Tutorial: How to Style Short Hair Into a Quiff Haircut

Eunice Lucero | 08 August 2016
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5mins Style Easy

Easier than a pomp and with the same amount of swag.

Today, in hair history: A quiff is a hairstyle that gained popularity in the ’50s and combines elements of the pompadour, but with a messier, spikier feel at the ends. It’s similar in that it’s also styled high and at an angle, or to the side. But unlike the more polished, traditional pomp (which sometimes entails greasing down the sides and back into an overall molded look), the focal point of the quiff haircut, which is arguably its most recognizable characteristic, is the bang area: It resembles a crested wave, and the rest of the hair can be matted down or left natural.

That said, some dudes find it easier to style their hair into quiff haircut looks than any other, since all it requires is longer hair on top and a minimal amount of product. Universally flattering and pretty much achievable on lots of cuts—we’ve seen it done on undercuts and high-and-tight fades with awesome results—it’s super quick to master and can be tailored for work and play! Read on:

Tutorial: How to Mimic a Quiff Haircut on Short to Medium-Length Hair

quiff haircut clean hair

Start on clean, freshly washed hair.

Quiff hair is high hair, so fresh, clean strands that are free from build-up or grease best give you some body and lift. A clarifying shampoo that also leaves your strands thick and full-looking, such as Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, makes for a good base. Towel-dry your hair until it’s damp.

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Grab some gel.

Comb hair and separate your bang area. Apply a finger-swipe amount of gel and rub between your palms. We like the casual yet firm-hold results from Axe Adrenaline Spiked-Up Look: Day Long Glue.

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Rake and style.

Finger-rake the product onto your hair in the direction you want your quiff to go. Use the leftover product on your other hand to define the height and harden the ends, as desired.

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Enhance that crest as you like: Wear it more put-together for work, and make it higher/funkier/looser for weekends. Have fun!

Want to master the quiff haircut? Check out our other retro-hair inspired quiff tutorials.