“My proudest moment is right now – I’ve won New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year five years in a row, and won International Hairstylist of the Year 2021.”

Danny Pato 

What country are you from and where do you live?

I was born in the Mediterranean and grew up in the Middle East and Europe. I’ve lived in Auckland, New Zealand, for more than two decades.

Title of what you do and what company you work with?

I’m the co-owner and Creative Director of D&M Hair Design.

Education background (school, salons, self taught)?

I did my formal study at a hairdressing academy, and trained under some incredible hairdressers in salons in Europe and New Zealand. 

What is your signature style/artistic expression to your work?

On the salon floor, I’m known for being a master of the basics and adding my personal twist. 

In my editorial and collection work, I’m known for my story telling.

What is the first creative project that you remember?

This must have been around 20 years ago, my first competition entry, for Sebastian. I shot two strong feminine women in a bathroom, it was sexy, glamorous and I pushed my own boundaries. I ended up winning and getting to go to LA for the first time.

What is the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Working with Billie Eilish, doing her hair for a Coup de Main magazine cover. She was so inspiring to work with, I adore her.

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career? What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

I don’t see there was a specific turning point when I was younger, it was more like a constant journey of learning everything I could, going to every seminar, entering every competition I could, getting into editorial and catwalk shows, giving back to the industry through education shows and seminars around the world … Every part is another step in the ladder.

The scariest moment in my career was opening my salon with my business partner Michael 15 years ago. My proudest moment is right now – I’ve won New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year five years in a row, and won International Hairstylist of the Year 2021.

What is next for your career goals?

To take my charity work to the next level. One of my last projects I raised $27,000 for KidsCan for disadvantaged Kiwi kids.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business? 

Strive for excellence and never stop learning.

Instagram:  @dannypatohair 

Website:   www.dandm.co.nz

OPTIC

Hair & Art Director: Danny Pato using Davines

Salon: D&M Hair Design

Photographer: Mara Sommer

Stylists: Danny Pato & Rachel Morton

Makeup Artist: Kiekie Stanners

Producer: Ryland Wood

Models: Jenna, Lauren and Lydia from Red11, Bernie and Ella from Unique.

THE CREATURES

Hair & Art Director: Danny Pato using Davines

Salon: D&M Hair Design

Photographer: Mara Sommer

Producer: Ryland Wood

Stylists: Danny Pato & Rachel Morton

Makeup Artist: Kiekie Stanners

Models: Heidi, Jenna and Sophia from Red11

DECORA

Photographer: Mara Sommer

Art Director: Danny Pato @ D&M

Hair: D&M team using Davines colour and Oribe styling

Styling: Rachel Morton

Makeup: Aimie Fiebig using Bobby Brown

Fashion Credits: Charlotte Cho, Monique Burgess, Amy Li, Michelle Wright and Badi Yeung, all from their AUT Fashion Design graduate collections.

Models: Amberley @ Red 11, Dani Hayes & Libby @ Unique, and Talea @ Clyne.

TORI

Photographer: Mara Sommer

Art Director/Fashion Design/Hair: Danny Pato using Davines and GHD 

Producer: Ryland Wood

Illustrator: Kelly Thompson

Stylist: Rachel Morton

Makeup Artist: Kiekie Stanners

Models: Lydia, Heidi and Amanda from Red 11, Dani Hayes

MELANGE

Photographer: Mara Sommer

Art and Hair Director: Danny Pato using Davines

Styling: Rachel Morton and Danny Pato

Makeup: Kiekie Stanners using MAC

Models: Dani and Brooklyn @ Unique, Grace and Lilly @ 62, Lydia @ Red11.