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Taming the Faux Hawk: A Master Guide to a Modern Classic in 2024!

by Cressida meale
The Faux Hawk

If you’re on the hunt for a hairstyle that’s both edgy and versatile, you’ve probably come across the faux hawk. But what exactly is it, and how do you rock it without looking like a teenage rebel? Today, we’re breaking down the faux hawk—what it is, who it’s for, and most importantly, how to style it like a pro.

In a nutshell, the faux hawk is a tamer, more everyday-friendly cousin of the mohawk. It gives you that rebellious vibe without requiring you to shave the sides of your head. Whether you’re in a corporate meeting or a casual hangout, this style can make you stand out without going overboard. Stick around and we’ll dive into the essentials of achieving this modern classic. Trust me, you’ll want to get this one right.

Should I Get the Faux Hawk Haircut?

A brand-new look and a quick trim can leave you feeling fresh and with a new-found spring in your step. The faux hawk is exciting enough to stir up intrigue, yet not so extravagant that it’s going to affect your success at a job interview.

If you’re looking for something that’s similar to the modern pompadour but has a little more intensity and style, then a faux hawk haircut is something to consider.

The Faux Hawk
@Kaique Rocha via pexels

The Ingredients for a Killer Faux Hawk

1. The Right Barber

Don’t just go to the nearest $10 quick-cut place and expect magic. A good faux hawk needs precision, and that means trusting a pro. Do your research, read some reviews, and maybe even stalk some Instagram profiles. You’re looking for someone who knows men’s styles inside and out.

2. Tools of the Trade

Here’s your shopping list:

  • A quality hair trimmer
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair pomade or wax
  • Hairdryer (yes, you need one; no, it’s not just for your girlfriend)

3. Know Your Hair

Thick hair? Fine hair? Wavy? It matters. Each hair type will require some tweaks in the styling process, so be sure to consult with your barber on this one.

How Should My Faux Hawk Hairstyle Be Cut?

It’s important for you to know exactly what kind of faux hawk cut you want, whether it’s a close shave or longer design one, and bringing in a few photo examples can help out your barber or hairdresser. Remember the way the hair is cut will make all the difference in the final outcome and that it should be cut with scissors, not a razor.

Author of two bestselling men’s hair books Rogelio Samson recommends that

Your hair should be a minimum half inch all around your head, with 2 inches in length being the maximum length for the hairstyle.

– Rogelio Samson, Best Selling Author

Let’s not beat around the bush – all you are asking for theoretically is a short back and sides with the hair longer at the top, where the strip can be spiked or formed into a point, depending on the thickness and consistency. The strip can be minimised or maximised as preferred for an individual situation through styling.

How Do I Style My Faux Hawk Haircut?

Grab yourself a quality hairstyle product, a good comb (or use your fingers if you prefer) and a hair dryer if you desire a natural look to your faux hawk. It really is that easy to perfect an awesome faux hawk haircut.

Choosing The Right Faux Hawk For You

The Faux Hawk
@Michael DeMoya via Unsplash

What makes the faux hawk hairstyle so wonderful is its adaptability and how easily you manipulate it into the style you want simply by rubbing in a pinch of gel or wax. It can be tailored to suit all different types of hair: men with curly, straight and receding hair are just a trio of beneficiaries that can adopt this varied cut.

Classic Faux Hawk

If there is one particular style that defines the faux hawk then this it. There is a substantial difference in length between the precise sides and extended hair on top, allowing it to be spiked to nail this classical look.

Shaggy Faux Hawk

Unkempt and dishevelled. Perfect for men seeking a messy feel to their hair, but still paying homage to the faux hawk.

Short Mohawk Fade

When it comes to the short mohawk fade, sometimes referred to as just a faux hawk fade, cut is all about the thickness of the sides and the three elements working in tandem, flowing in the same direction which sharpness the pointy top constructed through spiking the crest.

Bald Faux Hawk

The Faux Hawk
@Damian Barczak via Unsplash

A clever way to divert attention away from hair loss. Although not immediately visible to the naked eye, an extremely stripe of hair going down the middle perfectly complements faded skin and curtailed sides. 

The History Of The Faux Hawk Hairstyle

The faux hawk has well and truly emerged from the shadow of its younger brother the Mohawk – a prevalent hairstyle in the punk-rock era of the 1980’s. It differs to the Mohawk in the same way the Sex Pistols would differ without Johnny Rotten or The Doors would change without Jim Morrison. Far less dramatic, but you still sit up and take notice.

Later the faux hawk shot to prominence in 2005 when fashion and sporting icon David Beckham was photographed at “The David Beckham Academy” launch party at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, California exhibiting the style. Beckham proved to be the driving force behind elevating the faux hawk hairstyle into the limelight of the 21st century, popularising it amongst inner-city men.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

1. Overloading on Product

Less is more, fellas. Overdoing it on the pomade can leave your faux hawk looking greasy and weighed down.

2. Neglecting the Sides

Remember, this isn’t a mohawk. You don’t want a drastic difference between the sides and the top. Make sure the sides are well-blended.

3. Ignoring Your Hair Type

As I said earlier, different hair types require different approaches. Don’t just copy what you see online; adapt it to suit you.

The Versatility of the Faux Hawk

The Faux Hawk
@Hair Spies via Unsplash

What I love about the faux hawk is its adaptability. Heading into a business meeting? Tame that ‘hawk for a sleek, polished look. Hitting the town? Mess it up a bit for a more rugged, laid-back vibe. Either way, you’re walking out the door looking like a guy who knows his style.

Final Thoughts

The faux hawk is more than just a hairstyle; it’s a statement. It says you’re not afraid to take risks but you also know where to draw the line. It’s the sweet spot between rebellious and refined, and if you get it right, it’s a game-changer. So, go ahead, take the plunge, and elevate your look to the next level. Trust me, once you go faux hawk, you might never look back.

Feature image from Unsplash

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