Magnificent Mohawks

By Lauren Salapatek | 03/30/2012 11:45:00 AM


Did you know there are over 10 different kinds of Mohawks?

I didn’t—until I did some research on the punk-rock hair style and learned some interesting history! As you probably already know, the Mohawk in most situations is classified as a hair style where both sides of the head are shaved leaving a strip of longer hair in the center. A high-maintenance style, wearers can apply holding agents like hair styling glue, clay, paste, and even natural ingredients like egg whites or cornstarch to keep the hair worn up! Shaving and trimming is also required to maintain the clean line between the short and long portions of the hair.

Interestingly, the hair style was found to be worn by people as long ago as 2,000 years ago. When scientists unearthed the Clonycavan Man nearby Dublin, Ireland in 2003, he was found to be wearing a Mohawk styled hair cut with pine resin and plant oil. In the 16th century, Russian Cossacks would also shave their heads in the Mohawk-fashion when going to war. However, today the hair style is more famously associated with the indigenous people of North America who lived in the Mohawk Valley, New York.

So what kinds of Mohawks are there? Here’s a little montage of some that I think you might find interesting.

Bi-Hawk or Tri-Hawk: Two or three parallel Mohawks on the head.

Curl-Hawk: A Mohawk with curly hair.

Fro-Hawk: This was originally worn by the warriors of the African Mandinka tribe. The style was also popularized by wrestler and actor, Mr. T.

Fauk-Hawk: Re-emerging in the 2000s, this style resembles the shape of a Mohawk, but the sides of the head are not completely shaven. This style can be blended together for a more conservative look. (In photo: David Beckham with Fauk Hawk)

No-Hawk: This is a reverse Mohawk. Instead of there being a longer strip of hair in the middle, there is no strip of hair at all. It features a shaved strip from the forehead to the nape of the neck leaving hair on either side of the line.

Liberty-Spike Mohawk: Has spikes of hair in a row.

Lazy Hawk: Unstyled Mohawk

Shark Fin Mohawk: A wide Mohawk extending almost to the temples. (New Moons Jackson Rathbone's Shark Fin Hawk)

Rainbow Hawk: Strands of hair in the Mohawk are dyed each a different color of the rainbow.


So if you wore a Mohawk, which one would you wear? Have any of your client's wanted a Mohawk 'do lately? Share your response on MODERN's Facebook today!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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