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.
Now 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 coolest looks from Instagram
1. The two-tone faux hawk braid
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 braided faux hawk, 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 Dutch braid down the middle. This will create the height you need and give the appearance of having a mohawk! Alternatively, weave a French braid for an equally stunning French braid faux hawk. Credit: @mjfsalon
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!
2. Bright braided faux hawk
Have you taken coloured tresses to a bolder level? Then you’re in luck, because weaving a faux mohawk braid 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
Top 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 ‘do.
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!
4. Half-up braided faux hawk
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 loosen them and give a tousled finish!
5. Side braid faux hawk
If you’re more of a simple braid kind of gal, this could be the look for you!
Simply create a standard plait that will work to define your mohawk, then sweep your tresses up and pin in place, leaving the ends of your hair messy and textured. A great look with minimal effort! Credit: @hairandmakeupbysteph
6. Fishtail faux hawk braid
Channel your inner Viking warrior with this fishtail faux hawk braid that looks anything but tame. Your hair will be transformed into an edgy look, leaving you ready for anything! Credit: @kayleymelissa
7. The 3-strand braid
The central strand of this mesmerising braided faux hawk creates the raised centre piece of this sleek look. If you’re a dab hand with your braiding skills, this striking ‘do will leave you looking like a warrior princess! Credit: @n.starck
8. Chunky central braid
This amazing faux hawk braid is a stunning nod to the mohawk look. Sweep half of your locks up and off your face, then create a 5-strand braid with the top section of your hair. The contrasting sleek look of the rest of your loose hair, will guarantee to get all eyes on you! Credit: @n.starck
9. The twisted side braid
If you like the look of the faux hawk braid, but you want to create a simpler ‘do, try your hand at this sweet 2-strand twist, that has been teamed with a voluminous, textured ponytail. Pull out wisps of hair around your face to complete this easy, yet oh-so-pretty look! Credit: @instibraid
10. Cornrow braided faux hawk
If you want to go all out with your braided look, then this cornrow style is the one for you! We love the brightly coloured locks, that have been carefully sectioned, neatly braided and then left loose at the ends to create a faux mohawk look. Credit: @hairdressersjournal
11. Sleek locks
One of the key elements of a more traditional-looking faux mohawk braid, is to keep the rest of your hair super sleek and wisp free.
The smoothness of your tresses helps to emphasise the height that your faux mohawk braid creates! Sleek and edgy… what’s not to love?! Credit: @hairdressersjournal
12. Subtle mohawk
If you’re looking for a party ‘do that’s less ‘out there’, go for a simple braid, secured with three different hair bands to create your faux hawk look. This is a great style that says ‘business at the front and party at the back!’ Credit: @maneaddicts
13. Serious spikes
You’ll probably want to save this one for Halloween, but just incase you like to go to town with your hair on a daily basis, we thought you needed to see this!
It might look tricky to achieve, yet it is, in fact, just tiny sections of hair that have been twisted around pins to create an extreme spiked look! It’s not for everyone but it will certainly get heads turning! Credit: @katsuyakamo
14. Punk rock
Take it back to the days of punk rock, with this edgy-looking ‘do! We love the brightly coloured tresses teamed with a large central braid that has been swept up in the centre. There’s even a bit of crimping thrown in there for good measure! Credit: @hairbycherryp
15. High ponytail and mini faux hawk braid
This sweet look is pretty and achievable even if you’re not a 5-strand braid master!
Simply create a mini Dutch braid from your forehead to crown, pull out sections to create height, then sweep the rest of your locks up into a high ponytail. Ideal for everyday wear or even a night on the town – it’s all up to you! Credit: @theconfessionsofahairstylist
Tried the faux mohawk braid but not great at plaiting? Then perhaps the bubble pony tail trend is the one for you! Simple and stunning… it’s a must see!