So what’s the deal with Mohawk’s? Well, Mohawks are no longer just for punks and rockers – the look has gone mainstream and this season we love the braided Mohawk styles also sometimes known as fauxhawks. This look sees the center portion of hair braided while the sides are fashioned into smaller braids or just left loose. The style you choose determines the height – so you can wear it as flat or as high as you like – here are 40 awesome examples!
# 1 Voluminous Centers
Are you not yet brave enough to shave your sides but you still crave a Mohawk look? In this style that look has been created by Dutch braiding the center section of hair while the sides have been sleeked back. The braid ends in a loose plait and the remaining hair cascades down the model’s back.
This look begins with a fully shaped fringe in front and the hair parted diagonally in three sections. The outer sections have been braided using the Dutch braiding method from top to bottom ending in loose plaits that sit on the shoulders. The center section has also been Dutch braided to have a neatly rounded edge in front.
# 3 Lifted Braid
To create this style, these shimmering rose gold locks have been shaped into a long bob and given a wavy finish. A thin section of hair from the front to the crown has been separated and fashioned into a slightly lifted braid that ends in a small twist over at the back. This gives the look a Mohawk feel that is distinctly feminine.
# 4 Kinky Twists
In this picture we see how cornrows have been used instead of shaved sides to create a Mohawk inspired look. The cornrows extend outwards from the temples and above the ears and disappear under the thick row of box braids in the upper section. The braids continue until just past the shoulders.
# 5 Updo with Soft Details
In this look, it seems that a rope braid method has been used to create a lifted section of hair from back to front. The stylist has added a brushed up rise over the forehead and flattened the sides by pulling them into the top do. Some hair has also been left free on the sides to give a softer feel. This hairstyle would work best with long hair.
# 6 Bridal Braid
While updos traditionally focus the volume towards the back, braided Mohawk styles like this one balance the volume over the middle of the head. For this look, the hair has been loosely braided into a flowing style that ends in a neatly twisted bun at the nape of the neck. Two thin flyaway strands were left free on the sides.
# 7 Plum Crazy Pull Through Style
In this before and after picture we can see how this beautiful purple and pink hair was gathered up and sectioned before being styled in a thick pull through that starts just before the crown and runs to the nape of the neck before ending in a low pony. This kind of styling showcases the brilliant color and condition of the model's hair.
# 8 Romantic Everyday Style
In this look, a pull through braid starts at the crown and continues to the nape of the neck where it has been secured in a ponytail. The braid has been loosened to have a thick and full appearance while the front portion has lots of flyaway strands which make it a softer, more romantic look. A style like this is perfect for everyday use and it will hold its shape.
# 9 Side Action
On the side of this hairstyle, we see three rows that have been French braided until just past the ear where they become loose plaits. The middle section of hair was styled into a Dutch braid which runs from front to back. This braid ends in the mid-section at the back of the head where the plaits and remaining hair have been added and fashioned into a short plait before being secured.
# 10 Classic Mohawk Braid
Here we see a classic example of the braided Mohawk look. All the models hair has been drawn up into a neat pull through braid that has rounded edges in the front and back. The locks were not tightly braided allowing the hairstyle to have height in the midsection a la Mohawk.
# 11 Forward Rise
For something completely different why not fashion your updo in the front rather than having the volume in the back? In this look, the stylist has used tiny cornrows to create curved lines around the crown and gathered up the box braids to form a bun in the front which lifts and sits slightly forward.
# 12 Raised Center Braid
Here we can see that the middle section of hair has been kept long while the sides and back have been shaved into an undercut. These top locks have been dyed a luminous purple and pulled into a raised Mohawk braid. Within the undercut at the back, we can also see some shaved angular patterns. This is an edgy look much in keeping with the classic Mohawk.
# 13 Pull Through Top Locks with Waterfall Detail
To create this look two different techniques were used. The locks were divided into three sections and the middle section has been weaved into a voluminous pull through braid that runs from the forehead up to the nape of the neck. The side sections were fashioned into pretty waterfall braids which help to showcase her brown-to-blonde color.
# 14 Topsy Tail
The topsy tail braid method involves forming a ponytail, then separating the hair at the base before folding the ponytail up and through the opening. In this look, we can see that this method has been repeated several times and combined with a regular braid to form a cascade of beautifully styled hair that reaches down from the crown and ends in a loose braid.
# 15 Rocker Chic
In this picture, a loose Mohawk braid dominates the hairstyle drawing our eyes upward, while the sides have been sleeked up into the do. The braid ends at the base of the neck where the locks have been fashioned into a plait. This style has plenty of flyaway’s in the front and back, which creates a messy, relaxed feel.
# 16 Red Mohawk Braid
The thick braid that we see in this style starts above the crown and is carried through into a loosely braided pony. The method that has been used here is once again the pull though braid – although it looks complex this is a super simple style to learn and will last for ages, keeping long, thick hair out of the way.
# 17 Tight And Hot
This Mohawk braid has been expertly fashioned allowing the volume to balance out from front to back. The sides have been brushed straight up and left looking very neat while the braid itself is tightly formed and ends with a fold-over bun at the back. We love the intricate braiding in the front of the braid that can be seen in the top shot.
