Your faux-hawk can be over the top or more subtle.

How to Shape a Faux-Hawk

by Pamela Simmons

There's no need to shave your hair to rock an edgy mohawk-inspired look. Keep your tresses intact and slick them back into a faux-hawk. Faux-hawks give you that same rocker style without requiring you to commit to a haircut. They're also surprisingly simple to do. Just a few styling tools and a few minutes and your style will be completely transformed.

1. Faux-Hawk for Long Hair

1 Start with straight hair. If your hair isn't already straight, blow-dry it using a round brush.

2. Faux-Hawk for Long Hair

2 Rub a dime-sized amount of straightening serum in your hands and apply to hair, working from root to tip.

3. Faux-Hawk for Long Hair

3 Pull hair into two sections. Clip the top third of your hair to keep it out of the way. Brush the rest of your hair back and pull it into a ponytail, securing it in place with your elastic band.

4. Faux-Hawk for Long Hair

4 Add additional volume by curling your hair -- if you prefer to keep your hair straight, skip this step. Wrap sections of hair around a large barrel iron; don't clamp your iron down. This will create loose waves.

5. Faux-Hawk for Long Hair

5 Remove your clip. Move your loose hair to one side and apply a generous amount of hairspray. Flip it to the other side and repeat. Flip hair back to the center and your faux-hawk is ready to roll.

6. Short Faux-Hawk

1 Apply a styling gel or pomade to a pixie cut, working from root to tip.

7. Short Faux-Hawk

2 Brush down each side of your hair, leaving a section in the center going from the front hairline to nape of the neck. Your hair gel will help your hair to lay flat.

8. Short Faux-Hawk

3 Use your hands to mold your free center hair to stick up straight.

9. Short Faux-Hawk

4 Spritz with hairspray to keep your look in place all day.

Items you will need

  • Blow-dryer
  • Round brush
  • Straightening serum
  • Hair gel
  • Hair clip
  • Elastic hair band
  • Bobby pins
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray


  • If you don't have any ponytail holders, pin the bottom half of your hair back with bobby pins instead -- they'll give you the same results.

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