On Monday the 12th June at the The Star, Sydney. Danny was named the best in the country as AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2023, cementing his position as NZ’s most visionary hairdresser. His incredible impact was recognised with the presentation of the AHIA Dennis Langford Hall of Fame Award.
Launched in 2012 by esteemed trade visionaries Mocha Publishing, the AHIA’s are celebrating their 12th year as the trusted national award platform which provides a benchmark of excellence across both specialist and individual Educational and Business categories and the 3rd year that the Creative categories have been given their own awards program. Prior to that, these awards were run by Hair Expo.
Co-Founder and Creative Director of D&M Hair Design, Danny Pato grew up in Greece with five sisters, the very women who sparked his passion for hairdressing. That passion has taken him all over the world and seen him recognised as one of the most awarded hairdressers in the industry. Indeed, the D&M team are proud to have been consistently recognised as the top salon team in the country since first opening 18 years ago.
The combination of unique cultures, specialty skill sets and creative passions is what defines them, alongside their comprehensive in-house training program focused on international trends and techniques. Today, Danny works full-time on the salon floor, and juggles training his team, doing fashion editorials, writing industry commentary and adding to his trophies for Hair Expo NZ Hairdresser of the Year 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, AIPP International Trophy 2020 and 2022, and two-time International Hairdresser of the Year in 2021 (in Canada and Spain).
“His mastery of this key award is truly unparalleled and Danny continues to be the perfect example of a true industry leader. As with all of our 2023 winners he is looked to both nationally and globally as an innovator in technique, trend and service. The entire country should be so proud of his achievements!” Linda Woodhead AHIA