ECONOMY

Traditional barbers cut hair and prices

A customer gets a haircut at 1900, a traditional barbershop in Athens, as consumers look to old ways of cutting costs in this period of economic crisis.

This particular shop also features fin-de-siecle decor, as old customs and practices that had fallen out of favor are experiencing a revival in Greece at a time when politicians are debating painful public spending cuts.

A significant number of such barbershops have recently opened in the capital, more than half of which appear to be run by or employ immigrants. They offer haircuts and shaves at remarkably low prices to all customers and are known to have drawn customers away from modern hairdressers, who generally charge more for their services.