It’s easy to be intimidated by mohawks, especially if your only experience of them so far has been crazy, spiked-up styles. Not to be confused with regular mohawks, the curly faux hawk is a more modern and wearable look, which features the classic short sides – but without you having to go get a buzz cut.
With all the emphasis on the top strip of hair, this look works especially well on wavy or curly haired guys, as the messy texture will add to the overall look. Scroll down to see how to get a curly faux hawk and why the style should be your next look…
How to Get a Curly Faux Haux
We always recommend showing your barber a photo of the style you want to give them an exact idea of what you’d like to achieve. To get a curly faux hawk, the key is to ask for a fade at the sides, while leaving the top longer with layers cut in to add shape. How long (or short) you decide to go will depend on your hair type.
7 Curly Fauxhawk Hairstyles to Try
Whether you’ve got loose curls or tight coils, these 7 curly faux hawk styles will give you all the inspiration you need for your next haircut.
Squashing the idea that all mohawks have to be hard and gelled-up, this wispy, curly faux hawk looks totally soft and touchable. Ideal if your curls are currently lacking any shape, going shorter around the earline adds more personality and looks awesome. Credit: @faded_mason
Currently rocking a beard (or trying to grow one)? Thinking about ways you can incorporate it in with your hair? Let us introduce you to our old friend: the beard fade.
The effect of a beard fade is that it seamlessly blends your hair into your beard, giving an all over more groomed, well-kept feel. Credit: @sourcesalonflaglervillage
Editor’s tip: If you find your beard is a little dry or frizzy, you may want to consider using a beard balm like the TIGI Bed Head Grooming Lion Tamer Beard and Hair Balm. This multi-purpose conditioning balm helps to nourish facial hair as well as the skin underneath and can also be used in the hair, too.
Style-conscious and like having that freshly-trimmed look? This guy’s textured top, and sharp, defined fade will be just what you need. The super sharp, angled fading evens out the more textured top layers for a face-flattering, balanced look. Credit: @barberhooligan
This look should be all the proof you need that a curly faux mohawk is possible even on short afro hair. The less hair you remove from the sides, the less dramatic the look will be, so if subtlety is key for you, give this one a go. Credit: @mikesaddler11
Made famous by Usher, the South of France haircut is a downplayed version of mohawks and frohawks. Identified by its short length and width with burst fade sides, your barber will cut the hair in a tapered shape, creating an almost semicircle design above your ear that reaches down to the nape of your neck. Credit: @thomascutit
Here’s a look that’s fast becoming a big trend in men’s grooming, the man fringe. Thanks in part to the popularity of hairstyles like the French crop and ’90s curtains hair, bangs for men have become really popular recently. Luckily for you, curls add a cool, hipster edge to the look making this a perfect way to take on the curly faux hawk trend. Credit: @mvsonthebarber
Editor’s tip: To give your fringe more texture while still keeping a matte look, try scrunching a small amount of the VO5 Matt Styling Paste through your hair. You can then use your fingertips to define any individual sections of hair and work it into your desired position.
Whatever curly faux hawk look takes your fancy, colour is a surefire way to elevate your look to the next level and really make sure your ‘do gets the attention it deserves. This guy’s fresh golden blonde curls really pop and the disconnected fade just helps to accentuate the colour contrast even more. Credit: @ronniebanks