a host on E! News, the E! Network's flagship entertainment news program. The commercial features a live studio audience with eight women from different walks of life presenting their hair problems to Ken at his Beverly Hills salon followed by studio reveal and interview with Ken and Guiliana.
Pavés is a celebrity spokesperson for Operation Smile Charity and has accompanied Jessica Simpson on International Trips on behalf of the charity.
- Jessica Simpson: A Public Affair (2006) (TV) .... Himself
- Monster-in-Law (2005) ... hair stylist: Jennifer Lopez, additional photography) ... aka Schwiegermonster, Das (Germany)
- Jersey Girl (2004) (hair stylist: Jennifer Lopez)
- You Don't Know Jack... About MonsterFest (2001) (TV) (Hair stylist and makeup artist to Carmen Elektra)
- The Wedding Planner (2001) (hair stylist for Jennifer lopez)
- Adato, Allison; Ingrassia, Lisa; Baker, K C. (2006-06-12), "The Mane Man". People. 65 (23):107-108
- Us Weekly. "Ken Paves: Jessica Simpson "Barely Looks in the Mirror" Anymore". Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- Christine Ferretti, The Detroit News. "Stylist takes stars in stride". Retrieved October 27, 2006.[dead link]
- Karen Shelton. "Hair Master Behind Jessica Simpson". Retrieved November 2, 2006.
- HairDo by Jessica Simpson & Ken Paves - HairBoutique.com Marketplace
- Operation Smile. "Jessica Simpson in Kenya". Retrieved October 27, 2006.
- Operation Smile - Safari of Smiles Gala Helps Children Around the World
- Operation Smile - Search Results
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