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12 Quiff Styles For Thin And Fine Hair [2021 Guide]

January 10, 2021 · Dilshan
12 Quiff Styles For Thin And Fine Hair [2021 Guide]

Having thin hair does allow you to produce textures that are more difficult to produce with thicker hair. Plus, it’s just easier to work product into. You’re about to see some phenomenal examples of quiff styles done right. 

Quiffs are great. They’re simple, subtle, and easy-to-style. 

Having said that, there are so many variations out there it can be difficult to know which will suit you best. 

In addition, some quiffs are so out there that it’s difficult to even know whether they should be classed as a “quiff” or not. 

Essentially, a quiff is a style where the forelock (hair above the forehead) is swept up and away from the face. 

Although that’s the gist, this simple style can take so many different forms and a bunch of them are possible to achieve with thin hair. 

Here are the best of them. 

12 Best Quiff Styles For Thin And Fine Hair

Use this as a source of inspiration. You may not fall in love with all of them, but there’s a good chance that most of them will make you want to give them a go. 

1. Neatly Combed Quiff

example of a curved and neat quiff
From Pexels

There’s something about simplicity that’s very appealing. 

To get a neat and shapely quiff, it would be best to style it using a round brush or a fine-toothed comb while blow drying on medium heat. 

Quiffs such as this look very intentional and suave. 

There isn’t much texture or separation, but that may be exactly the look you want to achieve. 

As you can see, a quiff tends to elongate the face by adding vertical height above the forehead. 

Take this into consideration when deciding how tall you want your quiff to be. 

If you’ve already got a fairly “long” face shape, such as oblong, rectangular, or diamond, go for a shorter quiff. 

If you’ve got a rounder or “shorter” face shape such as square, style a taller quiff and use it as an opportunity to add some length.

The additional length added by the quiff in this picture is nicely contrasted and balanced by the roundness of the glasses frames. 

If you do happen to wear glasses, use them to add contrast wherever possible.

2. Short And Straight Quiff

a very short quiff
From Pexels

Fine and thin hair does lend itself well to short, or even very short quiffs. 

This is because thin hair doesn’t support itself as well as thick hair does. 

You may find that longer quiffs tend to collapse or sway to one side or the other (unintentionally) because it finds it hard to stay upright. 

Fine hair may be great for getting interesting textures, but the hair strands themselves don’t provide much reinforcement to each other. 

So, the shorter the quiff, the easier it will be to keep it upright. 

Here’s a great example of a short quiff with a disconnected goatee style. In other words, the mustache and chin beard aren’t connected to each other as they would be in a Full Goatee or Circle Beard, for instance.  

Goatee styles go great with quiffs because the additional length above the forehead is balanced by the additional length and prominence at the chin. 

3. Tousled Quiff With Mid-Fade

textured quiff with a low fade
From Pexels

Here’s where having thin hair comes in very handy indeed. 

These tousled, messy, separated textures are much easier to achieve with thin and fine hair. 

Quiffs such as this are best achieved by using your fingers. There’s really no substitute for working some styling product into it using your bare hands. 

Tousle and tug until you get that glorious, messy look. Finger-tousling and finger-combing is the best way to get that great textured appearance.

Blow dryers aren’t as essential to styling quiffs as they are for pompadours, for instance. 

However, you may find you’re able to get the texture you’re looking for much easier with a blow dryer, so it’s definitely worth experimenting with. 

Yes, even when using your fingers to style the quiff. 

Men with thin hair need to be even more careful with their blow dryer. Don’t hold it any closer than 6 to 8 inches from the hair and avoid exceeding medium heat. 

You don’t want to risk damaging the hair itself. 

4. Tall Quiff

example of a tall quiff
From Pexels

As I mentioned earlier, taller quiffs are a little harder to style with thin or fine hair. 

But it’s certainly possible. You may just need some additional help. 

What I’m referring to here are styling products with stronger levels of hold. This could be a pomade, clay, wax, etc. 

A light layer of hairspray may also be worth trying to see if that tall quiff is more likely to stay in place. 

As you can see from this picture, the tall quiff style does look great. It’s more eye-catching and attention-grabbing, which may be what you’re going for. 

Once again, the round-framed glasses add a lot of balance to the elongating effect of the quiff. 

5. Wavy Quiff Undercut

wavy quiff with an undercut
From Pexels

An undercut is a style where the hair on top is left long while the sides and back are clipped much shorter. 

The sides and back may or may not be faded. 

The key feature of this style is that there’s very little transition between the hair on top and the hair at the back and sides. 

This sudden shift from short to long as you approach the hair on top is what sets the undercut apart from your typical “short back and sides” cut. 

With undercuts, the hair on top can be styled in many different ways. These include pompadours, man buns, and yes – even quiffs. 

This picture is a great example of a quiff undercut style where the forelock has been curled upward into a neat quiff. The hair behind it has been tidily flattened. 

Blow dryers, once again, are useful for this purpose. They can be used to add volume to the quiff while reducing volume behind the quiff by using downward pressure. 

This adds prominence to the quiff relative to the hair behind it. 

The undercut has this effect too. Trimming the sides and back so short relative to the hair on top just gives the quiff even more prominence.

It becomes the front-and-center focus of the hairstyle as a whole.

6. Side Swept Quiff With Fade

side swept quiff with a mid-fade
From Pexels

A side-swept look is a fantastic option when it comes to quiff. 

They’re so easy to style with thin hair because you’ll probably find the hair has a natural tilt to one side or the other in any case. 

Use this to your advantage instead of trying to fight against it.

