Trendy and chill, it’s no wonder the quiff remains one of the most popular hairstyles for guys. When done just so, it has just the right amount of swag to set you apart from the rest of the pack, but still not look overdone or like you put in too much effort: Unlike the pomp, a floppy undercut or even a curtained hairstyle, with the quiff, the more tousled, the sexier. The best part? A lot of men already know how to style a quiff without even knowing what it’s called—i.e. that high, crested fringe area on your hairline—so learning how to tweak it for more buttoned-up settings shouldn’t be too hard.
For those looking to transition this casual style for the workplace, we teach you how to style a quiff and keep all its fun elements with just a bit of polish. Everybody wins! Read on for an easy guide:
Tutorial: How to Style a Quiff for Work
1. Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
A quiff style holds its height better on hair that’s free from buildup. Cleanse with a gently clarifying shampoo, such as Dove Men+Care Fresh & Clean Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo+Conditioner, and towel-dry.
2. Rough-dry with a blowdryer.
Dry hair with a hair dryer on a medium heat setting, carefully wiggling the nozzle around for an equal airflow. Need help? Check out an easy blowdrying tutorial, specifically created for guys.
3. Apply some hair wax or paste.
Guys who know how to style a quiff and make it look natural usually prefer wax over gel—it gives a more matte finish as well as an edgier, more rumpled feel. For work, aim for a fringe area that’s still crested, but a bit lower in height. The overall look should still be relaxed though, which can be achieved with a finger-swipe or dime-sized amount of hair wax, carefully warmed between palms and spread over the hairline. We like the laid-back texture we get from Bed Head for Men by TIGI Pure Texture Molding Paste.
4. Mat down the sides and the back.
Use any leftover product to smoothen the sides and back of your hair. You can also refine these areas further with a fine-toothed comb, angling more to one side, for a more polished look. Done!
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