How to make a quiff

Written by audrey pannell | 13/05/2017
How to make a quiff
A quiff can have as much or little height as you want. (Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A hair quiff is a style that can be worn by men and women. It is basically a large, smooth bump of hair at the top of the head, from the fringe area to the crown. James Dean made the look popular, as did John Travolta in Grease. It is a fashionable style for some women to wear today, especially in the fringe area and secured with a clip or all on top with a high ponytail. It adds body to the hair at the top of the head, yet looks smooth and soft. There are also products that make a "short-cut" quiff -- these are plastic, rainbow-shaped pieces that sit atop your head and the hair is smoothed over them.

Apply hair mousse to the roots of your hair from the fringe to the crown. Brush through and allow the hair to dry from the mousse.

Use the pointy end of the teasing comb to section off the front section of your hair, from temple-to-temple and across the forehead. The section should go about 5 cm (2 inches) back. Clip the hair together.

Section a second area of hair, using the pointy end of your teasing comb. Make a line going from the right-back of the first section, over the top of the crown of your head and finishing at the left-back of the first section. Secure with a clip. You should now have two sections of hair -- one at the fringe area and the other just behind at the middle-crown area.

Gather the rest of the hair left down into a tight ponytail or pin it all out of the way.

Remove the clip from the back section of hair. Separate the hair into 2.5 cm (1 inch) sections.

Tease each 2.5 cm (1 inch) section of hair with the teasing comb until it is lifted and full. Lay each section on top of the previous one.

Smooth the finished, teased section gently with the comb and spray with hairspray.

Remove the clip from the front section of hair. Section it into 2.5 cm (1 inch) sections, teasing each and layering them back, on top of each other and the previous section. Spray with hairspray.

Smooth the teased section over gently with the comb. Use your fingers or the comb to gently gather the two sections together, smoothing them back into one large "pouf."

Secure the quiff with hair pins. Let the rest of the hair down or pull it up into a high ponytail.

Spray the finished style with hairspray.


For a softer look, keep some fringe down and swept across the forehead.

Tips and warnings

  • For a softer look, keep some fringe down and swept across the forehead.

Things you need

  • Hair mousse
  • Teasing comb with pointed end
  • Hair clips
  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray

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