Local barber spreading Buffalove with unique hair designs

Rust Belt Barbering & Salon on Elmwood Avenue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It may look like your classic barber shop, but there’s a style being pioneered at Rust Belt Barbering & Salon that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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A flower design on a female’s undercut style

Barber Paul Laurie’s got a whole new take on classic cuts.

“Well I have an art background,” he said.

The barber, who’s only been out of school for about a year, is taking classic styles up a notch by shaving murals and designs into people’s heads.

“I saw designs online on Instagram and stuff like that. At first I thought it was kind of silly, because it grows back real quick. And then I was like that’s the opportunity to keep doing it over and over again.”

Auston Manivong's design by barber Paul Laurie
Auston Manivong’s design by barber Paul Laurie

Some of Laurie’s designs are Buffalo-centric, like the city skyline and Buffalo image he designed on Auston Manivong.

“This is my first time getting a design,” Manivong said as he sat in Laurie’s chair.

Believe it or not, Laurie said it’s women who request his styling most often; flower designs and mandalas are popular for undercuts.

The Elmwood Avenue shop has only been open a year, but already requires appointments in advance for many barbers.

Owner Rich Casey told News 4 Laurie’s designs have created a niche market.

“It took posting once on social media for us to really reach that crowd and realize there was a demand for it. Paul’s basically booked out a month in advance right now,” Casey said.

Despite the intricacies of Laurie’s work, clients don’t wait too long.

“So this specific design, including the haircut, about an hour,” Laurie said of Manivong’s do.

Designs cost around $30 dollars, and that includes a more standard hair cut you’ll get along with Laurie’s artwork.

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