Darren Barnet: Wavy Quiff

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He’s a Japanese/American actor and the main thirst trap in Netflix coming of age comedy Never Have I Ever – and Darren Barnet’s wavy quiff, with those thick, lustrous curls, is serious Heartthrob Hair.

Appropriate, really.

MFH says

Darren Barnet’s wavy quiff is the perfect way for curly-haired guys to keep their often wild and prone-to fluffiness strands gently tamed, whilst not getting rid of their natural assets entirely.

The actor’s hair is neatly cropped at the sides and back, so the curls don’t mushroom out, but there’s some weight and thickness left on top that Darren can have fun playing with.

Whether it’s slicked down with a sharp side part 1930s gangster style, or scrunched into messy texture, or a more groomed, wavy quiff for the red carpet, Darren’s hair can do no wrong in MFH’s opinion.


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  • If you’ve not done much with your curls before but are keen on Darren Barnet’s wavy quiff, make sure your barber has a good understanding of and experience with cutting curly hair.
  • Darren’s hair is a very soft pompadour-inspired taper cut, which just involves trimming the sides and keeping the middle-to-front of the hair longer, with the hair the longest along the forehead.
  • If you have much tighter curls than Darren, it might be worth chatting to your barber about a pompadour fade which will be a sharper look.
  • Yes, Darren Barnet’s wavy quiff  will take some looking after to keep those curls looking lustrous.
  • On damp hair, use a light hair serum that adds texture and has anti-frizz benefits like Davines This Is An Invisible Serum.
  • Then add a 5p sized amount of styling paste into the hair working from the back through to the front.
  • If you have a hair dyer with a diffuser, dry the hair on medium heat, scrunching and shaping the curls as you go.
  • Lift the hair at the front with your fingers, or a round brush, to get the wavy quiff effect.
  • If you have dark hair, finish with a light spritz of shine spray to add some lustre.




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