'X Factor' Stylists Dish on Finalists' Makeovers

12/22/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

X Factor Hair and Make-Up Stylists Talk Finalists
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The X Factor winner may be announced in mere hours, but we have an insider’s look at the finalists’ transformations, courtesy of the show’s official Style Team!

“He’s into his hair now,” stylist Ken Paves (left) gushes of rocker Josh Krajcik, whose locks have undergone a formidable change. “He told me he never knew he had so many options or such good hair. We’ve actually taken his length up four inches since he started.” Groomer Kristofer Buckle (right) reveals, “I don’t think that television does Josh’s big brown eyes justice.”

Melanie Amaro (center), whom Simon Cowell predicts for the win, has also undergone a tress-formation. “I am addicted to shine serum and hydrating [her] hair,” Paves says. “She’s loving the added honey highlights and length!” And she’s not the only one: “Her mom likes it, we’ve talked on the phone, after all, her mom is a hairdresser too!” Ken reveals. Buckle chimes in that her smooth, unblemished skin “makes my job easier.”

But what about Chris Rene, the former trash collector who became an unexpected sex symbol? “We did grow his hair out on top for versatility,” Paves says. “Chris told me that all his boys back in Santa Cruz are digging his new look and growing out there hair. That’s cool!”

Justine Harman


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