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Elly Jackson of La Roux wearing her hair in a quiff

The quiff is a hairstyle that combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 50s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk. This can also be another word for a hairstyle. The word "quiff" may derive from the Hindi word "quoff" meaning hair slicked back. The etymology of the word is uncertain but may derive from the French word "coiffe" which can mean either a hairstyle or, going further back, the mail knights wore over their heads and under their helmets. Another origin is the Dutch word "kuif," meaning "crest," and the Dutch name for Tintin, who sports a quiff, is "Kuifje," which is the diminutive of the same word. The hairstyle was a staple in the British 'Teddy Boy' movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s and faced a resurgence in popularity during the early-mid 2000s.[1]


The modern-day quiff includes plenty of hair at the front of the top of the head, receding into shorter hair at the back with a trimmed back and sides.

The Japanese punch perm, a favorite among Yakuza (organized criminals) and Bōsōzoku (biker gangs), is similar to the quiff.

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  1. ^ Averill, Farah. "Top 6: Timeless Hairstyles". UK.AskMen.com. Ziff Davis. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-10-11.