The mohawk is a top favorite hairstyle for men and women. Originally it suggests that you shave the sides of your head, leaving a stripe of hair, running from the center of your forehead to the back of your head. Today the original version of the mohawk isn’t used so broadly, especially by women. We have other genius types of this hairstyle, for example, the fauxhawk, that actually has the same idea but looks much more appealing, because no shaving is required. You simply make your sides sleek, whether it’s short hair, braiding or hair, raised up in an updo. Anyway, if you are a fan of the traditional mohawk, we are sure you know how to present it in the best light. In this article we want to show you how versatile mohawks and fauxhawks can be. You can create so many looks, each one of which will be absolutely exceptional.
Do Mohawks Suit Everyone?
Well, it opens the sides of your face, revealing beautiful cheekbones and the jawline, simultaneously creating volume on top. That’s why if your face is broad, let’s say very round or typically square, the mohawk isn’t the best option for you, because in this case you need to cover the sides of your face with curls or straight tresses, elongating your face and creating an illusion of a perfect oval. Likewise, if your face is oblong, any additional volume on top will make it even longer. So for you it’s also better to consider more flattering hairstyles, like those creating any horizontal lines (bangs, waves, curls, width on the sides of your face, etc.)
The mohawk is pretty universal, meaning you can look bold and even aggressive with some versions of the mohawk, while others make you more feminine and sexy. You can play with color accents, style your tresses straight, weave them, braid and much more. Below you will find a set of images with very different looks, suitable for all ages, hair lengths, hair types and personal preferences.
#1: Messy Hawk for Women
When older generations think of mohawks, they likely think of severe, stiffly spiked styles that defy society. Fortunately, today’s mohawks are much cooler than this and are ideal for both men and women. Long and messy is a fun new way to update the classic Mohawk concept.
#2: Gelled Mohawk Styles
A little bit of hair product can go a long way when it comes to a faux hawk or other style. Color only your tips to add some “pop” to your final look, or choose to use a product only on the top of your hair. Of course, if you choose to, gel all over for a more serious look that will last all day.
#3: Steel Colored Mohawk Hair
This hair color will inspire envy in your edgiest friends. It’s a difficult ombre to explain, so if this is a color that you’re after, be sure to bring in a picture or two. When you style the mohawk, blow dry the hair on the sides downwards with a flat brush and forward on top with a round brush.
#4: Styled Mohawk
Bring some style into your Mohawk by using hairpins and setting spray. Twist, curl and secure wherever you feel led and show off a unique look that is not easily duplicated. This works especially well if you have straight hair of fine or medium texture.
#5: Mohawk with Length and Frosted Tips
Take a tip from nature with this skunk-inspired hairdo that’s sweet and fun. Get your top hair bleached with about an inch of darker roots. Be sure to add in some cool undercut designs along the side and use plenty of volumizing spray to really get a quality height for the final look.
#6: Mohawk with Vibrant Hues
There is a wide variety of faux hawks and more traditional hawks to try. But when you’re truly ready to stand out from the crowd, go with a Mohawk style that lights up the room with color. Choose an electric blue, hot pink or traffic cone orange for a fun fashion statement all your own.
#7: Side Mohawk
Whimsical and edgy at the same time, a side Mohawk haircut really allows you to express your creativity. Experiment with different designs, angles and hair color to really have fun with this cool look. Depending upon the texture of your hair, you could rock this hawk in a variety of ways.
#8: Stunning Silver Mohawk
So pretty! Mohawk hairstyles are a no brainer for trying beautiful new colors. This silver shade is gorgeous (especially when paired with gray eye shadow and orange lip). For the magically wispy styling, employ a large barrel curling iron and a decent amount of hairspray.
#9: Textured Blue Mohawk
Most images of inspiring mohawks don’t show much in the way of bangs. But with bangs, mohawks take on a cute pixie look. Ask your stylist for longer hair on top and shorter bangs in the front. Style the bangs forward on to the forehead and blow dry the hair on top up and forward.
#10: Designed Mohawk Hair
Mohawk designs can be as wild as you want them. The most important thing for any type of edged designs is geometry, because it looks the chicest. The curvy lines and triangles created in this look are super cool. To style the hair in the middle, employ a workable gel that has great hold.
#11: Soft Spiked Mohawk
Keep things soft and approachable, sporting a “spiked” Mohawk with little to no product involved. The lift comes from the cut and backcombing more than from gel or spray, allowing your Mohawk to be soft and touchable.
#12: Mohawk with Multiple Braids
Create both thin and chunky braids all over the head for a great Mohawk style. Best of all, this hairstyle doesn’t require an actual cut, allowing you to keep your more traditional hair and potentially your job. Pull hair into this beautiful braided chaos when you’re feeling a little rebellious.
