How to Make a Curly Quiff

Updated April 17, 2017

The curly quiff is making its rounds in the fashion world. Characterised by a curly pompadour on the crown of your head, this rockabilly hairdo can be worn by both men and women. A throwback to the 1950s, the curly quiff was originally a 'do for "greasers."

Apply mousse to wet hair. To maximise the product's intent, squeeze a bit into your palms and rub palms together to emulsify the product. Starting from the base of the head, run fingers and palms through hair to coat each section evenly with mousse.

Dry the curls using the hair dryer, with the diffuser attached so as not to losing body. Turn head upside down. Gently place hair on top of the diffuser, section by section, until the hair is no longer damp. The diffuser should keep the curls separated and bouncy as they dry.

Tease the hair on top of the head with a comb. Start from the front of the head and work toward the back of the head, dividing the hair into sections. Hold each section of hair out from head and run the comb through the hair to scalp in short strokes. The teased hair will give even more body to your curly quiff.

Brush the hair on the sides of the head down flat toward the back of the head. Leave the teased hair on the top of your head alone -- do not brush it. As you smooth the hair to the back of the head, secure it with hair clips. With hair smoothed back on either side of the head, use hairspray to encourage it to lay completely flat.

Secure hair by inserting the hair clips vertically up the head. Cross the hair clip ends over each other for maximum hold. Spray as needed to style. Continue to work the hair on top of your head. Use your personal style taste to shape the pompadour the way you like it.


Be patient as you create this hair style for the first time. Remember that all hair responds differently to styling. Learn how your hair type best responds to different styling products for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Mouse
  • Comb
  • Hair dryer with diffuser
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Hairspray
  • Hair clips
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