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All About Mohawk Style

Updated on June 28, 2015

What Is Mohawk ??

The Mohawk is a hairstyle in which both sides of the head are shaven leaving a strip of hair running in centre of the head. This hairstyle was inherited from mohican tribe and is considered to give a rough and tough appearance.

Do this hairstyle require any specific length of hair ?

For the original Mohawk it is mandatory to shave the sides of head. But, with new and improved variations available Mohawk doesn't require any specific length. It can be done by both men and women.


It is believed that this hairstyle originated in the late 17th century in a native american tribe called Pawnee. They were believed to be great warriors. Another occurrence of this can be found in the Mohican tribe of America. But, this style was popularised by the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They were also known as " The Filthy Thirteen". Their leader Jake McNice encouraged his troops to get Mohawk hairstyle and he believed that this will help them in boosting their moral.

Often associated with punk culture this hairstyle is considered rebellious in nature. Many historical events have depicted Scythian warriors sporting this hairstyle. Also, during 16th century, Cossacks warriors of Ukraine would sport a hairstyle similar to present day Mohawk.

Soldiers of 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment
Soldiers of 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment

Steps To Make A Mohawk

1. Select the style you want

There are a lot of variations available to the basic Mohawk. Fanned Mohawk, Liberty Spikes, Death hawk, Dread hawk and Cross hawk are some of the most common variations available. Select the style you want to have beforehand.

2. Visualize and Map

Experiment with your hair once you have selected the style you want. Grab a handful of hair and decide the thickness and length of your Mohawk. Please note if the width is too wide or too narrow, then it will be very difficult for you to maintain the mohawk. Make partitions with comb and if possible use hair clips.

3. Remove Extra Hair

Shave off extra hair using a blade or trimmer.

4. Lift the hair

To make the hair stand, before using gels, hold your hair in your hand and start combing them in up and down direction. This will make them stand on their own. Now, apply appropriate amount of gel to give you a perfect Mohawk style.

Mohawk without shaving your hair

Different Mohawk Styles for Women


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