Pio set to prove his skills are the cream of crop

Bar­ber to rep­re­sent state in na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

STARS, stripes, por­traits and even Poke­mon – no hair­cut is too much for Shalvey bar­ber Pio Paulo.

Later this month, Paulo will go head-to-head with the best bar­bers in the coun­try in the Aus­tralian bar­ber cham­pi­onships.

Com­pet­ing in three cat­e­gories, the Da Spot Bar­ber­shop em­ployee will rep­re­sent NSW to the best of his abil­ity.

He will be re­quired to cut three dif­fer­ent hair­styles on three mod­els in 90 min­utes.

Paulo said com­pe­ti­tion would be fierce.

“I am not sure how I will go, there are a lot of re­ally good bar­bers that at­tend,” he said.

“The top three come to­gether and we have our own mod­els, there are three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories that we com­pete in.

“The first is a new style comb-over, the se­cond is a fade blend and the third is hair art or freestyle.

“For the last com­pe­ti­tion, I did a por­trait of Je­sus in my model’s hair and we only had half an hour.”

But the Je­sus por­trait is far from the weird­est hair­cut Paulo has de­signed.

“Every week kids come in and they want a Bat­man or some stars and now they want Poke­mon – I do what­ever they want for them,” Paulo said.

“I have done all sorts of weird things like Mike Tyson and Rick Ross por­traits.”

The Aus­tralian Bar­ber ti­tles will be at Ul­timo TAFE on Septem­ber 25. Tick­ets are avail­able from oztix.com.au. Paulo’s crazy style: mt druitt­stan­dard.com.au

Shalvey bar­ber Pio Paulo has been se­lected to rep­re­sent NSW in the Aus­tralian bar­ber ti­tles. Pic­tures: David Swift

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