BRITISH BARBERS DISCUSS THE QUIFF HAIRSTYLE
AWARD WINNING BARBERS ON HOW TO STYLE AND WEAR FOUR DIFFERENT VARIATIONS OF THE CLASSIC HAIRCUT
Often described as the leather staple jacket of hair styles, this look is young and fresh and suitable for almost any occasion. However, did you know there are a few different ways in which you can wear the classic quiff hairstyle? We spoke to four the UK’s leading barbers about how to style and wear each one.
Mike Taylor, founder of the British Barbers’ Association, Master Barber and owner of a number of barbershops across the country has recommended the Pompadour Quiff. Just like Elvis, okay maybe a little less dramatic but this is the style you want to go for if you want to create a pompadour. This was named after the mistress of King Louis XV who was supposedly addicted to back combing, who knew? This is the boldest of the Quiffs so if you want a style that won’t go unnoticed this is the one for you. To achieve this look you will need reasonably long hair on the top, back comb it away from the face and smoothly over your head. To keep it all in place use some Pomade by The Bluebeards Revenge which will do the job without looking shiny or waxy.
Recommended by Luigi Caterino who was voted Britain’s Best Shaving Barber for 2015 and the official Barber to Glasgow Rangers FC. An undercut can be done in one of two ways, either severe of soft. You can graduate the sides down or have it all one length. To put more emphasis on the Quiff keep the sides fairly short. Styling the Undercut Quiff is a little easier than the pompadour Quiff – simply twist the front of your hair and have it go off to one side using Matt Clay to add height and keep it in place.
If you saw our hair trend prediction report earlier this year you will have seen a Textured Quiff is a popular style this year. Scotland’s Barber of the Year for 2016 Stacey McCabe has picked out the style favoured by British model David Gandy. This is a style that is meant to look rugged, sleek but not contrived. If you want something manly but not shabby then this is a great hairstyle to begin with. It’s the kind of hairstyle that naturally holds shape after running your fingers through it. For added shine and keeping the hair looking healthy use some hair conditioner before styling.
Lastly, there is the Long-haired Quiff, recommended by Sadik Khalifa who has just been crowned Britain’s Best Shaving Barber for 2016. This hairstyle is perfect for those beaus amongst us with medium to long hair and want to keep a grungy look. It works well on those with naturally curly hair who want to keep the look as natural as possible - think Harry Styles. Whilst trying to keep it as natural as possible, you also want your hair to look slightly styled. Keep it clean by giving your hair a quick rinse over with a high quality shampoo and hold it in place with a little Pomade and hair spray.