The quiff (aka pompadour) was back in a big way at this year’s Oscars, and the trend isn’t dying down anytime soon (like you can keep a good pompadour down, anyway!). Fashioned on the red carpet by the likes of Rita Ora, Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett, the modern quiff is swept back and ultra feminine, with a breezy, flirty edge.
Here’s our take on this coveted windswept style, but with a twist. Our freshened-up version swoops into a demure ponytail complete with texture and volume. This look is perfect for a bride-to-be, a garden party or a summer escape. Unfussy and ultra glamorous, this look can easily become a part of your beauty wardrobe all year long.
STEP 1: FORM YOUR PONYTAIL
This look is essentially achieved in two easy parts. The first part involves parting the hair at the crown, tying the front of your hair out of the way and forming a ponytail with the back half. Make sure to tease your ponytail so the look is wide and you can see your ponytail from the front. You can scrunch in a handful of whip or volume spray if extra volume is desired. We like teasing with a paddle brush. You can give your style an editorial vibe by embracing that teased look. There’s no need to brush it out.
STEP 2: CREATE VOLUME AT THE CROWN
Tease at the crown and at the front hairline, lifting at the roots with volume spray, creating your quiff. A key technique is to backcomb from the back to the front, teasing from underneath so the top layer remains smooth. Remember: The end look is windswept, so just hold your teasing in place with setting spray. Comb out any frizz (or unwanted tease) with your fingers.
STEP 3: MAINTAIN VOLUME AND ADD INTEREST
Push the teased front section backwards with your fingers. Twist the ends when nearing your ponytail. Twisting will help create additional lift at the crown and help hold volume in place. The lift should look effortless, not stiff.
STEP 4: LIFT AND SEPARATE FRONT
Lift the front section with one hand while twisting the back into place with the other. Lift your roots so you give your front as much lift as possible. This is the key move in this hair dance, adding texture and height. Pin your back twist into place with hairpins, placed vertically.
STEP 5: WIDEN TWIST
Widen your twist to create interest and volume at the base of your pony. Add more vertical pins to hold your look in place, and you’re done! Work it, girl!
This style looks adorable from every angle. Just check out the swoon worthy moments below!
We seriously can’t wait to rock this look at our next big event — it’s the epitome of dance worthy.
Where do you plan on wearing your quiff? Let us know in the comments below!