A fohawk (or faux hawk) is a haircut that resembles a mohawk but is cut shorter, which gives it the illusion of a fake mohawk. It typically requires less product and time to style and offering more styling variations. No shaving of the sides of your head is required – enough length and a bit of wax, clay, or pomade are all you need to own this masculine look.
What’s making faux hawk hairstyles more popular is how it can be worn both at formal or professional settings and at casual events. Plus, it’s modern, versatile, and celebrity-approved!
Take note of how football-hottie David Beckham and Hollywood actors Jeremy Renner and Taylor Lautner does their signature faux hawks, proving how customizable this hairstyle is to suit any personality.
IG-influencer and professional barber Mike Blendz from San Antonio, Texas shows off the different versions of a faux hawk in his feed. Any way you go, this haircut promises fullness, movement, and natural texture to your hair.
Before your next haircut, check out these popular photos of the best fohawk haircuts!
#1: Cute Fohawk with Burst Fade for Kids
Opt for a burst fade fohawk. I love this hairstyle. It looks great on guys with thick hair who want something cooler than just a mohawk. It’s a pretty loud hairstyle for wavy hair, so be ready for some attention to go along with it. It’s as a custom style cut that looks good with thicker hair as you can make the fade really dramatic going into the mohawk.
#2: Asian Fohawk With High Fade
This high fade fohawk is extra pointy at the front and somewhat flattering at the back. This fohawk hairstyle definitely freshens up the face and gives a youthful glow.
#3: Drop Fade Faux Hawk
Stand out with a drop fade faux hawk for a professional take on the mohawk. The classy cut is a mix of sleek and edgy that allows this haircut to work even with extra styling. The look does require styling and use of hair care products to ensure the hair stays in place all day long.
#4: Layered Fohawk
A layered fohawk is a perfect outline for a round-faced shape. Short tapered sides and razored texture on top all bring the cut to life. It is the perfect balance between an edgy and subtle trim.
#5: Faux Hawk with Disconnected High Skin Fade
The faux hawk with disconnected high skin fade is defiantly one to rock if you love high volume. The coiffed fohawk has ample length through the front and will require styling to keep in place all day. The disconnected high skin fade allows the sides to be short and looks visually seamless. It gives you a smart, fashion-forward haircut.
#6: Finger-Combed Faux Hawk
A finger-combed faux hawk is a fresh way to add texture and height to any face shape. The clean and close faded sides bring the outline in, which slims the face and emphasizes the facial structure and jawline. By keeping a longer length on top, the cut elongates rounder-shaped faces, in particular, bringing in texture while offering a modern flair to your overall look.
#7: Faux Hawk and Mid Fade Cut for Thin Hair
Faux hawk and mid fade cut for thin hair is a smart choice. The faux hawk can hide thinning areas on top, especially when styled. The side mid fade compliments and gives the perfect contrast to a medium-length hair on top to achieve the faux hawk.
#8: Modern Fohawk Taper Fade with Beard and Line-Up
Go crazy with a taper fade on both sides and a colored fohawk top! Highlighting the hair on top with tints of green plus pairing this faux hawk with a line-up and a neat shape the beard makes, makes it even more attractive.
#9: Short Faux Hawk Hairstyle
Keep it under control with shaved sides and a small faux hawk hairstyle on top. Style with gel or mousse for easy volume. Feel free to match this faux hawk with a beard for a more masculine finish.
#10: Long Faux Hawk Hairstyle with Shaved Design
Razor cuts create masterpieces with this kind of curly faux hawk cut. You’ll be your coolest self with clean side engravings and top curls.
#11: Cool Faux Hawk Buzz Cut
Have fun with your clean fohawk buzz cut by leaving the center much thicker than the sides. Do this from front to nape and you’ve got yourself a fake mohawk.
#12: Textured Faux Hawk Fade
Smooth fade, sharp edges, and pumped and spiked style on a fohawk cut? All of these appealing features are found in this faux hawk with bald fade haircut!
#13: Wavy Fohawk for Medium-Length Hair
With long strands, you can recreate a brushed-up fohawk cut and style by shaving five inches from the side, then sleeking long hair back, making a fluff.
#14: Slicked-Back Faux Mohawk Styling Idea
Live that rock and roll life with a faux mohawk! A faux hawk and shaved sides actually look awesome when combined together. When styling, brush the hair up from the front to the back and apply the gel in place.
#15: Spiky Fohawk Hair
Turn that cool fohawk all the way up to epic! Barber Alan worked his magic and made this savvy trim ever so smoothly. A spiky faux hawk style is always trendy.
#16: Dope Afro Fohawk with Shaved Sides for Black Men
This afro fohawk hairstyle is dope AF! Curls arranged in a mohawk manner serves the body while the clean shaved sides give attention over to the fohawk.
#17: Short Fohawk with Clean High Fade
Tone down fohawk hairstyles with a light pomade like this one with a high fade. Sides can be shaved in a transition for a smooth fade, giving clean edges.
#18: Taper Fade Faux Hawk
Care to be cool this summer with a faux hawk and quiff hairstyle. Ask your barber for a thick top faded onto the sides to mimic the look. The classic faux hawk haircuts don’t get any slicker than this!
#19: Tight Military Fohawk Haircut
Short fohawk cuts are pretty popular in the military now. Get away with that strict crew cut with a thick center area. Grow out into fuller hair is expected with this type of military cut.
#20: Skin Fade Fohawk on Messy Short Hair
This fohawk is as natural as a curly top with a skin fade on the sides. My favorite thing about this messy cut is definitely the line-up! I dropped the fade at the front so that I could really make the lines nice and crisp.
To achieve the cut, I started by reducing the length to a manageable length for the wearer. And to mimic that textured faux hawk style, I enhanced the curls by using sea salt spray and dried it in by using a diffuser. After that, I always finish off with volumizing powder and some hairspray just to keep it in place.
#21: Rad Long Hair Fohawk with Voluminous Top
This fohawk cut on long hair is a creation made by stylist Shelwin Jafet from Puerto Rico.
If you’re a guy wanting to try a long faux hawk style, Jafet recommends doing these steps with these specific tools and products. Jafet remarks, “I used a matte clay to enhance the volume of the drying and a lightweight fixative spray to be able to detail all the movements made with my comb SJPrecizion (wide tooth comb) which helps me to define the hairstyle. Once you finish the desired style, use a strong fixative spray to keep it.”
#22: Stylish Rooted Blonde Curly Faux Hawk
This look is a fro hawk with a skin fade with blonde curls. It was created by barber CJ Bell of the UK.
For styling, Bell suggests using sea salt spray to keep the curls and diffusing it. Then, finish it with a texturizing spray to keep the separation on the curls.