Last year was the year of buzz cuts and fades, while this one is shaping up to be the year of the quiff. This hairstyle features sharp lines that are sculpted with scissors, following the contours of the head, and it’s ideal for short to medium-length hair. Some quiff styles incorporate distinctive profiles with shaved sides.

The quiff is a timeless classic that can be refreshed to enhance your look.

Over the past few years, this hairstyle has surged in popularity, becoming one of the most sought-after men’s cuts. If you’re after a fashionable style that has stood the test of time, then this is the style for you. The quiff suits both formal occasions and everyday wear.

The quiff hairstyle dates back to the 1950s. It has many different options, so it can be changed to suit a specific face shape, hair type and style.

Its versatility allows you to adapt it to your taste and it suits a wide range of events, from professional settings to casual outings. The quiff is also suitable for school, where strict dress codes may not apply.

Another advantage of this haircut is that despite its popularity and recognition in the world of men’s fashion, you’re unlikely to see these hairstyles very often in everyday life. They are more reserved for special occasions rather than daily wear. This means that if you decide to stand out from the crowd, you’ll certainly succeed.

What is a Quiff haircut

From a men’s hairstyling perspective, it bears the closest resemblance to an undercut: longer hair on top with shorter sides and back. However, what sets the quiff apart from the undercut is the top section of hair, which is styled upwards and slightly back for a textured, impactful look. The styling process is crucial here, and we’ll delve into how you can achieve this modern haircut for yourself.

Just like other voluminous styles such as the contactless undercut, the quiff style is high-contrast. This means that the long hair on top creates a sharp contrast with the short hair at the back and sides.

In terms of style, the quiff is closely linked to the pompadour. Both are voluminous styles with hair swept back. However, there are important distinctions between them. Guys sporting pompadours typically focus on vertical volume at the front of the hair. Additionally, the pompadour can be smaller and not as extreme.

Another defining characteristic of the quiff haircut is its slightly disheveled appearance. The hair at the front of the head is often swept to the side and wavy. Pompadours, on the other hand, tend to be more sleek and polished.

What is needed to create a quiff hairstyle?

The quiff hairstyle is a medium-length cut due to the volume required at the crown of the head. 5-8 cm is the necessary minimum to create good volume. Increasing the length to 10-12 cm will give you even more volume and a more daring look. Like the pompadour, the length of the hair on top can vary, so experiment and find what suits you best.

You’ll also need high-quality hair products such as pomade, gel, or wax, depending on the style you prefer. Pomade will give your hair a shinier look. Gel and wax will enhance the texture of your hair and help maintain its volume. By using hair products that work well and are of high quality, you can be sure to achieve the best result.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with all the information about the quiff haircut, here are some of the best hairstyle options that you’ll definitely want to try.

Quiff + shave

The textured modern quiff with a fade remains one of the top haircuts of the year. While the classic cut leans towards conservatism, the textured quiff offers more versatility and freedom. You can sweep the hair to the side, slick it back, or leave it wavy, all depending on your style and preferences. If you’re keen on trying out new looks and styles this year, then check out our selection of photos showcasing the textured quiff haircut and update your style. Some quiff cuts hint at a fade or leave room for sideburns.

Modern Quiff

The modern quiff is today’s take on the classic fade haircut with a touch of individuality. A sharper fade on the sides gives you a sleek, contemporary appearance, while a more subtle fade offers a relaxed vibe.

How to style the modern quiff correctly? Towel-dry your hair, leaving it slightly damp. Apply a bit of pomade or hair wax onto your fingertips and work it into your hair. If you desire more volume, add a bit of mousse. Finish by blow-drying your hair.

The quiff pairs well with modern classic cuts. This haircut confirms it.

Messy Quiff

This is the perfect haircut for a stylish yet casual look. The same principles apply to any hairstyle, but instead of meticulously styling, the goal is to roughly shape your hair without worrying about everything being smooth. The quiff – it can take care of itself while still looking good together. It’s the best way to look stylish with minimal effort.

How to style a messy hairstyle – do your basic prep, but instead of meticulously combing your hair, just tousle it a bit with your fingers and blow-dry. You can add a bit of hairspray upfront to keep the hair from falling into your eyes.

Messy Quiff
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Quiff with a side part

A side-swept bang hairstyle essentially represents a modern bang with a pronounced side part. You can simply create a side part or, for added definition, your hairstylist can do some fading on your hair. This option gives the hairstyle an elegant look.

How to style a side-swept bang – start off as if you’re styling a modern bang, but sweep the hair to one side to create a distinct line separating the top and side sections. Apply a bit of hairspray and press along the line with your fingers. Complete the look by combing the remaining hair in the opposite direction of your side part.

Neat Quiff

A neat bang is the perfect option when you need something more subdued. It’s still incredibly stylish but can now be used for more formal events, like weddings.

Layered Quiff

Layering any hairstyle can require a lot of work, but this meticulously crafted hairstyle shows how worthwhile it is.

A simple quiff haircut with a beard

This effortless hairstyle truly brings things full circle. Needless to say, a simple hairstyle still remains great, especially when paired with cool sunglasses and a stylish beard.

Simple quiff haircut with beard
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Side shaving

The side-swept quiff is essentially a modern hairstyle with a pronounced side part. You can simply divide the hair, for added effect. How to style the side-swept hairstyle? Begin similarly to styling a modern quiff, but comb the hair to one side to create a clear line between the top and bottom parts. Apply some hairspray along the line. Finish this style by combing the hair in the opposite direction of the side part.

Adding side fading with sideburns brings a cool, fresh touch to this haircut.

Medium haircut Quiff

The medium hairstyle is a slightly more classic and dramatic style for the modern, well-groomed man. Similar to previous styles, the sides remain short while the hair on top is longer, providing significantly more volume. Typically, the longer the hair, the more time it takes to style. But the end result is worth it.

The back of this haircut is almost always short, but the top part can be either short or long.

Medium quiff haircut
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Side pompadour

The pompadour is a classic men’s haircut that comes in many variations today. This version features the typical tapering at the back of the head.

Side pompadour
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Modern men’s haircut

A modern men’s haircut typically features a clean and polished look, with a focus on texture and dimension. Popular styles include the undercut, fade, quiff, and textured crop, with variations to suit individual preferences.

Modern men's haircut
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Textured hairstyle with bangs

It’s the perfect option that combines classic and everyday practicality. The same principles apply as to other hairstyles. Your goal is to tidy up your hair without making it too slick. It’s one of the best ways to look stylish with minimal effort. How to style it correctly? Do your basic prep, but instead of meticulously combing your hair, just comb through the mousse and blow-dry your hair. You can add a bit of hairspray upfront to keep your bangs from falling into your eyes.

Textured haircut with bangs
Source: @flatmax

Medium wavy haircut

The curly hairstyle is mainly a long hairstyle for guys with curly hair. The effect is less smooth and groomed but more modern and relaxed. Style it similarly to regular hair. However, you might need a wide-toothed comb to manipulate your hair more easily.

medium wavy haircut
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The modern Mechas Quiff is a trendy men’s hairstyle that incorporates a pop of color with a classic quiff. Mechas, or highlights, are added to the hair on top to create dimension and texture. The hair is then styled upwards and back to create a voluminous quiff, with shorter hair on the sides and back.