All radical hairstyles make a statement. One of the most unmistakable extreme hairstyles are mohawks. According to Wikipedia, the mohawk hairstyle is named after the indigenous Mohawk people, Native Americans who lived in the northeastern United States. However, the hairstyle was worn by ancient people far before that. The mohawk has a wide variety of variations today. It can be worn long and spiky or shorter and more subtle. Let's explore some of the different creative iterations of this hairstyle.
Although the mohawk itself isn't particularly conventional, this is perhaps the most traditional version of the style. Smoothly shaved sides and a narrow hawk define the template for this hairdo. The hair is spiked using plenty of product. This style doesn't hold its appeal if it starts to fall. LEAF explains exactly how to get a mohawk to stay up.
Taste The Rainbow
This Mohawk has spiky layers that are distinguished by their rainbow colors. Each section is clearly separated by its own place in the color spectrum. The mohawk is thick, with the longest layers in the center. This allows it to be styled in different ways when you're not wearing it as a mohawk. The layer underneath is buzzed and dyed platinum.
This hairstyle can go as a shag by day and a mohawk by night. The short undercut retains length at the sideburns, and the hair is carefully layered to be able to stand up or lie flat. The tri-colored dye is bold, but you can leave your hair a more natural color for a professional look that no one will guess can transform itself into this punk style.
This icy blue mohawk is long and slightly messy. It even has a bit of curl in the front. When worn down, this would make a cute pixie haircut.
Faux Braid Hawk
Don't want to cut off any of your hair? Simulate a mohawk by teasing the front section and gathering it into a thick braid on top of your head. Keep the sides smooth, and reverse braid the hair so that the plait has dimension.
Cornrow Mohawk For Men
The braid hawk can be done with cornrows. This style is pictured on a man but would look equally fashionable on a woman. A wide section at the top of the head is braided into cornrows that can fall freely over an undercut. When the tiny braids are gathered into a ponytail, they create a mohawk-like shape at the top of the head.
This mohawk has a little bit of everything. Dark, curly roots transition to platinum dreadlocks. Beads and threads add color to the twisted dreads. A lotus flower design is shaved into the undercut and mimics the tattoos on her neck.
Short And Curly With Fade
This subtle mohawk is more pronounced at the back than on top. From the front, the style looks like a short afro with a fade. The profile view shows the defined hawk that extends past the hairline at the nape. This is a great way to tame frizzy hair.
Brad Pitt's Hawk
Regardless of whether you thought this was a great style on Brad Pitt, it shows that just about anyone can pull off a mohawk. This one is more subtle, with length along the top and the back and a short buzz cut above the ear.
Long Viking Mohawk
Long hair can be tamed into a mohawk fairly easily. You don't have to spike the ends to create this look. Slick the hair back and let it fall like a ponytail down the back of the center of the head. A full beard sets off the Viking look.
V-Shaped Brush Up
If your hair is thick, create a long brushed-up style. Shave a defined groove between the fade and the long hair on top. The shaved lines can connect in the back of the head, or you can leave them separated. You'll need lots of product to hold your hair up.
Braids And Buns
If you have longer hair, you can braid the sides along the scalp. Secure them in a small bun in the back. Bring the top section up into its own version of a man bun for height that resembles a mohawk but can return to its regular long style at a moment's notice.
Jared Leto Sidecut
It doesn't take much to keep your hair spiked when it's thick and not too long. The clean sides match the length of the beard.
The fade and the roots are dark black. The tips of the hair are bleached platinum. The contrast is unexpected.
A tapered fade, a sharply edged hairline and a structured wave at the front of the head create a cool hawk. The wave is echoed in the shaved design on the side of the head.
If Elijah Wood had a mohawk, he might look like this. A varied length keeps this from looking too perfect. Long sideburns can extend into a chin-strap beard or be shaved at the jawline.
David Beckham Fauxhawk
It's no coincidence that Beckham's hairstyle is often a topic of conversation. He is creative when it comes to switching up his 'do. His messy fauxhawk is easy to maintain because the sides aren't cut too short. It just looks shaggy as it grows out.
Low Mohawk With Artistic Fade
Different lengths contoured in the fade create beautiful imagery. The shorter length of the mohawk is easy to keep up.
Blend real with illusion with this feathered hawk.
This soft, spiky look is ideal for men or women. The top is slightly longer than the sides, and lots of layers are cut into the style.
