How shaping up a quiff style can look dapper on a black dude
The hair type typical of black males is kinky curly, and this type of male hair has the ability to stand up with volume at far greater hair lengths than other hair types. What this means is that males with kinky curly hair can style their hair with volume with very-minimal hairstyling approaches. Other hair types like straight hair and wavy hair do need extra hairstyling products to achieve the volume of kinky curly hair, and thus the latter hair type provides a great foundation to hair-clipper shaping. By the same token of natural hair volume, one of the disadvantages of kinky curly hair is that it is notoriously-difficult to slick into a slicked back hair style!
Black men’s haircuts shaped up with hair clippers in lots of styles and designs
Stepped haircuts and shaped haircuts have been going on in the African American community since the 1980s (while the bowl haircut was the choice of white America, so to speak). At that time, the high top fade haircut was all the rage, and the innate shape of the high top fade provided a solid base to further shape this haircut with a hair clipper. From there onwards, the step-up and shape up haircuts were made popular, although I do personally have photographic evidence of the shape up haircuts being mildly popular in the 1950s with military veterans and businessmen alike (this in itself would require yet another article, so I will get around to publishing an article on this at some point as historic male grooming is something I enjoy reading as a barber).
So, back to the shape-up and step-up haircuts. By far, the most famous step-up haircut nowadays is the one from singer “will.i.am” (born March 15 1975 as William James Adams). In the case of will.i.am’s haircut, his step up is done so as to enhance the side part haircut.
Now, the side part haircut with a step up isn’t that difficult and, in “hairstyle trends” talk, it’s passe (i.e. old). Nowadays and with the hipster movement going strong even in the African American community, the old-school hairstyles of the 1960s like the quiff, pompadour, mid contour cuts and slicked back undercut styles are all making a solid comeback. And, while straight hair is the best hair type to shape a quiff, that does not mean that those men with kinky curly hair (i.e. afro-textured hair) cannot get a quiff either.
Shaped up quiff hairstyle with hair clipper haircut and hipster beard
As you can see below in this photograph taken outside the barbershop, the black gentleman in the referenced image is sporting a shaped up quiff hairstyle that has been creating with a hair clipper alone. No actual hair product was used to style, which is, in fact, the opposite of other hair types (i.e. the natural hair volume of kinky curly hair is what allows for the volume and vertical length of the quiff).
The quiff was cut with a vertical length of three inches and it was rapidly tapered back so as to leave the rest of the scalp (top, sides and back included) with a regular military buzz cut (a number #3 hair clipper length was used for the buzz cut). The buzzcut then connects with the thick hipster beard, which too has been shaped with both scissors (i.e. shears) and a beard trimmer at the barbershop and also by the gentleman himself.
All in all, the step up and shaped up quiff hairstyle with the thick hipster beard provides and modern and dapper look with some nostalgia of the older 1960s quiff hairstyles. This particular quiff haircut suits black males with afro textured hair and it is not a particularly-difficult haircut whatsoever.
Let us know what you think of this quiff haircut and if you have any questions on how it was achieved.