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Sideways quiff hair tutorial

sideways quiff attempt
sideways quiff attempt
sideways quiff attempt

When we were at the Vivien of Holloway shop, one of the assistants had this lovely sideways rolled up quiff, with a headscarf behind it. I tried to recreate it, but couldn’t find any you tube tutorials (probably because the style has a name that I don’t know), so I tried to make it up myself. And failed.

But never one to let a setback get me down, I have decided that the thing I have ended up with I will henceforth call a sideways quiff, and the proper thing can be called by it’s proper name, whatever that is.

Here are some ‘instructions’ for my trial and error proccess:

1. Separate a section of hair at the front, secure and tie everything else back. The section should have slightly more hair on the side where you want the roll to be.

2. Backcomb the back of the hair you’re working with. Put some curl cream, or serum or similar in the ends.

3. Pull the hair up and start rolling it around two fingers. You will be rolling backwards, away from the face.

4. Once you’ve rolled it enough for a nice circle to have developed (about half way down), pull out your finger and keep rolling, twisting it to the side near the end.

5. You’ll probably need to repeat this a few times. Mine kept falling apart and a funny bobble formed on the side that I wasn’t rolling towards. What you see is probably about attempt ten, so I got there in the end.

6. Hold in place as much as you can and pin with bobby pins. Really you should just need to pin it at the botton of the circle, so that everything else is nice and airy, but I had to stick in a couple more to keep hair from escaping.

7. Smooth it down again, maybe with some curl cream or serum. Spray liberally with hairspray.

8. Sort out the rest of your hair in a bun or ponytail.

Et voila! Out of failure invention springs!

Also, apologies for the messy bedroom. At least the mess is blurry!

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  • Rhea 18 July 2011, 8:12 am

    I think it looks lovely! It suits you 🙂

  • veronicadarling 18 July 2011, 9:39 am

    As always, too cute! I'd call it a victory roll, but that's only because of other vintage gals online… not sure how correct that is! 

  • Frocktasia 18 July 2011, 12:15 pm

    Dear Franca,
    you've done well there, it looks great.
    Thanks for your comment 🙂
    I'm not sure why companies ever think it's a good idea to put their staff in outright ugly & swamp sack sized attire as it undoubtedly makes the wearer feel ill at ease.
    I have developed a serious 'Alexandra' allergy over the years having had to don several of their foul looking and ill fitting ensembles 🙁
    That is why one of my first questions that I put to a potential employer is, "do I have to wear a uniform"…if the answer is "Yes, we will provide you with one from Alexandra" then I hastily start acting like Spud in Trainspotting to avoid getting the job 😉
    Take care luv,

  • Badtastetoasttoast 18 July 2011, 12:49 pm

    Das sieht ja total süß aus!! Ich bezweifle ja dass ich das bei mir so hinkriegen würde, aber ich behalt es mal im Hinterkopf für das nächste Party-Styling 🙂

  • By gum, by golly! 18 July 2011, 2:30 pm

    Very cute! I kind of do the opposite of this as my daily style for work (rolling forwards) with a ponytail, when I'm far too lazy to set my hair or even bother to braid it. I roll it forwards because I'm growing out bangs, so they're still not really long enough to go backwards or any other way without much trouble. I always have to put a pin in from each side at the base otherwise my hair wants to flop out the un-pinned side. 🙂

  • Zoe Stephenson-Archibald 18 July 2011, 11:05 pm

    That looks fab and well worth the practice! Im laughing at the blurry bedroom, I try and crop or blur out background mess too lol.

  • Zoe Stephenson-Archibald 18 July 2011, 11:10 pm

    Could you please delete my comments? I dont know why or how my full name has shown up but Id rather it wasnt online. is there a way of posting comments without this happening?

  • oranges_and_apples 19 July 2011, 6:55 am

    a comment that I had to delete because the authors full name was shown. Nice to keep the actual comment tho:

    That looks fab and well worth the practice! Im laughing at the blurry bedroom, I try and crop or blur out background mess too lol.

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