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These are just a few of the adjectives often used to describe the creative genius of Damien Carney. Undeniably one of the most accomplished hairstylists in the last 20 years, Carney has elevated hairstyling into an art form through an impressive body of work.
With a keen eye for detail and the ability to showcase a person's natural assets, Carney has amassed a portfolio reflecting a virtual "Who's Who" in fashion and beauty. Music and film stars such as Ryan Gosling, Grace Jones, Olivia Munn, Krysten Ritter, Beth Riesgraf, Trudie Styler, super models including Abbey Lee, Magdalena Frackowiak, Liberty Ross, Jodie Kidd and Karen Mulder are just a few of the "A-List" celebrities and top models who turned to Carney to create their image-defining hairstyles.
In a career woven with honors and accolades, Carney's high notes include being voted one of Modern Salon Magazine's "50 Influential Hairdressers - Trendsetters" in 2008. In 2009, Carney was a finalist in the prestigious AIPP Coiffure Hairdressing Awards in Paris, honoring artistic achievement in internationally acclaimed hairdressing. He was a finalist in the 2007 NAHA Award Category of "Contemporary Classic" and received considerable world press as winner of the British Hairdressing Award, "Men's Hairdresser of the Year." Carney has also been honored to judge in the prestigious NAHA Awards. Passionate about giving back to an industry he loves, Carney designed a mask for auction at City of Hope's salon industry event, "Spirit of Life Dinner & Masquerade Ball - 2009."
A natural in front of the television camera, Carney has appeared on ABC, NBC, QVC as Certified Presenter and as lead stylist on America's Next Top Model. Bravo Network celebrity, Tabatha Coffey - "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" - specifically chose Carney's work for many of her latest book photos and was the stylist of choice to design her hair for an extensive fashion shoot. Carney was thrilled to accept the role of Emcee for the International Fashion Theater at PBA's International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach and Midwest introducing industry icons.
Throughout his career, Carney has globally collaborated with photographers Gilles Bensimon, Ellen von Unwerth, Norman Watson, Rankin and David Slijper. His work has graced the pages of international publications ELLE, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, W, Cosmopolitan and GQ. Carney was honored as on-set stylist for the Movember ad campaign shoot. The funds raised through Movember's US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, to promote cancer awareness and research. Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics turned to Carney's luminous talent for an ad campaign shoot. He also was chosen as hair designer for Loree Rodkin's shoot launching her Men's Eyewear Collection.
Demonstrating strong talent early in his career, Carney served as Artistic Director and Principle Trainer for one of London's top hairstyling academies. Carney was tapped by creative powerhouse, Trevor Sorbie, to join his legendary Covent Garden Salon. Not only did Carney enjoy mentoring with one of the industry's most prolific artists of all time in Sorbie, he worked in the salon with industry icons Eugene Souleiman, Vivienne Mackinder, Ruth Roche and Antoinette Beenders, as all were developing their own skills. It was there, in the fertile ground of unbridled creativity, that he achieved the position of "Principle of Education" and in turn received the training of a lifetime.
Since 1999, Carney has wielded his scissors and unique artistic vision for Shiseido Laboratories as the "International Artistic Director" for the beauty giant's prestigious Joico hair care brand. In 2006, Carney channeled his passion for education into establishing Damien Carney London, a modern, mobile hairstyling academy with satellite offices in London, New York and Los Angeles. Through his vision, Carney inspires artists around the world to take hair design to the highest level of creativity and excellence.
"As an artist, Damien is in a league of his own, and to have been mentored by him has been an honor. To learn from him is to learn from the master of the craft."
- Tabatha Coffey - Star of BRAVO'S Hit TV Show, "Tabatha's Salon Takeover"
"When I reflect upon the brilliant work of Damien Carney, the first things that come to mind are his strong technical skills, versatility and creativity. What a lucky girl I am to have worked with Damien during our Trevor Sorbie days in London. Thank you for your contribution to our art form. I remain your biggest fan."
- Vivienne Mackinder - Founder, HairDesignerTV.com
"I have worked with Damien for many years and am always amazed every time I see his work. Damien is truly one of the great artists of our generation, and he inspires hairdressers around the world."
- Brett Vinovich - Publisher, American Salon Magazine
"Damien Carney is the consummate professional. Not only a wiz with hair, Damien is a genius when it comes to creating magnificent styles at photo sessions. He is polite, eloquent, full of energy and a joy to work with on any set... any location."
- Maggie Mulhern - Beauty & Fashion Director, Modern Salon Media
"Damien Carney is one of today's most progressive and talented artists, as absolute master of his craft. His sense of style is always dead on with today's trends." - Joan Harrison
- Publishing Director/CEO, Harco Publishing/Canadian Hairdresser Magazine