Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Curly Quiff, a Tutorial

Today, a Dandy Project first: a tutorial on how to achieve a curly quiff. I've worn my thick, pencil-straight Asian hair slicked back, in a pompadour, bowl-cut; in essence I've exhausted pretty much every throwback hair do for straight hair and I find myself bored. The thought of going curly has always been in the back of my mind, and now that I've found a relatively easy way of doing it temporarily, I thought I'd share it with you guys by way of a tutorial. You don't see step-by-step how-to's in magazines so much nowadays, do you?

a relaxed, modern quiff on a head of naturally curly ginger locks, from The Facehunter

Mainstream men's magazines make today's guys out to be busy, lazy squares who can't be bothered to spend time and effort on their appearance. It's a notion that I'd like to challenge. Kids today hand-stud their shoes and coats until their fingers bleed, and manually thread old t-shirts and jeans until they go blind---they seem to pull out all the stops for the sake of individuality.

I'm almost completely positive this fellow's quiff is perma-curled. Good stuff. from Drop Snap

I, for one, don't mind putting forth a little elbow grease to make myself look crazier than I usually do, or at the least, different from everyday. So for those as mentally experimental as I am, here's a good forty-minute time-killer that though I don't guarantee it to be the most flattering look on you, at least you'd have the answer to that ever-nagging question, "How would I look curly?"

This procedure is not mine to take credit for, rather, my friend Quan Mai taught it to me by way of a very long Facebook wall post and a couple more follow-up messages. So here it is, married with my own pointers and tips I got from doing the procedure myself:

1. Run a good amount of gel through damp hair.

2. Blow dry hair, but not completely dry, about 90% dry.

3. Take a section of hair, twist until it coils flat on your head, and clip it down with one of those tight snappy clips. The more sections of hair you create, the curlier it will be.

Work out those arm muscles, this 'do can cause serious strain!

4. Leave the clips on for 30 minutes or longer depending on how wavy you want it. It helps to blow the clipped and coiled hair with a hairdryer to heat-set the style, but that step is not absolutely necessary.

Part of me cracks up as I look at this photo and am reminded of a horror doll head, the other part of me is seriously thinking of replacing my current Twitter avatar with it...

Remember that the parts of your head with thinner hair (e.g. just above the temples) will curl more quickly and more tightly than thicker hair, so you might want to leave the clips on for a little less in those areas.

5. Remove the clips and run your fingers through your hair to untangle the coils.

The hair fresh from the clips, wear it like this if you wish...

6. Style as desired, and remember to spray with hairspray to lock the curls in.

...or slick it back clean with the waves adding subtle texture and volume.

I personally went for something in between, slightly pulled together and back, with a couple of curls free to flop about as they wish. Have fun!

P.S. Thanks to Quan for his very detailed instructions. Check out his blog, Geneticboi.
P.P.S. Scroll down a bit and by the right you'd see a few of the blog's greatest hits (my designs, the guide to having things tailor-made, etc.) conveniently linked with pictures for easy access.


EJ said...

That's it, I love you.

Isabel said...

Haha, this is rad Izzy! I'm never adventurous my hair or anything. I'd like to try something but never seem to get around to it.

chauss said...

this is fabulous, i gotta show this to one of my cuban hairdressers who always likes to change his hair style.
p.s plseae post a pix of you with the whole gestalt.

Mat said...

what a good post izzy! well i have to say i do have curly hair and im growing it on top as we speak, going to have the sides shaved down in about a month and i will go on from there. lets see what happens, as i will be giving this a go.

ps nice hair clips! :)

Gold Sphere said...

Wow, I love that!

Lynn said...

very nice tutorial!

i personally have curly (almost kinky hair). and i would DIE to have straight, black and thick asian hair! (even though i'm asian).

great blog!

Izzy said...

EJ: I love you more!

Isabel: Now's the time. Have fun with it!

C: Oh thanks, I will post the whole shebang soon!

Mat: Thanks! Lucky you your curly quiff wouldn't need any tedious clip-setting.

S: thank you!!

Lynn: Thanks! Haha I do complain of boredom from my hair, but the truth is I'm really thankful for it.

SustantivoMasculino said...

~nice tutorials. i might give this a go.

fuchsiaboy said...

izzy, you simply amaze me! i love love love love this post. i found myself smiling after i read it. ;)

Luke said...

I'm too cursed with annoyingly straight hair and was even considering going all out for a perm to make a break from my tired bowl cut. You've inspired me to get the clips out.

YekkY said...

I love the process... you made me think twice of growing my hair again. Love you! ;-)

Louie said...


Anonymous said...

Top work mate.

Asian/Australian here. Getting bored of straight asian, side parted hair. No matter how much the hairdresser texturises, channel cuts, thins, razors, it never has the effortless roughness of thinner caucasian hair.

Your post, however, gives me another option.

Big up.

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