11 Best Faux Hawk Haircuts for Men

Best mens faux hawk haircuts

A faux hawk 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, and most even made it their go-to style! By keeping your top hair long and your sides short, 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 her clients’ 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!

Short Faux Hawk

Short Faux Hawk
Instagram @kalin_barber

The spikes on this short faux hawk exude texture. The fade around the sides complement the faux hawk.

Undercut Faux Hawk

Undercut Faux Hawk
Instagram @barber.theory

Popular with early teenage boys, this cut combines shaved sides with an undercut a faux hawk. Stylish and easy to maintain, just right for boys who are active.

Long Faux Hawk

Long Faux Hawk
Instagram @calscutz

Long locks constitute this faux hawk which perfectly matches the shaved sides. Volume and texture are at the top of its game, making you look dapper and suave.

Shaggy Faux Hawk

Shaggy Faux Hawk
Instagram @summersharpshears

That mid-fade stood out amidst the rowdy look of this faux hawk. A balance of texture and arrangement, a style that has an adventurous vibe.

Faux Hawk Fro for Black Men

Faux Hawk Fro for Black Men
Instagram @drewcutyou

Tame your fro into a faux hawk! Get the look by having a high fade and highlighting the tips of your curls for a standout look.

Skin Fade Faux Hawk

Skin Fade Faux Hawk
Instagram @crisaitaoficial

Shaved sides cleaned to a tee complements your spiked spectacle at the middle. The faux hawk is in center stage here, which can is a perfect partner to your disconnected beard.

Curly Faux Hawk

Curly Faux Hawk
Instagram @style_artist_rachel

A little untamed hair is just what you need to achieve that rugged look. The curls help in maintaining texture and the attitude that you want for your ultimate rock and roll faux hawk.

Low Fade Faux Hawk

Low Fade Faux Hawk
Instagram @finessedstyles

Quite dainty but still in the faux hawk category, this low fade can disguise your usually eccentric cut. Shave the sides smoothly and neatly for a clean look while trim your faux hawk so that short layer give texture when styled up like this.

Buzz Cut Faux Hawk

Q&A with style creator, Abi Lowe
Hair Stylist @ Cala Luna Salon & Spa in Westerville, OH

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look like a tight fade with a textured top. My favorite thing about this style is the actual fade. There is something so drool-worthy about seamlessly blending nothing into something. It is creation in its truest form. There’s a cleanness, a purity, and a lack of facade. You can’t fake a good fade. It is what it is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

As far as advice, this cut works for most. However, I’d be careful of head shape. Since it’s so short, it reveals everything. If you have a scar or a bump, etc. that you don’t normally like to show – this isn’t your cut. I’d pay attention to how the jawline flows into the area by the ear and the temple – is it thinning? Does it curve in? Once you start bringing the hair in, it will overemphasize the topsides and give a triangular shape to the head. Also, I’d be sure that there is a consistent hair density so that fading doesn’t look splotchy. This day in age, facial hair should be taken into consideration as well. Do you have a thick beard or short stubble? How do you want to blend that into the shortness of the sides?

Product-wise, I’d start off with light to medium gel, blow it dry by almost buffing the top hair in circles. Then when it’s dry, apply a matte clay or paste. Work the product through your fingers and apply from the base of the hair out, so it doesn’t get top-heavy. Move it around until it is laying the way you want. And that’s it!

This haircut would require a touch up every 3-4 weeks to maintain, depending on how quickly your hair grows.

Taper Fade Faux Hawk

Taper Fade Faux Hawk
Instagram @john_manol

Q&A with style creator, John Manol
Professional Hairdresser @ Blue Tit London in London, UK


How would you describe this look?

This look is a men’s faded look with textured layers on the top section. 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a haircut that suits clients who have a square face and fine to medium type of hair. 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.

Curly Faux Hawk

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Carlozzi
Hair Artist @ Brambila Salon in Santa Monica, CA


How would you describe this look?

This looks like an edgy and modern nod to the mohawk. It’s masculine with a softness that I find interesting, and I love the androgynous feel to the overall look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

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.

Faux Hawk Fro for Black Men

Faux Hawk Fro for Black Men
Instagram @drewcutyou

Q&A with style creator, Andrew Milani
Licensed Barber @ Hairworks Salon & Barber in American Canyon, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a medium to high faded mohawk/faux hawk with a small design in the nape area. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it is simple and easy to maintain. I use the same steps as with a skin fade but shape it as a mohawk.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

Low Fade Faux Hawk

Low Fade Faux Hawk
Instagram @finessedstyles

Q&A with style creator, Luke Disapio
Student Barber @ Hair by Luke in Newtown, CT


How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this look is the amount of texture at the top. For this style, I used a sea salt spray with an easy hold cream first and then blow-dried to add some hold. I then put some texture powder in to bring out the textured style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

This look is good for multiple lifestyles, and it could be professional and relaxed. 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.

Medium Faux Hawk

Medium Faux Hawk
Instagram @byortizbarber

Q&A with style creator, Adrian Ortiz
Master Barber @ Celebrity Barber Studio in Orlando, FL


How would you describe this look?

It’s a medium skin fade with texturized fohawk – one of the best options when a client like him ask for a high fashion haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.