15 Quiff Hairstyles to Present Your Barber ASAP


Austin Butler with a quiff haircut

Quiff haircuts are a go-to fashion for males of all hair varieties and textures resulting from their versatility. Characterised by longer size up high and a seamlessly blended again and sides, the quiff gives a really pure wanting quantity of quantity to all kinds of favor varieties. As soon as upon a time, this look was hottest on stars like James Dean and Elvis Presley who wore their quiffs in a shapely pompadour. As we speak, you will see quiffs strolling down the purple carpet in addition to down your individual block, in variations that vary from clean-cut to messy, preppy to punk.

We tapped superstar hairstylist and males’s groomer Kat Thompson for her professional enter on the ever-evolving males’s quiff. Hold studying for 15 of our favourite fashionable takes on the quiff.


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The Lengthy Quiff

Zayn Malik

With some additional lengthy, nearly mullet-style size, Zayn Malik’s quiff is paying homage to James Dean however with a softer, fashionable method. To get thicker hair to remain in place:

  • Use a spherical brush to blow dry hair within the desired course.
  • Alternate drying instructions on the longest hair upfront to assist remove any sturdy partings and provides it additional quantity.
  • As soon as dry, rub a wax-based pomade between your palms and run by way of the hair as you need it to put.
  • Run your pomade-covered fingertips over among the heavier strands that wish to fall ahead. It will assist the fashion maintain its form and preserve your look clear and intentional.
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A number of Quantity


“What makes the quiff haircut stand out,” says Thompson, “is the amount the hair holds up on the highest, sometimes with shorter hair on the perimeters and again.” No quantity of quantity or distinction in size could make the coiffure any roughly “quiff,” as Thompson factors out, saying, “there are many variations of this coiffure you are able to do whereas nonetheless reaching that ‘quiff’ look.”

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Pure Quiff


In case you have pure quantity and motion in your hair, it might probably undoubtedly work to your benefit in reaching a quiff coiffure. “Miguel has perfected this look by both straightening out his curls or leaving it pure,” says Thompson. Maintaining your sides tighter in distinction to your pure motion up high will assist give it that quiff distinction.

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Icy Scorching


Warmth safety will be particularly necessary when blowdrying a quiff into form on bleached hair.

  • Spray hair with a weightless warmth protectant, like Residing Proof’s Restore Warmth Protectant Spray ($29), to provide broken hair a easy end and pure shine.
  • Blow-dry the hair straight up with a spherical brush, ensuring to make use of the comb on either side of your part to assist easy down the static that is created when making use of warmth.
  • End by making use of a small pinch of Oribe’s Tough Luxurious Molding Paste ($39) into your form for a matte end maintain that can preserve brittle hair moisturized and gentle to the contact, whereas nonetheless including somewhat little bit of that tough texture to desired areas (as we see right here on Zac Efron’s sides).
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Medium Upkeep


The quiff varies in its quantity of upkeep, based mostly in your pure texture and the way you select to fashion it. Shorter sides may have extra tending to, however in keeping with Thompson, “to maintain your haircut wanting well-manicured, I’d suggest getting your hair lower each 4 weeks.”

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Waved Again


We like to see Charles Melton sporting his pure waves in a quiff-ed again fashion. To get an analogous look on wavy hair varieties:

  • Begin by washing the hair with a moisturizing or hydrating shampoo and conditioner, like Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Moisture ($95).
  • Finger comb a curl cream into moist or dry hair.
  • Air-dry the hair or blow-dry with a diffuser attachment.
  • Use your curl cream as wanted to assist de-frizz or outline any tendrils that want somewhat additional maintain as soon as totally dry.
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Ode to the King


Contemplating his upcoming position as Elvis Presley, it’s no shock to see Austin Butler opted for a darker hair tone and a quiff fashion to emulate the King.

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A Good Mix


“When asking for a quiff haircut, inform your stylist or barber you desire to the highest to be left considerably longer than the perimeters and the again,” Thompson advises. “To maintain it traditional, ask for a low fade.” And as at all times, current your stylist with photographs every time attainable. “All of us have completely different variations of the identical imaginative and prescient,” says Thompson, “and photographs will make it simpler on your stylist to realize the look you need.”

