Quiff Haircut

Short Quiff
Medium Quiff
Taper Fade Quiff
Messy Quiff
Modern Quiff
Textured Quiff

Quiff Haircut

Much like a Taper Fade, a Quiff is a stylish and trendy hairstyle that features longer hair on top and shorter sides and back. In some cases, the sides and back may be Tapered or Faded to improve contrast.


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Ideal Face Shapes: Round, Oval, Triangle, Diamond, Square

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Ideal Hair Types: Preferably Thick, Voluminous

Styling Tips:

  • A Quiff can be styled with Tapered/Faded sides and back or evenly-cut short hair
  • The top should have at least two inches of hair for the best look
  • Also, you have to gradually reduce the length of the top hair towards the crown area

What is the Quiff Haircut?

Like most popular haircuts:

The Quiff follows the general trend of men's haircuts with short sides and a long top.

But, in this regard:

The top can gradually reduce in length towards the crown or remain the same all over.


The top is usually styled upward and then combed backward and with lots of texture. As for the sides, you can style them any way you want.

For instance:

You can have them tight, with a fade or taper, or even an undercut.


I know that's a lot to take in so, here's the basic idea:

The Quiff haircut features short sides and back with longer, styled hair on top.

That almost sounds like a Pompadour, right?

Well, it’s not.

Quiffs look different and are style with relatively shorter hair than Pompadours. Here are today’s best examples of Quiff hairstyles.

Today’s Top 12 Awesome Quiff Haircut Styles

1. Short Quiff Haircut


I must say:

As a clean, low-maintenance variation of the Quiff, this haircut is an excellent choice for anyone with short hair (under 2.5”).

Moreover, it is great for men looking for that vintage appeal.

How to get it:

  • Well, if you'd like a more modern feel to it, then start by fading or tapering the sides. If not, then don't fade. Instead, slightly trim down the hair and let it fall naturally.
  • As for the styling, apply your favorite product throughout the hair and style the fringe into a Quiff. A popular way to do this is by having a side-swept Quiff with a part on one side.


For the best results, opt for a more natural finish.

2. Medium Quiff Haircut


With the Medium Quiff, the hair on top is neither long nor short.

So, how long is it?

Well, the most ideal length is usually between two and three inches of hair; with areas closer to the back end of the top having shorter hair than the front end.

To get a Medium Quiff…

  • You have to first ensure that your hair is the right length (2-3”)
  • Trim down the top hair as you move towards the back end to create a gradient. Then style the top as desired
  • Lastly, you can add a little bit of contrast or style on the sides and back by doing a nice Medium Fade

Got it?

3. Taper Fade Quiff Haircut


Want to stand out from the crowd?

The Taper Fade Quiff haircut is perfect for anyone looking to make a statement.


This hairstyle features longer hair on top with shorter strands on the sides and back. Basically, the hair is styled up and away from the face. Then, the back and the sides get a neat Taper Fade.

How to get it?

  • First, make sure you have a lot of hair on top
  • After that, clip the sides and back and make trims where necessary
  • Then, apply styling product throughout the hair
  • Next, comb it up and back while blow drying it into shape
  • Lastly, do a Taper Fade on the sides and back to complete this look


For a vintage touch, take a lock from the front, curl it on your finger and then pull it down.

4. Messy Quiff Haircut


Got no time to style your hair?

Well, you can go for the Messy Quiff Haircut. It’s a low-maintenance Quiff variation that remains quite trendy.


As its name suggests, this hairdo features messy hair at the top that’s styled into a Quiff.

Plus, you get to decide how you want to keep the sides and back. But the best option is usually a cool Taper Fade.

5. Modern Quiff Haircut


Get this:

If you are after a classic haircut but with a contemporary twist, then you should definitely try the Modern Quiff.

This hairstyle is merely a Classic Quiff but with more volume at the top and a fade or taper on the sides.


A soft fade will give you a more relaxed look; while a sharp one will give you that neat, modern appearance.

What about the finishing?

Well, that’s entirely up to you.


You can use either a gel or wax with a matte finish to get a natural, textured finish. Alternatively, you can go with some high-shine pomade for a glossier look.

6. Textured Quiff Hairstyle



As you've probably guessed, this hairstyle is more about texture than glossiness and shine.

Usually, the top hair is kept a little spiky. However, the size of the spikes will determine how texturized the hairstyle will look.

Generally, shorter spikes present a more textured appearance.


It's also easy to style and maintain.

