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Canberra Creative’s Tearing It Up Globally

Amanda Smith

We don’t need any reassurance about how good Canberra creatives are. We trust them with the crown we wear everyday – our hair.

They weave silkiness into our dry and mistreated strands, leaving us feeling pampered and now, two Canberra locals have been recognised on the world stage for their remarkable work.

Lauren Cataldo of Cataldo’s Salon and Peter Magro of Pony and Pins in Phillip are enjoying the spotlight, both named as finalists in international hair competitions. Lauren is one of twenty finalists selected out of a record-breaking 679 submissions to the AIPP Awards in the category of Best Photographic Hair for her series, Let Them Eat Cake – photographed by Lori Cicchini.


Photography: Lori Cicchini. Hair: Lauren Cataldo, Cataldos Salon

Lauren describes the series as “a collection inspired by the coldness of Marie Antoinette and society’s tendencies to gravitate toward and romanticise people like her”. Sharing your vision with someone who isn’t directly connected to your brain can be a little difficult but Lauren and Lori are a tandem act.

“Lori and I work well together, we ‘get’ each other,” explains Lauren. “No idea is too stupid or bizarre, we improvise and whatever the mood of the collection there is always underlying beauty”.

“To win would be an incredible achievement,” says Lauren. “In a small city on the other side of the world there are talented people with loads of passion doing amazing things in the hairdressing industry. Let the world shine a light on Canberra, Australia and be recognised for their achievements.”

The winners will be announced in September and awarded at the AIPP Awards Ceremony held during the world renowned Alternative Hair Show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Sunday 16 October.

Peter Magro, owner of Pony and Pins, revamped the classic bun in order to score a place at this year’s UNITE Global Session held in San Diego.

Pony and Pins- Winning Entry

“The competition had several categories for entering – I was assigned #styleiseternal,” says Peter. “I aimed to create timeless look with a contemporary feel. I did this by adding some modern colour and texture to a classic bun. I collaborated with other Canberra locals on the look including Bianca Pavlic who designed and made all the clothes for the shoot, Vendulka Creative Artist for the makeup and Stephen Lloyd from Photography Canberra.  The model, Tayah Mott suited the style perfectly.”

The UNITE Global Session is a gathering of hair professionals from around the world that runs from 7 to 12 October this year. This isn’t your run of the mill industry even either. The Global Session is about providing education and mentoring in order to help further the techniques and skills of those who are lucky enough to go.

“The latest cut, colours and styles from UNITE’s Global Creative Team will be showcased at the event,” explains Peter. “There will be seminars as well as hands on workshops and lots of other educational demonstrations. I’m really excited to soak up all the event has to offer and meet talented hairdressers from all over the world.”

Feature image photography: Lori Cicchini. Hair: Lauren Cataldo, Cataldos Salon.


Amanda Smith

Amanda is a lunch enthusiast and Canberra local with a love of all things curious. With a background in photography and current studies in journalism, she hopes to produce work on the human condition and what makes us so intricate. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her eccentric family and buying bread, dip and olives from the Old Bus Depot Markets for lunch on a Sunday. More about the Author

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