GRIFFITH is not only spoilt for choice when it comes to hairdressing salons, but is also producing some of the best hairdressing talent in the country.
Former Griffith local Justin Barbirotto recently took out the Hair and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) Apprenticeship of the Year award in the Australian Hairdressing Championships.
Justin also took out first place in the Men's Design Cut Students section and third place in the Ladies Design Cut Students section.
Justin admits the enormity of winning the award didn't hit him until much later.
"It felt so surreal ... I'm really excited and proud of my achievement," he said.
Justin initially studied hairdressing at Griffith Tafe then moved to Melbourne to progress his career with the HBIA Academy and work in their salon in South Yarra.
HBIA Academy's artistic director and head educator, Lyndall Salmon said Justin had always been very passionate and enthusiastic about what he does.
"When he first came here he had a great attitude and rapport with clients," she said.
"Once we give him the skills and techniques then you get a really successful hairdresser."
Ms Salmon explained that her star hairdresser would always goes the extra mile to do extra shows and photo shoots.
Justin said he loved hairdressing because he gets to create whatever he wants.
"Basically I'm sculpting with my hands and someone gets to wear that every day," he said.
In terms of what sculpting, for Justin it's all about going short.
"I love detailed short work and strong hair cuts," he said.
"The bald fade and blunt cuts are really in at the moment."
In terms of his future in the industry, Justin is jumping at any opportunity to do more competition work.
"I'd like to find a nice balance between the creative side and the salon side."