Hair Care

By Stef Schwalb


The bold and the beautiful head to celeb stylist Ken Paves for great cuts and exquisite color. He’s been the mane man for JLo, Celine Dion, and Heather Locklear, and the color creator behind the beautiful blonde and brunette locks of the Simpson sisters. He has been featured in numerous magazines, and on “Oprah,” as well as on the sets of MTV and VH-1. People love his innovative, personal strand style and designs that are focused on the foundation of keeping hair healthy. We caught up with Ken while he was headed to Washington with Jessica Simpson to support one of their favorite charities, Operation Smile. It was also recently reported by “The Insider” that the duo will be teaming up again this summer to create a new hair extension line called Jessica Hair Extensions. As soon as we get more details, we’ll pass them on to you. But for now, here’s Ken’s take on color trends and care this Spring.

“Spring color trends are less about light and more about bright!” says Ken. “Hair that is too light can look dry and make skin appear dull. Instead, choose a color or highlights that enhance and brighten your current color. For example instead of platinum hair opt for a light honey blonde. Like I just had Ashlee Simpson’s hair colored from platinum to a pale honey blonde because it tends to look very healthy.” He also recommends that girls-on-the-go choose a base color not too far off from your own and add highlights to brighten. “This way you can avoid highlighting every time and still get the same light effect,” he says. “By choosing a base color close to your own, when your roots come in it won’t be as bad and you can get away with a little extra time in between. Think Giselle!”

It’s also important from season to season to use the right products to maintain your new hue. And what does Ken favor? The new Kerastase color line, for one. “I’m obsessed with it! It instantly makes colored hair look bright and shiny.” Be sure to make caring for your color a top priority too. “Hair tends to be more dry and dull in the winter months. It becomes dehydrated from the added heat we use inside, plus we tend to take warmer showers,” says Ken. “Dehydrated hair tends to make color look faded. In order to bring new life into your dull hair you must hydrate. I recommend introducing a thicker conditioner into your routine to alternate with your normal. Once to twice a week should do.” For people with fine hair Ken suggests concentrating the heavier conditioner mid shaft to end, and recommends Paves Professional Conditioning Creme. “I also apply a light shine serum to keep the hair moisturized and supple, like Paves Professional Essential Oil Shine Serum,” he says. “Apply to wet hair after shampooing and conditioning before other styling products. Also apply more once your hair is dry for added hydration and shine.”

Ken also advises people to consider not washing your hair daily, or washing at night and air drying to avoid damage and drying that can come from excessive washing and blow drying. For more information on Ken Paves, his namesake salon, and products, call 877-757-PAVE.

Originally published April 2006



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