All you have to do is:

  • Get a classic Quiff haircut
  • And once that’s done, style it using a volumizing spray or texturizing powder


These products add bulk, depth, and texture (spikes) to the hair.

7. Curly Quiff Haircut


Quick question:

Do you have unruly, curly hair? If so, would you like a trendy and unique hairstyle?

Then, let me suggest a Curly Quiff haircut.

This combo gives you a less sleek but more artistic appearance.


Getting this hairstyle is simple enough, shave the sides and style the top. However, use a wide-toothed comb while styling.

It's easier that way.


Make sure you don't flatten your curls with excessive blow-drying and product.

8. Skin Fade Quiff Haircut


Get this:

For men who love adding contrast to their hairstyles, the Skin Fade Quiff haircut is a great option.

Typically, Skin Fades feature more skin and less hair. Thus, creating a stylish, good-looking boundary between regions with hair and those without. 

To get this haircut:

  • You first have to style the top hair into a Quiff. Any length below four inches will do
  • Then, do a Skin Fade on the sides and back. The higher the fade boundary, the more visible the contrast and styling will be

9. Undercut Quiff Haircut


If you are looking for an edgy take, this haircut is all about contrast.

The Undercut Quiff haircut features short hair on the sides and back with plenty of it on top.

Generally, the main difference between this style and the Taper Fade Quiff is the fact that an Undercut features a sharp, High Fade.


To get this haircut, you need to…

  • Decide on the type of Undercut you want. For a soft Undercut, put in a smooth and wide fade boundary on the sides. On the other hand, a severe one features a High Fade with a narrow fade boundary.
  • To style it, use a salt spray and then proceed to blow-dry the hair into shape.

As for the finish, use pomade for a nice, healthy shine.


If you want an edgy haircut but with modern appeal, then definitely go with an Undercut Quiff.

10. The Classic Quiff Haircut



As the name suggests, the Classic Quiff is nothing if not classic.

This timeless cut features shorter hair on the sides and back and longer hair on top.


Its most defining aspect lies in the lack of contrast.

While most Quiff haircut variations rely on lots of contrast, this one does not.

How to get it?

  • Well, start by shaving the sides and back short. Remember, no fades or tapers
  • Next, trim the top if needed leaving the fringe a bit longer
  • Now, apply some pomade and style the fringe into a Quiff

And just like that, you’ll have a charming Classic Quiff.

11. Spiky Quiff Hairstyle


Let’s face it:

Even with numerous cool options available today, Spiky hairstyles always find a way to steal the limelight. The same can be said about Spiky Quiffs.

Aside from looking trendy and hot, this hairdo is also easy to style and maintain


You just have to ensure you have enough hair volume on top.

Now, to get this haircut:

  • First, apply hair spray, high-hold pomade, or wax to style the Spikes
  • Then lift up the hair on the front end to create a Quiff-like fringe
  • Lastly, you can taper, fade, or do both on the sides and back

12. Comb-Over Quiff Haircut


For men with longer hair – between four and seven inches – the Comb-Over Quiff Haircut is an ideal option.

Moreover, it’s easy to style.

Generally, combing long hair to one side allows you to style a Quiff without having to worry about where to “hide” the excess.

Even better, this cut can be used for both formal and informal occasions.

To get it:

  • Simply comb over the top hair with a Quiff-like fringe
  • Style the sides as desired – either a fade or a taper

And that’s just about it.

There are other types of Quiff hairstyles, so, don’t go nuts wondering why they aren’t on the list.

I would, however, appreciate it if you can share any other trendy styles in the comments below for others to see.


Well, that’s a wrap.

I believe I’ve covered everything there is to know about Quiffs - as promised.

Bottom line:

If what you want is a stylish and classy haircut that can be styled to fit any occasion, the Quiff would be a great choice.


What is your favorite Quiff variation? Do you have any questions or thoughts to add on?

Please let me know in the comments below.

Until next time… #StaySafe

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s easy. Quiffs are characterized by having long hair on top and the sides kept short, tapered, or faded. A typical Quiff haircut will have the top hair in a gradient from the front end to the back and an inverted fringe.
The name’s origin is still unclear. However, experts suggest the name Quiff may have come from the French word “Coiffe” meaning a hairstyle.
Yes. However, Quiffs look great on men with Round, Oval, Triangle, Diamond, and Square face shapes. Also, the hair needs to be thick with ample volume.
It’s a Classic Quiff but with more volume on top and a Taper or Taper Fade on the sides and back.

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