Throughout history, the mohawk has remained a bold and assertive haircut for men. It has been a symbol of the native Indian tribes of North America, a combat look of Viking warriors, and a sign of allegiance to the punk movement of the 1970s. But, recently, the classic style has been given a modern update in the form of a fade. As striking as the original but far more current, this updated version is ideal for the modern-day rebels. Think you’re ready to try this bold style? Check out our roundup of the best mohawk haircuts for men.
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1. Mohawk + taper fade
For a sharp, sleek, and ultra-modern look that’s sure to catch the eye, the Fade Fade Mohawk is a great choice. If you’re a punk at heart but your day job doesn’t allow you to have a full-scale mohawk, this might be the look for you. Gradually tapering to a close shave, this mohawk appears more polished but still edgy.
2. Mohawk + Mid Fade
Whether you’re rocking a full rockstar mohawk or looking for a modern take on the style, a mid fade mohawk is a stylish way to get in on the trend. The best part about this is that as long as your hair isn’t cut into a buzz cut or a crew cut, it can be styled into a mohawk. Due to the shorter nature of this look, the added feature of a fade helps create fullness and depth in the hair for a masculine yet youthful appearance.
3. Mohawk Fade + Long Hair
Pair your long, bold mohawk with a medium or low fade this season for a clean, on-trend look. By extending the hair to the sides of the scalp in a neat fade, this look strikes the perfect balance between polished and punk. The carefree look is especially ideal for men in their early twenties, but also suits older men looking to showcase their inner youth.
4. Mohawk + low fade
If you’re looking for an effortlessly cool hairstyle, we recommend asking your hairstylist for a low fade mohawk. Featuring a fade that starts around the temples, this cut leaves plenty of hair at the top to style, making it the natural pairing for a mohawk. The subtle yet bold approach to the fade also allows for versatility in your daily grooming. So if you love rocking a mohawk on the weekends but need a more traditional look for the office, this look is for you.
5. Mohawk + Burst Fade
As a fresh and trendy take on the traditional fade, a burst fade is a great option for Mohawk men looking to show off their thick locks. Similar to a crossfade, this cut curves around the ear towards the back of the head. What distinguishes the burst fade from the drop fade is that instead of continuing around the head, the hair at the neck is left longer. As a result, combining this fade with a mohawk allows you to create a statement style that extends from the forehead to the nape of the neck.
6. Mohawk + Drop Fade
For a more subtle take on the bold mohawk, experiment with a quick mohawk with a crossfade. If you love the punk-rock mohawk aesthetic but don’t want too much height, this is the look for you. Instead of using hair gel or hairspray to create a high mohawk, simply sweep your hair to one side. The only trick to nailing the look is to make sure you’ve created volume in your mohawk before brushing it to the side. This will ensure your hair looks trendy and groomed rather than flat and unkempt.
7. Mohawk Fade + Alignment
Add a little something extra to your new mohawk fade with a clean line up. This involves shaving the hair at the temples into clean geometric lines. By neatly parting the top of your hair to the side, this line will emphasize the boldness of your mohawk. Regular grooming will be required to keep this look looking its best. Therefore, hone your buzzing skills or become best friends with your local barber.
8. Mohawk + Afro Fade
Countless black men around the world have been spotted rocking a bold mohawk fade lately. If you have afro hair, it’s time for you to try this look. The thickness of your locks means less styling product is needed to keep your hair standing, making it a perfect match for a mohawk fade. For a stylish approach to this look, we recommend incorporating a high fade and a beard.
9. Mohawk Fade + Beard
The best way to complement a strong mohawk top is to pair it with a fierce and masculine beard. Make sure your mohawk and beard are clean and well-groomed to get the most out of this double-issue look. Finally, for extra emphasis and polish, shape your beard into your fade. Although this look is suitable for all hair colors, it is particularly striking with darker hair where the details are sharp.
10. Mohawk Fade + Curly Hair
If you’re lucky enough to have natural, curly locks, lay down the gel to style your mohawk. Instead, let your curls go wild for a unique take on the traditional punk style. Incorporating a high fade will be your savior in maintaining this look by keeping all the curls up top where they belong. As a result, it’s also a great hair option for men who want to stay cool in the summer months while still maintaining their hair length.
11. Mohawk + Skin Fade
Whether you’re looking for a viking hairstyle or just want to unleash your inner punk, a faded mohawk will turn heads. To create this look, you will need to fade the hair on the sides of the head down to the skin. But note that the more your skin fades, the bolder the look will be. So, lower your fade low for a more subtle style or wear it high for a striking appearance.
12. Mohawk Fade + Thick Hair
Although creating a thick shag mohawk may take some patience, that effort shows in the results. As the main characteristics of the mohawk are thickness and height, having thick hair instantly puts you on the path to success. To balance thick hair on top, we recommend going for a low or medium fade. Finally, stock up on styling products because you’ll need to keep your mohawk looking its best.
13. Mohawk Fade + Straight Hair
Unleash your rebellious nature with a straight hair mohawk fade. Luckily for you, your straight locks will make your hair easy to style and manage. Therefore, all you need to create this look are your favorite styling products, a comb, and your trimmer. First, use your trimmer to create a fade. Check out our guides to the best drop, skin, low, and high fades if you’re not sure what’s best for you. Then use your fingers to apply hair gel or mousse. Finally, with your comb, brush your hair up and towards the center of your head to create an eye-catching mohawk.
Aren’t the Mohawks unprofessional?
Whether or not a Mohawk is considered unprofessional will depend on your industry and where you work. Modern iterations are much more subtle than their punk-rock predecessors, and many workplaces won’t have a problem. However, some conservative industries such as legal, accounting, and customer-facing services might err on the side of a more conventional style. A mohawk can also interfere with occupational health and safety equipment, such as hard hats, so this is another factor to consider before getting into the style.
Are Mohawks fashionable?
The tall, spiky, and extravagant mohawks of the punk years initially come to most people’s minds when they think of mohawks. However, the haircut is back in fashion, but looks much less intense. Modern mohawks have new features like fades, braids, line designs, and more subtle volume.
Why is a Mohawk called a Mohawk?
A Mohawk is named after the Kanien’kehá:ka people, more commonly known as the Mohawk Nation. They are First Nations people from the northeastern United States, where upstate New York is now. The style was worn by young warriors tasked with protecting the tribe from European and white invaders. A price was put on the scalps of the natives, as the settlers wanted to steal their lands and resources. Young men’s scalps were worth more, especially those of warriors, so they used their large, elaborate headdresses to keep these hunters away from the rest of the tribe.
What does a Mohawk haircut look like?
The mohawk haircut is distinguished by its short sides and longer hair band that extends from the front hairline to the nape of the neck. Modern mohawks typically have a graduated length that tapers closer to the neck.
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