Braided mohawk hairstyles: Edgy ‘dos for black hair

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Looking for a unique way to spruce up your natural hair? These Instagram-inspired braided mohawks are just what you need!


It goes without saying that braids are extremely popular in the natural hair community. Partly because they look so great, but also because they help to protect delicate strands, making them every naturalista’s hair saviour! But with box braids and Marley twists being everyone’s go-to style, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little uninspired. Thankfully, however, braided mohawk styles are having a bit of a moment right now – and once you see them, you’ll understand why!

Now, we know what you’re thinking: a mohawk, seriously? But these aren’t the scary punk mohawks that first spring to mind! From feminine twisted looks to boldly woven styles, a cornrow mohawk can be tweaked however you like. So, to give your look a stylish edge this season, simply scroll on for our edit of the best braided mohawks from Instagram.

Flattering mohawk hairstyles for black women


black woman with braided mohawk hairstyles
Bantu knots are fun and flirty! Credit:

Bantu knot mohawk

Bantu knots are already a naturalista favourite, but we bet you didn’t know these cute little buns could be used to create a natural hair mohawk hairstyle!

All you need to do, is section out the middle of your hair and twist the remaining hair either side into neat little knots. BRB, adding this to our festival hair Pinterest board! Credit:

box braid mohawk hairstyles for black women
Box braids have never looked so good! Credit:

Box braid mohawk

Already rocking box braids? No problem! You might think that braided hair can’t possibly be styled into a braided mohawk, but this Instagrammer proves that’s not the case!

When you get bored of wearing your braids loose, simply weave them into a ultra thick faux mohawk on top of your head and secure in place with a hair tie. To say this style makes a big impact is an understatement! Credit: @shortti3

black woman with cornrow mohawk hairstyle
Cornrows for days! Credit:

Cornrow mohawk

Just when we thought our cornrow obsession couldn’t get any stronger, we stumbled across this stunning cornrow mohawk and fell in love all over again.

Combining the taming powers of cornrow braids with the glam factor of ringlet curls, this perfectly styled duo would make the ideal look for promCredit: @studio91nhs

black woman with a natural hair mohawk hairstyle
Who knew a mohawk could look so girly?! Credit:

Flat twist mohawk

For the less daring among you, why not try this twisted natural hair mohawk hairstyle? Using everyone’s favourite flat twists to create a more subtle undercut effect, it’s the perfect way to keep your natural ‘fro tightly under wraps. It’s also a great one to bear in mind for school or the office, as it’s so quick and easy! Credit: @christian_byshe

woman with giant braided mohawks
Bigger is better! Credit:

Giant twist mohawk

Not afraid to do something drastic? Well, there’s no denying this giant twisted mohawk will cause quite a stir! Plus, we love the way the sides of this look have been slicked down to ensure none of the focus is taken away from this amazing mega braid! Needless to say, we’re obsessed. Credit: @stylesbyneem

Editor’s tip: Fancy trying one of these braided mohawks? No matter which look you choose, we would recommend treating your hair to a little TLC using the LOC, LCO, LCCO method (liquid, oil and cream).

For the liquid section, try the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray, before working an oil-based product, such as the Dove Advanced Hair Series Serum-in-Oil, through your tresses. Finish by applying a rich cream, like the Toni&Guy Leave In Conditioner. This will make sure the hydrating benefits are locked in to leave you with soft, nourished hair for days!


Which of these mohawk hairstyles for black women was your favourite? Let us know on Twitter @AllThingsHairUK! And before you go, if you’re looking for a workout-proof style you can rock in the gym, you’ll love our step-by-step side braided bun tutorial!

07 April 2017