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Technique, Tradition and Dale Ted Watkins – Barbering Done Right

MHD - July 25, 2018 Barbering and Men's Haircuts, Hairdressing Instructors

Technique, Tradition and Dale Ted Watkins – Barbering Done Right

Is your typical male client a modern man with an appreciation for traditional barbering style? Then this week’s featured instructor – Dale Ted Watkins – will appeal to you.

From the 1950s-inspired ton-up cut to the psychobilly over-directed crop, we’re delving into the detail of 5 Dale Ted Watkins’ tutorials to help you enhance your barbering skills and expand your repertoire.

Get technical with the ton-up haircut

Ton-Up Boys Inspired Hairstyle

Ton-Up Boys Inspired Hairstyle

Think that men’s hairdressing isn’t technical? Think again! Harking back to biker culture of the 1950s, our first Dale Ted Watkins featured tutorial is the (highly technical) ton-up cut.

Dale demonstrates 3 distinct phases during the creation of this bad boy image. Get ready to work on your blunt and clipper cutting skills as well as finetuning your layering and over-direction techniques.

Blend techniques with the psychobilly quiff

Psychobilly Overdirected Crop Hairstyle

Psychobilly Overdirected Crop Hairstyle

The 1950s-inspired psychobilly over-directed crop has never dated – and your male clientele will love this iconic look, taught by Dale in our second featured tutorial.

You’ll learn how to blend scissors-over-comb and clippers-over-comb techniques, combining over-direction and horizontal sectioning to gain an acute angle towards the fringe. To complete the look, don’t forget to stock up on authentic wax.

Create a classic shape with military style

Graduated Scissor And Clipper Over Comb On A Parting

Graduated Scissor And Clipper Over Comb On A Parting

Demonstrating the graduated scissor and clipper-over-comb on a parting technique in tutorial 3, Dale shows you how to create this classic male shape with a combination of methodical technique and male grooming expertise.

With skills ranging from over-direction and graduation to disconnection, your clients will love the high shape that exudes old-school sporting and military style.

Make your skater boy clients form an orderly queue

Skater Boy Haircut

Skater Boy Haircut

Master the skater boy haircut with this intermediate-level Dale tutorial – and you’ll be inundated with requests for this distinctive style.

Beginning with the classic square layered shape, Dale demonstrates how to use over-direction to create corners and disconnection to allow the fringe to swing. The end result is an effortless masculine look with soft perimeters and gentle movement.

Get cool and elegant with the men’s flat top

Flat Top Haircut

Flat Top Haircut

Our final featured Dale haircut – the men’s flat top – is a cool, contemporary interpretation of a classic, ideal for intermediate-level barbers who’d like to expand their skills.

With pointers on clipper and club cutting as well as texturising and fading, you’ll learn how to refine the cut with your clipper-over-comb technique to create a beautifully carved and elegant look.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s MHD spotlight. If you’d like more fresh ideas on modern barbering skills and looks to enhance your repertoire and delight your clients, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s plenty more where that came from!

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