A faux hawk (or fauxhawk) is a men’s haircut that features short sides and a strip of longer hair that runs from the front to the back of the head. It’s a mohawk minus the shaved sides but still as stylish as the punk hairstyle!
Showing off this excellent cut are celebrity leading men Taylor Lautner, Elijah Wood, Josh Duhamel, and Jeremy Renner, who even made it their go-to style! And, who can forget David Beckham? By keeping your top hair long and your sides short like these men, you’ll find it easy to recreate the look anytime you desire.
Play it down during business hours and style it up in the evening – faux hawk haircuts allow you to switch between professional and punk whenever the need arises. Simply use your fingers to style your strands up into a crest using your product of choice.
Bea Petty, a California-based barber and owner of Shear Addiction Barber Shop does men’s fohawks and complements them with all sorts of fade, resulting in an intense contrast that makes the faux hawk even sexier. Consider your face shape and your hair length and density, plus if you want to add a matching beard, fade, or an undercut to complete the look.
There are many more reasons to get surprised by this modern hairstyle other than its versatility. Don’t stop reading until you find the best style for you in this up-to-date gallery of the sexiest faux hawk haircuts for men!
#1: Short Faux Hawk with a Spiky Texture
The spikes on this short faux hawk exude texture. The fade around the sides complement the spiky faux hawk style. It’s such a fun and fresh look if you’re tired of long hair.
#2: Faux Mohawk Braid
Athletes can tame their long hair with a faux mohawk braid. No more worrying about your hair falling in your eyes during those crucial moments mid-game.
#3: Faux Hawk Mullet
A faux hawk mullet is very popular these days. Shaving from just behind the ears towards the front on the side and letting the top and back flow free, it’s a fun style that’s looks great on kids and adults. Definitely a fun one for father and son to get done.
#4: Faux Hawk with a Clean Fade
A faux hawk with a clean fade gives plenty of options. When styling the top with the proper length you can combover it over, spike it up, or just let it hang out like you would the back.
#5: Fohawk Fade
A fohawk fade is an amazing choice for someone with coarse or kinky type hair. When having this type of hair it can be difficult finding a style to suite you. More suitable for an oblong face shape, it still is an awesome option for anyone. Styling is all most none, you can get up and go and still look great.
#6: Braided Faux Hawk for Men
Long hair is best for the braided faux hawk for men. Once the braids are put in, the style can last for quite a while. The back and sides are faded down to the skin to emphasize the style. Perfect for the men on the go with long hair wanting a low-maintenance style.
#7: Shaved Hair Design on a Faux Hawk
A shaved hair design on a faux hawk is a stand-out style for those that like to keep looking sharp. This design has been razored out to highlight the sharpness of the design and enhanced with
colored sprays to finish it off. The top will need some volume spray and a good styling powder to hold the top. Regular hair trimming will be required to maintain the design.
#8: Faux Hawk and Slick Pompadour
The faux hawk and slick pompadour is a classic look worn by men over the years. It is faded tightly around the ears, leaving heavy pomp. Time, effort, and products are requisites for this style. A volume spray dried into the front is needed to get the elevation. A glossy pomade to finish the hold and look would be perfect.
#9: Fohawk with a Surgical Line
A fohawk with a surgical line is perfect for thick-density hair to keep it tight around the ears and heavy on top. The fade is made using a straight razor, creating a polished finish. A good holding spray enhances the curls, and a styling powder makes the curls pop even more.
#10: Faux Hawk with Temple Fade and Beard
The faux hawk with temple fade and beard suits those with thick hair that want a polished finish. The fade is kept low and blends perfectly into the beard together with the tip of the cut. Dry with some volume spray to dry paste.
#11: Wavy Faux Hawk Hairstyle
The wavy faux hawk hairstyle suits those that have length on top and want to create volume and definition out of it. This cut has been faded tight around the edges and transitioned into the top to compliment the waves. Dry with a sea salt spray on the top and finish it with styling powder to enhance the curl even more.
#12: Low-Maintenance Undercut Faux Hawk
Popular with early teenage boys, this faux hawk with an undercut is a combination of neat shaved sides and neck plus longer, textured hair on top. Stylish and easy to maintain, it’s just right for boys who are active. This undercut faux hawk is also perfect for thick hair as the cut removes bulk while keeping the fullness and volume of the hair.
