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

About Us

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 professional hair care and colour company in Australia and New Zealand, now supplying 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 and are 100% cruelty-free.

Mission Statement

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

We recognise the importance of ethical and sustainable product development, as well as the preservation of our environment. Therefore, fully support Sustainable Salons to rescue up to 95% of salon resources from landfill and find repurposing solutions that benefit our planet.

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Affinage Professional Ambassadors

Truc Le -

Truc Le

Creative Artistic Director

Owner, director and head colourist of the prestigious Truc Le Hairdesign.

Truc is a multi award winning hairstylist with more than 20 years experience in our industry. His accolades include, collections featured internationally and numerous business awards which has gained him a high profile and portfolio of clientele.

Truc has been involved with top leading professional product brands and has travelled extensively around the world as part of an international global artistic team, working platform, runway and educating on main stage. 

Truc understands the importance of education and mentoring in our industry and is always striving to make a difference for future fellow hairdressers.

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’.

Mandy Bourke -

Mandy Bourke

Affinage Professional Brand Ambassador

Owner, director and head stylist at La Bella Hair Studio.

Mandy has been hairdressing for almost 10 years, the majority of which have been in her own boutique style salon.

As a specialist in colour corrections, vivids, hair extensions and blondes, she enjoys creating bold and eye-catching looks.

Mandy believes that education and training is the key to success in this industry and has had the pleasure of travelling throughout Australia to learn from other talented hairdressers.

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.