City Pulse

By Susan Romero

Ken Paves is a magician. I personally witnessed several women, including myself, being transformed into glamour queens – with the help of Hairdo Clip-in Extensions – in a matter of minutes. Everyone was thrilled with the results, including me. My fine shoulder length hair was suddenly tumbling over my shoulders and down my back – and best of all it looked real.

All of this happened at Henri Bendel last week during an exclusive event in support of designer Kelli Delaney’s Members Only signature collection relaunch. Celebrity stylist Paves was on hand during the event to demonstrate the Hairdo line of Clip-in Extensions. Paves and his team of stylists parted, lifted and clipped their way into the hearts of several women lucky enough to get a complimentary hair makeover during the event. While his assistant held the extension, Paves dipped and swayed to the blaring music as he cut the hair. That was a show in itself. His enthusiasm was matched by the sheer joy of each woman as she admired her instant makeover in the gleaming gold framed mirror.


Designer Kelli Delaney and “Mane Man” Ken Paves
Source: Patrick McMullan and

Hairdo extensions are the brainchild of Paves and his self proclaimed “muse,” Jessica Simpson, who have let the world in on the secret to Simpson’s frequent hairstyle changes. The Hairdo collection offers synthetic extensions made of a patented fiber, Vibralite, that looks and feels like natural hair. There is also a selection of human hair extensions.


How do the extensions work? Just part your hair about one inch above the ears, around the back of your head. Clip the hair above the part on the top of your head. The stylists recommended teasing the hair around the part so the clips have more to catch onto. Then just clip the extension on starting in the middle at the back of your head, then clip the left right and bottom.

After seeing both synthetic and human hair extensions styled on various women, I can honestly say it was hard to tell the difference. These extensions blend so seamlessly with natural hair that no one can tell it isn’t real, unless you touch the scalp. I definitely recommend giving them a try.

Hairdo synthetic extensions come in wavy or straight in 16 different shades ranging from $90-100. Lengths are 15, 18 and 23-inches for wavy hair and 10, 19 and 22 inches for straight hair. The human hair extensions can be colored, permed or styled with heat and cost $500. They come in a 21-inch style and 15 different shades.

For more information on the Hairdo collection visit,

Originally published January 2008
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