Understand The Different Types of Hawk Haircuts

Hawk haircuts are quite popular. Today you see them everywhere. I even have now right now as I am typing this (see pic)

The problem comes in getting your hawk hair cut the way you want it. You have to be able to communicate how you want your hawk. That is the key.

Read on below as we will explore the differences and the key features of hawk haircuts.

Defining the general hawk haircut universe

Hawk haircuts are also called ridgeline haircuts.

The basic idea is that the haircut has an area of greater length somewhere on the top that forms a ridgeline. Notice, I did not say in the middle. Hawks can be off-center, diagonal, curved, etc.

The sides can be any length from shaved to the skin too much longer and fuller. The ridge can be any length from stratospheric liberty spikes to just a buzzed stripe.

As we explore hawk haircuts below we will point out the different characteristics that distinguish one kind of hawk haircut from another.

The bottom line… hawk haircuts are cool. hawk haircuts get noticed. hawk haircuts are different… and different is good!

The basic types of hawk haircuts

Read on!

Following are images of each and definitions and much more…

  1. Traditional short mohawk
  2. Long Mowhawk
  3. Liberty spike mohawk
  4. fauxhawk
  5. Lowhawk
  6. Frohawk

The Fauxhawk Haircut – Not a hawk haircut

David Beckham | Image Credit: hairstylehub.com

This is a faked (faux) hawk haircut. This is a hawk haircut for a guy with a job.

A fauxhawk is just that. it is faux. it is not really a haircut at all. it is a styling trick.

The basic fauxhawk is ANY haircut that has been pushed into the center with a big glop of hair styling gel.

A fauxhawk is perfect for a guy or a girl that can not have a REAL hawk haircut. It is ideal for someone who wants to sport a hawk hair look on Saturday night and then needs to be able to go to work on Monday morning.

Any head of hair can be a faux hawk… that is any head with hair on the top. Sorry guys. Some of you can NOT have a hawk.

This image is a definite fauxhawk. he has a ridgeline. The ridgeline is NOT cut in. You can comb this another way and it is just a guy with a nice haircut. Not a bad thing. Just, it is what it is. it is faux.

Get some hair gel and anyone can go faux any time.

A fauxhawk is a sweet way to road test a hawk style. If mom or your employer FREAKS out… No harm. No foul. No hawk hair cut tomorrow.

Try a fauxhawk for size. see how you like the look.

The traditional Mowhawk haircut – Skinned sides and long ridgeline

Stephan El Shaarawy

A mohawk is defined as a ridgeline haircut with a distinct disconnection between the ridgeline and the sides. There are many variations in looks and styles and types of Mohawk haircuts. The key is the disconnection.

If there is a blended transition between the ridgeline and the sides it is NOT a mohawk. (more on what it is in a bit).

The top can be very high. The sides can range from skinned to longer… but the key is that distinct, non-blended disconnection between the ridgeline and the sides.

Variations – 1 

Notice the sides are short… so it the top… But the disconnection says it all… A mohawk does NOT need to be long enough at the ridgeline to poke your eyes out to be a mohawk.

Variations – 2

It is a mohawk. It is disconnected. It is NOT shaved on the sides. Another way to “skin” the mohawk cat… so to speak.

The Lowhawk haircut – Currently the MOST popular of the hawk haircuts

The low hawk gets its name from 2 key characteristics.

The low hawk haircut is just not all that tall. Maximum height is generally lower due to the fact that the other key element of this style is the blended transition from ridgeline to the sides, from sides up to the ridge.

The sides can be any length from shaved to a fuller. The ridgeline CAN be any length… as long as the sides smoothly blend into the ridgeline. This is the key. SCULPTING in, (cutting) the progressive transition from sides to ridgeline peak.

Head shapes and sizes, therefore, limit the real possible maximum ridge height that can be executed and STILL maintain a complete, jump, and disconnection-free blend.

See the image here… Most of Beckham’s looks have been blended low hawk forms. He is the big-time celebrity ambassador of the Lowhawk haircut.

The Frohawk haircut – A lowhawk on Afro-textured hair

A blended transition look carved into Afro-textured hair is a low hawk variation called a frohawk. If it were disconnected it would NOT fit into this category… as soon as the ridgeline is disconnected it is a classic mohawk.

These are way cool. These are fun to cut. These are good-looking.

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