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.
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.
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.
Celebrities seen sporting quiffs include:
David Beckham, Soccer star
Elvis Presley, musician
Bruno Mars, musician
Pompadour refers to a hairstyle which is named for Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), mistress of King Louis XV. Although there are numerous variations of the style for both women and men, the basic concept is hair swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, and sometimes upswept around the sides and back as well.
After its initial popularity among fashionable women in the 18th century, the style was revived as part of the Gibson Girl look in the 1890s and continued to be in vogue until World War I. The style was in vogue for women once again in the 1940s. The men's version, as worn by early rock and roll stars such as Elvis Presley, was popular in the late 1950s. Variations of the pompadour style continue to be worn by men and women in the 21st century.
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