What the industry is saying about Damien Carney …
“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”
Damien Carney's Bio
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 have 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.” 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.”
Throughout his career, Carney has traveled the globe, collaborating 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. 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 the 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.
“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
Fees and Availablity
Please contact The Beauty Agents at 877.319.2403 for fees and availability.
The Art of Long Hair Design
Learn the art of long hair design for editorial or special event styling. Study how
texture, silhouette and shape transform the final look. This program is designed using
fundamental techniques with modern applications. The program can be personalized
to each individual. This two-day course will include styles that range from simple to
complex. You’ll gain the confidence to produce stunning looks for photo shoots, along
with styles for weddings, proms and other special moments.
You will learn how to:
- Develop the general concept of an up-style (function, form, shape and balance)
- Translate past influences into modern perspectives
- Develop and execute conception to creation of a design
- Effectively analyze face, body and lifestyle to use in designing the style
- Create multiple styles from one foundation
Duration: 2 days
The Photo Shoot – Behind the Scenes
Learn how to develop a concept, plan for the shoot, execute on set and produce the
finished imagery. If you’ve ever wanted to learn what it takes to get an idea to the final
image, this is an opportunity to learn from an icon in hair photography. Damien Carney
takes you on the journey from how to get your idea from a concept, to storyboard,
through model, photography, wardrobe stylist and make-up artist selection. He’ll advise
on how to assemble the right team for the right budget so you may produce your artistic
vision. You’ll gain extra tips on how to network and market your imagery, providing you
with the confidence to produce attention-getting photography.
You will learn how to:
- Develop your creative instincts
- Network to find the right team
- Organize the creative process through storyboarding
- Choreograph the execution of a shoot
- Define post shoot tasks - now what?
- How to make your images work for you – marketing and gaining press
Duration: 3 days
Classic Hair Cutting with Damien Carney
This course demonstrated the vital role “The Fundamentals” play in all hair cutting
course work. This 1 – 3 day program is designed for all levels of hairdressers. The
curriculum is designed so that you truly understanding the way length, layering and
graduation really work. This program is excellent for refining the fundamentals and
translating them into today’s varied style culture.
You will learn how to:
- Develop a customized approach to your cutting methods built on a classic foundation
- Perform four distinct hair cuts based on the three principals that are fundamental to all hair cutting
- Understand design, balance and proportion to control you work
Duration: 2 days