The quiff hairstyle: Tips, tricks and inspiration

Reach new hair heights with our tips, tricks and inspo on quiff hair!  
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When it comes to rocking an on-trend hairstyle, it can be hard to find one that fits the bill. From your hair texture to your hair length, there are so many things to consider before chopping your locks! But the good news is, there is one style that can work for almost every guy out there (yes, really!). And that wondrous look is a quiff.

Okay, we know what you’re thinking: quiffs have been around forever, right? Well, yes they have, because they are super versatile, allowing them to change with the times and still feel totally fresh!

So, if you’ve been considering styling your mane into a quiff hairstyle this season, keep scrolling and take a look at our top tips and inspiration to working it like a pro…

1. Blow dry your hair for extra volume

Justin Timberlake on the red carpet with a quiff
Go for a Justin Timberlake mini quiff. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock.

You know what they say: the bigger, the better. So, if you’re after a really voluminous, high quiff, blowdry the front section of your hair upwards, using a round brush to get that soft-edged finish.

But don’t fret if you’re not confident rocking sky-high tresses, because you can just take a style cue from Justin Timberlake and work a smaller quiff with cropped sides, instead!

2. Warm up your hair wax

front view image of a man with dark black hair in a quiff
Go for a sleek quiff for a totally on-trend look. Credit: Instagram.com/josielschaper

When it comes to styling your mane, the key is to invest in a good hair wax. But it’s not just a case of scooping and applying, oh no: there is an art to ensuring you’re not left with clumps of product!

For ease of application, first warm the wax in the palms of your hands, before raking your strands backwards, to ensure you’ve evenly coated your hair. Credit: @josielschaper

Editor’s tip: Now remember that with hair wax, a little goes a long way, so you only need a small amount to style your quiff! We suggest trying the Lynx Signature Clean Cut Look Definition Wax for its extreme, long-lasting hold.

3. Squeeze and scrunch

front view image of a man with a voluminous quiff hairstyle
We love this look that involves plenty of volume! Credit: Instagram.com/andrewdoeshair

To get an effortlessly cool texture, adopt the squeeze and scrunch technique. When applying wax to your hair, squeeze and scrunch the top section backwards as you go, as this will enable a carefree and tousled finish!

Alternatively, if you want smoother-looking quiff hair, just grab your comb and use it to gently shape the top. Trust us, you’ll be perfectly groomed in no time! Credit: @andrewdoeshair

4. Smooth the sides

Joe Keery ultra long quiff hairstyle
Rock a voluminous quiff like Joe Keery’s ultra long quiff. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Want all the focus to fall on your voluminous hair, but don’t have cropped sides? Well, just use another small amount of hair wax and smooth your strands back.

This will not only make your quiff hairstyle the mane attraction (see what we did there?), but it’ll also give your ‘do a slicker look – ideal if you’ve got a wedding or other formal event to attend!

5. Know your hair type

front view image of a man with a quiff hairstyle wearing a leather jacket
Give your look some edge with a quiff hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/v76

Good news: you can rock a quiff haircut whatever your hair type, but you’ll need to be prepared to work with – not against – your natural hair texture.

Straight-haired guys will have an easier time styling your hair, as it is easier to manipulate; whereas those with curly or unruly locks, you will need to have the style cut into shape by your barber. Credit: @v76

6. Carry a comb with you

front view image of a man with his hair in a quiff style wearing a black suit
You can even work a quiff if you’ve got wavy hair! Credit: Instagram.com/nevillesalon

While carrying a travel comb with you might make you feel like you’re on the set of Grease, it will come in handy if you need to retouch your style throughout the day (especially if it’s windy!).

Simply slip a small comb into your bag or jacket pocket, and you can rest assured that you’ll have good hair wherever you go. Credit: @nevillesalon

Okay, so now that you’ve gotten the low down on how to style a quiff like a total pro, it’s time you decided how you’re going to rock it. Below we’ve rustled up the best of the best, so you can pick and choose the right one for your mane!

1. The grown out quiff

front view image of Milo Anthony Ventimiglia with longer hair in a quiff hairstyle
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia rocks a quiff with longer hair. Credit: Instagram.com/miloanthonyventimiglia

Wear your hair a little longer and still get the same groomed, slick results the quiff hairstyle offers up! Milo Ventimiglia looks red carpet ready and ready for anything. Pretty dapper, don’t you think?. Credit: @miloanthonyventimiglia

2. Quiff on long hair

front view image of a man with longer dark hair in a quiff hairstyle
Wear your hair longer and still get the same great results! Credit: Instagram.com/alezmigz

Even if you’ve got hair that’s slightly longer, a quiff hairstyle will still look really great. It’s a perfect way of making your hair look instantly more sleek and groomed (without really having to do much!). Credit: @alezmigz

3. The slicked back quiff

front view image of a man with slick back hair in a quiff style
Swept back and cool. We like this a lot. Credit: Instagram.com/jamalnawazkhan

If you want your quiff hair to look extra sharp, consider incorporating the slicked-back look into your styling repertoire. Work some gel into your hair and sweep it back, up and off your face, ensuring that you have evenly distributed the product through your hair. Credit: @jamalnawazkhan

4. Voluminous quiff

front view image of a man with a quiff hairstyle and trendy clothes
This look is so sleek and on-trend. Credit: Instagram.com/asfanstore

Give your hair a voluminous finish by creating plenty of volume at the roots. Try using a volume boosting mouse (such as the TIGI Bed Head Big Head Volume Boosting Foamto give your hair added oomph. The extra height is also a great way to slim round faces! Credit: @asfanstore

5. Dyed quiff

side view image of a man with blonde hair in a quiff style
Keep the sides super short for maximum impact. Credit: Instagram.com/jamiegjamie

Give your haircut an extra ‘wow’ factor with an ombre colour, to really complement the movement and texture a quiff hairstyle gives. Dark roots and golden blonde tips look amazing styled this way, as this season it’s all about contrast! Credit: @jamiegjamie

6. Classic quiff

front view image of a man with dark hair and a quiff hairstyle
Keep it classic with a sleek quiff. Credit: Instagram.com/manforhimself

Go for a classic look by keeping the sides shorter, but not buzzed, and the length long enough to sweep over, creating extra volume. This will take you from boardroom to bar with total ease! Credit: @manforhimself

7. Quiff on short hair

front view image of a man with short hair and a quiff
Go short and neat with your quiff. Credit: Instagram.com/kcfee

If you’re more of a conventional type, then try out a mini quiff, that would be totally office appropriate. This short, neat style exudes sophistication, with a business ready edge. Credit: @kcfee

8. Retro quiff hairstyle

front view image of a man with a full retro beach, moustache and quiff hair
Combine your quiff hairstyle with a full retro beard! Credit: Instagram.com/osmohair.ca.us

If it’s more of an old school look that you’re after, this retro looking style might be just the ticket!

Team a full beard with a handlebar moustache and, of course, a quiff hairstyle. Keep the hair short and graduated at the sides, but long enough to be swept over on top. Credit: @osmohair.ca.us