Get a Faux Hawk in 6 Easy Steps

No-shave December!

chic faux hawk tutorial


It’s the weekend, folks… we all made it through the third week of holiday hustle and bustle! We like to celebrate these mini-victories—such as finishing our Christmas shopping, beating those hectic deadlines or sticking to our diet amidst all the parties—with some quirky pick-me-ups. This week, we’re trying out a faux hawk tutorial just in time for our Friday or Saturday night festivities, because we think everyone can do with a bit of swag to their normal holiday updos.

Our faux hawk tutorial is so quick and simple, that this funky weekend look can easily become a Sunday brunch go-to as well. All you need are a bunch of hair ties (yep, no shaving required) and you’re on your way to being the hot topic on your weekly mimosa dates with the girls. Bonus: It keeps the winter frizzies at bay too! Scroll on for a speedy how-to:


Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Prep hair for your triple updo by first washing and conditioning with a strengthening system. We like the extra luxurious sheen we get from Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe Shampoo and Humectress Conditioner.

faux hawk tutorial start with clean hair

Blowdry and create three ponytails.

Apply a heat protective agent, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, before blowdrying for some moisture and damage protection. Blowdry till hair is completely dry, then section hair into three (top to bottom) and tie each off with an elastic.

faux hawk tutorial create three ponytails

Pin the middle section sideways.

As if you were creating a French twist, roll the middle section over itself sideways. Secure with pins on the underseam.


faux hawk tutorial pin the middle section

Pin up the lowest section.

For the lowest ponytail, create a bun. Curl the ponytail up and over itself, securing with pins back at the top where it meets the seam of the middle section.

faux hawk tutorial pin lowest section of your hair

Pin the top ponytail.

Twist the top pony once to shorten its length, then snake it downwards, pinning at each segment. You can also twist it at each segment before pinning to make it more secure.

faux hawk tutorial pin the ponytail

Finish with hairspray.

Lock your faux hawk  in place with some firm-hold hairspray. We like the lightweight, non-crunch feel of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold Hairspray. Done!

faux hawk tutorial lock in with hairspray

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