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Ton-Up Boys Inspired Hairstyle Video Tutorial

With Dale Ted Watkins
Duration41 minutes
Skill levelIntermediate


Dale Ted Watkins' men's haircut works with three phases of technique and navigates through all the interesting nuances presented in the hair to demonstrate just how technical men's hairdressing is. 

The haircut is inspired by the Ton Up boys youth culture of the 1950s. Post-war social mobility meant that the working class could now afford transport. Amongst the youth the preferred mode was the British Norton or BSA motorcycles. This development was coupled with the influence of film and music from the USA and the cultivation of a bad boy image. Rockers or Ton Up boys were a biker sub-culture that originated in the UK and was mainly centred around 50’s British café culture and were sometimes known as the Coffee Bar Cowboys. The Ace Café on Chelsea Bridge in London was a notorious hangout and remains a popular and iconic Biker's meeting point. The term ton up or doing a ton refers to reaching a one hundred miles per hour speed.

Along with the video, members can also read our step by step guide to this ton-up boyds inspired hairstyle.

Technical skills

  • Around the ear outline
  • Barbering
  • Blunt cutting
  • Clipper cutting
  • Disconnection
  • Freehand
  • Internal graduated layering
  • Over-direction
  • Scissors-over-comb


Contributor: Dale Ted Watkins
Model: Peter
Make-Up Artist: Melissa Bourne
Photographer: Jamie Harrison

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