110 Hot Faux Hawk Ideas and How to Style Them in 2020

If we were asked to name a contemporary haircut by definition, the faux hawk would have to be it. It’s the perfect hairstyle that combines one of the most amazing haircuts of all times with a ton of history behind and a fresh and modern idea. The result is a superb mix of old and new that has truly shaped the past fifteen years. Plus, it has proved that the new generations are not only capable of bringing back into style old haircuts in a grand manner, but that they are also able to breathe new life into them.

Read on, as we explain exactly what a faux hawk is, how it was invented and when, and what are the coolest types of fauxhawks around. We’ll also tell you how to style it, how to cut it, and if it’s the right choice for you or not!


This is a fauxhawk with a wavy top that also has a wavy finish. If you have curly or wavy hair, this could be the perfect haircut for you. The reason is that it will showcase your curls in a beautiful way, while still retaining all the coolness of the traditional Mohawk.

You can still get a fauxhawk even if you don’t shave the sides of your head. Or you are not willing to go for a fade or a taper. All you need to do is grow your hair long on the crown of your head. Use that length to create a set of gelled spikes that will mirror the Mohawks of old.

The unicorn fauxhawk asks you to create a set of gelled spikes that elongate toward the forehead. If you look closely, you will notice they resemble the horn of a unicorn. Hence the name. Use your fingers or a large toothed comb to create this version of the fauxhawk.

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What Is a Fauxhawk?

The word ‘fauxhawk’ can be split into two parts, for a better understanding. ‘Faux’ – which means ‘fake’ in French. And ‘hawk’ the latter part of the word ‘Mohawk.’ When you put the two together you understand it’s supposed to mean a ‘fake Mohawk.’

Just as a bonus information – you might sometimes come across the term ‘fohawk.’ It means the exact same thing. The word was Americanized using the particle ‘fo’ instead of the French ‘faux.’

So, taking into account the meaning of the word, it’s now pretty obvious to everyone that a fauxhawk is a fake Mohawk. But what does that mean? And what’s a Mohawk?

A fauxhawk with man braids? Where do we sign up? Just look how cool this version of the fohawk is! The high fade works incredibly well with the intricate braiding on top. It makes the model look like an ancient warrior come to life in modern times!

Have you ever heard of Victory rolls? They are a hairstyle from the 40s and 50s predominantly worn by women who wanted to celebrate the victory of the Allies in the Second World War. Hence the name. But you can easily adopt this hairstyle if you want to create a one of a kind, pin up fauxhawk.

Say hello to the neon blue fauxhawk. Non-traditional colors are still a big trend this season as well. This is just an example, of course, because you can get absolutely any color you want!

Is a Fauxhawk the Same as a Mohawk?

Yes and no. I’m glad I confused you.

But read through and you’ll understand.  A Mohawk is a very old type of haircut that originated more than 2000 years ago, as you’ll see when we delve into the history of this hairstyle. It requires a shaved head. Except for a thin strip of hair on top that goes from the forehead to the nape.

Traditionally, that strip of hair would be either very short, as it was worn in the military or spiked up. The punk subculture of the 70s and 80s wore Mohawks with shaved heads and very long, gelled spikes on top. It was a symbol of rebellion against tradition and the 60s generation. These are the classic versions of the Mohawk.

Therefore, a fauxhawk or a fake Mohawk is one in which the strip of hair on top of the head is usually wider. It also doesn’t have gelled spikes anymore. Instead, they have been replaced by a plethora of styling choices. They include curls, waves, dreads, man buns, afros, man braids, and more. These choices depend on the trends of the day.

Another difference between the fauxhawk and the Mohawk is that the sides of the head don’t have to be shaved off necessarily. With the fauxhawk they are usually faded or tapered. Men also get hair designs. But this is typically true for teenagers or boys.

