21 June 2024

Ken Paves Unveiled: Insights from the Hair Influencer of the Year

In a dazzling ceremony at this year’s International Hairdressing Awards in Lisbon, celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves was crowned International Hair Influencer of the Year.

With a career spanning over three decades, Ken Paves has not only styled some of the most iconic celebrities but has also used his platform to make significant charitable impacts and promote the art of hairdressing across the globe. Celebrated for his innovative techniques and his philosophy that emphasizes listening and personalizing experiences, Paves has redefined what it means to be a hairstylist. Beyond the glitter, his work resonates with a deeper connection to his clients, making every interaction a transformative experience. In this exclusive interview for Estetica Magazine, we delve into the insights and inspirations of a stylist who believes in the power of change, one haircut at a time.

Congratulations on your recent accolade! How does it feel to be recognized internationally after such an illustrious career?

It’s absolutely surreal. To be recognized by the International Hairdressing Awards, after 30 years, feels like both a validation of my past efforts and a charge for the future. It’s really humbling and it inspires me to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve in this industry.

You’ve often mentioned the impact of your early experiences in shaping your approach to hairdressing. Can you share how these experiences influence your work today?

Growing up in Detroit and starting from the bottom really taught me the value of hard work and resilience. I learned that it’s not just about the technical skills, but about how you make people feel. Whether I’m working with a celebrity or a regular client, I make sure they leave feeling better about themselves. It’s about the service and the transformation we can bring into their lives.

Speaking of transformations, you’ve done numerous makeovers on shows like “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. What do you find most rewarding about these transformations?

The most rewarding part is definitely seeing someone look in the mirror and genuinely love what they see. It’s more than just external changes; it’s about boosting someone’s confidence and helping them see their own beauty. That’s the real power of what we do.

As someone who has worked with countless celebrities, how do you stay grounded in such a high-pressure environment?

It’s all about remembering why I started. I’ve always believed in the transformative power of hairdressing. Keeping focused on the individual in my chair, their needs and their story, helps me stay grounded. It’s not about the glitz and glam; it’s about making a difference one person at a time.

What advice would you give to young stylists aspiring to make their mark in the industry?

Never forget the importance of hard work and learning from every single experience. Stay curious, stay passionate, and never stop learning. This industry is about service, and if you keep that in mind, you’ll not only achieve your dreams but also help others reach theirs. It’s been a privilege to share my journey at the International Hairdressing Awards and I hope it inspires others to pursue their passion in hairdressing with integrity and heart.

Ken Paves was crowned 2024 International Hair Influencer of the Year last month in Lisbon. His incredible impact in the industry and beyond has been felt for many years, shaping the craft through his dynamic presence on television and social media. From his iconic collaborations with media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey to his dazzling appearances on many other TV programs, Ken has truly left an indelible mark. Beyond his stellar career, Ken’s heart shines through his lifelong dedication to charitable endeavors. Plus, let’s not forget, he’s the go-to hairstylist for A-list celebrities like Victoria and David Beckham, Eva Longoria, Tom Brady, Jessica Simpson, and countless others!


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