A quiff hairstyle is one that has many of the same characteristics of the old 50s style pompadour, flattop and Mohawks. The Teddy Boy movement in England took this hairstyle to new heights and became popular again in the early 80s. The hairstyle has once again become popular with young men and boys, and now a new style for females includes pulling outer hair into a quaff with a ponytail on the back.

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Comb the front section of the hair towards the back of the head and spray with an ample amount of hairspray. This will help to hold the pompadour look.

Backcomb all of the hair that will not be put into a roller on the front of the head.

Pull a section of hair from the front of the head out and roll with a hot roller. Secure with a hair pin. Make sure to roll the hair backwards and away from the face, not down towards it.

Leave the roller in for 15 minutes and then remove. The forehead hair will be set in what is now called a carrel curl.

Pull the curl back towards the rear of the head and then to whichever side the hair is normally parted on.

Hold the curl in place by pinning it to the hair directly underneath it with hair pins, so that the pins are obscured from sight. Spray the hair with ample amounts of hairspray and allow to dry.


  • The most important step in creating a quiff is the backcombing at the beginning. You have to make sure that the triangular angles are kept from the front of the head to the top of the head. This is done by pulling the hair from the eyebrows to the crown of the head. Backcombing is the act of teasing the hair on the underneath so that the bump of hair is able to stand on its own. You will do this with all of the hair except the hair in the curler that is on top of the head in front. This helps to hold the bump in place so it does not fly around on the head. This also creates a knotting of the hair down to the root and in turn does not need as much hairspray to keep the style in place.