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.

Faux-Hawk for Long Hair

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Short Faux-Hawk

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

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.

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

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.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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