The iconic Beatle cut was created by German model/photographer//all-round It Girl, Astrid Kirchherr, who gave Stuart Sutcliffe - the original fifth Beatle - the style in 1960. Prior to meeting Astrid, Stuart wore his hair in a quiff like other rock ‘n’ rollers. When they met and fell in love, she gave him a makeover – and the motop was born. She encouraged him to brush the quiff forward and gave him a variation on the Caesar cut: a long, even sort of bowl cut that was already popular amongst German beatniks. Stuart’s new hair was the laughing stock of the band, but they soon came round and copied the cut – as did thousands of fans across the globe, as long hair became popular again for men for the first time in decades. The only Beatle that didn’t embrace the moptop was Pete, the band’s early drummer, who was asked to leave and replaced with Ringo – perhaps because he had better hair. Beatle wigs were later made and manufactured in America – more for merch than as an actual hair solution. Today, they sell for hundreds of pounds.

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