Do you know what a Quiff is and why it’s a popular hairstyle?

Don’t know? Don’t fret.

Let me answer that for you.

A Quiff is a tried and tested hairstyle that has been around ever since the 1950s.


This impressive haircut owes much of its popularity to cultural icons such as Elvis Presley who made it into a rock ‘n’ roll symbol.

In turn, this led to it being adopted by the Teddy Boys and other movements from the 1980s.

Over its lifetime, the Quiff has had a multitude of variations.

Meaning you can tweak it to fit any occasion, face shape, and personality.

So, whether you are after a classy and refined look or some urban sophistication, the Quiff haircut is for you.


Before you run off to your barbershop, here are a few things you need to know about the Quiff haircut as well as some examples to get you inspired.

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.

And to prove it, let’s compare these two haircuts.

Quiff vs. Pompadour

One thing we’ll all agree on is:

The Quiff and the Pompadour haircuts have a lot of similarities.


For starters, they both look good being high contrast and all.

However, they do have subtle differences.

For example:

The Pompadour focuses on all the hair on top while the Quiff mainly concerns itself with the forelock.

However, the main difference is this:

The Pompadour is all about making a statement while the Quiff is much more restrained.

So, unlike the Quiff, the Pompadour features a lot of height and volume with an elegant, glossy finish.

Get it?

If so, here a look at some of the most popular Quiff haircuts you’ll see today.

8 Awesome Quiff Haircut Styles

#1 The Classic Quiff

The Classic Quiff
Source: @flatmax


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 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.
  • 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.

#2 Modern Quiff

Modern Quiff
Source: @hommehair

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 just a Classic Quiff but with 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 sharp, modern appearance.

What about the finishing?

Well, that’s entirely up to you.


You can use either gel or wax to get a natural, textured finish. Alternatively, you can go with some pomade for a shinier look.

#3 Curly Quiff

Curly Quiff
Source: @flatmax

Quick question:

Do you have an unruly head of 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.

#4 Short Quiff

Short Quiff
Source: @flatmax

I must say:

As a clean, low maintenance variation of the Quiff, this haircut is an excellent choice for anyone with short hair.

Moreover, it is great for anyone 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. Just let the hair 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.

#5 Undercut Quiff

Undercut Quiff
Source: @barberiaharo

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.


More hair equals more styling time.


To get this haircut, you need to…

  • Decide on the type of undercutting you want. For a soft undercutting, put in a smooth fade on the sides while a severe one requires short hair of equal length all around.
  • To style it, use a salt spray and then proceed to blow-dry the hair into shape.

As for the finish, go with some pomade for a nice, healthy shine.


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

#6 Rockabilly Quiff

Rockabilly Quiff
Source: @letmescream1

Want to stand out from the crowd?

This haircut is perfect for anyone looking to make a statement.


This hairstyle features longer hair on top with volume to match.

Basically, the hair is styled up – away from the face – and back and the sides are usually short with either a fade or a taper.

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.

As for the styling:

  • Start by applying product throughout the hair.
  • Next, comb it up and back while blow drying it into shape.


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

#7 Psychobilly Quiff

Psychobilly Quiff
Source: @lonewolves

This haircut has a lot going on.

It’s a Rockabilly Quiff but with a sharp undercut and some elements of a traditional Mohawk.

How to get it?

  • Well, start by taking off the sides and back as tight as you can.
  • Next, make sure the hair on top is longest at the fringe and shortest at the crown.

How to style?

You’ll need to apply some product and style the top into a “reverse shark fin“.

I know what you are thinking:

And yes, this hairstyle won’t be appropriate for most formal occasions.

#8 Textured Quiff


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

But there’s more to it than that.


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 texture powder.

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

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.


Enough of that, here are a few good tips you can use when dealing with Quiffs.

How to Do a Quiff Haircut

So, you want to do a self-cut, right?

Well, if that’s the case, here are a few things you’ll need to do a nice Quiff haircut at home.

  • A reference photo.
  • Pair of scissors.
  • A brush or comb
  • Mirrors that allow you to see all angles of your head. Two will do – one stationary and the other portable.
  • And lastly, a good quality hair clipper.


Before I get to the cutting, you need to have at least 3 inches of hair on top with a bit more on the fringe.

However, you can go longer if you want a taller Quiff.

After you have all the tools, do this:

  • Take the top part and tie it with clips or bands.
  • After that, start cutting the sides and back. How you do this is entirely dependent on the style you want. If in doubt, refer to your reference photo.
  • For a Classic Quiff, make sure you don’t have a lot of contrast between the sides/back and the top. So, no fades or any fancy designs. Ensure the sides/back blend nicely with the top.
  • Alternatively, if you are after a contemporary look, then you are free to put in a fade or taper your heart so desires. Here, contrast matters a lot. You can even go with an Undercut.
  • Once the sides and back are correctly done, it’s time to tackle the top. Start by trimming it to your desired height – if needed. The hair should be long at the fringe and grow shorter as you move towards the back of your head.


If you are going for a contemporary look, do some pointcuts to add some depth and texture to the hair.

How to Ask For a Quiff Haircut

Now, if you are unsure about getting a DIY haircut, you can always ask a professional to do it.

So, visit your favorite barbershop and ask for a Quiff.


Chances are, you won’t need to explain further.


Because the Quiff is a trendy and popular haircut; anyone will know it easily.


If your barber is unfamiliar with this haircut or its variation, here are some tips to help them understand what you want.

1. Show Them A Reference – Nothing beats a reference photo. Having one is a sure way of getting the hairstyle you want.

2. Use the Correct Terms – If you don’t have a photo, then try to be as descriptive as possible. Using the right terminologies, describe how you want the sides done, the length you prefer on top, and more.

3. Communicate – Now, even if you have a photo, the barber won’t know precisely what you want. As such, effective communication is vital, so if something isn’t working for you, tell your barber.

After you get your haircut, it’s time for the fun part – Styling.

How to Style a Quiff

Styling any hairstyle is always fun, but when it comes to the Quiff, it is important that you do this right.


Don’t panic. Here’s what you can do…

Step 1. Start with clean, towel-dried hair.

Step 2. Use a blow drier – on a low setting – to give your hair more volume. Keep in mind this step is optional.

Step 3. Apply a small amount of pre-styling product. This is usually a matte paste.

Step 4. Now, using a comb or your fingers, create a Quiff with your forelock by styling the hair upward and then backward. At this point, blow-dry the hair and give it more volume.

Step 5. Depending on the type of finish you want, apply a small amount of pomade, wax, or gel to the hair.


And 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

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