FASHION WEEK: Manga-inspired Mohawks

By Lauren Salapatek | 09/17/2012 3:05:00 PM


click image to zoom At Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2012, Kevin Murphy really wanted to make a statement for the hair at RMIT and Heroes of Tomorrow. To achieve this, he created a futuristic Mohawk shape that was seamless. “Because the shape was so hard and structured, I used soft golds and apricot, peach blondes and soft chocolate browns,” he says. “I wanted the hair to almost look like crystal caves in Mexico.”

Murphy’s inspiration was largely drawn from the Manga cartoons of Japan, especially Astro Boy. “There was such a wealth of creativity in this show with so much passion from the students who helped create it," says Murphy. "They were excited to see their outfits showcased. It became so emotional to feel the passion and excitement.”

The look was pulled into two ponytails, one containing all the back and sides of the hair and one on top of the head. The ponytails were tied into knots and little spikes were left out. “I added weaves to the perimeters of the hair and used KEVIN.MURPHY’s TEXTURE.MASTER and a blow dryer to hold them in place. The spikes were then pulled forward and the pieces were blunt cut to finish,” says Murphy.

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STEP 1: The hair was pulled into a ponytail that included the back and sides using a horse shoe section.

STEP 2: The top section was made into the second ponytail.

STEP 3: The two ponies were tied into knots and the ends were left out and ironed so they looked spiky.

STEP 4: Short extensions were placed around the perimeter of the horse shoe section.

STEP 5: TEXTURE.MASTER spray was sprayed onto the extensions and a dryer was used to blow them into position. 

STEP 6: Multi-colored pieces of golds, peaches and chocolate browns in the hair were used to make the thick streaks. Each model had around 6 to 8 pieces in various colors.

STEP 7: Once the ends were set and dried with a great deal of TEXTURE.MASTER, the pieces were cut blunt to give the hair a strong solid look.

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click image to zoomBack view click image to zoomSide view click image to zoomFinished Manga-inspired Mohawk look created by Kevin Murphy.






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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