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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 1950s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk. It was born as a post-war reaction to the short and strict haircuts for men. The hairstyle was a staple in the British Teddy Boy movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s and experienced a resurgence in popularity during the 1990s.[1]


The etymology of the word "quiff" is uncertain, several proposals have been suggested for its origin.[citation needed] It may owe its origin to the French word coiffe, which can mean either a hairstyle or, going further back, the mail that knights wore over their heads and under their helmets. [citation needed] Another possible candidate for its origin is the Dutch word kuif, meaning "crest". The Dutch name for Tintin, who sports a quiff, is Kuifje, which is the diminutive of the same word.[citation needed]


The modern-day quiff includes longer hair at the front of the head, receding into shorter hair at the back with a trimmed back and sides.[2] The Japanese punch perm, a favorite among yakuza (organized criminals) and bōsōzoku (biker gangs), is similar to the quiff.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Averill, Farah. "Top 6: Timeless Hairstyles". UK.AskMen.com. Ziff Davis. p. 5. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Haircut Names For Men: Types of Haircuts". Men's Hairstyles Today. January 3, 2023. Retrieved April 2, 2023.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Quiff at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of quiff at Wiktionary