How to Style a Quiff Haircut


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How to Style a Quiff Haircut

There are many hairstyles that men rock today, but there is always a trendy style that most men gravitate toward. Currently, the favorite hairstyle usually prioritizes volume on top with clean, cut and trimmed sides, which is called a quiff. If you want to try the quiff haircut or you’re a barber or hairstylist and you want to learn how to style a quiff haircut, we will show you some of our best tips to achieve the style. We will also share which texture hair products to purchase to get the perfect look.

When we said short on the sides and volume on top, and you thought about a pompadour, you’re not alone. The two styles are very similar, but there are some subtle differences that set the two far apart. While the pompadour is brushed back, the quiff is brushed forward, and those two different techniques are what give each style its own look. And while a pompadour is a popular hairstyle , we will be talking about the quiff today!


We will dive into some of the main characteristics of the quiff haircut so that you can find out whether the style is ideal for you or not.

What Is a Quiff Haircut?

The quiff haircut requires long top hair with shorter sides. The top hair is combed forward to create a voluminous and messy swoop. Toward the front of the top hair, the hair curves like a wave. The sides are kept short and can even incorporate a bald fade.


How to Style a Quiff Haircut

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  • Visit Your Barber

Before you can start embracing the quiff hairstyle, you will need to pay your barber or hairstylist a visit. When you make an appointment to get a quiff haircut, you will need to have your top hair grown out quite a bit so that your barber can create the style for you. Your barber or stylist should know what a quiff is, but in case they don’t, you will ask to keep your top hair long — the length is up to you — and cut your sides short. This can include a bald fade or a close buzz cut or tapered look where you still have a good amount of hair left on the sides. There just needs to be some contrast between your top and sides to create the dramatic effect of the quiff.


  • Start with Untangled, Clean Hair

After you have gotten your hair properly cut for the quiff style, you probably want to know how to recreate the look at home. So, start with clean, detangled hair. This requires a good brushing of your top hair.


  • Get Top Hair Damp

To create volume, you will need to dampen your top hair. Don’t get the hair too wet.


  • Apply Texturizing Products

Once your hair is damp, you will comb it to the side. Then, apply STMNT hair products pomade to your fingertips and work it into your top hair from root to tip. As you are working in the products, comb your hair to the front of your head, creating the desired shape and texture.

  • Use a Hair Dryer and a Brush

Your hair should still be a bit damp with the products worked in. Now, take a hair dryer and a round brush to give your quiff volume. You can also shape your quiff to your liking. Only use the hair dryer until your hair has completely dried. If you continue to use the dryer after hair has dried, product may become hard to work with.

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  • Use Hair Wax to Define the Quiff

Once you have finished drying your hair, use hair wax to smooth any loose flyaways or unruly hairs. You can also use hairspray if you want your look to stay in place all day, but make sure not to overdo it as you don’t want your hair becoming too stiff or hard. It should look naturally formed, not forced with hairspray.


Now, you should have a perfect quiff. Remember that when you’re styling a quiff haircut, it should be unique to you and your style. Not every quiff haircut is going to look identical to others. So, have fun styling your quiff and make sure to add your own personal touch.


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