#13: Long Faux Hawk
The long faux hawk compliments men with round face shapes. The height of the hair elongates the whole look and style. It is kept tight around the ears and disconnected from the top to finish the entire look. Blow-dry with some sea salt spray to keep the height of the hair. Finish with a strong holding product like hair spray for the style to last long.
#14: Shaggy Faux Hawk
That mid fade stood out amidst the rowdy look of this faux hawk. With a balance of texture and arrangement—this mid fade faux hawk is a style that has an adventurous vibe.
#15: Skin Fade Faux Hawk
A skin fade faux hawk is an easy style to maintain and is suitable for men constantly on the keep, aiming for a clean, polished finish. The shaved sides are taken to the skin around the ears and faded high and tight into the top of the hair. A pomade would be a good option to get a glossy finish on top.
#16: Buzz Cut Faux Hawk
The buzz cut faux hawk is a fresh and easy style to maintain. The sides are skinned out high and tight, taken over the ridge of the head to create a military-style buzz cut. No products or styling time are required for this style, but regular trims are needed to keep it looking fresh and neat.
#17: Taper Fade Faux Hawk
This taper fade faux hawk is a men’s faded haircut with textured layers on the top section. Says hairdresser John Manol of London, “One thing that I really like about it is the contrast between the skin fade on the sides and the length on the top. You have a fade, but at the same time, blended lengths, and on the other hand, it’s aggressive and unique.”
Men who have a square face and fine to medium type of hair will look flattering wearing this faux hawk with a taper fade. If your lifestyle is about nice outfits and you like fashion and follow the styles in, this is the right look for you.
You can create this look if you use products that will give you volume. “My suggestion is a sea salt spray when hair is wet, then you blow dry it quite messy, and then you can use a wax with matte texture for a nice definition,” Manol mentions.
#18: Curly Faux Hawk
Here’s a curly faux hawk, which is an edgy and modern nod to the mohawk. This idea is by Rachel Carlozzi, a hair artist from Santa Monica, CA. “It’s masculine with a softness that I find interesting, and I love the androgynous feel to the overall look,” Carlozzi points out.
When considering this haircut, think about how committed you are to styling daily, as it has a dramatic effect on the personal relationship to the style. Also, consider your wardrobe, lifestyle, career, etc.
Carlozzi adds, “As for styling products, I would use a moisturizing cream like Oribe Supershine to hydrate the curls, as well as a curl mousse like the Surfcomber by Oribe, to really create a definition and hold, giving the mohawk its structure. This is where you can really have fun by playing around with using a liberal amount of product and a diffuser to build a substantial curl structure.”
#19: Faux Hawk Fro for Black Men
This is a medium to high faded mohawk/faux hawk with a small design in the nape area, ideal for black men’s afro hair. What’s great about this haircut is that it’s simple and easy to maintain. California-based look creator Andrew Milani used the same steps as with a skin fade but shaped it as a mohawk.
Milani notes that this haircut can be low-maintenance, depending on the texture and look you are going for.
“It can be worn with or without a product. I personally like the dry, natural look and use a small dab of matte pomade to give texture and a light hold,” Milani expresses.
#20: Low Fade Faux Hawk
This low fade faux hawk features a rich amount of texture at the top. For this style, barber Luke Disapio of Newtown, CT used a sea salt spray with an easy hold cream first and then blow-dried to add some hold. Some texture powder were added, too, to bring out the textured style.
“Use a blow drier if the hair is having trouble taking shape. Then use a clay/matte cream to get the shape you desire and finish it off with a textured powder to give it that textured look,” suggests Disapio for guys wanting to recreate the look.
This hair is good for multiple lifestyles, and it could be professional and relaxed. Disapio confirms that the best face shape would be oval, and the personality isn’t a big deal. “You could be a funny or serious person, and it would still work,” Disapio emphasizes.
#21: Medium Faux Hawk
It’s a medium skin fade with texturized fohawk, cut by Florida-based barber Adrian Ortiz. It’s one of the best options when a man asks for a high fashion haircut.
“When someone like him asks about a style that requires the use of a flatiron or hairdryer, I always recommend using a good shampoo and conditioner and also a thermal protector,” states Ortiz.
#22: Long Faux Hawk for Boys
A long faux hawk for boys makes a great funky style if wanting longer length for a boy. The only downside would be styling in the morning will take some time. The variety of styles you have makes it worth every minute. Long faux hawks can turn into a combover, slick back, or if cut a bit shorter on the sides a stylish mullet.