Let’s face it:

Nowadays, it can be hard to find a nice and unique haircut. Almost everybody is doing the same thing with their hair.

So, what can you do to stand out from the crowd?

Well, you can get a Faux Hawk


Also known as the Fohawk, it’s a haircut that has enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent years.

The main reason behind this has to do with its versatility.


A Faux Hawk hairstyle is easy to style and maintain.

And the best part:

It comes with a lot of variations that will suit most face shapes and hair types.


What is a Faux Hawk Haircut?


The Faux Hawk – literally “False Hawk” – is a less intense spin-off of the traditional Mohawk.

In this sense, it features short sides and longer hair on top. The sides are not too short (usually tapered), and the top is not too long.


The top is then styled into mini-spikes and the fringe into a crest or a point. Not forgetting that the hair flows from the back to the front giving it a wave-like appearance.

This design gives it an urban yet sophisticated look which makes it perfect for both formal and informal settings.


Let’s look at the difference between a Faux Hawk and a Mohawk.

Faux Hawk vs. Mohawk

First things first:

A Faux Hawk is not a Mohawk.

You will find a lot of people using the names interchangeably.


Despite the Faux Hawk mimicking a Mohawk, the two hairstyles have very little in common.

For instance:

While the faux hawk features tapered sides and back, the Mohawk has shaved sides.


The Faux Hawk has short, spikey hair on top that slightly face up.


Although the Mohawk features spikey hair on top, it is usually very long and runs from the front to the back of the head.

Types of Faux Hawk Hairstyles

#1 Long Faux Hawk

Long Faux Hawk
Source: @fauxhawk7

As you might have guessed:

This Fohawk variation requires you to have longer hair on top.

But that’s not all.

Now, the secret to having a cool-looking Long Faux Hawk haircut lies in the proportions.

So, here’s how to get it:

  • First, get a fade or a taper on the sides and back, making sure the hair isn’t cut too short.
  • As for the top, cut from the back to the front.


Make sure you have lots of hair on top and especially at the fringe.

Use some pomade, wax, or gel for the styling.

Moreover, if you fancy some texture, use your favorite texturizing cream and finish with a blast of hairspray.


This hairstyle requires a lot of styling and maintenance; it may not be ideal for people with busy schedules or very little time.

#2 Faux Hawk Undercut

Faux Hawk Undercut
Source: @fauxhawk7

Get this:

To give your Faux Hawk haircut a more impactful look, combine it with an Undercut.

Now, the secret to this hairstyle is in the disconnect.

By disconnect, I mean the transition from the sides to the top shouldn’t gradual but rather sudden.


To create lots of contrast between the two parts.

To get it:

  • Start by trimming the sides short.
  • Whether to get a fade or not is up to you.
  • As for the hair on top, apply some product and employ a blow-drier to style it forward.
  • To finish, use your fingers to add some texture to it.


Due to the volume of hair on top, a Faux Hawk Undercut is also relatively high-maintenance.

#3 Burst Fade Faux Hawk

Burst Fade Faux Hawk
Source: @aaronflowers_grooming

As the name suggests:

This hairstyle features a Burst Fade on the sides and a Faux Hawk on top.


This combo makes the hairstyle a perfect choice for any man looking for an edgy and rebellious appearance.

To get it:

  • Start with a Burst Fade on the sides; this fade begins mid-way between the ear and the temple and then goes around the ear and ends behind it, fading softly outwards. If done right, the fade gives the impression of a burst.
  • Next, trim the top and back if needed.
  • To style this haircut, use some pomade, wax, or gel.

#4 Curly Faux Hawk

Curly Faux Hawk
Source: @westend.barbers

Do you have natural curls? Are they often shaggy and in disarray?


If so, you can try a Curly Faux Hawk haircut.

This hairstyle won’t completely tame your curls, but it will give you some urban swagger and control.

How to get it?

  • Start with a Burst Fade on the sides; this fade begins mid-way between the ear and the temple and then goes around the ear and ends behind it, fading softly outwards. If done right, the fade gives the impression of a burst.
  • Next, trim the top and back if needed.
  • To style this haircut, use some pomade, wax, or gel.

To style, use your favorite pomade.


Alternatively, opt for a matte product for a more natural finish – which is the whole point of this haircut.

#5 Layered Faux Hawk

Layered Faux Hawk
Source: @fauxhawk7


The Layered Faux Hawk haircut mainly focuses on giving the top part a lot of dimension and volume.

As such, this hairstyle features a lot of texture on top.

To get this:

  • Start by doing in a fade on the sides and back. If you want something a bit edgier, opt for a Burst Fade.
  • Once the sides and back are complete, it’s time to tackle the top. Here, you’ll want to cut the hair into different sizes randomly.


The hair should flow from the back to the front.


To style, use a high-quality matte product for a more natural finish.

#6 Faux Hawk Afro

Faux Hawk Afro
Source: @crispy_cutzz

This one’s quite obvious.

As the name suggests, the Fohawk Afro hairstyle is for men with long, natural, black hair.

It can incorporate any type of fade on the sides and back with either long, short, or medium hair on top due to its versatility.

