The faux hawk or “fohawk” haircut is considered ago to look for the modern man. Easy to style and maintain, the popular haircut is versatile enough to suit casual, formal, and extremely edgy tastes without losing its unique appeal.
Considered an edgier version of the pompadour haircut, the fohawk packs a lot more style and intensity. One of the reasons it has remained popular for so long is because it can work on hair of any length and thickness. However, as Rogelio Samson writes, the shortest sections of hair (the sides and the back) should be at least half an inch in length while the longest sections (the top) should be no more than 2 inches in length. While this is a good benchmark, a lot of the trendier versions of the faux hawk feature longer tops and shorter sides. The final outcome always depends on the occasion and personal preferences.
#1 High-Fade Faux Hawk
More and more versions of the fohawk feature crisp taper fades on the sides, which are great at enhancing the overall neatness of the look. However, pairing a high taper fade that has an edgy disconnected finish with a stylishly messy tangle of locks and bangs results in a look that oozes masculinity.
#2 Spiky Top Fohawk
This is a look that will make you stand out from a crowd for all the good reasons. It combines the youthfulness brought on by the high taper fade with long spiky locks that give the look more spunk and character. This is an ideal look for people who want something casual and easy to personalize.
#3 Classic Fohawk with Faded Sides
Despite the numerous versions of the fohawk at every man’s disposal, the original look never loses its charm. The half-inch-long sides have been faded slightly towards the edges to make their outlines more pronounced, but the highlight of the look remains the slightly pointed top that has been perfectly executed down to its naturally spiky texture. Not only is this one of the more office-appropriate versions of the fohawk, it is also quite easy to maintain.
#4 Temple Fade Faux Hawk
Although a bit common, this fohawk design can be personalized to a great extent to become unique. Throwing in a temple fade is one of the things you can do to make the style yours. If you’re not shy about throwing in some colors as well, a mix of blonde with rose gold accents create a stylish alternating effect that really brings out the look.
#5 Messy High Top with Razor Fade
When it comes to the fohawk, the length is variable. This means you can experiment with tops that are a little longer or thicker than usual. If you like that idea, the messy fohawk is the right choice for you. A slight razor fade on the sides should complement the long, wild curls of hair on top while making the shape of the haircut more pronounced and a lot edgier.
#6 Spiky Classic Fohawk
Even if you decide to go with the classic mohawk, there are still ways you can spice it up for special occasions. To pull off this look, try going with spiky textures for the hair on top to bring out the shape of the fohawk even more. As for the sides, shaving might not be necessary since you can style them flat using some strong pomade or clay. However, keep the length on the top level even towards the back to give the look its distinctive shape.
#7 Short Fohawk with Crispy Shaved Sides
Not every faux hawk should have incredibly long, spiky tops and crispy shaved sides. If you prefer something a bit more reserved, then it should be nothing more than a little styling of the hair on top to create a fake Mohawk look. The sides do have to be shorter than the top although, for this look, you can skip the scissors. However, a smooth temple fade really brings out the edginess of the look without making it seem too outlandish.
#8 Hip Curly Fohawk
This particular type of fohawk is much closer to the Mohawk than it is to the pompadour haircut. As usual, the top remains longer than the sides, especially since the sides have been reduced to a crisp bald fade. For extra oomph, the hair on top is curled slightly backward, making it a lot more interesting especially against the contrasting sides and back.
#9 Modern Disconnected Haircut
The ’beard disconnect’ as it is known is a derivative of the original fohawk hairstyle. Reserved for the heavily bearded among us, it involves creating a stylish part between the hair on top and the hair below, normally using a sharp bald fade. Here, we also see a lot of attention to detail paid to the hair on top where the front is slightly upturned and swept backward. Towards the side, it has been shortened using a taper fade which ends in a disconnection a few inches above the ear.
#10 Fohawk + Taper Fade
A slight taper fade is a right way to go for people who prefer having a bit of edge in their looks without going overboard. The shape of the hair on top can be achieved by angling the dryer upwards and combing through backward. As for the sides, using a taper fade gives you enough freedom to shape them up the way you want.
#11 Mid-Fade Faux Hawk
The mid-fade fohawk is the comfortable middle point that most men prefer since it is as stylish as it is classy. The mid-fade gives the look a slightly higher outline and an edgier finish. It is also a great way to keep the sides in check in order to retain the shape of the look.
#12 Faux Hawk with Medium-Length Spikes
This look pairs a crisp taper fade on the sides with an excellently styled spiky section of hair on top to produce an ultimately edgy. Evidently a casual look, this spiky fohawk is a great way to keep things fresh and spunky.