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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Devil in the detail as Barrow barber’s cutting-edge designs take off

HIS designs are a cut above the rest – and this Barrow barber has been turning heads in a national competition.

Known for his hair-raising designs, Paul Devlin cut a Tasmanian devil into his brother’s hair at the British Barbering Association’s Patterns Masters final on Sunday.

His haircuts include realistic portraits and intricate patterns emblazoned on people’s scalps.

Barbering has been a life-long passion for the 36-year-old from Barrow, who started cutting his family and friends’ hair at 14.

“I was never out of pocket money,” says Mr Devlin, who owns Devro’s Barbers, in Cavendish Street.

“Back then it was the Nike swoosh and stuff life that, and basically I’ve progressed from there and I’m doing new things all the time.

“We offer it as a service at Devro’s but you don’t get anybody coming in asking for the designs we do for this competition.

“It’s more of a passion than a job.”

Despite his years of experience, Mr Devlin has returned to Furness College to study a Level 3 apprentice barbering qualification.

“I hope to go on and progress from there,” he said.

For his more intricate designs Mr Devlin sketches a pattern in freehand before applying the razor.

He recently cut the figure of a crouching spiderman into a model’s hair.

“That was just an idea I had,” he said.

“He had such a big afro and he was happy for me to do anything with it so I thought it would be something different.”

For the Patterns Masters final in Newport Mr Devlin planned a dramatic look for his model, his brother Michael Deravairer.

“He’s got afro hair so I was looking to do a Tasmanian devil cartoon design,” he said.

“I’ve entered a few competitions with him. He’s my good luck charm. And he always keeps the designs afterwards, but he’s no good as an advertisement because he lives in Preston.”

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