BellaSugar: What's the best part about working on The X Factor?
Ken Paves: The best part for me has truly been to support these incredible artists and help them see a $5 million artist when they look in the mirror. I also love that Simon Cowell and The X Factor have given me a huge stage to celebrate such diverse beauty. Everyone in the world can relate to someone that has performed on this stage. I love that [contestant] Rachel Crow has become a beauty role model for young girls and women alike who thought before that a "hair makeover" meant straightening her amazing curls. We made them bigger and bigger. Kinky has conquered!
BS: What are some examples of some of your biggest challenges and/or most memorable moments working on the show thus far?
KP: This is a live show, so the timing. When we started, we had 32 people to get ready for a live show and had to share them with rehearsals, wardrobe, vocals, makeup, and their mentors. We had 20 minutes for each contestant to make them look like a $5 million star. Even now that we are down to four, we have two looks with them, two songs, two rehearsals, two everything.
BS: How is styling for TV different than styling at the salon or for the red carpet?
KP: The energy here is crazy. This is like getting someone ready for the Grammys, but on steroids, because I am not just getting one performer ready, I am getting them all ready. I love it. It's like nothing I've ever done before. I am like a bear come Friday. I sleep!
BS: What are some easy, festive hairstyles for the holidays, and what are your tips for getting them?
KP: I think the holidays are like The X Factor stage: look like a star, make the holidays your stage, and celebrate what makes you individual. Stand out in the crowd. Just make it look luxurious and expensive.
BS: What hair trend do you hope never comes back in style again?
KP: Tinsel in the hair! I hope everyone gets it out of their system this holiday and then we can bid it good riddance after the new year.