Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2017.
D&M Hair Design, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Hair: Danny Pato
- Photographer: Mara Sommer
- Stylist: Rachel Morton
- Makeup Artist: Kiekie Stanners
On what the award means to you:
“This means so much to me because I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. Last year I won it and this is my second year. I’m so grateful that I get to do what I love and to be recognised by the icons of the industry.”
How did you achieve the looks in your collection?
“The collection was all about texture, asymmetry and disconnection. I wanted to create something wild and leopard-like. I did a lot of dry cutting, slicing, back cutting and fading with clippers. Colours were earthy and worn-in. The main products I used across the collection were Davines Sea Salt Spray, Davines Love Curl Cream and Oribe Dry Texturiser.”
What is it that you love about being a hair professional?
“How many jobs in the world do you get to dress up however you want, loudly play the music you like, socialise with inspiring people, explore your craft and creativity, and help people to look and feel better about themselves? I love that there’s no end to growing as a hairdresser, that you can and should learn every day. So many parts of it don’t feel like work.”
What advice do you have for those considering entering the Hair Expo Awards 2018?
“My advice is that you should go for it. Going through the process challenges you to be your best for the industry, for your team and for yourself. It’s a fantastic platform to bring a creative project to life and to push yourself to grow as a professional.”
Is there anyone (or anything) that you continually look to for inspiration for your work?
“I look for inspiration everywhere. It could be architecture, nature, fine art, pop culture, fashion, or the people around me. I’m inspired by the industry greats, as well as the incredible team around me.”
If you had to pick three words to describe the NZ hair industry, what would they be?
“Strong, creative community.”