The faux hawk hairstyle also known as Fohawk has been one of the most trendy cuts over the last few years, and for good reason. This haircut mimics a mohawk — hence the name “faux hawk” or “fake hawk” — with the ‘wave’ riding through the top, but gives you much more freedom when it comes to what you do with the sides (and of course, how extreme the actual ‘hawk’ is).

Faux Hawk with Trendy Glasses and Tuxedos
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The faux hawk has been worn by many famous celebrities, including American singer Adam Levine (before shaving down to some more receding-hairline-friendly cuts), actor Zac Efron and soccer player David Beckham.

It also happens to fit round faces quite well, like the 7 other hairstyles we suggested in this article.

Simply defined, fohawk is a haircut with the top styled into a toned-down mohawk, with no other criteria.

Getting The Faux Hawk

The odd thing about this style is that it is more of a ‘hairstyle’ than it is a ‘haircut’. While a mohawk might require you to shave your sides off, only leaving a long-haired strip across the top of your head, one can transpose to a faux hawk from plenty of other haircuts.

That said, it is necessary to have medium to long top-hair if you want to successfully emulate a mohawk on top. It is entirely up to you what you want to do with the sides, though.

Side Swept Undercut + Faux Hawk + Angular Fringe
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Seeing as all of the above isn’t too useful if you’re trying to decide on how you want your hair to look, we would recommend taking a look at some various photos of this style across the internet and from there choosing exactly how you want the different parts of your hair to be cut.

Also, if you’re looking to taper the sides or shave a pattern in, now is probably the right time to do it!

Zac Efron faux hawk hairstyle
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Styling This Cut

Styling is, as usual, the fun part of getting a new haircut/hairstyle. Make sure that before you start your hair is dry, so that things stay in place, and you have some gels, pomades or sprays on hand (these will be needed to keep the hawk in shape and robust).

The top of your hair is the most important area with this style. To get the characteristic mohawk effect, brush your hair upwards lightly until it stands up on its own, and then using both hands push your hair together to create the basic ‘hawk’ structure.

Smart Casual Long Wavy Fohawk
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From there, you can choose whether or not to add more texture, for example using your fingertips to make the occasional spike (as we mentioned in our spiky hairstyles article) or pushing the top forwards slightly to create some waviness.

As for the sides, you are free to do whatever you please. Most often the hair is relatively short, so there’s not much styling to be done whether desired or not. If you do have some length there, you can use your fingers to gently brush into your sideburns or tuck it behind your ears.

If you think this cut might be the one for you check more examples in our gallery below:
taper drop skin faded fauxhawk
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Classic Faux Hawk

This simple faux hawk is combined with some well-trimmed facial hair for an easy, unique style.

Disconnected Design with Dyed Fohawk
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Dyed Fohawk with Disconnected Design

In this style, the light-dyed hair and the line that cuts through the close-cut sides add a radical, eye-catching textural element.

Hipster Faux Hawk with Glasses
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Volume Fohawk

The sharp line in this disconnected fade gives the impression of extra volume, and adds a very chic, modern touch to the style.

Fohawk with Disconnected Undercut Design
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Fohawk with Disconnected Undercut Design

On this style we see a drop-fade that is intersected by close cuts of disconnected design, creating a contrast in the texture that the fade goes for making it even more compelling.

Colored drop fade faux hawk
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Dyed drop fade faux hawk

The wild use of colorful hair dye in this faux hawk speaks for itself: “I don’t care what you think.”

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Spiky Textured Faux Hawk with a Line Up
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Spiky textured faux hawk with a line up

By adding spikes to the faux hawk itself, this style creates volume and texture without the need for any wild trimming!

Skin sharp fade faux hawk
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Skin sharp fade faux hawk

The high fade in this style works together with the crisp, pointy faux hawk for an outgoing masculine appearance.

Precise Faux Hawk
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Precise faux hawk

This gelled faux hawk holds up distinct locks of hair in every direction for a precise and creative twist.

Hipster Faux Hawk with Beard And Glasses
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Hipster faux hawk with beard and glasses

The length of this cut, the connecting sideburns, and the full beard combine to create a very trendy, hipster look. Of course, the cool glasses help too!

Finger Combed Faux Hawk
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Finger-combed faux hawk

This finger-combed style makes the most of a long faux hawk, creating a little volume while keeping things super slick.

Disconnected undercut faux hawk
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Disconnected undercut faux hawk

The sharp line and spiky top both add textural interest to this unique style.

Dead Punk Spiky Fohawk with Drop Fade
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Dead Punk Spiky with Drop Fade

A spikier take on the faux hawk, this style is accentuated by the sudden drop fade on the sides, giving it a punk-inspired look.

Low Key Faux with Angular Fringe
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Low Key Faux with Angular Fringe

This hairstyle takes the faux hawk and tones it down a bit, creating a small “hawk” in the hair that adds texture.

