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Elly Jackson of the electropop duo La Roux is also known by her quiff.

The quiff is a hairstyle that combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 50s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk. 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. The hairstyle was a staple in the British 'Teddy Boy' movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s and is currently facing a resurgence in popularity.

Popular figures sporting quiffs[edit]

Medieval coif as worn by Aaron of Sur

The modern-day quiff, which 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, has become very popular with celebrities. Celebrities seen sporting quiffs include:


There are two styles of quiff, hard and soft. A hard quiff is obtained by using Pomade and a fine comb to style the shape, whereas a soft quiff is obtained by using hair spray or styling irons to create the shape.[citation needed]

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