#13: Short Mohawk
You can create a subtle Mohawk with short hair, creating a whole new look you’ll love. Separate a top portion of your hair in the center and either twist or braid the hair immediately on both sides along the parts. Brush back the top section and use some product to hold it in place. This faux hawk is easy to achieve on short hair, and yet it still allows you to have a more mainstream style when you feel like it.
#14: Black Mohawk Hairstyle
Black hair can look gorgeous in a laid back Mohawk-inspired hairstyle. Bring your curls to the front, allowing them to graze your forehead and add just the right amount of charming sass to the final look.
#15: Braided Mohawk Haircut
Bring a feminine touch to your Mohawk with an accent braid. Braided mohawks are fun to wear and allow you to express your girly side without having to wear hair long and traditional.
#16: Mohawks with Curls and Design
Curly mohawks are super trendy, and they happen to look fabulous on natural hair. If you’re looking for a fun and funky style all your own, get inspired by this natural Mohawk that sports both curls and shaved designs along the scalp line.
#17: Spikey Mohawk Hairstyles
Jack Frost-inspired hair can keep you cool this summer as you go about your days. Dye your hair a gray or ice blue for a chilly first impression that will quickly melt with your warm smile.
#18: Mohawk Haircut with Blonde Highlights
This ombre-ed Mohawk is stunning! The natural base color blends into honey brown with bright blonde tips. The result is a pretty, unique hairstyle that catches the light and people’s attention! You will definitely need to blow dry your hair to achieve this height. Try holding it straight up with a big round brush as you are drying.
#19: Versatile Mohawk
Some mohawks allow you to have a variety of looks, as exemplified by this bleached blonde hawk. Wear it loose or separate it into several tight braids across the head. Fun for beach trips or a day of relaxing at home, this Mohawk braids with shaved sides can adapt to fit your mood – something that’s definitely a bonus with an otherwise restrictive hairstyle.
#20: Bleached Mohawk
While some Mohawk wearers opt for bright colors to make a statement, consider bleaching your hair blonde or even gray. The look of premature gray is very popular with young women right now, and if you are of a darker ethnicity, your black Mohawk will look completely revamped without a lot of effort when you strip it of color.
#21: Lavender Ombre Dream
Ombre and the color lavender: dreamy on their own, extra dreamy when combined. Proof? The mohawk below. This combo softens the usual hard edge of the mohawk, resulting in a lovely, delicate swoop of color and style.
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#22: Heartbeat Babe
Pitter patter, if you’re looking for mohawk hairstyles that will get your heart racing, try the style donning the heartbeat symbol. Taking into account the colors, textures and varying lengths, this long mohawk takes serious guts to decide on, but it’s worth it.
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#23: Retro Curls
Mohawk meets retro with this badass pin-up curl look. This is a great style for black hair, or anyone with thick, curly locks. It’s super playful with plenty of volume and movement, just be prepared for people wanting to touch it!
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#24: Not Your Grandma’s Mohawk
This mohawk might be silvery white, but it’s not your granny’s hairstyle! The white-hot ‘hawk embraces a sleek, deep side part and plenty of volume, with an almost futuristic look from the future that we can’t wait for.
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#25: The Pixie-Slash-Mohawk
Can’t decide between a pixie and a mohawk? Then you don’t have to, because this style let’s you have it all. A little length, a lot of sass, and a pop of color equals a flirty girl mohawk. And something tells us that if Tinkerbell had gone through a rebellious phase, this is the style she’d have chosen.
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#26: Rainbow Bright
Made of sugar, spice, everything female and nice, this mohawk would make Rainbow Bright proud. The colorful coif gives you all the feels, allowing you to channel your inner unicorn, and sherbet ice cream (no licking, though).
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#27: Braided Tower
Want to look three inches taller? Say no more. This braided ‘hawk will add inches and slim the face. If you’re looking for mohawk hairstyles for black women, this is a style that will work perfectly for the lucky ones with thick, coarse hair that stays in place.
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#28: The Faux-Hawk Mohawk
Long haired girls rejoice. Here’s a mohawk for ladies who enjoy their traditional length, but crave the sass of a mohawk once in awhile. Basically just stacked layers of messy buns, this style is easy to create, and a blast to wear.
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#29: Bed Head Honey
Embracing your natural hair texture is always a smart idea – don’t fight Mother Nature! So, if you have a bit of natural wave and are a low maintenance kind of gal, this is the mohawk that will take you from the sheets to the streets with nothing but a dollop of product and a bit of finger tousling. Lazy girls rejoice!
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#30: Curly Haired ‘Hawk
Are you ready to chop your spiral-curly hair into something edgy? Then this might be exactly what you’re looking for: a style with curls and attitude. Say goodbye to your baby curls, and hello to a look that pretty much requires no effort whatsoever: wash, go, and embrace the ‘fro.
