I know I am a world behind but I have a reasonably decent quiff. I can share the gold.
I wash my hair (SHOCK HORROR).
I slap on some Brylcreem Original when my hair is still wet. Add a decent amount (but not too much).
I brush my hair back and towel dry it vigorously.
(OPTIONAL) I add a very small amount of Dax Washable Wax and style as desired.
It gives an effect a bit like this: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/855/quiff1984.jpg/.