The official site of Affinage Professional for Australia, New Zealand & APAC

About Us

The Essence of Beautiful Hair

International Hair Cosmetics (IHC) is the innovative company behind Affinage Professional. IHC was launched in 1988 and is the largest independently-owned salon hair care and colour company in Australia and New Zealand, now supplying professional hair products to salons across the Asia-Pacific region.

Our research and development laboratories, based in Italy and Australia, ensure the creation of exciting, world-leading hair products that further strengthen Affinage Professional’s reputation to be one of Australia’s fastest growing hair care companies.

Success ultimately relies on the company’s passionate and enthusiastic network. We are a proud member of the PETA organisation – Beauty without Bunnies - offering 100% cruelty-free hair products.

PETA Cruelty Free

Mission Statement

We aim to provide profitable growth through superior customer service, innovation, quality, education and commitment to the professional hairdressing industry.


Affinage Professional Ambassadors

Nick De Dios Manalo -

Nick De Dios Manalo

Affinage Professional Philippines Creative Artistic Director

Based in Manila Nick is the head artistic educator and ambassador for Affinage Philippines.

With 18 years experience in the hairdressing industry Nick has won many awards such as Championship Award in the 2005 ON THE SPOT CUT AND COLOUR competition for Davids Salon Olympics. In 2014 he competed with over 200 stylists and was awarded Top 20 Most Promising Award in Ladies Cut and Colour.

Nick has travelled throughout Asia and Australia where he has learnt colouring techniques and has adapted his style for many cultures.

Nick says ‘I love creating beautiful and pastel hair colours on Asian hair with well-designed placements while ensuring the hairs integrity remains intact, stable and in good condition’.

Neil Coogan -

Neil Coogan

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

Neil has been in the hairdressing industry for 30 years, beginning his career in Brisbane and eventually relocating to beautiful Coffs Harbour.

Neil has been the owner/operator of salons across Coffs Harbour for 21 years and now dedicates his time in his highly successful salon Risqué Hair. Neil is also proactive in photographic and stage work.

As a previous colour educator for Affinage Professional in 2014-2016 Neil welcomes his role as Brand Ambassador and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and shape the skills of his fellow hairdressers in this ever-changing industry.

Neil quotes ‘I firmly believe we can make a difference in this industry with hard work, integrity and passion’.

Elias Sassine -

Elias Sassine

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

As the owner of Sassine Hair in New South Wales, Australia, Elias Sassine leads a team of highly professional and qualified staff dedicated to stylistic excellence. Customer relations is a key element to the success of his salon. Elias is committed to understanding the requirements for each cut and colour to suit his clients’ needs and leaves them with tips on how to best maintain their style and the health of their hair.

Elie Chalhoub -

Elie Chalhoub

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

With more than 30 years of experience, Elie is truly an expert stylist. He has trained in London, Paris, New York, and Sydney with some of the best in the business, and he’s shared his expertise through his work as Fashion Director for Intercoiffure Australia. However, Elie feels most at home in his salon, where he enjoys cutting and styling, and he loves the challenge of giving clients total hair transformations.

Elie’s Pro Tip: “Develop your own unique style, and remember when you look good, you feel good.”

Dale Dorning -

Dale Dorning

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

With a career as a celebrity hair and makeup artist, educator and media contributor spanning over two decades, Dale and his work is synonymous with effortless glamour. His creative and technical skills along with his passion and drive has seen him contribute widely to the industry through fashion editorials, advertising campaigns, music videos, runway shows, entertainment industry red carpets and television.

His roster of clients includes Miranda Kerr, Robyn Lawley, Jessica Hart, Jared Leto, Mel B, Megan Gale, Delta Goodrem, James Blunt, Orlando Bloom, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Hawkins, Ricki-Lee, Kate Miller-Heidke, Samantha Jade, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jessica Mauboy and the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Dale believes great hair and makeup is dimension, harmony and balance brought about by communication and understanding.

Emma Coles -

Emma Coles

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

Emma is an Australian hairdresser of 15 years, and the owner and director of Studio Em, a cutting edge boutique salon located in one of the most remote townships in the Northern Territory, Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land.

Hairdressing has never been just a job to Emma, it has been her passion and creative outlet. Whilst Emma loves all aspects of the trade, her true passion is creating new techniques and colour recipes that her clients and staff fall in love with.

Working and living in such a remote part of Australia, Emma believes it is vital to upskill with regular training via trade events and online education. Social media is the key to Emma’s success and her ability to connect with other hair artists around the globe that inspire each other every day.

Zoey Tucker -

Zoey Tucker

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

Zoey is the salon owner and director of Zo & Co Hair in Ballarat, Victoria. With over 10 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry, her true passion lies in all things colour, especially blondes and colour corrections.

Zoey likes to keep up to date with new techniques and fashion trends through social media and training courses. She believes building on her technical skills and supporting her staff to do the same is what creates a successful business.

Tori Chester -

Tori Chester

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

With 10 years under her belt, Tori is a passionate hairstylist in Ballarat with experience creating everything from wearable looks to runway concepts.

Whether it’s owning a successful salon, training staff in current trends or keeping up to date with new techniques and products, Tori has been involved in all aspects of hair and her love for the industry remains as strong as the day she started.

Indi Payne -

Indi Payne

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

Indi Payne is fun loving, passionate, with an effervescence for life, yet a perfectionist which is shown through her impeccable portfolio of work and signature specialty in blondes and balayage. Indi prides herself in keeping all her clients hair in optimal condition whilst achieving all hair goals. 

Owning her salon Indi’Vidual Boutique Hair Studio in Darwin, NT Indi is a self-starter and motivated to perform at her highest level and inspires her team to excel in everything they do. When asked to be part of the Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador team, Indi was so thrilled to be part of the growth of the Affinage Professional family.