Tell Me the History of the Fauxhawk

It’s impossible to talk about it and not mention its older brother, the Mohawk. Moreover since the latter has an immense history and a lot of cultural significance. The first man to have ever worn a Mohawk is believed to be someone who lived some 2000 years ago in Ireland. Yes, you read that right!

His mummy was discovered wearing said haircut. Scientists came to the conclusion that he used oil and pine resin to get his hair to stand up like that.

Another group of people who wore this haircut intensely were the Mohawk tribe in Native America. They were believed to prefer the haircut for practical reasons. It helped them ward off lice and other insects that surrounded them. Also, it made it impossible for their enemies to scalp them and take their skin as a battle trophy.

The Fauxhawk in Pop Culture

The Mohawk moved into a different kind of battle when a soldier of Native American descent fought in the Second World War. He served with the 101st Airborne Division. It was also called the Filthy Thirteen. People believe it was him who introduced this haircut into modern America.

Later on, as mentioned, the hairstyle became a symbol of the punk subculture. The members of this group sought to shock the rest of society with a theatrical hairstyle that would put them outside the boundaries of polite norms. They were also rebelling against the ‘flower-power’ generation which came before them, in the 60s.

Apart from that, this haircut was unisex. This means it gave them the opportunity to support one of their main causes which was equality between sexes.

The Modern Fauxhawk

It’s very difficult to pinpoint exactly when we should celebrate the birth of the modern fauxhawk. So hold the cake for now. However, most specialists seem to believe it was somewhere in the early 2000s. Possibly between 2003 and 2005.

Apart from that, even more voices link the appearance of the fauxhawk with the one and only David Beckham. Yes. So, if that’s right, Becks not only gave us some remarkable performances as an athlete on the soccer pitch, but he might have also given us a whole new haircut.

Of course, it seems fair to point out that David Beckham did not probably dream of this haircut at night on his own. Most likely his hairstylist saw it being worn somewhere, Becks liked it, and the legend was born. Decades later, men are still wearing fauxhawks.

What Are the Marks of a Good Fauxhawk?

Even though this is quite a forgiving haircut, in the sense that you can mix and match any style you want, there are still a few criteria that separate a truly fabulous fauxhawk from a mere fade with a few spikes on top.

·         Dynamism and Energy

The first criterion you need to check off your list is a dynamic style. In other words, a fauxhawk can never be flat or lack in motion. Add as many angles as you can to your styling process because angles are the ones that make the hairstyle dynamic, powerful, and energetic.

·         Keep it interesting

The fauxhawk cannot be boring. Just like there was never such a thing as a boring Mohawk or a boring punk, you cannot commit the sin of wearing a boring fauxhawk either. If you made the conscientious choice of wearing this haircut, you need to go big.

Try massive curls that fall on your forehead, spikes with lots of shinning product, a beautiful fade, cool hair designs, accessories that show off your personality, man braids that prove you’re a warrior at heart, and so much more.

·         A fauxhawk needs length

Your fauxhawk needs length. Yes, you can try one with a crew cut as well, but it won’t have the same impact. Allow your hair to grow to at least a few inches so that you can use it to style your hair into a gorgeous pompadour, quiff or even traditional spikes.

·         Try a fade or an undercut

The classic Mohawk came with a shaved head. Therefore, because we have now moved away from that period in time, the fauxhawk has to be different. Try wearing an undercut or a fade. Depending on your preferences or on whether or not you have a dress code at work or at school, you can get a low, medium or high fade.

Still, if you want to be as close as possible to the original hairstyle but without copying it per se, there is also the option of the bald fade.

·         A heavy fringe

Of course, this is not mandatory. However, it’s highly recommended when you have a fauxhawk. Especially if your hair is curly or wavy. This gives you the option to go for a heavy, low, and full fringe rather than a peak like the traditional Mohawk used to have.

It’s still a fauxhawk but with such a lovely and modern twist that will highlight your best features. This also works very well if you happen to have a few hair problems. They include thinning hair, a receding hairline, alopecia or a widow’s peak. You can hide them all away under a set of heavy bangs.

