THE QUIFF

Regardless of its longevity, the classic men’s quiff still remains one of the most stylish hairstyles a man rock. Whether you’re going for a more iconic style or freshening things up with the modern quiff; both are perfect ways to bring some class and innovation to your look. Here’s all you need to know on how to style a quiff.  Read more Men’s Hair features and out our Store.

Men’s Quiff Hairstyles

The quiff is one of the most iconic hairstyles a man can sport. The versatile nature of the look means it works just as well with short, mid-length or long hair. Check out some of our favourite iterations of the style below, and continue reading for more men’s hair inspiration.

How to Get a Quiff

  1. Using a fine-toothed comb, create a straight side part combing the bulk of your hair against the natural grain.
  2. Applying salt spray at this stage will add texture when it comes to styling.
  3. Blow dry hair upwards to add lift and volume at the roots, separating the main bulk of hair from the parting and drying in the opposite direction of hair growth for extra volume.
  4. Once hair is dried, use your comb to reinforce the side part. Working the hair when it is dry gives you a little more control, especially if the product has already been dried into the hair.
  5. Work a pea-sized amount of clay through the hair, coating thoroughly with your hands for a textured, relaxed finish, or for a smarter look – opt for a comb to style the quiff into place. Finish with hairspray for extra hold.

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How Do I Add Extra Volume to My Hair?

Use a blow dryer to blow the hair up away from your head and sculpt it how you want, this way, volume is naturally created without any need for appliances or product, before you have even started styling hair. Using texturising products before styling the hair such as salt spray and volumizing or thickening lotions will give a hair a thicker appearance. Applying to towel dried hair will achieve a natural finish will not look greasy or sticky when styled. Start applying from the back and work your way forwards – as this will add height to your hairstyle when blowdryed.

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How to Style a Quiff: Short Hair

If you’ve got short hair and you’re going for a quiff, you’ll be aiming for texture over volume – volume can only really be achieved when there is more hair to play with. A short quiff still looks just as good and is a messier, low maintenance version of the hairstyle. A short back and sides quiff is one of the easier haircuts to style. Strike a balance between a short length on the sides and voluminous, textured the top. An undercut with hair kept close shaven on the sides will create some definition, whereas a tapered fade cut will blend it for a more seamless finish. A textured or messy quiff is a distinctly modern take on the traditional style. Working best on shorter lengths, the textured quiff is the ideal hairstyle if you want low maintenance with maximum effect as it takes hardly any time to style. This look works with body and volume to add height to the longer top section of your hair.

How to Style a Quiff: Long Hair

For longer hair, it’s best to take a pompadour-inspired approach to the quiff and opt for less texture and more volume. Too long, and the hair will be too heavy for styling into a voluminous quiff – pulling at the root and weighing itself down. Out of all the quiffs, this longer version is a great starting point. just make sure the sides are kept long so they can be scooped into the quiff to create height. A classic quiff is a decidedly more traditional take on the hairstyle that models itself on the original 1950s Teddy Boy and Rockabilly styles. Due to its precise and particular style, the quiff requires a lot of styling and a lot of upkeep. A sleek quiff like this will require regular upkeep throughout the day, but then again if you want to look your best – you’ve got to be prepared for a little TLC.

How to Style a Quiff: Curly Hair

Although you probably don’t associate curly hair with a quiff, a curly quiff can often look the best of the bunch thanks to its natural volume and texture. Keep the hair on the sides and back of your head extremely short, highlighting the curls on the top of your head even more. Got for an undercut style to really highlight the contrast, perhaps tapered with your curls increasing in length nearer the front of your head?

How to Style The Side Part Quiff

The side part is a classic, yet still incredibly contemporary style and works well with long and short length hairstyles. This look is a little less dramatic than the classic quiff and can be easily modernised with the addition of an undercut or tapered fade on the back and sides.The side part can either be achieved manually by combing the hair into 2 sections or shaved into the head with one side of the hair kept fairly long and the other shaved into a tapered fade cut. The side part quiff isn’t as low maintenance or casual as the textured quiff but neither is it as extreme as the classic, more formal rockabilly quiff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM3Yjst2wRo

Male Celebrities with Quiffs

Hair length, the products you use, and your styling technique can all have an impact on the final hairstyle you create. To make things easier, we’ve put together some well-known celebrities all sporting the quiff the right way to provide you with some further hairstyle inspiration.

