How to Style a Quiff Fade

Pretty-boy swag? Check.

The quiff fade is today’s trademark pretty-boy look—and we say that with love! This trendy, flattering hairstyle has been earning more than its fair share of airtime both on the runways and in real life. Easy to wear and even easier to style (it seriously takes less than five minutes, if you’ve already got a great cut as a base), it’s no wonder this vintage-inspired look has had a major renaissance.

Inspired by the rockabilly hairdos of 1950s greasers and reimagined in many other versions since then (see: the punk quiff, the modern pomp), the quiff fade is a men’s haircut that takes details from the undercut, a.k.a. another crowdpleaser. To be specific, it’s a look that has hair that’s longer on top (long enough to be upstyled), and sides that taper off or “fade,” usually done via clippers.

Want a step-by-step? Scroll down for an easy styling guide:

How to Style a Quiff Fade: 4 Steps, 5 Minutes

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The trick is to form the base with a blow-dryer before going in with gel. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Get the right cut.

Ask your barber for the right quiff fade, which starts with around 1/2” of taper on the sides, beginning at the parietal ridge. Puzzled as to how it looks? Check out our quick primer on fades here.

2. Start on clean, washed hair.

To get that telltale lift at the front of your fringe area, it’s best to get rid of any residue or buildup that can weigh hair down. Rinse with a clarifying shampoo, such as Bed Head for Men by TIGI Clean Up Daily Shampoo, for an invigorating refresh.

3. Blow-dry.

Towel-dry then rough-dry hair with a blowdryer, wiggling the nozzle all around your head. When hair is around 80% dry, start drying the top area using an upward-tugging motion with your fingers to create lift at the roots. Check out our men’s blow-drying tutorial for more tips.

4. Apply some firm-hold gel or pomade.

Rub a finger-swipe or dime-sized amount of product—we like the firm yet matte hold we get from Axe Urban Messy Look: Matte Hold Gel—on palms, then apply in an upward cresting motion on your fringe area. Mat down the sides and back with any leftover product, moving front to back on each side. Done!

Want more styling tips for the quiff fade? Check out our other fade haircut style guides.