Fake It ‘Til You Make It: The 40 Hottest Faux Hawk Haircuts for Men

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A stylish and appealing haircut can do wonders with man’s looks, especially if the haircut is just edgy enough to be intriguing yet not so over the top that it can’t be taken seriously. This is the case with the popular men’s faux hawk haircut that has been around for decades dating back to the punk rock movement, but it still continues to remain relevant due to constant updates.

Faux Hawk Haircuts for Men

If you are one of the few who don’t know exactly what a faux hawk cut is, you’ll be happy to know that it is not as complex as its name may sound. Essentially it is a haircut that is cut partially into a Mohawk, but not all the way. How to cut a faux hawk? The sides are generally clipped short with the hair longer in the top where it can be spiked or formed into a point, depending on hair texture.

Trying out a new haircut is always a fun way to give your look an update, and the faux hawk is a worthy choice guaranteed to turn heads. If you need a little inspiration, check out these pictures of some of the best men’s haircuts that are all the rage right now!

#1: Layered Faux Hawk

As with any haircut, the way the hair is cut makes all the difference in the finished product. This haircut is heavily feathered, which gives it depth and thickness throughout the top and middle of the hair.

#2: Shaggy Faux Hawk

A shaggy haircut is best for those who love a messy touch to their hair, and, luckily, you can have the look while also embracing a popular faux hawk haircut, just like this photo.

#3: Deep Part Faux Hawk

The way your faux hawk haircut is parted makes all the difference in how it looks. This style is parted deeply on each side and then faded, while the top is more understated and simply spiked up.

#4: Curly Faux Hawk

One of the best things about a faux hawk haircut is that it works well with a variety of hair textures. This one is done on naturally curly hair, the sides are low and faded.

#5: Spiked Faux Hawk

If it’s edge and drama you’re looking for in your hawk cut, then this one is definitely the style for you. While the sides are clipped short, the top and nape are left longer and then shaped and spiked into an amazing Mohawk.

men's short fauxhawk

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#6: Buzz Cut Faux Hawk

Initially you may think that a buzz cut and a faux hawk have little in common, but you’d be surprised at how great they look when combined. The visual effect of Mohawk is created here thanks to the combination of shorter sides and longer buzz cut.

#7: Front-Combed Faux Hawk

Enhanced by a messy touch, this faux hawk style is all about the way it is combed. By combing it up, you accentuate the point-cut ends and the front-tilted quiff that shapes a cool silhouette of your style.

#8: Extreme Faux Hawk

Sometimes going to the extreme with your haircut is just what you need to spice things up. This cut features neatly tapered short sides, but the long, sharp and extremely spiked top section is what sends heads turning.

#9: Finger-Combed Faux Hawk

There is a myriad of faux hawk styles, but this one is all about using your fingers. Besides the edgy spiked top and tapered sides, this cut is given personality thanks to the cool finger-combing styling technique used throughout.

#10: Long Faux Hawk

The length of your faux hawk can be any length you like, even if it causes the shape to look a little different. This cut features skinned sides, while the nape is tapered. The middle and top are left considerably longer for a Mohawk shape to be created.

#11: Curled Faux Hawk

Proving that you don’t necessarily have to have naturally curly hair to achieve the curled look, this style plays with texture by adding flicks throughout the top.

#12: Smooth Faux Hawk

The majority of faux hawk styles are punctuated by their spiky top that channels rockstar chic. However, it’s also possible to keep your hair relatively smooth with a fauxhawk, as shown here. The hair in the top, back and sides is neatly brushed and smoothed with a slight spike. We love the taper fade harmoniously blended into the style.

#13: Short Low Fade Faux Hawk

Loving the look of a fade but still want to play around with a Mohawk? Well the faux hawk fade is the best of both worlds. Merging a low fade with a faux hawk is a great way to embrace different hair lengths and textures.

#14: Skin Fade Faux Hawk

In terms of the men’s faux hawk versions, there are so many style options available that suit a variety of tastes. In this picture, there is a bolder skin fade haircut on display, as the shaved sides and spiky top are pretty expressive but not too over the top.

#15: Classic Faux Hawk

This is the classic look and shape of a men’s faux hawk haircut. The sides are just low enough to look neat and appropriate, while the top is left significantly longer so that it can be spiked to give the style the Mohawk look.

#16: Pointy Faux Hawk

One of the essential features of a Mohawk (or a faux mohawk) is its pointy top that’s usually achieved by spiking with a product. In this picture, you see a crisp pointy top and the sides which are left pretty full.

#17: High Top Fade Faux Hawk

Black men probably pull off Mohawk better than other races, that’s why this style is closest to the original Mohawk. The back is still faded, so we take this look rather for a cool fauxhawk interpretation. Anyway, if you like it, go for it, no matter how it’s referred to.

#18: Professional Faux Hawk

Perfect for the office or any other professional setting, this men’s faux hawk is just the right amount of edgy and cool, while still looking appropriate.

