The Faux Hawk HaircutThe traditional Mohawk haircut was a staple style of the punk movement in the 1980s that went through multiple incarnations, and slowly became somewhat mainstream. The style even became popularized by the US television celebrity, Mr. T, of the show "The A-Team" and the "Rocky" films. Even in its more mainstream days, it was a style that dictated nonconformity, and was only suitable for individuals who didn't need (or want) to "fit in" with the norms of society.
However, the evolution of the Mohawk style has brought us to a modern variation which has been named the "Faux Hawk" (also known as the pseudo-hawk, and front hawk). In this style, the hair is only cut short with clippers or scissors (as opposed to being shaved completely) leaving the longer "strip" of hair down the center of the head. In addition, where a traditional Mohawk style uses sharp lines in the style, the Faux Hawk is often texturized to blend the distinction between the two lengths of hair.
The "strip" can be minimized or maximized as preferred for an individual situation through styling. The hair strip can be as long as desired, but is usually one or two inches longer than the shorter lengths which are generally between ¼ and ¾ inch (but can be virtually any length).
How to cut a Faux Hawk:
• Clipper cutting the hair is always an easy option for getting a uniform cut along the sides of the "strip". Just remember to use the clippers only on dry hair. Damp hair will not cut evenly and will clog the blades of your clippers.
• Be sure to cut your "strip" to the appropriate size for the individual's head. A good way to judge the size the strip should be is to use the centers of the eyes as a guide. You can use the flat edge of a comb to gauge the outer edges of the strip and part the hair along the edge line. Use hair clips to hold the strip hair out of the way while you cut one side, the repeat the process on the opposite side.
• If you choose to create the style entirely with scissors, you should use a traveling guide to ensure uniform lengths. You can optionally create the style with tapered sides whether you use clippers or scissors.
• For a funkier, trendier look to the "Faux Hawk," texturize the strip using the point-cutting technique. This will create more movement in the style and let you create a spiky or disheveled look in the finished style.
The finished cut can be styled using mousse or hair gel and dried using a diffuser to create stand-up spikes, or blown into a tousled look. If you want more definition in your "strip" use a little pomade on the fingers and work it into the hair, pulling the textured hair into points.
Note: other names given to this hairstyle are fauxhawk, fo hawk and fohawk.
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