Featured Interview

Talent spotting down under with Pauline McCabe | Quick fire questions with Danny Pato

March 11, 2021

As a stylist, salon owner, educator, art director and mentor, PAULINE McCABE’s love of art has defined her career and ensured that her hair work is always creatively a cut above.

Her keen eye knows a good ‘egg’ when she sees one, and she’s joined forces with Pro Hair to introduce us to some real Aussie gems that will inspire us – here she has a one-to-one with the very fabulous Danny Pato.

Dan’s the man

Danny Pato is a multi award-winning hairdresser, salon owner, editorial session stylist, media commentator, international artist, celebrity stylist and art director based in Auckland, New Zealand.

What product do you think the world can do without?

Unnecessary plastic packaging.

What is that one joke that you cannot tell without laughing hard?


What good happened to you today?

Waking up to 1,000 kisses from my fur baby Bruiser (Shih-Tzu).

When you are gone, what you like people to remember you by?

That I was somebody with a purpose.

Where is your happy place?

In my little English-style garden with my husband and Bruiser, which is where I am right now for this interview.

What smells make you happy?

The garden at dusk – the jasmine, roses, lavender and lilies.

What are the five words you use the most?

Why? Oh no! 100%! Bruiser!

Money or fame?


What was the last thing you searched for on your phone?

The menu from a new restaurant that opened up down the road.

What do you spend most of your time doing?


What do you spend way too much money on?


What is the most impressive skill you have?

Channelling the best in people.

What is the biggest change you want to make in your life?

To stop eating chips.

What is your best piece of advice?

Never stop learning.

What do you think is the best feeling in the world?

Cuddling a dog that loves you.