8 Fashionable Mohawk Hairstyles for Women: From Haute to Head-Turning

The female mohawk is back and ready for the taking. Get inspired by a few of our favorite mohawk styles for women!

Hurray for the female mohawk revival! We’ve been seeing several mohawk hairstyles for women on the street scene lately, and we couldn’t be more stoked. This head-turning short haircut is equal parts punky and steeped in heritage, and is also a transformative look for those looking for a drastic hair change. Scroll down for a shortlist of some of our fave picks for mohawk hairstyles for women. Female-friendly options abound, don’t worry:

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A uniform length on the top area makes for a clean ‘hawk. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

1. The Blowout

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Short mohawk hairstyles like this one lets you change it up by adding some texture to your top lengths.

For a lot of women, mohawk hairstyles for women seem too extreme or “out there” for real life. Honestly, this edgy, female mohawk hairstyle is just an undercut with the top upstyled and held into place with some gel and hairspray. This fluffy, texturized rendition features lengths that are uniformly cut and blow-dried for volume, then sprayed with a firm-hold hairspray (we love the buildable staying power of Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray) for a controlled hold.

2. Side Shave

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Side-swept shaven hair is a softer take on a severely upstyled mohawk.
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Wear the fronts across your forehead for a style switch-up, mohawk hairstyles for women<em> do</em> give you style versatility.

The side-shaven ’hawk is a cool option for women who want more versatility. Flip your hair over to expose your fade, and it’s 100 percent rockstar; flip hair over to hide it, and you have a subtler look. Some women like to style a side shave with the fringe area forward, for a softer take. Short mohawk hairstyles, like this one, lets you play with your hair. In this case, a lightweight hair oil, like TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir, helps provide moisture and sheen without the sticky weigh down.

3. The All-Out

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Tie the rest of your hair in a baby ponytail if you want to sport a full, super-high mohawk.

More common in creative, avant-garde spaces like as fashion and hair show, extreme mohawk for hairstyles for women are looks that are worth noting nonetheless. The truly daring can opt to wear this hairstyle in all its unadulterated—and highly-shellacked—glory, with each section of the middle strip, spiked up. Achieve this with a no-compromise mohawk gel such as Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Mohawk Gel, and slick the rest of your hair back into a ponytail. Need more guidance? Check out a short post on maintaining and styling this look.

4. The Crown Hawk

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Blow-dry hair towards the front to create body. As you can see, mohawk hairstyles for women can aslo be wavy, and romantic.

Sassy and classy, a puffy hairstyle with majority of the hair piled high and forward on the crown is a great iteration for those with curly, wavy, or natural-textured hair. Provided the rest of your hair is sleek and/or faded at the sides, back and temples, getting the fringe up and lifted should be a cinch. Employ the help of a volumizing mousse, like Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse, and rake through the fringe and hairline area with your fingers. Blow-dry with a round brush in an upward-tugging motion, then allow hair to fall forward past the brows. Finish with some hairspray for hold.

5. The Purist

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Edgy yet crisp, the mohawk can work for both the runways and real life.
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Add some color to spice things up.

A definitive mohawk haircut, female or otherwise, features hair that stands up in a strip from the forehead hairline all the way to the back of the head, with the sides shaved. This look was primarily cut as a skinny undercut, but with a “tail” that gradually shortens in length all the way to the nape. This look is best styled with some matte-finish cream, like Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte, or with some firm-hold gel, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Gel, for a volumized pomp that won’t budge.

Want more edgy short hairstyle inspiration? Check out these awesome haircuts just in time for the new season.