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9/18/14

Hair History : Quiff


The quiff is a hairstyle that combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 50s flattop, sometimes a mohawk and  often with a lock of hair falling over the forehead. The origin of the word is said to 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 of the same word. The hairstyle was popular in the 1950s among movie stars and musicians like Rock Hudson and Elvis. It was a staple in the British 'Teddy Boy' movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s with musicians like Morrissey and then faced a resurgence in popularity again during the early-mid 2000s.