Miley Cyrus Undercut
This long mohawk takes a great blowout to stay in place. The layers are cut so that they're level when they're brushed up. It's ok if they flop over; this creates a softer style.
A medium-length haircut can be combined with an undercut and a heavy beard for this fashionable look.
Ambiguous Long Fauxhawk
Ruby Rose accentuates her beautiful features with short hair that can be sculpted into a textured hawk for added edge.
It's easy to put some product in your hawk and brush it back. This will keep it in place, showing off perfectly tapered sides and an impeccably groomed short beard.
To get this style, leave a few inches of length at the top. The sides can be buzzed or faded. Use hairspray to get the height that you need. Brush your hair up gently as you blow dry it into position.
Faux Pompadour Hawk
Justin Bieber has had several variations of a faux hawk. This pompadour has tapered sides, so it looks like a fauxhawk.
If you have a medium-length mohawk, you can gather the ends into a bun at the crown on those days that you just don't want to deal with it.
Reverse French Braid V Shape
We can't decide if this style is complex or simple. In truth, it's an elegant way to pull off long hair and a hawk. We love how the back is shaped into a V.
It's impressive that no hair had to be cut for this style. It's softly sculpted into a mountainous creation that's pretty awesome.
Short Mohawk With Close Shave
This may be the easiest mohawk of all to maintain. You don't need any product on the short hair if it's thick enough, and you can shave around the hawk yourself.
Blue Flat Top
The bright blue at the top of this flat top captures your attention just in case the hairstyle didn't.
White And Fluffy
This hawk looks so soft that you want to run your fingers through it. However, that would probably make it fall, so keep your hands off.
This dark purple tone looks great on black hair, and the textured spikes look soft, not harsh.
Taper Fade With Sharp Upsweep
This '90s version of the mohawk leaves a few inches of hair at the top. The hair is longer in the front than in the back, and the sides taper gradually.
Bleached Afro Mohawk For Men
A natural afro has lots of curly volume. It easily retains the height of a mohawk. Bleach the ends to bring more dimension to this look, which blends structure with natural ease.
Curly Geometric Mohawk
Take the afro mohawk one step further by carving a geometric design in the undercut. If the hair is long enough, it can be gathered at the top for a slightly different look.
The thick blue waves on top contrast sharply with the geometric buzzed design in the undercut for a fun play on the mohawk style.
A very short style gets some of its interest from the slightly longer length at the top. The rear view may be the most stunning, however. An "X" is shaved into the fade, with each segment of negative space perfectly tapered.
If your hair is very short, you can create a mohawk shape by keeping the center buzzed a little longer than the sides. Use product to bring the hair together, or leave it as is.
Mohawk With Highlights
Add a bold streak of color into the front of your mohawk for a fun look that grows out well.
Undercut Comb Back
Keep the hair at the top fairly long, and buzz the underside. You can flop the hair at the top of the head over to the side, or direct it toward the back for a fauxhawk.
We're not sure if it's the color or the shape of this mohawk that's most electrifying.
The Caesar haircut is a classic. It involves pulling short hair down the forehead to create a line that mimics fringe. Traditionally, a Caesar haircut has longer sides. However, create a Caesar mohawk by keeping the sides short.
If your hair is several inches long, chances are it won't stand up easily. Let it flop over for an easy comb over look.
If you have long, straight hair, shave the sides to create an easy mohawk that doesn't sacrifice length.
For a polished look, keep the hawk relatively short and straight. Spike it up, bringing the ends together at the center.
Crimping the hair in the hawk can give it the coarseness it needs to stand on end. Curvy cornrows make this look stunning.
This punk look takes time, patience and lots of product to achieve.
Widow's Peak Mohawk
If you have a receding hairline or a widow's peak, turn it into a mohawk instead of hiding it. Cleaning up the edge makes this style incredibly sharp.
Thin Hair Mohawk
If your hair is thin, it may not stand up well if it's more than an inch or so long. Keep it cut short, but razor the ends, and leave the center longer for texture that stands on end.
Extremely long, spiked mohawks can be complicated to maintain. If you don't want to spend lots of time on your hair, go for a subtle hawk that can be styled in a variety of ways. The shorter you shave the sides, the easier they are to maintain. Just buzz or shave them yourself periodically. However, a sharp contrast between the sides and the length of the hawk can make it look less professional. If you can't show up at the office with a hawk, consider a less dramatic style.