To get this hairstyle:

  • Start by putting in a fade on the sides. I would go with a Burst Fade, but a taper would also be nice.
  • Next, shave the top to the desired size.


To get a curly finish, use your favorite racket and rub some curls into it.

#7 Wide Faux Hawk

Wide Faux Hawk
Source: @mikey_teeze


The Wide Faux Hawk haircut features relatively longer hair that runs to the back of the head.

In this sense, the hair starts at the front, goes over the crown, and stops at the neck.

Get this:

To an untrained eye, it might seem like a Mohawk but with shorter hair.


To get this:

  • Start by fading the sides.
  • As for the top through to the back, you can trim it to your desired length.
  • When it comes to styling, use your favorite pomade, wax, or gel.


If you’d like a natural finish, opt for a matte product.

#8 Buzz Cut Faux Hawk

Source: @blondboy_barbering

Want an extremely low maintenance, yet functional haircut?

Then look no further than the Buzz Cut Faux Hawk.


This hairstyle capitalizes on the edginess of a Faux Hawk and the minimalism of a Buzz Cut to give you a unique appearance.

Anyway, to get it, you can:

  • Start by cutting the hair short and with equal length all around the head (at least an inch in length).
  • Next, proceed to put in a fade on the sides.

And that’s all you need to do.


Is it really that simple? What about the styling?

Well, get this:

You don’t need to style this haircut because it’s too short for that.

However, it does present some extra maintenance needs than its closest look-alike – the long crew cut.

#9 Faux Hawk + Hard Part

Faux Hawk + Hard Part
Source: @guimaraes_clayton


For the ultimate contemporary look, opt for a Hard Part with your Faux Hawk Haircut.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Start by putting in a gentle taper or fade on the sides and back.
  • Next, trim the top as needed.
  • After that, find your natural part line and put in a Hard Part.


For the styling, use your favorite pomade, wax, or gel and you’ll be good to go.


That’s the last of the best faux hawk haircuts you can get today.

But, before I wrap this up, here are a few useful tips for you.

How to Do a Faux Hawk Haircut

First things first:

What do you need to get this job done?

I always find the following sufficient:

  1. A 360-degree view mirror or two mirrors (one in front of you and the other to hold behind your head).
  2. A clear reference photo.
  3. Quality hair clipper.
  4. Good pair of scissors.
  5. A comb or brush.


Before you start clipping, there are a few things you need to bear in mind.

For instance:

  • The length of hair needed for this haircut is entirely dependent on the type of Faux Hawk you want.
  • However, the minimum is at least 1 inch of hair length.
  • You’ll have to separate the hair on top by tying it with clips, bands, or pins. It is much easier and cleaner to cut hair this way. And once the top part is secure, you are ready to start cutting.

The 5-Step Process of Doing a DIY Faux Hawk

>> 1. Start by buzzing the sides and back short as preferred.

Now, at this point, your reference photo should help you decide how you want to do the sides/back.

Most people incorporate either a fade or a taper.

>> 2. If you choose a fade, it can either be a high, low, or a mid-fade.


The main difference between a fade and a taper is that a fade starts from skin whereas a taper does not.

Also, remember:

>> 3. Take your time to ensure the transition from short to long hair is seamless.

Once the sides and back are complete, move over to the top.

>> 4. Now, using a pair of scissors, trim your top hair down to your desired length.

To do this effectively, you’ll want to work with horizontal sections of hair.

>> 5. If you want to add some texture to the hair, try and use the point cutting technique.


The hair should get longer as you progress forward, i.e., a short crown and a long fringe.

And that’s that.

By now, you should have done a nice and presentable Faux Hawk haircut.

How to Ask for a Faux Hawk Haircut

I know some of you might find cutting your hair a bit daunting – I get it.

But just because you can’t do it yourself doesn’t mean you won’t get to enjoy the perks that come with a Faux Hawk hairstyle.


All you need to do is to visit your local barbershop and ask for one. I’m sure they’d be happy to help.


If you are wondering; “What should I tell them?”

Here’s what.

1. Name drop: Tell your barber the name of the haircut you want. It is highly likely that they are familiar with it. For example, to get the classic Faux Hawk, ask for a Faux Hawk fade/tapered haircut.

2. Show, don’t tell: Bringing a reference photo with you to the shop is a sure way of getting the hairstyle you want. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.

3. Give a description: Try and give the best description you can while using the correct terms. This is important especially if you are after a unique variation that the barber isn’t familiar with.

4. Communication: Effective communication is key, not only in the barbershop but everywhere. So, if you don’t like something and want to change it up, ask your barber.

Well, now that you have your haircut, let’s style it.

Faux Hawk Haircut Maintenance

Unlike its counterpart (the Mohawk), the Fohawk requires significantly less maintenance.

Thus, you won’t need to have weekly appointments with your barber to make sure it stays fresh and on-point.


You have to trim the sides and top from time to time.

The frequency of this varies from person to person.


Having a trim once or twice a month is common.



The Faux Hawk Haircut is genuinely versatile, bold, and stylish.

It’s one of the few hairstyles you can get for a modern and charming look.


You can style it to fit any occasion, whether it’s a wedding, a night out, or a job interview.


If you have any thoughts or questions, let me know in the comments below. Until next time… #StaySafe

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