Hair & Beauty

SA’s Damien Rinaldo Finalist in Australian Hairdresser of the Year

Following in his family’s very famous footsteps, Damien Rinaldo from Hair Machine Norwood has been nominated by Hair Expo Australia as one of six finalists for Australian Hairdresser of the Year.

Australian Hairdresser of the Year awards are the Oscars of the Hair World. They are the most coveted of awards, representing the pinnacle of the Australian Hairdressing Industry.

Damien’s finalist status is a major highlight in his list of accolades, which is already longer than Kim Kardashian’s hair extensions!

Damien Rinaldo has emerged from Adelaide’s first family of hairdressing, the Rinaldo’s, who have built up one of the most successful award winning hair franchises in Australia – Hair Machine.

Working in an environment such as Hair Machine has enabled Damien to become a true craftsman of his trade.

Damien credits his finalist place to the development, mentoring and opportunities that Hair Machine has been able to provide.

His work has been seen everywhere from magazine covers to the country’s leading fashion shows, such as L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Known for his signature haircuts, it is no surprise that he is the man behind countless celebrities iconic haircuts; including past clients such as Kate Cebrano, Jessica Hart, Megan Gale and Jennifer Hawkins. Some of his Adelaide A-lister clients are Amanda Blair, Rosanna Mangirelli, Sara Abel Smith, Chris Knight and Evan Marici.

Today the proud South Australian has his artistic hands full. He is the Creative Director of seven salons throughout South Australia, and the man who ensures the smooth running of the famous and iconic brand that is Hair Machine.

Australian Hairdresser of the Year Award is the longest running and most respected hair awards in the Southern Hemisphere.

A 20-strong panel of independent industry experts from both Australia and New Zealand spent two full days scrutinising over 150 entries to select the six finalists who will compete for the top prize of Australian Hairdresser of the Year:
• Frank Apostolopoulos from Biba, Fitzroy, VIC
• Damien Rinaldo from Hair Machine, Norwood, SA
• Hilda Santalucia from Biba, South Yarra, VIC
• Joey Scandizzo from Rokk Ebony, South Yarra, VIC
• Craig Smith from Fruition, Brisbane, QLD
• Jayne Wild from Wild Life Hair, Milsons Point, NSW

More than 200 of the hair industry’s most influential personalities browsed the breathtaking photographic collections in Hair Expo’s purpose built gallery before selecting the finalists for the 2011 Award.

Damien’s entry was a stand out. It showcased his ‘Androgyny – Boy Meets Girl’ collection, inspired by the ‘androgynous’ look which has dominated catwalks of the world in the last few years, and continues to be on trend.

Damien says the collection “reflects a raw, street culture that is still complimented by the innocence of beautiful models”.

The collection shows off his skill set with rough textures, strong lines and directional shapes that create an alluring yet strikingly beautiful image. If you’ve never been one for androgyny, this might just change your mind.

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Or book your hair appointment with Damien at Hair Machine, Norwood.
Phone: 08 8331 1666
118 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
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