James Dean Hairstyle

As one of the most iconic actors of the 20th Century, James Dean is just as famous for his style as he is for his classic performances. His traditional quiff hairstyle was a perfect combination of texture and volume – fitting perfectly with his rebel persona. Keep your hair healthy with some high-quality shampoo and conditioner and use some lightweight pomade to create the desired lift, without weighing hair down. If you’re still wondering what quiff will work best for your hair, stick with this iconic look and you really can’t go wrong.

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David Beckham Hairstyle

There’s no better example of a modern quiff than that styled by David Beckham. By combining the classic pompadour style with the added side parting he manages to create a sleek, smart finish. Keep the hair on the side and back of your head short, use a decent conditioner when washing and a good wax and comb to style it. Wax is better suited for its hold, and although it’ll add a little more weight – we’re not going for height here so that’s not a problem.

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What Products to Use on a Quiff

Wax

A great all rounder, wax works best when applied to towel dried damp hair for a natural finish. It can be used to style messy textured looks or sleeker styles. When worked into hair, a wax is more pliable than other products and can be easily washed out for reapplication. A dense product, wax works best applied to thick, wavy hair types that are usually hard to manage.toppicks

Pomade

Pomades come in water and petroleum based varieties. Originally made from mineral oil, its primary function is to give hair a sleek sheen. Creamier than wax, pomade leaves hair in great condition without making it greasy. Ideal for the wet look hairstyle, pomade works best on thin hair and is good for taming unruly curls.toppicks

Clay

Providing a textured, matte finish clay works best for creating a tousled, messy look with invisible hold. Clay works well with all hair types and should be applied to damp hair for best results. Work a pea-sized amount of product in between your palms and evenly distribute making sure to cover each hair. When styled, hair will look natural and not overworked by the product.toppicks

How to Style a Quiff

  • If you’ve got short hair, aim for texture over volume with a short back and sides quiff.
  • If you’ve got marginally longer hair, a pompadour quiff for longer hair.
  • Use a strong clay for thick hair, and a light wax for thinner locks.
  • Don’t wash your hair too much as this will remove volume and texture from the style.
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On that Note

The quiff suits all hair types and lengths and can be worn messy and loose or sleek and clean. If its retro nostalgia you’re looking for then the quiff is for you. Alternatively, you can modernise the style with a contemporary textured cut. Whatever you do with your quiff, this timeless haircut means you can’t go wrong and hopefully this guide on how to style you hair for men has answered those burning questions for you. .

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MOUSTACHE’S

An unlikely bit-player in one of summer’s cinematic dramas has been the humble moustache. Or, to be more precise, the face-furniture attached to actor Henry Cavill. This became an issue because extensive reshoots for Justice League overlapped with the filming of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, for which Cavill had been required to grow a moustache (which he was then contractually prohibited from shaving). The realities of stunt-work meant that Cavill couldn’t wear a falsie for M:I, so Warner Bros took the hit and removed the offending ‘tache from his reshoot scenes using CGI (the results of this have not entirely impressed fans).

But with such a high profile role celebrating the elaborate nose-warmer, are we due to see a renaissance in top-lip grooming this season? With the hipster beard possibly reaching the end of its lifecycle, this could be the next follicular frontier.

But if we’re going to reclaim the muzzy from 1980s footballers, Latin American dictators and retired Northern Irish paramilitaries, which moustache style should you be going for? Well, in descending order…

The Chevron

The closest to a naturally grown-out shape, the Chevron is a deceptively tricky style to pull off unless your name is Tom Selleck or Ron Swanson. It can balance out big facial features and conveys a certain old-school, ‘eighties dad’, anti-fashion power but you need a decent thickness of hair and growth to avoid looking like a schoolboy who’s trying to buy a pint.

It works best as part of a generally macho look, so try and put some gym-bulk on before growing this, and perhaps pair it with a heavy, unreconstructed scent for maximum alpha-maleimpact.

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The Chevron Moustache Style

The Beardstache

The least showy, but the most easily executed of these styles – a classic workmanlike moustache, paired with a lightly developing beard. A look that suggests you did have a well kept Chevron, but a week or so of fighting crime, defending your property and generally being rugged has let it slip a little. Less eye-catching than a clean-shaven face as there’s a reduced contrast in the skin-and-hair tones, but you do need a decently even stubble growth to make this work.

