Schwarzkopf Professional Hires Damien Carney as New Creative Director

Schwarzkopf Professional recently announced that visionary artist Damien Carney will assume responsibilities of Schwarzkopf Professional Creative Director North America by overseeing the creative content and image for the brand, starting this fall.

According to Carney, nothing ever stands still — especially in the world of hair — so when he was given the opportunity to align with Schwarzkopf Professional, Carney couldn’t decline. He shares, “I’ve always been about change and moving forward. You stand still and you simply get left behind. I feel it is now time for me to change, to move forward. To grow and surround myself with stronger talent that will inspire me to be better.” Carney continues, “I don’t jump ships easily or quickly; loyalty, passion, creativity and longevity are important core values to me. I like to surround myself with those who are better than I, so I can learn and absorb all the wonderful things to learn in life. With that said, I couldn’t be more thrilled to represent and partner with Schwarzkopf as Creative Director/ Ambassador for Schwarzkopf Professional North America.”

“I have always been a fan of Damien Carney,” says Schwarzkopf Professional North America General Manager George Broder. “His personal style of presenting hair combined with his sense of humor and humility makes for a memorable encounter. With Schwarzkopf Professional, we will expand on Damien’s ability to make a difference to all those that he encounters throughout North America,” remarks Broder.

In his new role, Carney will lead the guest artist team in technical precision and work closely with education to develop marketing strategies, as well. Schwarzkopf Professional Director of Education Linda Gilbride believes Carney will bring Schwarzkopf Professional to a whole new level. “It is both exciting and inspirational with Damien as our Schwarzkopf Professional North American Creative Director. We are eagerly awaiting to see what we create together in the future,” shares Gilbride.

Through his remarkable body of work, Carney has carved a spot for himself in the hair industry as one of the most illustrious artists of his time. His portfolio includes the likes of A-list talent including Ryan Gosling, Olivia Munn, Krysten Ritter and world-class supermodels Magdalena Frackowiak, Abbey Lee and Liberty Ross, all of whom have looked to Carney to create their image-defining hairstyles. A frequent collaborator with notable photography greats Gilles Bensimon, Ellen von Unwerth, Norman Watson, Rankin and David Slijper, Carney’s work has been featured in renown international publications including ELLE, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, W, Cosmopolitan and GQ.

No stranger to the screen, Carney has appeared as a Certified Presenter on ABC, NBC and QVC as well as a Lead Stylist on “America’s Next Top Model.” Carney has also worked exclusively with Tabitha Coffey of Bravo’s “Tabitha’s Salon Takeover,” as her stylist of choice for extensive cover and fashion shoots.  

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 Joico hair care brand. In 2006, he established Damien Carney London, a mobile and very modern hairstyling academy with satellite offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Now Carney enters into a new era with Schwarzkopf Professional and is excited to continue to inspire artists to take their craft to the next level. Carney shares, “Schwarzkopf Professional is a brand that leads with amazing education, incredible hair care products, cutting edge technology and most importantly a strong, strong, passion for our industry via education.” He continues, “I can’t wait for my new journey to begin with this incredible organization.”

[Image courtesy of Beach House PR]

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