·         Make it edgy

As a last criterion that you need to check on your list, don’t forget that a fauxhawk has to be edgy. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for curls, bangs, a pompadour, man braids, a Victory roll or simple spikes. They all have to have that certain edge that made everyone in the 70s and 80s stop in their tracks and look.

How to Style a Fauxhawk

When it comes to styling, the fauxhawk rather toes the line between easy and difficult. One the one hand it’s an easy haircut to style because you don’t have to keep visiting your barber or stylist to do it. Plus you can learn how to do it at home by yourself. Apart from that, it’s versatile and casual enough to give you a lot of freedom when it comes to styling.

On the other hand, some versions of the fauxhawk can take up to an hour to style every day. They also require a lot of product so that you get them to stay in that position. Not to mention that they might not hold throughout the day. Which means you will have to carry the products around with you and reapply them from time to time.

Of course, it all depends on what type of fauxhawk you have chosen. A pompadour, for example, will need a comb and lots of pomade to create that wall of hair in the front which we call ‘the pomp.’

Dreads are easier because you only have to braid them or simply let them be. Spikes will require lots of gel and hairspray to stay up an entire day.

Depending on what kind of finish you would like your hairstyle to have, you can get pomade which is usually shiny or matte wax for a more natural and modern look.

Is a Fauxhawk Right for My Face Shape?

Since, as we’ve already mentioned, the fauxhawk comes in many versions, it’s difficult to believe you won’t find one that suits you. All you have to do is figure out if you have one of the basic face shapes – square, oval, round, diamond, triangle, and heart. And which one. Or if you have a combination of two or more.

Depending on the results, you can find a suitable hairstyle. It can be a pompadour, a Victory roll, ducktails, a man bun, man braids, a crew cut, or some spikes. Turn the hairstyle of your choice into a fauxhawk and you’re done!

Gelled Spikes

In this version of the fauxhawk, the 70s meet the 2000s. Why? Because you have the shaved sides of the traditional Mohawk from the 70s plus the messy, gelled spikes of the 2000s. Wear it wisely!

Curly Fauxhawk

We know we can’t be biased, but we’ll tell you a little secret. Curly fauxhaws are our favorite! It just seems as if curls were simply made to be turned into an outstanding faux. Just don’t tell anyone!

Fauxhawk with Hair Designs

Hair designs are some of the coolest additions to a fohawk you can think of. Ask your barber to give you one in the shape of your favorite team’s logo, the brand you like the most or even your favorite cartoon character.

Celebrities Wearing the Fauxhawk

Of course, we have chosen a picture of the immensely famous and larger than life David Beckham. After all, as we mentioned earlier, most people believe he is the one responsible for starting the trend of the fauxhawk.

Here he is wearing a set of messy spikes that converge toward the front of his head, very near the forehead. He has used matte wax for a natural and organic finish as opposed to the glossier pomades that some use. The sides of his head are shorter than the top, but are not faded.

Zac Efron is another famous singer and actor who has been spotted wearing a fauxhawk many times. He is partial to a shorter, more boyish style, that reminds us rather of a teenager haircut than anything else. This would be a great choice for very young boys.

Here is how a fauxhawk looks on a classic square face. It’s a fantastic choice for a very good reason. Even though they are very handsome, square faces tend to be somewhat rigid and a little daunting. That’s because they have a lot of right angles that make up the chin, the jawline, the cheekbones, and the forehead.

Therefore, a simple and boyish haircut such as the fauxhawk will serve you well if you have a square face. It will give you an air of adolescence and lighten you up.

You can try the same thing if you have curly hair. It will sweeten up your square features and make you look more likable.

How about you?

Have you decided on what type of fauxhawk you want? If you’ve seen one that you like, we suggest you show our article to your barber. Also, we would love to hear your opinion, so make sure you tell us what you think in the comment section down below!

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