Super slick quiff hair: 5 Great looks and how to achieve them

Arianna | 24 May 2016

Smart and sophisticated is the way to go…

It’s no secret that quiffs are in right now – and have been for a quite a few years. But while there are many different types out there, today, we’re focusing all of our attention on super slick quiff hair: the perfect variation of this on-trend look that’s sophisticated enough for work (think uber stylish businessman vibes) and suave enough for formal events.

Tempted to try the style? We’ve got 5 great options to inspire you, and, good news: we’re also going to tell you how to achieve each and every one of them. So, get your products ready and keep on reading ahead to get acquainted with these cool hairstyles now.

5 Slick quiff hair styles


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Quiff hair: long sides. Credit: Indigital

Quiff and long sides

To pull off this look, you’ll first need to get a perfect cut. Unlike a traditional quiff, which features a longer top and shorter sides, this one is a little more unconventional. So, instead of going for the classic version, you’ll need to ask your barber to leave some length on the sides, in order for you to create a swept-back look.

Once you’ve got your cut perfected, apply some VO5 Thicken Up Styling Gel Foam (£3.99*) to your mane to help create a lift at the top. Then use a hair dryer and brush to style your mane. Aim to brush the top upwards and backwards, towards the back of your crown, for a voluminous quiff, and the sides backwards and tucked behind your ears, so that all of the attention is kept on the top section. And there you have it – a simple yet stylish quiff that only requires just one hair product!

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Quiff hair: wet look. Credit: Indigital

Wet-look quiff

Draw inspiration from the runway and opt for a wet-look, classic quiff. This super slick style will look great at a formal event, when paired with a three-piece suit and Oxfords. To achieve it, first, blow-dry the top of your hair to create volume for your quiff. Then apply some VO5 Sculpted Hold WetLook Styling Gel (£2.99*) with your fingers before using a comb to evenly distribute the product and to create a deep side parting. Keep combing until you’ve achieved a smooth, sleek look (you don’t want any stray hairs sticking out as this style needs to be polished).

Top tip: remember to run the comb lightly over the quiff section of your hair as being too heavy-handed can result in it becoming flat.

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Quiff hair: High standing side quiff

High side quiff

Want to stand out from the crowd with a voluminous, slick quiff? Of course you do! To create this style at home, start by blow-drying the front section of your hair upwards and backwards to create added lift (the bigger, the better, if you ask us). Now you’ll need some trusty hair wax to help hold your high shape – we recommend the TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation Workable Wax (£13.95*), which will leave a sophisticated matte finish. Rub a 20p-sized piece in-between your palms to warm it up and then apply it by raking your fingers backwards, through your hair, to distribute the product and form a quiff shape that falls slightly on the side.

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Quiff hair: floppy side quiff. Credit: Indigital

Floppy side quiff

Similar to the high, side quiff, the floppy side quiff has a small difference: instead of the hair falling slightly sideways, this version is heavily positioned to one side. Follow the same method as you would to style a high, side quiff, but instead of raking your fingers backwards, do it upwards and to the side, where your hair would naturally fall.

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Quiff hair: sweeping texture. Credit: Indigital

Sweeping, textured quiff

For a sweeping, textured quiff, you’ll need to have relatively long hair on the top section of your head. We’d recommend investing in a good hair dryer and some Toni&Guy Men’s Messy Salt Spray (£7.49*) to help add texture and body.

“The best way to create a strong sweeping quiff is to use a little sea salt spray through towel-dried hair. Use a comb to build the quiff shape as you blow-dry. The heat will set it in place as you dry,” says Unilever’s creative director and head stylist, Dan Lynes.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.


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