Piripi Junior Matenga and Exodus Lale model their new hair designs.
Piripi Junior Matenga and Exodus Lale model their new hair designs. Claudia Baxter

Finals set to be hair raising fun

IF WEARING your New Zealand Warriors merchandise isn't enough to show the world how much you love the kiwis in the NRL grand final, this might be the thing for you.

A Goodna barber says he has noticed an increase in Ipswich residents coming in to have the iconic silver fern shaved into the side of their heads ahead of Sunday's decider.

Jerry Lale, from Fadez Men's Barbershop, said not only were fans getting their haircuts, but some of the Warriors players have hopped in for a haircut before.

He said stars such as Manu "The Beast" Vatuvei came by his store while in town for the finals match against the Brisbane Broncos earlier this month.

Mr Lale said the trend for patriotic haircuts - including kangaroos, Samoan and Tongan national flags - was also being boosted by the Rugby World Cup fever.

"There's always banter in a barber shop, but here there's plenty of banter, especially about the sport," Mr Lale said.

"Everyone is talking about the football at the moment."

When it comes to the grand final, Mr Lale is torn - not only have Warriors players supported Fadez, but so have Manly Sea Eagles players.

The Fadez store is back up and running after their original location at the St Ives Shopping Village went under in January's floods.

While still at St Ives, Fadez has moved into a different store and Mr Lale said business has been steadily improving. "It's almost as if we are bigger and better now," he said.

"We've had great support from the community."

He said due to their move, the store has a new phone number - 3418 1001.



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