The Quiff Hairstyle: What It Is, How To Style + 28 Best Ideas

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

A quiff hairstyle is the combination of the 1950s pompadour and flattop. The men’s modern quiff is typically a medium-length hairstyle where the hair is short on the sides and back and long on top. Suited to casual and office settings, it’s now one of the most demanded guys’ hairstyles right now.

Master barber James Terry from South Carolina talks about his number one piece of advice. “Make sure it fits your face shape. Round faces have less structure. A square-shaped hairstyle with height such as a quiff will be more favorable.”

The quiff holds its stature as one of the most versatile hairstyles for men. James shares his favorite feature of the quiff, “you can mess it up, part it, slick it back, or comb it over to name a few. Go with the flow of which way your hair wants to go and don’t fight it. Accent your natural movement!”

Every day allows you to explore and own a new look! When styling, James said, “a hair spray/tonic for volume and a styling product that is matte and will build the structure.” He starts by “using a comb with the blow-dryer to create the base of the quiff. Then, use the styling product as the final touch.”

“See your barber every three to four weeks for maintenance,” he says, telling me how low the upkeep is for this hot look. That’s why it has been in the fashion scene since the ’50s. It won’t be going out of the list anytime soon!

Before your next haircut, check out these photos of the edgiest quiff hairstyle ideas!

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barber-approved 1950s quiff style
Instagram @duplexbarberia

#1: Barber-Approved 1950s Quiff Style

The key to 1950s quiff hairstyles is the volume. With your natural texture, it adds shape to your dark hair resembling a pompadour. The razor fade on the sides is a necessary feature that complements a manly beard.

Classic Crew Cut with a Quiff
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#2: Classic Crew Cut with a Quiff

Classic cuts never go out of style. This take on a classic crew cut with a quiff shows that. It has been faded to skin around the ears and then blended up into the longer crew cut. That leaves enough length at the front for the quiff. If you plan to go for this style you will have to style it to get the same finish, time will be needed to do so. I recommend drying some sea salt spray so you can set the quiff in place and finish off with a styling paste.

#3: Side Quiff and Low Fade

A side quiff and low fade compliments any dude with an oblong-shaped face. Certain styles can enhance your facial features, but they can also point out flaws. Side quiffs are an awesome choice if you’re wanting to be in-style.

Dramatic Quiff with a Beard
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#4: Dramatic Quiff with a Beard

A stand out look can set you apart from the rest, this dramatic quiff with a beard is a great example. The fade has been kept tight around the ears, this is the key to the lineup at the temple. The length has been left on top to create the texture and quiff, this will need styling daily to maintain the look. To achieve this I would advise drying some sea salt spray, making sure the front is blown upwards. I would then finish off with a strong paste.

Men's quiff with side part
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#5: Quiff with Side Part

A quiff with a side part is a dope variation of a combover for men’s hair. It features a nicely blended skin fade, keeping a dark contrast into a natural side part. A quiff is all in the styling, so get a pomade because it offers you good hold and shine with mobility.

#6: Comb Over Quiff

A comb over quiff is great for any guy with thick straight hair. Ask your barber for an all shears haircut slightly tapered around the sideburns and nape area. When executed correctly you can go 4 to 6 weeks between haircuts.

#7: Long Blow-Dried Quiff

A long blow-dried quiff is a shearful haircut. This layered shear cut is ideal for anyone with long, thick hair that still wants to style. It’s a long flowing hair tapering down to 3 to 4 inches on the side. It’s low-maintenance and looks amazing.

#8: Tousled Side Quiffed Hair

Tousled side quiffed hair is a great way to update a pompador in an edgy and sophisticated way. The fade-up in the quiff style slims the sides of the face, chiseling and elongating the facial features even more. The tousled top of the quiff gives flexibility through easy upkeep and versatile styling.

Slicked back undercut quiff
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#9: Slicked Back Undercut Quiff

The slicked back undercut quiff is great for those that love a clean-cut with texture. The undone look of the quiff looks sophisticated when added with texture for extra movement. Style with Aveda’s grooming clay to keep in place all day, sitting neatly on top of the tight fade.

#10: Finger-Combed Quiff

Finger-combed quiff is a remix to the popular undercut. The main difference is that the quiff is blended into the desired style on top. The undercut is parted around the partial ridge, and a division is made on the sides and the top. Throw in a little product, and you are ready to go!

Big Volume Hair Quiff
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#11: Big Volume Hair Quiff

This big volume quiff with shaved lines on one side is something to be obsessed with! It’ll compliment your dapperness and charm, bringing a dynamic twist to your dark hair.

The Textured Quiff for Long Hair
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#12: The Textured Quiff for Long Hair

This is an awesome long quiff haircut. You can see how volume and texture can bring life to your lengthy, dark hair. Strands are delicately fixed, carrying out an illusion of a textured quiff with layers and waves. Even without a beard, the payoff of this long hairstyle is sure to make ladies sweep off their feet.

