American Salon September 2012 : Page 48

Fairy Tale Ken Paves may have been crowned the “hottest hairdresser in Hollywood” by members of the media, but that doesn’t mean the hair guru, who’s known for his fresh looks and forward thinking, is resting on his laurels. Always on the prowl for new creative outlets, Paves found just what he was looking for when he was recently invited by Walt Disney Studios to design the hair for Periwinkle, a new animated fairy who’s making her debut alongside Tinker Bell in Secret of the Wings , available in October on Blu-ray and DVD. For his latest project, celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves works his magic, creating a coif for Disney’s newest pixie, Periwinkle. The collaboration between studio and stylist was the first of its kind. “I was brought on board to bring initial 2D hand-drawn sketches to life, primarily directing the animation team in the creation of Periwinkle’s style, constructing the movement of her hair and the framing of her face—all key things in the animation process,” says Paves, who also serves as celebrity stylist for Hairdo. by HairUWear. “My role as Periwinkle’s stylist was to give her an identifiable silhouette, creating the best possible 360-degree look that’s edgy and distinctive while also getting her red carpet ready.” As easy as it sounds, Paves did encounter a few challenges along the way. For instance, capturing Periwinkle’s movement required significant forethought. “She has a lot of energy and I wanted to research how the fairies move around, and know the angles at which they’re illustrated,” he says. One of the things that Paves really honed in on was how the hair floated a little bit on the character. “I wanted to see how it would move, so I watched all of the Tinker Bell movies and paid attention to the way that the fairies flew and what happened when they landed,” he says. “My goal was to create something that was organic to her character and the story line in the movie, but also went along with her movements.” To that end, Paves experimented with a real-life model who resembled Periwinkle while using a combination of mousse, gel, KP Self Help Hair Spritz and KP Self Help Shine Serum. “Her hair was all one length—nearly down to the middle of her back when we started—and kind of silvery with a hint of lavender haircolor,” Paves says. “As I worked, I immersed myself in Periwinkle’s story and her life, and had pictures of her everywhere. I spent days sketching, researching and shaping her hair— really just trying to get the right proportion on her while still keeping it feminine and kind of dainty yet sassy. I think we really nailed that, and I feel certain that Periwinkle will start a whole new hair trend for young viewers.” ✂ —Kelley Donahue FROM TOP: Periwinkle with Tinker Bell in scenes from Secret of the Wings ; to perfect Periwinkle’s look, which was meant to be organic, fresh, light and airy, Ken Paves experimented on a real-life model. 48 American Salon september 2012 PhotograPhy: Disney home ent. (toP); richarD mcLaren/ richardmclarenphoto.com (bottom)

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Kelley Donahue

Fairy Tale<br /> For his latest project, celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves works his magic, creating a coif for Disney’s newest pixie, Periwinkle.<br /> <br /> Ken Paves may have been crowned the “hottest hairdresser in Hollywood” by members of the media, but that doesn’t mean the hair guru, who’s known for his fresh looks and forward thinking, is resting on his laurels. Always on the prowl for new creative outlets, Paves found just what he was looking for when he was recently invited by Walt Disney Studios to design the hair for Periwinkle, a new animated fairy who’s making her debut alongside Tinker Bell in Secret of the Wings, available in October on Blu-ray and DVD. <br /> The collaboration between studio and stylist was the first of its kind. “I was brought on board to bring initial 2D hand-drawn sketches to life, primarily directing the animation team in the creation of Periwinkle’s style, constructing the movement of her hair and the framing of her face—all key things in the animation process,” says Paves, who also serves as celebrity stylist for Hairdo. by HairUWear. “My role as Periwinkle’s stylist was to give her an identifiable silhouette, creating the best possible 360-degree look that’s edgy and distinctive while also getting her red carpet ready.” <br /> As easy as it sounds, Paves did encounter a few challenges along the way. For instance, capturing Periwinkle’s movement required significant forethought. “She has a lot of energy and I wanted to research how the fairies move around, and know the angles at which they’re illustrated,” he says. One of the things that Paves really honed in on was how the hair floated a little bit on the character. “I wanted to see how it would move, so I watched all of the Tinker Bell movies and paid attention to the way that the fairies flew and what happened when they landed,” he says. “My goal was to create something that was organic to her character and the story line in the movie, but also went along with her movements.” <br /> To that end, Paves experimented with a real-life model who resembled Periwinkle while using a combination of mousse, gel, KP Self Help Hair Spritz and KP Self Help Shine Serum. “Her hair was all one length—nearly down to the middle of her back when we started—and kind of silvery with a hint of lavender haircolor,” Paves says. “As I worked, I immersed myself in Periwinkle’s story and her life, and had pictures of her everywhere. I spent days sketching, researching and shaping her hair—<br /> really just trying to get the right proportion on her while still keeping it feminine and kind of dainty yet sassy. I think we really nailed that, and I feel certain that Periwinkle will start a whole new hair trend for young viewers.” ✂ <br /> —Kelley Donahue

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