Our favourite faux hawk braid styles from Instagram

Arianna | 20 September 2016

Curious to try a faux mohawk braid? Well with French braid faux hawk looks (and more) on offer, it’ll soon be your go-to style!


Have you ever heard of a faux hawk braid? If you haven’t, today is your lucky day, because you’ve just stumbled across a fabulous gallery full of them! These edgy, cool-girl braids are set to be this season’s hottest hair trend, so listen closely.

We wouldn’t blame you if the term faux hawk braid conjured up dubious images of shaved heads and spiked attire – but this look is far from that! So, if you’re ready to rock a faux mohawk braid for the season ahead, check out our fave Instagram inspirations below.

Faux mohawk braids: The best hairstyles from Instagram


French braid faux hawk braid inspiration: two tone hair
French braid faux hawk braid inspiration. Credit: Instagram.com/mjfsalon

Not sure if you can pull off this look with coloured tresses? Well, it’s time to set those fears aside. We love how highlighted locks look when styled into a faux hawk braid, as the weaving of your plait makes every strand of your coloured hair pop!

To get the look, pull all your hair to the centre of your head and French braid down the middle. This will create the height you need and give the appearance of having a mohawk! Perhaps we should call it the French braid faux hawk?

Editor’s tip: If you have particularly fine hair, try spraying some VO5 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo into your mane before braiding. This will add volume and give your hair some extra grip when creating this look! Credit: @mjfsalon

faux hawk braid inspiration: bold hair hues
Faux hawk braid inspiration. Credit: Instagram.com/sannukkaxx

Have you taken coloured tresses to a bolder level? Then you’re in luck, because weaving a faux French braid mohawk with bright hues looks absolutely stunning! Honestly, we can’t help but think that this ‘do gives the wearer a mythical mermaid look. Ariel is that you? Credit: @sannukkaxx

Editor’s tip: If you’re looking to take this look up a notch and give it some extra oomph, you can try tucking the tail of your braid under your hair at the nape of your neck. This will add volume and give a bolder finish to your French braid faux hawk!

faux mohawk braid inspiration: multiple braids
Faux mohawk braid inspiration. Credit: Instagram.com/ramsaymarstonhair

One faux mohawk braid not enough for you? Then why not opt for 2 smaller, tighter braids that run either side of your larger one? Just bring all 3 braids to join at the back of your head to create one ultimate braid. Credit: @ramsaymarstonhair

Now, instead of finishing off with a faux French braid, how about switching your weaving technique to a fishtail plait instead? Trust us, you’ll really prove your braiding credentials with this one!

faux French braid instagram: half up half down hair
Faux French braid inspiration. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyamberjoy

If the French braid faux hawk is a tad too edgy for you, don’t worry: you can still rock the style, just with a little more subtlety. Sound like your cup of tea? Then try a half-up, half-down faux hawk braid instead, as this variation is less dramatic, yet is still very rock-chic! Credit: @hairbyamberjoy

Editor’s tip: To get those gorgeous, tumbling waves, curl your loose hair with a large barrel curling wand, like the Toni&Guy Glamour Jumbo Tong. Once you have your curls, gently run your fingers through your mane to loose them and give a tousled finish!


Tried the faux mohawk braid but not great at plaiting? Then learn how to create a punk-inspired mohawk with our step-by-step tutorial (sans braid), right here!

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