The Textured Quiff
A men’s hair mainstay, a quiff strikes the balance between exaggerated and easy to maintain. It’s also come in its fair share of guises over the years, ranging in size from molehill to mountain – but for 2016 the focus switches from scale to texture.
“This is a more textured, less polished version of the quiff,” says Stelios Nicolaou, Master Barber at Aveda. “It’s got depth, but doesn’t look too structured or stuffy, and it has height on top while being shorter and sharper on the back and sides.”
As with any more involved style, it’s worth considering the implications before you let your barber start lopping inches off: “The quiff can suit a variety of face shapes, but it’s always best to speak to your barber or stylist about what works best for you – those with a longer face shape may benefit from a slightly more angled quiff that doesn’t further elongate the face. And maintenance is another important factor to consider here.”
Thankfully, compared to heavily styled and structured quiffs, this textured take is a breeze to style. “Spritz a volumising spray into the roots of your hair to add depth and volume. Then, rub some clay between your fingers and twist the hair slightly at the sides of the crown, pushing it upwards, before passing your hands through the quiff until you’ve achieved your desired finish.”