Accustomed as we are at Pall Mall Barbers to a bit of media buzz, we were thrilled nevertheless to have been featured in The Independent, in an article about where our MPs get their hair cut – and how much they pay for the privilege. Our Trafalgar Square store manager and columnist Dan was more than happy to give the paper his thoughts on the importance of male grooming in Westminster. The big topic kicked off when David Cameron’s hairdresser Lino Carbosiero was made an MBE in the New Year honours list – a debate that set Whitehall alight and had MPs up and down the country playing their very own version of hairdressing top trumps.
Most hotly contested, unsurprisingly, was the price our MPs pay for their short back and sides, with the PM paying his barber £90 a pop at the top end, and Jonathan Reynolds shelling out a fiver back at his home constituency. A snip, if you will…
With our Trafalgar Square store just a short stroll from Westminster Palace and a short back and sides coming in at just £20 (the same as what Nick Clegg pays in Sheffield), it’s no wonder a clutch of MPs regularly choose our traditional surroundings for a well-priced tidy up on their lunch break.
And our man Dan’s sympathetic to our MPs’ need for a good hairdresser, reasoning that “image is such a big thing now. They could be the best politician in the world, but with a scruffy shirt and a … dodgy haircut they could well be perceived in a different manner.”