Inflation hits London barber outlets with the £10-plus haircut

Bloomberg is working an important story at present concerning the UK price of dwelling disaster because it pertains to male private grooming:

Inflation has been driving up the worth of meals, power and leisure throughout the UK. At present, shopper costs are up by an eye-watering 10.7% over a 12 months in the past. Now it’s coming for the essential males’s haircut.

Barber store Truefitt and Hill in London’s Pall Mall is charging £110 ($134) for a minimize and beard trim, with no such extras as colouring, conditioning or tinting. There’s not even a free beer.

Truefitt and Hill’s marketed costs are 22 per cent larger than in 2020, Bloomberg studies, with its correspondent Conrad Quilty-Harper saying it nonetheless gives truthful worth. “A slice of your £100-plus goes to holding somebody on standby to select up the cellphone inside one or two rings,” he writes. “A pleasant however direct employees member will log your appointment in a paper diary in lower than 60 seconds. You’ve already saved a major chunk of time, cash and stress by not having to idiot round with an online type.”

One other technique to keep away from playing around with internet kinds is go to Mr Topper’s, a longstanding chain of central London hairdressers. Although Truefitt and Hill has a declare to be the world’s oldest barbershop, Mr Topper’s is maybe essentially the most celebrated by generations of frugal Londoners.

In a metropolis based on predatory pricing, Mr Topper’s USP is to make completely clear the fee. It’s proper there on the signal, subsequent to the frog:

Is inflation as pernicious right here because the lemon-scented-towel finish of the market? To search out out we tried phoning, however nobody answered.

No downside; we had a Plan B. Google Road View gives a historic file of costs marketed on Mr Topper’s shopfronts at seven areas, of which solely the Goodge Road and 160 Tottenham Court docket Street (TCR) branches stay open.

A scrape of Road View captures exhibits some variation in pricing throughout the community, albeit not a lot:


Combining the dots right into a single plot and including a linear pattern line makes the Mr Topper benchmark. This exhibits the typical minimal haircut value rising from £6.25 in October 2008 to £11 in January 2022:

Long run, the worth of a fundamental trim in central London has risen sooner than inflation. ONS CPI information (which embody haircuts) present the full price of UK items and providers elevated 47.5 per cent over the interval between October 2008 and November 2022, so an inflation-linked haircut can be £9.21 on that date.

However, because the evaluation exhibits, Mr Topper’s pricing has been locked at £11 since September 2018. That’s despite 18.6 per cent CPI inflation within the interval because it first set that fee, which might now justify a cost in extra of £13. Truefitt and Hill’s 22-per-cent value enhance since 2020 subsequently seems to be tough to defend, no matter how a lot Bloomberg appreciated the clubby atmosphere.

We’ll ask Mr Topper’s about pricing methods and replace this publish simply as quickly as somebody solutions its cellphone.

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