The Quiff Hairstyle: Breaking Down This Cool Men’s Hairstyle

Serena Norr | 22 April 2016

Rock the modern quiff with ease.

The modern man has so many options when it comes to styling his hair. No, really. One style that has been becomingly increasingly popular is the quiff. Renowned for its voluminous look, the quiff is all about size, and big locks. It is also all about maintenance, which might take some time getting used to if you haven’t had much a stylized cut in the past. Read on to learn more about the quiff and how you can rock it.

What is a Quiff Hairstyle?

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Cool and modern side-swept quiff hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A combination of the ’50s pompadour, ’50s flattop and semi-mohawk, the quiff made a resurgence in the late ’90s where it’s now seen  everywhere from corporate culture to your local coffee shop . With its edgy style and modern day appeal, it’s great for working professionals and hipsters who still crave a youthful look but have to look put together for the office.

Breaking Down The Modern Day Quiff

Today’s quiff is personified by voluminous hair that sits on top of the head with shorter and trimmed hair on the back and sides. This can also include shaved sides and variations on the part where you can experiment with a variety of lengths. Some other variations of the quiff include:

1. Classic Quiff

This look is all about volume where the hair is high on the front section and short on the sides and back.

2. Shaved Quiff

The shaved look is similar to a crew cut on the back and sides. The middle of the hair still has some volume, but is less pronounced.

3. Pompadour Quiff

This style is great if you want some length and have the time and effort dedicated to styling it. Generally, there is more hair on the sides or on the back than the classic variation.

4. Side Quiff

We seen this look amongst the street style set that’s renowned for its cool side-swept look (users’ choice). You’ll need a longer locks towards the front of your to hone in on this look.

Styling a Quiff

1. Wash your hair.

A cool quiff starts with clean and conditioned hair. Thankfully, there are tons of 2-in-1 options out there that tackle both of those product benefits. Try the Dove Men+Care Oxygen Fresh & Clean Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner whose formula will provide your hair with a deep clean that can help to strengthen your hair.

2. Master the top length.

The length of your quiff is really up to you. You can go as big or as subtle as you desire. Those who crave volume à la the pompadour will need to invest more time in styling. After you shampooing and condition your hair, applying some hair mousse throughout your locks. Try the Dove Style + Care Volume Amplifier Mousse whose formula can lift your hair as it gives you some serious volume. Then, use a wide-tooth comb or brush as you blow-dry your hair upwards. Repeat this until your hair is dried and lock this look in place by using some hairspray like Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray. This formula will lock in your style as it give you some awesome shine.

3. Keep the sides slick and neat

With a quiff, your sides will generally be pretty short since some quiffs have a shaved look. Maintain this style by using some wax or pomade to keep the sides tamed. Try Bed Head for Men by TIGI Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade whose formula can provide both hold and shine to your hair. Plus, it isn’t greasy! Score.

Have you ever tried the quiff hairstyle?