This moustache style suits dark colouring better as lighter hair can make you look a just scruffy rather than ‘relaxed.’ This is Henry Cavill’s moustache in Mission: Impossible so expect to see it appearing on your high street imminently (albeit on men who don’t look quite as heroic as Cavill).

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The Beardstache Style

The Pencil

The pencil was originally conceived as an elegant, minimalist reaction to the overbearing facial hair of the Victorians. Popularised by Hollywood idols, it only later became shorthand for the more furtive gentleman – and to this day, it does conjure up images of chaps conning lonely widows out of their savings or selling hooky nylons to London’s women during World War II.

This isn’t to say it can’t be revived in a modern context though (take a bow, Jamie Foxx), but be warned that it will require almost daily shaving to maintain its clean lines.

If you’ve got small features, it can work well. However, if paired with a scruffier look or long hair, there’s a real risk of getting into ‘amateur sorcerer’ territory (Jack White is a prime offender).

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The Pencil Moustache Style

The Horseshoe

An extremely strong personal statement. Associated with Hulk Hogan, Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, 80s leather ‘clones’ like the guy from the Village People, and amphetamine-addled bass-wielding metal god Lemmy from Motorhead, this is an absolutely no-half-measures moustache style.

Not advised for anyone with a long narrow face as it will give you a certain equine aspect, and it needs to be considered as part of a complete outfit: it will go perfectly with head-to-toe biker leathers or broken-in double denim. Not such a good fit with something you picked up in TK Maxx to wear to the football.

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The Horseshoe Moustache Style

The Handlebar

A tricky case to call: on its own merits, a fine moustache style that demonstrates real commitment to growth, grooming and upkeep.

But it has unquestionably suffered from association with retro-bores who have tainted it with the whiff of ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ posters, ear-bleeding, irony-laden electro-swing music and Blitz-revival club nights.

It’s adaptable to most face shapes, so if you are going to try out the Handlebar, either contrast it with a simple workwear-inspired outfit, or go for something smart, preppy and Ivy League (or, like it’s most famous exponent, Rollie Fingers, a baseball kit). In short, if your moustache is shouting for attention, then your outfit shouldn’t be.

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The Handlebar Moustache Style

The Walrus

The absolute big daddy of facefuzz, best exemplified by actor Sam Elliott. A shaggy, grown out, big-beast, perfect for the larger gentleman, anyone with a huge nose or a wide face.

It can make you look prematurely old, so think carefully about committing to this style. Be prepared for some gentle ribbing from your less fashion-forward peers, along the lines of ‘Careful you don’t get harpooned you big fat bastard’.

Also, check that your significant other isn’t going to dump you rather than be seen with someone who looks like they spend a lot of their free time playing Magic: The Gathering and watching The Discovery Channel.

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The Walrus Moustache Style

The Anchor Beard

Perhaps the worst facial hair style ever devised – and one that even the patron saint of male grooming, David Beckham, has fallen victim to – a combination of a pointed beard that traces the jawline and peaks in a sort of below-lip soul-patch, sitting below a disembodied moustache.

A statement which hints at long hours arguing on Youtube comment threads about Pick-Up Artistry, in-depth re-watchings of The Matrix, and ownership of at least one sword (or ‘mastery of the blade’ as this kind of helmet would doubtless term it).

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The Anchor Beard

BROGUES

It’s been said in some quarters that this is the decade of the trainer – but ultra-elegant bad boy brogues, which are just the right mix of smart and casual, would beg to differ…

Though the last few years have been all about wearing running trainers, badminton sneakers and tennis shoes in both formal and more casual contexts, now – smarter shoes are making a return.

It’s a shift which comes in tandem with a general return to elegance on the world’s runways – from the fluid double breasted suits by Kim Jones at Dior, to the streetwear-inspired tailored two pieces at Louis Vuitton, dressing up has never been more, well, dope.

If a full dress suit with spats is perhaps a step too far, we’d advise breaking yourself in gently with a pair of elegant-yet-serviceable brogues. Defined by the perforated decoration around the upper of a shoe’s visible edges, it’s possible to get Derby brogues, Oxford brogues and even monk brogues, meaning they’re among the most adaptable shoes you can have in your footwear arsenal.