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#31: Barely-There Mohawk
For short hair that’s craving a bit of a change, just a few strategically placed snips will help to do magic. Your stylist can infuse your already short locks with a bit more sass, no need to do anything drastic. Just a snip snip here, and a snip snip there, and you’re rocking a cool mohawk hairstyle.
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#32: Voluminous Tapered Hawk
If extreme volume is your thing, this style if where it’s at. Great for soft and fine hair, this light and fluffy swoop looks as sweet as whipped cream tastes.
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#33: Holograph Hawk
There’s something inherently magical about anything iridescent. Case in point, this colorful mohawk. The irregular, varying lengths just add to the playfulness of the color and have us dreaming of brighter days.
Instagram / @ANNABIANCAHAIR
#34: Long-Lock ‘Hawk
Another perfect female mohawk for ladies with long hair. Instead of a chop, color is what’s used to edge up this look. With pink strands or not, this twisted style is a gorgeous and feminine choice for warmer months when you need to keep your hair off your neck – think Spring wedding, or summer BBQ.
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#35: Mini-Braided Babe
Braids aren’t just for little school girls. Tossing one into this side-swept mohawk adds a girlie touch without sacrificing the badass feel. Her light and dark blonde color enhances the visual interest.
Instagram / @JACEYJOHAIR
#36: Hot Pink Fire
What if fire was hot pink? Not only would the world be a better place, but also this style would look like someone lit her coif on fire in the best way possible. Mega-height, pops of pink, and flashes of silver – it’s hott, and we’re sold.
Instagram / @EMILYANDERSONSTYLING
#37: Ride the Wave
Surfers and nature lovers, here’s a ‘hawk for you! With a wave design buzzed into one side, and a long bang cascading like a rolling tide on the other, if you’re searching for mohawk hairstyles for women who are one with nature, you’ve found it. Namaste.
Instagram / @JOHNNY_SPANAKOS
#38: Short Haired Mohawk
Another short mohawk on the list, and this time with bangs, this style is perfect for the busy gal who doesn’t want to sacrifice style because she has better things to do with her time than spend hours on her hair. Using your fingers as your tool, this is super easy to mold into place with a little wax or paste…less than 60 seconds of styling and you’re set for the day.
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#39: Work of Art
While this feminine mohawk might require a bit more effort, it’s so worth it. More like a work of art than a hairstyle, these delicious pink strands coifed into a floral-like sculpture look like a showpiece of the museum.
Instagram / @JANINE_KER_HAIR
#40: Purple Rain Lady
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a thing called the purple rain Mohawk! This richly pigmented and visually interesting ‘do is one of those mohawk hairstyles reserved for the most confident of babes who of course love purple.
Instagram / @PINK_NOUVEAU
#41: Platinum Fauxhawk Haircut
For a girl mohawk that is super glam and sassy, why not try the style in platinum? The color adds a feminine element without losing any of the punk rock edge. To style your cut, blow dry hair up and to the side with a large barrel round brush. Then use holding products designed for short hair.
#42: Vibrant Red Mohawk Style Updo
For a special night out, there are so many fun accessories to try. But how do you style your hair in a way that goes with the accessory? One unique approach is a large dutch braid with so much volume that it becomes a faux hawk. To achieve the look, pull and fan strands loose after braiding.
#43: Spiky Mohawk with Pink Peekaboo Streaks
Mohawk haircuts give you a great opportunity for playing with texture. The sides of this haircut are kept perfectly smooth and sleek, while the front section has a little bit of wave and separation to it. To try it out, use a fine tooth comb and gel on the sides and a texturizing spray for the top section.
#44: Braided Mohawk Hairstyle
Mohawk braids are just about the coolest thing ever. We’re not all bold enough to try out a real mohawk, but that doesn’t mean that girly girls can’t have some fun trying out the style. To create this look, make a fishtail braid down the back of your head and french braids on the side. Then pull on the fishtail braid for volume.
#45: Quick and Easy Mohawk Hairstyle
A faux mohawk can be a complicated affair, or it can be super easy like this version. Here’s how to get the look: after blow drying, part your hair at the “corners” of your forehead and then section off the middle section with a big clip. With that hair out of the way, apply some braiding pomade to the side hair and french braid down and around each ear. Next tease the upper section.
#46: Cute and Curly Mohawk Hairstyle
Mohawk hairstyles for black women are a fun way to experiment with volume. African American hair has a great texture. Whether you work with your natural curls or curl your hair first, you will be able to achieve a lot of height on top. Instead of braiding hair near the ears downwards, braid it upwards to add to the beautiful mass of curls.
