Mohawks and Liberty Spike Hair
Punk Rock Hair Lives!
When punk rock was born in London in the 1970s, it also spawned two hairdos that have survived and thrived to the present day. The "mohawk" was a style that could be found going back to Native American styles and a very short, military version had existed since the 1960s but punk rockers took this style to new heights, literally!
Over the years, Mohawks have gone through a variety of ups and downs, ranging from huge 12" fans down to velvety strips of fuzz, and even spawned the "faux hawk" where the sides of the head are left a bit longer than a crew cut with a spiked up section of slightly-longer hair that runs down the middle.
This Hub will tell you how to make a basic vertical Mohawk and the related Liberty Spikes. Where you take your hair from there is up to you!
Hair Spiking How-Tos
- The Care and Feeding of Mohawks
Gabz Puke gives you advice on mohawks: not just how to spike one up (either in spikes or a fan), but also on how to get the goo back out afterwards, plus long-term care.
- How to Put up a Mohawk or Liberty Spikes - wikiHow
wikiHow article about How to Put up a Mohawk or Liberty Spikes.
Spiking A Mohawk
Picking Your Product
A variety of products have been used over the years to spike up mohawk hairdos. Not all of them are easy on the hair or quick to wash out, so pick and choose carefully.
White glue - hardcore street punks really did use Elmer's glue to put up their hair as it was cheap and dried clear. Although water-soluble, this is one of the nastiest methods to use and often hair has to be cut off to really get rid of it.
Egg whites - Another method that's very cheap and works for just about everyone except vegans. You separate the egg yolks and whites, then whisk the whites until they are very still, almost like you were making meringue. Then comb the whites into your hair and let dry.
Hair mousse - The lightest of commercial hair lifting products, this works well for shorter mohawks.
Hair gel - This thicker hair product is one of the more popular ways to spike up hair. The gel is worked into the hairs and then shaped with the hands.
Hair spray - This can be used alone, or in combination with any of the other methods. Some people swear the cheapest and most sticky brands work best for spiking hair, especially if it's longer.
Spiky Hair Variations
- Mohawk hairstyle
The Mohawk or Mohican is a hairstyle which consists of shaving either side of the head, leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair.
- Liberty spikes
Liberty spikes refers to a way of styling the hair in long, thick, upright spikes.
- Cone Liberty Spikes
Pictures of Hot & Cool Men's Hairstyles
- Faux Hawk Hair Style
The faux hawk hair style, inspired by the more extreme mohawk, is a funky new hair style that works for both men and women.
Making Liberty Spikes
Tricks and Tips for Spiking Your Hair
Getting Started: It doesn't really matter if you start with clean or dirty hair as so much product is going to wind up on your hair, but the hair should be well-brushed so that there are no snarls, tangles or knots.
Building Volume: Back-combing, aka "teasing" or "ratting" the hair, can help give more lift especially if your hair is very thick or longer. Sections of hair are lifted and then combed lightly near the roots in the direction of the scalp. Although this can give more support, it's also hard on the hair and can lead to breaking if done frequently.
Shaping A Mohawk Fin: Getting a really straight fin will take some practice and often works much better if you get a friend to help you. Shape the hair with the hands from the roots to the ends. Having a hair dryer can help dry the repeated applications of hair product. If you have very long hair (below shoulders or longer), it's sometimes best to lie on your side and let the hair lay on a flat surface until it dries.
Making Stronger Spikes: When making a spiked mohawk or liberty spikes, the spike shape will hold better if the ends of the spikes are twisted a bit to make the ends stick together.