#13: Voluminous Quiff Fringe

If you think volume is everything when it comes to styling, then this high volume quiff can be your go-to look! This voluminous quiff fringe makes your dark, thin hair appear fuller and suave in all angles.

Perfect Slicked Back Quiff
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#14: Perfect Slicked Back Quiff

If you think that a perfect slicked back quiff doesn’t exist, you might haven’t seen this trend. Rock a loose textured and pompadour-styled look by getting yourself sharp faded sides. Your dark hair, with a pop of brown hue, will make a great impression.

Quiff hairstyle for curly hair
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#15: Modern Quiff for Curly Hair

The best quiffs for curly hair men have texture. Looking for an alternative way to flaunt your curls? Aim for curly hair fade like this dude because a tousled look is in style nowadays. The sides are faded to easily emphasize the movement that’s happening to the hair on top. This curly quiff is a must-try!

#16: Messy Quiff

This messy quiff is dope, and there’s no denying! Try this messy modern quiff hairstyle if you love to add some texture and movement to your black hair to go with neat sides.

#17: Wavy Quiff

This wavy quiff hairstyle is not your typical quiff! Time to bring out your natural texture and hair type, and let it be your most attractive feature. The bald fade sides help the curls stand out, resulting in this very stylish, tousled quiff style.

short quiff haircut
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#18: Short Quiff

A neat and short quiff is your perfect bet when going for a more discreet edge. Achieve it by giving your light, medium hair on top some soft spikes for styling.

#19: Disconnected Undercut Quiff for Boys

Quiffs can work for guys of all ages. This disconnected undercut with a quiff for boys will upgrade your little guy’s appearance. The shaved lines on both sides will match the sharply styled hair on top.

cool and classic quiff hairstyle for short hair
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#20: Cool and Classic Quiff Hairstyle for Short Hair

Build your “good guy” image while wearing a suave hairstyle such as this quiff. The fusion of long hair on top plus the faded sides make a cool, classic quiff hairstyle.

#21: High Fade Quiff Haircut

This textured high fade quiff haircut is your best option when you want to add some volumized spikes to your look. This is the high fade quiff with a shaved line on the sides to establish the undercut finish to your black hair.

small quiff hairstyle
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#22: Small Quiff Style

Adding subdued shaved lines on the faded side is such a fitting idea to ginger up this small quiff style. Partner it with a full beard for a masculine and dapper edge.

Cool Quiff Short Sides
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#23: A Cool Quiff Short Sides

This is one of the shortest quiffs you’ll see here, guys. Achieve a sharp haircut and style with a brushed up quiff with short sides to emphasize the hair on top. Complete the look with a beard and mustache to create a vigorous finish.

Trending Quiff Hairstyle for Medium Hair
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#24: Trending Quiff Hairstyle for Medium Hair

When your copper brown hair seems unexciting, try adding volume to a quiff haircut and you’ll never go wrong. Waves create texture, stirring up a trending quiff hairstyle for that medium hair of yours. Use the right amount of styling product for a flawless look that lasts all day.

Side-Swept Quiff
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#25: The Side-Swept Quiff

A side-swept quiff with a side spit curl? That’s a clever hair idea for men. With faded sides and texturized black hair on top, you’ll be one very attractive gentleman.

shaved sides quiff hairstyle for guys
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#26: The Shaved Sides Quiff

To make your look stand out, guarantee that your black hair is texturized with a neat skin fade quiff cut. The shaved sides and nape of this quiff are about to give you that edgy finish you’re longing for.

#27: Quiff Hairstyle with Tapered Sides

This quiff with tapered sides is for the lazy guy – to the ordinary and hasty guy who can’t devote time to laying their hair every morning. It’s designed by Ionut Somesan, a barber from Bucharest, RO.

“What I like most about the quiff haircut is its simple, easy, and it looks good. Even if you don’t style it carefully, you can use your handles to style it,” says Somesan.

Somesan recommends that after washing the hair, use a hair conditioner to make it easier to style with a matte wax. Dry the hair by starting from the top of the head to break the whirlwind towards the end.

Somesan adds, “Use maximum heat power and at minimum speed so as not to risk the hair flying in all directions. In the final part, I prefer a strong fixative that I use very little to shine and fix the rebellious threads.”

More tips from Somesan is to dry the hair to almost 80% and then style when at home, and don’t rub the hair with a towel, but gently damp it down instead. When washing, avoid using nails.  Lastly, use of professional products for a beautiful, shiny, and easy to style hair!

#28: Asian Quiff Hairstyle with Taper Fade

This is the Asian quiff hairstyle with a taper fade to class up your black, thick hair.

This style is made by hair artist Daniel Winter from California. “It’s a play on a traditional side part with short tapered sides, and a good amount of disconnection at the partial from the ear forward. The model has extremely coarse stubborn hair leaving the extra length in the right places allows for easy control and style without the extra fuss,” Winter explains.

When committing to a taper fade with quiff style like this, Winter suggests making sure you’re ready to style every day. The stylist notes, “use a blow dryer to polish and create separation and movement and a low moisture matte styling product. This shape is perfect for square face and head shapes.”

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