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FASHION WEEK: Manga-inspired Mohawks

Lauren Salapatek | September 17, 2012 | 1:12 PM

FASHION WEEK: Manga-inspired Mohawks 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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