The textured quiff is a timeless look that falls back into favour time and again, and love them or hate them, they are here to stay. Retro looks might come and go, but they are never far from an imminent return, so if you haven’t learned how to perfect the style by now, then you are seriously missing a trick.
Here’s our ‘Hair How To’ on the textured quiff to help you get up to speed.
To get the look, ask for a grade 2 at the back and sides, and get your barber to use the scissor-over-comb technique to blend the hair from one length to another. You’re looking for a subtle graduation, so that the hair gradually increases in length as you near the top and front of the head. The top section should ideally be a couple of inches long at the front, and can be point-cut (chopped into with the ends of the scissors) to create added texture.
Starting with freshly washed, towel-dried hair is essential, as all of your volume is created during the drying process. Comb a wet-styling products through the lengths to achieve an even coverage, directing your hair forwards towards the front of your head as you go.
Set your hairdryer to the highest temperature but the lowest speed , as this will enable you to build volume. Using a high speed setting will often mean that hair is either blown flat or all over the place – there’s no room for impatience here. Using a vented brush, sweep all of your hair to one side, following the brush with your hairdryer and directing the airflow through the vents as you go. Be sure to keep the dryer a few centimetres away from the brush to avoid baking your hair to a crisp.
When hair is about half dry, move onto the other side, once again sweeping it across the head in the same way as before.
With hair now almost dry, begin to brush upwards and backwards, away from the forehead and temples, until completely dry. Don’t continue on too much past this point, as over-drying can result in frizz and fly-aways – not a look that sits well with a quiff.
Once hair is dry, it’s time to set and sculpt your style. It’s up to you whether you want to go for a matt or high-shine look, but matt products do allow for more voluminous looks, which is why we’ve gone for The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay. Providing light but effective hold that sits below the radar without betraying you half-way through the day, the Matt Clay need simply be warmed between the palm and run up and backwards through the lengths of the hair to keep in place. A little goes a long way, so you should find that a pea-sized amount will suffice.
This look comes courtesy of Braid Barbers – a big thanks to Robert Braid for providing us with the outstanding imagery.