Difference between Mohawk and Fauxhawk

Mohawk and Fauxhawk are names used for men’s hairstyles that are very similar in appearance. In fact, most people mistakenly believe that the two are names of the same style. A Mohawk requires the sides of the head to be shaved while leaving a strip of long hair in the middle of the head. However, in a Fauxhawk, while there is a strip of hair in the middle of the head, the sides of the head are not shaved. Furthermore, the strip of hair left in the middle is also considerably shorter as compared to various traditional Mohawk hairstyles. A Fauxhawk is typically worn with a small but visible spike in the middle and short hair on the sides of the head.


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    Mohawk is an attractive but daring hairstyle, typically worn by men. The hairstyle is defined by shaved hair on the sides of the head and a strip of long hair left in the middle. The hair in the middle can be braided or decorated in any other style, depending upon the wearer’s preference.

    The word Mohawk has been derived from the name of a tribe living in Mohawk valley. The people of this tribe used to style their hair by plucking hair from the head, leaving a thin strip only in the middle. This hairstyle has been in vogue for a long time, and it is believed that it is mostly worn by the people to express revolt against the system they are living again.

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    The Fauxhawk is a variation of the traditional Mohawk, in which the wearer is not required to shave the sides of the head. The style got fame in early 2000s after English football star David Beckham starting wearing it. This hairstyle is also called “Hoxton fin” in the Shoreditch and Hoxton districts of London.

    In a typical Fauxhawk, the hair in the middle are longer than those on the sides of the head. However, when the hair on the sides are longer than the central spike, it is called a “euro-hawk”. Popular sports figures and fashion models mostly prefer “euro-hawk” as compared to Fauxhawk.

    There is a also another type of euro-hawk, known as “ponyhawk” which is created by a chain of ponytails going down the middle of the head.

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