NZ’s DANNY PATO wins AHIA 2024 Avante Garde Hairdresser of the Year!

Danny Pato

Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design won key awards at the annual Australian Hairdressing Industry Awards last Monday 1st July at The Star, in Sydney. Danny is the proud recipient of AHIA Avante Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2024, along with the very first Medal of Honour to recognise his three previous wins for AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year in 2023, 2022 and 2021. 

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 hem, alongside their comprehensive in-house training program focused on international trends and techniques. 

Danny also works extensively with fashion editorials and writing industry commentary while adding to his trophies for four-time Hair Expo NZ Hairdresser of the Year 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, two-time AIPP International Trophy 2020 and 2022, and two-time International Hairdresser of the Year (Contessa, Canada and Figaro, Spain, 2021).. 

“Danny has continued to be the perfect example of an industry leader for so many years now and continues to be incredibly inspiring to those around him. His winning collection showed off his incredible talent and I’m so excited to have him representing New Zealand as ambassador for the awards programme and his area. As with all our 2024 winners he is now looked to globally as an innovator in technique, trend and service. Congratulations Danny!” said Mocha Group Owner/Publisher Linda Woodhead.

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