What’s more, a good pair of brogues will elegantly bridge that gap between smart and casual which a trainer, quite simply, cannot. A pair of low slung black brogues with a black suit will look elegant and work-ready. a pair of triple-welted tan brogues, on the other hand will look great worn with jeans.

NEW ROLEX WATCHES

A new sailing watch collection leads the seven-strong Rolex contingent at BaselWorld 2019, along with numerous refinements to its existing models.

With one new addition to its Rolex sailing watch collection christened Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, two new variants of its Oyster Perpetual Datejust collection and several upgrades, Rolex has added seven new watches to its repertoire.

With a 42mm diameter, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 seems to embody the old saying, the bigger the better. It introduces a new size in the sailing watch range and is made of 18ct white gold, boasting a new-generation calibre 3235 and the Rolex Glidelock extension system.

Apart from a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert in matt black ceramic, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 guarantees a power reserve of around 70 hours, thanks to Rolex’s Chronergy escapement, developed and patented in-house.

Rolex is adding a Rolesor version (a combination of Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold) to the Sea-Dweller range, thereby bringing 18ct yellow gold to the collection. The watch’s “Sea-Dweller” inscription on the dial is in yellow, mirroring the 18ct yellow gold of the unidirectional rotatable bezel. The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is also equipped with a new-generation calibre 3235.

A facelift to its 2018 counterpart, the new version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is offered in Oystersteel, with a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom bezel insert in blue and black ceramic and a new-generation calibre 3285.

The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona also gets a facelift with a paved and elaborate dial, and shimmers in champagne-colour, intertwined with diamonds and black lacquer. At a heightened calibre of 4130, its power reserve lasts around 72 hours. Two new dials stand out with the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 – green ombré on the watch in 18ct yellow gold and brown ombré on the 18ct Everose gold version.

The new variants of Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 scream corporate elegance in white Rolesor versions (combining Oystersteel and 18ct white gold), and feature a choice of a black sunray finish dial or a dial in white, mother-of-pearl accompanied by 10 diamond hour markers.

Finally, the first of its kind Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, features 18ct yellow gold Roman numerals set in the backdrop of an olive-green sunray finish dial. The second option offers a rosé-colour sunray-finish dial with Roman numerals in 18ct pink gold on an Oyster bracelet.

HOW TO WEAR CUBAN HEELS

What can a man wear with cuban heels? Well. Put simply the answer is confidence. Men are in a world where they can now wear whatever they want but if anyone does wonder about men in heels let us start with a history lesson. Ninth century Persian soldiers going to war were known to wear heels on horseback. The heel on a mans boot was functional at this point for standing strong in stirrups whilst on a horse. The heel allowed a stance enabling the soldier to pull back the arrow and fire. This is the first depiction of men in heels which was found on a ceramic bowl. The idea came across to the west when all things Persian became fashionable. The French aristocracy popularised heels for men and one need only consider Louis XIV and his whopping (10cm) high heels to illustrate this. The fact that he could do nothing was testament to his status as a royal. He even dyed the soles of the shoes he wore with red dye as this was the most expensive money could buy. Louboutin, we know where you got the idea from!

Over the years, heels became the domain of women in the main. However, the 60s and the freedom that came with it became a hot bed of experimenting and changing styles. At this point the Kings Road was heaving with trend setters wanting to emulate the rock legends who were wearing the chelsea boot at the time. It was The Beatles who went to Anello and Davide (esteemed shoemakers) and asked for the chelsea to be made with a cuban heel. Now the origin of this heel is of course Latin American. Male dancers wore cuban heeled shoes and boots to perform the tango or flamenco.

So why not create some drama with your look. If we think about the 60s and the icons we mentioned and also the mod scene, we can reference how a really sharp tailored suit in charcoal or grey would look with black cuban heel boots. There are many men who can wear a suit today with cuban heel shoes or boots and ooze confidence and style. We would recommend a good fit in terms of the suit and tapered trousers or slim fit as the cuban heels tend to have an elegant long silhouette which needs a streamline outfit to compliment it. Of course, if you want traditional, this is not for you but you can look super smart yet cool original with this style.

The indie look sits perfectly with this style of boot. Look back to Jagger and now to The Horrors, Noel Fielding with Bowie and Prince in between, we can see the subversive underground look you can get with this boot. Think tight skinny jeans and a loose shirt with a buckle belt in between.  A loose scarf dangling around the neck and a leather jacket to hand to throw over it. Go forth and enjoy!