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Retro Pompadour

Bruno Mars

In case your hair is of course very curly, take into account choosing one thing like this pompadour-styled look on Bruno Mars:

  • Hold the perimeters brief and tight, focusing your styling efforts on the highest size.
  • Use a 1/2″ spherical brush and your blow dryer on excessive warmth to straighten and easy out the hair in very small sections.
  • Use a small flat iron—like Mattress Head’s Pixie 1/2″ Straightener ($26)—or urgent comb to go over those self same small sections that have been blow-dried, eliminating any excessively poufy quantity by fastidiously getting as near the roots as attainable. Make sure you gently curve your iron again away from the face as you go over every part to keep away from stick-straight hair or ends.
  • End with hair spray.
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The Textured Quiff


If you wish to preserve most of your pure texture intact whereas nonetheless including extra construction and a cleaner form:

  • Dampen the hair with a few sprays of water.
  • Blow-dry solely the entrance, face-framing sections on the highest and sides to easy issues out and provides noticeable course for the fashion’s form.
  • Use a defining styling cream (for thicker hair) or pomade (for thinner hair) to direct all hair again and mix the completely different textures collectively.
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Elvis Enhanced


This traditional quiff is clearly an enhancement of Elvis Presley’s signature pompadour. Benicio Del Toro has worn many iterations of the quiff, however seeing this redone traditional for a purple carpet occasion may be very becoming.

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The Scruffy Quiff

Jon Hamm

To fill out a quiff-styled lower on thinning hair varieties:

  • Prep damp hair with a grooming spray to assist in giving it extra maintain as you construct form into the hair together with your dryer.
  • Use the warmth of your blowdryer to govern any cussed cowlicks and use your fingers to elevate the hair on the roots up high, away from the scalp.
  • Rub a small pinch of medium maintain pomade, like Paul Mitchell’s Mitch Clear Lower Medium Maintain/Semi-Matte Styling Cream for Males ($27), between your fingers and comb by way of the hair up high to provide it the specified construction and separation.
  • Optionally available: Somewhat facial scruff by no means hurts to fill out the look.
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The Curly Quiff

Oscar Isaac

As with every new coiffure, “styling the quiff may really feel somewhat intimidating at first,” Thompson warns, “however as soon as you discover the merchandise that work greatest on your hair sort and determine use a blow dryer if wanted, it is going to develop into a a lot decrease upkeep fashion than you’d assume.”

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Vary of Versatility


“This coiffure will be extremely versatile for various hair lengths and textures,” says Thompson. “Relying in your hair’s texture, it could require utilizing a blow dryer and spherical brush to both easy out wavy hair or so as to add wave and peak to straight hair.” We love how Will.I.Am performed off his side-parted quiff with an analogous form in his goatee.

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The Managed Quiff

Ryan Reynolds

You do not want a variety of size to get a quiff look, as Ryan Reynolds proves. Listed below are some styling suggestions for these with shorter hair who wish to emulate the look:

  • Ask your barber or stylist for an in depth fade. “A detailed fade will create the phantasm that the highest is longer and purchase you a while when you’re rising out your hair,” says Thompson.
  • Use a pomade to assist preserve the hair down on either side and to information the hair up within the entrance.

In case you nonetheless want somewhat elevate within the entrance, use your blow dryer on a low move setting to assist information the highest size up and away from the face, utilizing your fingers to elevate the hair on the root.


  • What’s a quiff coiffure?

    Just like a pompadour, a quiff coiffure options lengthy hair on the highest of the pinnacle — with extra quantity on the entrance — and hair that’s stored trimmed brief on the again and on the sides.

  • How ought to I ask my stylist to chop a quiff coiffure?

    To get this take a look at a salon, ask your stylist to close-clip the perimeters and again of the hair, and to create a extra distinguished entrance “quiff.” Be sure that they preserve your face form in thoughts when creating the fashion (extra quantity might help add size to a shorter face, for example).

  • What merchandise ought to I take advantage of to fashion a quiff coiffure?

    Use a comb to maintain the brief sides and again combed down. A dollop of mousse or gel ought to enable you make sure the entrance stays voluminous and tall.


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