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POSTED: Aug 22, 2019 | in Haircut

The Quiff - What Is It and What Do You Need to Know


Quiff 1 

The Quiff has been around since the 1950s when it became popular as a post-war reaction to military buzz cuts and flat wartime styles. It only became truly iconic with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll, when it became an overnight badge of teenage revolt.

A typical quiff features short back and sides, and longer hair on top that’s swept upwards and backwards at the front. This can be messy, straightened or brushed, making it a generally more versatile style.  Quiffs predominantly focus on the forelock (the hair just above the forehead) and in some cases, the rest can remain relatively flat.  A tapered cut with plenty of length on top and you're well on the way.  

Quiff 2

While the quiff is a great choice for most hair types, face shape is important to take into consideration.  A rounder face shape will be elongated by the height of this cut.  Those with thinner, more angular faces might want to go with a different haircut, or reduce the length/height on top.  Due to the shaving or fading on the sides to create focus on top, those with larger ears might also want to choose a different style.  

Quiff 3

Quiffs work with most hair types, except those that are very curly, excessively frizzy or very fine. Movement creates texture, so wavy hair can be an advantage when creating a slightly more textured, messier look.  Straighteners can be used to achieve a more classic-looking quiff.  

Styling Equipment

  • hairdryer
  • round brush
  • comb
  • styling paste or pomade


Check out this awesome video from Uppercut Deluxe Matt Pomade to see, step by step, how to cut (and style) a textured quiff.