#19: Tiny Faux Hawk

When you want to embrace a Mohawk, but would rather ease into it slowly, this is the ideal haircut. This short faux hawk features completely shaved sides and a small amount of hair on top to create a tiny Mohawk.

#20: Edgy Spiked Faux Hawk

Here you see one more way to style your faux hawk and to make it more messy and edgier. With the help of extra-hold styling gel make small spikes out of your hair. Sides have to be neatly faded.

#21: African American Faux Hawk

Many African American men love the look of a high or low fade, however, this haircut was taken up a notch thanks to the addition of the shaved part on the side.

#22: Ombre’ed Faux Hawk with Hard Part

The main advantage of the cuts with longer top and short sides is that you may continuously experiment with styling. High pomps, curled waves, neat combover or sleek faux hawk – it is just the beginning of the list of must-try options for this season.

#23: Subtle Faux Hawk

A fauxhawk is often characterized by its closely clipped sides, so it maybe hard to think that this type of haircut can be referred to as a fauxhawk. However, if you want to keep “long” hair along the sides while embracing a Mohawk, this is the best cut.

#24: Tapered Faux Hawk

Highlighting a tapered look along the lower middle, sides and back, this faux haircut features a clean and neat style. This usually not the normal way that most Mohawks look, but it’s a nice and stylish change if you want to embrace a funky yet neat style.

#25: Spiked Top with Faded Sides

Do you know the easiest way to look stylish every day? To have a right haircut! Neatly cut temples, perfectly styled long tresses, cool beard – these are your number one priority when you go to your barber.

#26: Long and Curly Faux Hawk

A little extra length on top and curl never hurt any hairstyle, right? As seen with this faux haircut, you have a long top and middle section that is curly yet gives off a messy look.

#27: Back Buzz Cut Faux Hawk

The upper back portion of this short style features a precision buzz cut, often seen on military professionals yet the top is long enough to create a Mohawk shape.

Buzz Cut Faux Hawk

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#28: Rat Tail Faux Hawk

Quite popular in the 1980s, the rat tail has reemerged as a part of this retro faux hawk. The back is left long and cut into a tail shape, while the top is spiked, and the sides are shaved.

#29: Full Sides Faux Hawk

Leaving your sides fully intact may not be the look of a traditional Mohawk, but it works quite well with modern faux versions like the one seen here. Since the focal point of any Mohawk style is the pointy center, you can have your full sides and still recreate the look quite nicely.

#30: Pomped Faux Hawk

To show the contrast between long and short hair strands even more, ask your barbed to make a bald fade. While temples and nape are super-short, the long top can be styled like a faux hawk or a modern pompadour.

#31: Twisted Faux Hawk

This faux hawk fade features a cute fade on the sides, but it’s the funky texture at the top that gives it the edge. The front of this cut is twisted for texture enhancement and highlighted with the shaved line.

#32: Low and Long Faux Hawk

Once the low fade is achieved on this African American haircut, the short hawk is created by blending the top section into the fade seamlessly and extending the back section into the V-line nape.

#33: High Top Spiked Faux Hawk

Taking cues from the high top fade, this faux haircut features totally shaved sides with a lot of spiky texture on top and the awesome square hairline. The final result is a haircut that is both retro and modern with a little bit of edge.

#34: Swirl Faux Hawk

If you didn’t know what to look for, you might have a hard time noticing that this is actually another version of a men’s faux hawk. The sides are faded practically to the skin, while the longer top portion is styled into an intricate swirl shape.

#35: Beginner Faux Hawk

Every haircut begins somewhere and as you can see in this picture, a beginner haircut can also be pretty stylish. The back and sides are completely shaved, while a small portion of hair on top is blended perfectly with the skin fade.

#36: Wavy Faux Hawk

Embracing your natural hair texture is one of the best ways to personalize your faux haircut. This picture features a medium wavy top section and faded sides.

#37: Precise Faux Hawk

You can have any haircut in the world, but if it’s not precise then the whole look fails. This precision men’s faux hawk is on another level of being cool.

#38: Short Buzz Cut Faux Hawk

One reoccurring theme in these pictures is just how many men love to combine a buzz cut with faux hawk haircuts. This one features a shorter version of the popular military haircut.

#39: Hair Design Faux Hawk

Be creative and add some funky elements to your haircut in the form of designs. In this picture you see a faux haircut that displays an intricate design pattern in the back. It’s a good way to personalize your fauxhawk.

fauxhawk with shaved nape design for boys

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#40: Rocker Faux Hawk

When you think of a faux hawk, chances are high a rockstar look like in the photo comes to your mind. The front is perfectly spiked, while the sides and the back are faded smoothly.

As seen in the images above, a faux hawk haircut can be anything you like as long as the basic shape is maintained. It is also a great haircut to try when you want a new look that adds an element of drama and some extra interest points to your regular haircut. If you want to try a beginner style, an edgy look or the one that embraces your natural texture, the faux possibilities are endless.

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