Combing or sweeping the hair to one side often looks and feels more natural with finer hair and is easier to achieve. 

You’ll probably find that you need less styling product to keep it in place as well. 

You’re letting the hair fall into a position that’s natural for it while styling it into your texture of choice. 

Experiment by using your fingers as well as a comb to create these waves and settle upon the texture you prefer. 

7. Long And Curly Quiff

A long and curlyquiff
From Pexels

This one is definitely higher maintenance and more difficult to achieve. 

But if you’ve got long and curly hair, a quiff style may be a phenomenal way to stand out from the crowd. 

You’ll probably find that the weight of the forelock makes the quiff flop forward and not stay in place. 

Men with long curls like this may also find that blow drying or even towel drying might cause too much frizz. 

Air drying may be a better option but does make styling a long quiff such as this more difficult. 

Using a T-shirt or a microfiber towel may prevent frizz while still allowing you to dry it efficiently. 

Try styling it while still quite damp and allow the rest to air dry. 

Let’s face it – long curls aren’t easy to manage. 

If this style is an option for you, test it out, and see whether you take a liking to it or not. If you can put up with the maintenance requirements, the outcome is often impressive. 

8. Messy And Textured Quiff With Fade

A messy quiff
From Unsplash

Here’s another great example of a messy and tousled quiff. 

The layered, textured appearance is, once again, best produced with your fingers. There’s no substitute. 

Use a blow dryer to add some volume to the forelock while working it upward and creating that fantastic separated look. 

The fade here is definitely worth mentioning. 

You could call it a “mid-fade” because the transition point is approximately midway between the top of the ear and the temple. 

As you can see, it’s different to the undercut because there’s a gradual increase in length as you travel up the sides and back. 

Just like the undercut, the short sides and back add even more prominence to the hair on top in comparison. 

The quiff looks taller and draws more attention. 

9. Long Hair With Comb Over Quiff

example of a long hair with a quiff
From Pexels

“Comb over” doesn’t mean a style that’s designed to cover up balding. 

You could say that it’s any style where the hair is swept to one side. 

This picture is a fantastic example of how long hair can be worked into a quiff and then allowed to hang loose on one side. 

It’s a great way to add some vertical height to the hair despite it being long. 

The quiff itself can be exaggerated using a comb or round brush, while the long hair combed over the side is tousled using the fingers. This produces that nice, wavy appearance. 

It keeps long hair looking neat and intentional, and is a great alternative to simply having it flat. 

10. Textured Quiff With Fade And Beard

Wavy quiff with a mid fade
From Pexels

Here’s another example of a quiff style with a mid-fade. Once again, the faded sides just draw even more attention to the quiff by making it look more prominent. 

This quiff style is simple – that’s the beauty of it. 

It’s neat and medium-length; perfect if you’re aiming for subtlety and simplicity. 

Medium-length quiffs such as this are also pretty easy to keep upright when you’ve got thin hair. 

As always, the volume of the hair behind the quiff can be reduced using a blow dryer. 

But let’s talk about the beard. Beards are a fantastic complement to quiffs. 

As you can see from this picture, they add so much definition and structure to the lower half of the face. 

This is particularly useful with quiffs because the beard balances them out. 

For men with rounder faces, this is a gift. You can use the quiff as well as the beard to elongate the face and create more of an oval shape if you wish to. 

You don’t even need to grow a full beard. Similar effects can be achieved with stubble. 

Having said that, the more length you’ve got at the chin, the more pronounced the effects will be. 

11. Side Slicked Quiff With Stubble

Example of a side swept quiff
From Pexels

The quiff here has been slicked to the left. The neat yet textured appearance can be achieved using a comb. 

But the key to getting that suave and slicked look is using the right styling product. 

Getting some additional shine here is going to be useful. Choose a styling product with the right amount of sheen. 

A pomade or gel with a “wetter” finish would be more suitable than a clay with a matte finish, for instance. 

Side slicked quiffs are a better option for men who want to style a quiff but are worried about it adding too much height above the forehead. 

This would be the case for men with “longer” face shapes. 

Having the quiff sweep to one side would give you the benefits of a quiff while not elongating the face too much. 

12. Relaxed And Matte Finish Quiff

Example of a medium length tousled quiff
From Pexels

Contrast this with the previous one. As you can see, it doesn’t have as much shine. 

This is especially useful in warmer climates where hair tends to get oily and greasy pretty quickly. 

For men with thin hair, this can be a problem. The oilier the thin hair is, the harder it will be for the quiff to stay upright. 

So, if you live in a warmer climate or your hair just tends to get oily or greasy, choose the right styling product. 

You don’t want one that’s too heavy and you don’t want one that adds even more shine. 

You’ll want something that’s light and ideally has a matte finish. 

The quiff in this picture is neat but not too pristine. This relaxed look may be perfect for some of you. 

As you can see, there isn’t much shine – it looks light and airy. 

Summary Of Quiff Styling Tips For Thin Hair

  • Shorter quiffs may be easier to keep in place than longer quiffs when you have thin or fine hair. 
  • Consider lighter styling products with less shine.
  • Feel free to use a blow dryer to add or reduce volume where necessary. However, excessive heat for prolonged periods of time can do some damage to thin hair. 
  • Experiment with using combs, brushes, and your fingers and decide which quiff texture you like best. 


Having thin and fine hair does make it easier for you to work it the way you want. 

You have a little more control. Use this to your advantage and style the perfect quiff for your specific hair and face. 

As you’ve seen, there are plenty of options out there for you to try. 

It’s just about finding the right one.

Experiment regularly and have fun with it.