Layered Fo-Hawk
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Layers with Undercut Skin Fade

This haircut combines a fohawk and a pompadour, resulting in a unique style that’s trendy and outgoing. If the pompadour is your mainstay, this is a good way to change things up a bit.

High Fade Fohawk
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High Fade Fohawk

If you like your hair to have a looser, more casual look, then consider this faux hawk. It uses texture to create a sense of motion and implements a high fade to keep all the focus up top.

High Fade Fohawk, Faded Mohawk + Hair Design + V-Shape, by @z_ramsey / Instagram
Informal Faux with Temple Fade
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Informal Faux with Temple Fade

Not sure if you’re ready to commit to a full-on faux hawk? You might want to try out this variation first. More of a casual faux hawk, this is easy to style and wear.

Taper Faded Faux
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Taper Fade with High Volume Top

Looking for a more voluminous hairstyle? This faux hawk variation gives you plenty of height and is brushed up at the front for a quiff-like effect.

Casey Affleck Faux Hawk
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Dyed Quiff

If you’re feeling bold, you can dye the faux hawk part of your hair and style it any number of ways. You can create a casual and messy look, as shown here, or go for something more angular and defined.

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Disconnected Faux Hawk
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Textured Faux Hawk with Bald Fade

This high contrast looks pairs a highly textured, spiky faux hawk with a bald drop fade on the sides.

Faux Hawk
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Matte Fo-hawk with Long Taper

This is a very different take on the faux hawk that yields a stylish result. Since the hair is kept longer and gradually tapers down, it creates a full, well-rounded appearance.

Drop Fade + Faux Hawk
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Drop Fade + Faux Hawk

Curled up at the front like a quiff and messy on the top, this fohawk is a great hairstyle for fashionable, adventurous guys.

Drop Fade + Faux Hawk, by @ryancullenhair / Instagram
Low Drop Fade + Faux Hawk
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Low Drop Fade + Faux Hawk

Here’s another haircut that blurs the lines between a faux hawk and a quiff or pompadour. A low drop fade keeps the hair thick and full all around.

Low Drop Fade + Faux Hawk, by @jackrobinsonpullen / Instagram
Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk
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Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk

This straightforward faux hawk uses a brush up to create visual interest and symmetry. As shown here, dyed hair really pops with this style.

Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk, by @tombaxter_hair / Instagram
Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front
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Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front

High volume cuts definitely have their time and place, and this tall fohawk is a stylish choice for those occasions. The brush up adds volume, while the messiness provides motion.

Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front, by @tombaxter_hair / Instagram
Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front
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Front Wave Faux Hawk

This eye-catching style requires the hair to be brushed up and backward into a frontal faux hawk that resembles an ocean wave.

Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front, by @tombaxter_hair / Instagram
Faux Hawk with Shaved Sides
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Faux Hawk with Shaved Sides

Get the dramatic effect of the Mowhawk without fully committing with this edgy version of the Faux Hawk. This hairstyle can definitely help you decide if you’re thinking about getting a full-on Mowhawk in the future, perfect for a period of transition while you make up your mind.

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Thick Textured Faux Hawk
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Thick Textured Faux Hawk

The length of the central strip doesn’t always have to be even all the way down. This tousled fringe version combines exquisite texture on top that tapers nicely down to your nape, combined with a subtle burst fade. This is about as relaxed and casual as a Faux-Hawk can get.

Spiky Short Fohawk with a High Skin Fade
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Spiky Short Fohawk with a High Skin Fade
Spiky Short Fohawk with a High Skin Fade, by @javi_thebarber_ / Instagram
Textured Faux Hawk
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Casual Top with Tapered Fade
Textured Faux Hawk, by @tombaxter_hair / Instagram
Faux Hawk with Disconnected High Skin Fade
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Faux Hawk with Disconnected High Skin Fade
Side Swept Undercut, by @conortaaffehair / Instagram
Millennial Faux with Patch Fade
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Millennial Faux with Patch Fade
Disconnected faux with Taper Fade
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Disconnected Line with Taper Fade
Faux Hawk
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Formal Side Brush with Faded Burst
Blonde Faux Hawk for a Teenage Guy
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Blonde Faux Hawk
Blonde Faux Hawk for a Teenage Guy, by @barberdeano / Instagram
Mini Faux with Faded Line Up
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Mini Faux with Faded Line Up
Faux Hawk
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Burst Fade with Wavy Top
Curly Faux Hawk
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Curly Faux Hawk
Comets Design and Curly Faux Hawk
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Comets Design and Curly Faux Hawk
Long Faux-Hawk
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Long Faux-Hawk
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Light Brown Faux-Hawk
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Light Brown Faux-Hawk
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Faux-Hawk Fade
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Faux-Hawk Fade
Messy and Curly Faux-Hawk
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Messy and Curly Faux-Hawk
Dyed Faux-Hawk
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Dyed Faux-Hawk
Spiky Faux Hawk and Mid Fade
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Spiky Faux Hawk and Mid Fade
Afro Faux with Faded Line Up
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Afro Faux with Faded Line Up