The fake mohawk, a.k.a. faux-hawk or fohawk haircut, is a look that involves spiking hair up in the middle without shaving off the back and sides of your head entirely. Most commonly seen with a fade, a fohawk haircut is a quirky hairstyle that can lean either punky or even low-key casual, depending on how aggressive your spike looks.
Some versions of the fohawk haircut have very short hair that is just slicked towards the middle; others are more in-your-face and involve longer hair, as in a floppy undercut, held in place with some extreme-hold gel and hairspray. The latter is the look closest you can probably get to an actual mohawk without a skin fade or a completely bare scalp all around.
In this tutorial, we walk you through how to wear an easy fohawk haircut for everyday, as shown on short hair with a classic fade. Don’t worry, we’re keeping it cool enough for the weekends, but also classy/inconspicuous enough so your boss doesn’t think you’re staging an overnight rebellion:
Tutorial: How to Wear a Fohawk Haircut on Short Hair
1. Start on clean, freshly washed hair.
Oil and grease from your scalp plus product buildup can weigh hair down. Wash with a clarifying shampoo to rid hair of any gunk. We like Dove Men+Care Fresh & Clean Fortifying 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner best. Towel-dry.
2. Blow-dry upwards while tugging at the root.
Blow-dry hair using your hands and fingers, paying special attention to the hair on top of your head. Dry this area by focusing the nozzle near the root and with a slight upward tug with your fingers. This will help infuse the roots with some volume and height, crucial ingredients of your fohawk haircut. Need a visual? Our blowdrying tutorial for men might help.
3. Start with the sides.
Starting with some non-greasy gel, like Bed Head for Men by TIGI Power Play, apply a dime-sized amount of product on your palms and rub your hands together for an even spread. Then mat or slick down your sides and back, leaving the hair on your crown and along your hairline for last. (The thickness of your ’hawk is up to you.)
4. Spike up your crown.
Using the same firm-drying gel, or a putty for a more bedhead-like feel, such as AXE Adrenaline Spiked-Up Look: Styling Putty, use both sets of fingers to rake your hair up to a point. Do this until you reach your parietal ridge, or your skull bump, after which start molding it at an angle so it looks more natural and less like a Roman warrior. Now you can start blending it somewhat with one side.
5. Refine your bang area.
Use any leftover product to finger-style your fringe. Whether you want the front of your fohawk haircut to stick straight up (this looks a bit edgier) or to the side (more pretty-boy) is up to you. All set!