Less intense than a traditional mohawk yet just as stylish, a faux hawk makes an excellent hairstyle choice for men. Youthful and eye-catching, the look draws attention without appearing over-the-top. So, if you’re after a style that will allow you to play up the punk on the weekend and keep things professional during the week, a faux hawk is for you. But, don’t head to the barber just yet. As there are many versions of this hairstyle, you’ll need to find the perfect one for you before receiving your new cut. Thankfully, we can help you make your decision. Here’s our selection of sexy faux hawk haircuts to inspire your next look.
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Mohawk vs Faux Hawk
The Mohawk has shaved sides with a dramatic strip of hair that runs from the front of the head to the back. A faux hawk is a less dramatic take on a Mohawk; the sides are clipped shorter than the strip of hair on your head, but there is not a great distinction between them.
Faux Hawk Haircuts
1. Short Faux Hawk
A short faux hawk is tamer than the longer versions of this hairstyle and will allow you to add some texture to your hair. The trick when cutting a shorter faux hawk is to ensure that you style it with precision. You won’t be working with longer proportions (making your styling less forgivable), so it is up to the product you’re using to ensure it sits right. We recommend a matte hair product (pomades work nicely) and a lot of patience. You can use a comb, but your fingers are best for added precision.
2. Long Faux Hawk
A longer faux hawk is different from a regular Mohawk, because of the blended proportions. As such, it is integral for your barber to confirm that he/she will not take too much off the sides. Hair product is paramount for a longer faux hawk, so use a decent amount to ensure your locks stay in place all day. There is still a lot of hair to work with, but it is all about trial and error – use your fingers to adjust your hair as you see fit.
3. Faux Hawk + Taper Fade
The taper fade faux hawk blends the hair nicely on the side of the face. The trick to maximizing the proportions of this cut is knowing what length will suit your individual features. This will better allow you to decipher whether more volume and length up top will work for your face shape. A fail-safe option is to work with medium length hair for this hairstyle.
4. Faux Hawk + Mid Fade
With a mid fade faux hawk, it is important that your hair registers polished and well put together. As you’re working with significantly shorter proportions at the bottom of your hair, a bit of gloss will go a long way and complement a mid fade. Opt for a gel or mousse and style accordingly.
5. Curly Faux Hawk
For those blessed with curls, a curly faux hawk is a different way to lend dimension to your natural hair texture, particularly if you are struggling with a thick and unmanageable mane. Keep in mind that this cut typically works best for gents with wavier curls. Use a lightweight mousse or pomade that works well with your curls and style accordingly. For a refined take, blow dry your curls for a long-lasting hold but ensure you don’t entirely lose the curly shape.
6. Faux Hawk + Undercut
The closest version to a Mohawk, the faux hawk undercut relies on a pretty big distinction between the sides and the center part of your faux hawk. Your overall aim should be to play down the severity of an undercut, making the center part of your hair register not as severe.
7. David Beckham Faux Hawk
David Beckham shows us how to do the faux hawk justice, and his take on this cut has developed over the years. From his early years in soccer to his more modern interpretations of this hairstyle, Beckham keeps his hairstyling proportionate to his face shape. Beckham’s modern cut still preserves faux hawk-inspired elements but is more toned down in terms of balance.
How do you pronounce faux hawk?
It’s pronounced foe-hork.
Is faux hawk still in style?
The faux hawk is definitely still in style. It’s a great haircut that you can have fun with on the weekend but still tone it down in the office. Plus, it’s both edgy and stylish at the same time.
How do you ask for a faux hawk haircut?
When you head to the barber for a faux hawk, ask them for a fade on the sides, but don’t go too short. Then, keep an inch or two on top, and ask them to keep the front a little longer and bulkier than the back. Doing so will make styling easier. However, if you’ve seen a particular style you like, make sure to take along reference images so you can show your barber exactly what you have in mind. That way, nothing will get lost in translation, and everyone will be on the same page.
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