Greg and the mohawk

Greg is one of my dearest friends and I’ve praised his natural grey hair colour in the past. This time, he had an idea of a sort of mohawk but didn’t have a picture of the exact haircut he wanted in mind. So, I cut his hair having a combination of a warhawk (read below) and a flattop (think Grace Jones) in mind. We both loved the result.

Speaking of mohawks, I have to say that I really, really love them. Taken from Wikipedia:

The mohawk (referred to in English as a mohican — although the mohican and mohegan are completely different tribes than the Mohawk and not associated therewith) is a hairstyle in which, in the most common variety, both sides of the head are shaven, (historically Indians did not shave their heads, but rather plucked the hair out) leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair in the center. Though mohawk is associated mostly with punk rock subculture, today it has entered mainstream fashion. The mohawk is also sometimes referred to as an iro in reference to the Iroquois, from whom the hairstyle is derived.

Although a mohawk is most widely defined as a narrow, central strip of upright hair running from the forehead to the nape, with the sides of the head shaven, the term can be applied more loosely to various similar hairstyles, many of which have informal names.

Mohawks can be styled in a variety of ways. A “deathhawk” features voluminous teased hair, and is common to the deathrock and goth subcultures. A dreaded mohawk is a “dreadhawk”. A mohawk styled like a fan is a “fanhawk”. A “frohawk” is occasionally seen on African American punks, ravers, and old-school hip-hop fans. Some include hair twists on the side, cornrows, or just pinning up the sides. This style, originally the traditional haircut for warriors of the African Mandinka tribe, was popularized by actor, wrestler, and rapper Mr T.

“Liberty spikes” are spikes of hair in the mohawk instead of a row. The spikes can be of a single color, or dyed various colors. Bright colors are common, but when this style is worn by members of the goth subculture, it may be dyed in darker tones. The term also applies to this style when it is worn over the entire scalp. The “psychobilly mohawk” or “quiff” is the most common haircut for fans of psychobilly. It is in essence a pompadour with the sides shaved, similar to the haircut British National Service recruits received during basic training in the 1950s. A “rayhawk” is a short mohawk dyed bright blue; it is named due to the popularity of the style among Tampa Bay Rays players. The style has become popular among ‘Rays fans. A “warhawk” is a very short mohawk (0–3 inches). Examples include videogame characters Joseph Turok and John “Soap” McTavish, fictional taxi driver Travis Bickle, mixed-martial artist Chuck Liddell, and singer Ivan Moody. A “lazy hawk” is a typical Mohawk, except left unstyled, resting on the wearer’s head, and can be seen in The Marvel Comics character Daken (Wolverine’s son), who is shown since his birth with a mohawk (long with the sides shaven). A mohawk with bangs, generally popular with females, is called a Chelsea hawk.

Mohawks or mohawk-like hairstyles can be cut in patterns deviating from the simple central strip. For example, a mohawk with multiple parallel strips of hair may be called a “bi-hawk” (for two strips), a “tri-hawk” (for three strips), etc. A hairstyle resembling a sideways mohawk, such as one that runs from ear to ear or temple to temple, is called a “crosshawk”. A wide mohawk extending almost to the temples is referred to as a “shark fin”. Shark fins are popular among the British chav and raver subcultures. The back is sometimes shaved into a V-shape and it is usually spiked and bleached blond. This is also known as a “V-cut mohawk”. A similar haircut is worn by some emo and pop-punk fans. A mohawk that starts on the occiput and runs down into a rattail is a “rat-hawk”. Rather than the strip of longer hair in the center of the scalp, a “reverse mohawk”, or “nohawk”, or “hawkmo” features a shaved strip from the forehead to the nape of the neck leaving hair on either side of the line. Small sections of hair left at the side of the head, just in front of the ears are known as Deathlocks (or devil locks), and are normally associated with the deathhawk style.

The punk mohawk (in fact my favourite version of it after going through tons of pictures online). This haircut/hairstyle has something really extravagant about it. It’s so high-maintenace (you have to shave the rest of the head quite often plus think of the time and the soap you need to make it stay in place while looking immaculate), that I feel I could easily relate it to a lot of famous intricate hairstyles. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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The liberty spikes. Not my favourite but really iconic also.

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The deathhawk photographed by Mike at www.melbournegirls.com.au . Notice that the deathhawk’s distinctive element is that you can see the tease in the hair.

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint wearing a nohawk (or reverse mohawk) in 1997. I don’t really like this but still it’s much better than the haircut below.

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I can now dare to say how much I hate fauxhawks, the most unimaginative haircut a boy can have. I mean why bother if you’re not going to go all the way… Taken from Wikipedia:

A “fauxhawk” approximates the style of a mohawk without shaving the sides of the head. The fauxhawk is typically worn with a small but noticeable spike in the middle, though usually considerably shorter than many traditional mohawks. The style re-emerged in the early 2000s, with one of the popularly known wearers being David Beckham.

A fauxhawk where the hair down the center of the head is longer than the hair on the sides is a “euro-hawk”. Sometimes the top of the hair is long enough to cover up the shorter sides when combed down.

The horrible fauxhawk, as worn by (British football superstar) David Beckham in 2003. This haircut is such a disgrace…

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