#47: Glamorous Mohawk Updo
For girls in need of a unique style for a night out (or a bold way to style a day time dress), this pretty Mohawk updo is a must-try. To get the look, make a large fishtail braid in the center and two small french braids on each side, tucking the ends under. Make sure to add in a texturizing product designed for braiding before you begin.
#48: Lavender Braided Mohawk Hairstyle
While it might not look like it at first glance, this is a braid! It will definitely take practice to master the art of the deconstructed, knotted braid, and you’ll need a key product in your arsenal as well: a braiding pomade. Working this type of texturizing product in your hair helps to hold looser styles.
#49: Bleached Feminine Mohawk
Mohawk hairstyles for women are all about personality. This look is so cool because of the spikiness in the thick hair. If you have thick hair, you won’t need to blow dry it to get volume. Instead, simply let it air dry and use a combination of gel and hairspray to keep it standing upright.
#50: Platinum Mohawk with Geometric Designs
If you want a mohawk hairstyle that is very unique, ask your stylist for designs on the side and no line of demarcation. Here the designs are cut right into the hawk part. This is some really masterful design work—with triangles and arrows that fit like puzzle pieces.
#51: Long Platinum Mohawk with Faded Sides
Mohawks are typically short, but they look particularly amazing when they are cut for long hair. The other thing that makes this version stand out is the high taper fade on the sides. Instead of just having shaved hair and long hair, there is inch-long hair that fades out to skin.
#52: High Mohawk with Side Undercut and Shaved Design
Thick haired ladies will look lovely with a volumized Mohawk that really shows off this cool style. Experiment with different undercut designs or sport a more natural Mohawk by keeping the sides short but casual. Use some volumizing gel to give your Mohawk some serious height.
#53: Blonde Mohawk
You don’t always need fun colors or a super edgy fade to get a Mohawk that looks awesome. A simple blonde Mohawk on the longer side can look girly, fun and expressive. Skip the styling product if you want hair to fall naturally in its own unique way.
#54: Curl–Accentuating Mohawk
Curly Mohawk styles add a touch of sweetness to an otherwise edgy look. Indulge in some head designs on the sides to create a signature look. If you were blessed with natural curls, allow your Mohawk to grow long in the front for an innovative twist on traditional bangs.
#55: Long and Lovely
A long hair Mohawk can be really pretty with the use of some strategically placed bobby pins and a carefully styled braid. Again, this style doesn’t require an actual Mohawk cut, so the look is lovely…but temporary.
#56: Innocent and Sweet
Could you believe you may look innocent with the mohawk? Yes, it can be very soft, relaxed and pleasing. Blonds with short hair should try this look for a change.
#57: Funky Pink
Pink has always had a weakness for rock-chic hairstyles. With fine hair like hers a spiky pixie or a Mohawk are the best options. This cool platinum Mohawk features the neat short sides and voluminous textured top fading towards the nape.
#58: Extravagant Purple Mohawk
Kelly Osbourne arrived to the 66th Emmy Awards ceremony rocking a purple dress with a real purple Mohawk to match. The accurate lines dividing the undershave and long locks, the impressive top styled with a sweep to one side, the perfect make up and refined accessory choice built Kelly’s chic red-carpet look.
A successful mixture of color accents can turn a simple haircut into a piece of hairdressing art. Nature is an amazing wellspring of ideas. It has already generated the most unique color combinations, tested by ages.
#60: Whipped Cream
This light and fluffy fauxhawk is meant for girls, who like the mohawk but would rather prefer to look tender, sexy and feminine than bold and aggressive.
The mohawk is usually featuring locks sticking upwards in one direction. Here Rihanna presents an interesting trendy version of the fauxhawk with front top locks, fallen at random for a mussy stylish look.
#62: A Thrilling Fauxhawk
This is a truly thrilling fauxhawk, featuring intricate braiding with real chain plaited in. Looks showy, fantastic and worth of mimicking, definitely.
#63: A Luxurious Mane
We are sure you are eager to see some decent examples of real mohawks. This one is an adorable original mohawk with an undershave for girls with beautiful thick hair.
#64: Braids and Twists
A fauxhawk hairstyle provides freedom for self-expression: you may combine showy braids, cool twists, highlights, short and long hair in one amazing hairstyle!
#65: A Classy Wavy Mohawk
Here is another soft version of the mohawk. Some days you’d rather feel like weaving your top tresses into supple waves than leaving them sticking out hawkishly.
#66: A Divine Mohawk-Like Updo
Chic in every line, curve and and curl makes a perfect updo. The mohawk is a rewarding source of inspiration. You can come up with something truly exceptional like this.
#67: Cool Mohawk Updo
Jennifer Lopez has turned so many heads at her statement Mohawk updo, that we simply can’t leave her out of our list. The fabulous volume on top and ideally sleek sides build a sculptural look and present her lovely face shape in the best light.