# 18 Curly Up Style
Curly hair is perfect for Mohawk braided looks because it leaves a soft texture on top as seen here. The midsection of hair has been fashioned into a high braid while the hair on the sides has been French braided and added into the ponytail at the base of the neck.
# 19 Criss-Cross Updo
The front portion of hair has been divided into three sections. The middle section has been used to create the braided Mohawk while the sides feature neat waterfall style braids. At the back, the hair was also separated into two portions at the nape of the neck. These were used to create plaits which have been lifted up and back to criss-cross with the plaits fashioned with the ends of the top braids.
# 20 Single Style
Using one braiding style can help to make your Mohawk look more put together as you can see from this example. Here the hair has been sectioned diagonally into three and the middle section has been braided from front to back. The side sections have also been braided and all three sections are neatly folded in at the back. The stylist used the French braiding technique throughout.
# 21 Structured Dutch
Here the hair has been divided into three sections and the thick layer in the center has been pulled into a structured Dutch braid which reaches from just above the crown into a loosely braided pony. The sides have been swept back and used to secure the braid at the back.
# 22 Mohawk with Teased Pony
In this look hair from both sides has been swept up and fashioned into a relaxed but voluminous pull through braid which runs down the center of the head and ends in a thick, tousled ponytail.
# 23 Girly Coil
This cute, girly look has been created by sectioning off a portion of hair in the middle of the head and weaving it into a short braid which continues into a braid pony. This ponytail has been coiled together at the crown into a braided bun. The locks on the sides have been left straight and loose.
# 24 Messy Mohawk with Accent Fishtail Braids
To create this stylish updo in these rose gold locks a pull through Mohawk braid has been loosely fashioned in the center of the head with the hair on the sides combed up. Where this up do comes to an end at the nape of the neck it was split in two and woven into messy fishtail braids which have been pinned up.
# 25 Faux Mohawk
The curly, soft texture on top that has been created by fashioning this braided Mohawk helps to give this look a more feminine feel. On the right, we can see that small waterfall braids have been added to smooth the hair along the side. This is a great Mohawk look that has balanced volume from front to back.
# 26 Haute Couture Braided Mohawk
In this look, the Mohawk design has been fashioned using layers. The middle section of hair was first braided from back to front, then out over the forehead before being turned around to go towards the back again. Along the side, a smaller tight braid was woven in and sharp pins were used to decorate it.
# 27 Gothic Look with Side Braid
To begin, this medium length hair was colored blood red and given a choppy cut. A short Dutch braid was added along the side and the rest of the hair on top and at the back has been styled straight up and held in place with a product. At the back, we can see a small shaved section at the nape of the neck.
# 28 Inverted French Braids with Low Bun
In this look, we see three sets of thick braids that have been created using the inverted French method. The one in the center is the thickest and helps to accentuate the two tone hair color. The braids on the sides feed into the base of the center one and the stylist has fashioned a neat bun and allowed flyaway’s to soften the look.
# 29 Four Set Mohawk Style
This take on the braided Mohawk look used four sets of Dutch braids. The two on the sides are slightly smaller than the two center braids and they have been loosely woven from the front to around the neckline where they were twisted together and secured. The rest of the hair has been left free and cascades down her back.
# 30 Bright and Beautiful
In this picture, we see a thick pull through braid that begins in the middle of the head and extends until just past the neck. The hair was colored bright red and flaming orange and this style is the perfect compliment for such intense shades.
# 31 Pull Through Perfection
Here we see a gorgeous braided style; great to use for long hair on special occasions as it can easily be dressed up with accessories. All the hair has been gathered up and woven into a bulky pull through Mohawk braid. At the nape of the neck, the hair was fastened into a long fishtail braid.
# 32 Bun Fun
In this look, only a small section of hair in the middle of the head was used to create a short tight Dutch braid that runs up until the crown. From there the hair was fashioned into a loose braid which has been twisted around to form a high bun. The hair on the sides was straightened and left loose.
# 33 Polished Mohawk
To get a polished look like this make sure that you tame all flyaway strands and braid your hair firmly. Here we can see how the hair was sectioned along the sides and pulled into a voluminous braid that starts above the forehead and ends in a low braided bun at the back.
# 34 Ember Mohawk Style
In this style, all the models flaming red hair was brushed up and used to create a thick Mohawk braid using the Dutch method. In keeping with the traditional Mohawk style that has volume from front to back, a section of hair in front was teased and shaped to provide lift. At the back, the style was completed by plaiting the remaining hair.
# 35 Creamy Up Do
In this look, we again see the brushed up rise in front and behind it a pull through Mohawk braid that extends until the base of the neck where it becomes a short loose braid. The hair along the sides has been neatly sectioned and brushed up into the style which shows off the creamy brown and beach blonde shades gorgeously.
# 36 Simple Style Up
This is a stunning look and quite easy to recreate. A wide section of hair on top has been squared off and woven into a French braid while the sides have been swept back. The loose hair from the sides and from the end of the braid has been used to create a high waterfall type pony and the result is spectacular.
# 37 Blonde Bonanza
With fine baby blonde hair like this, you need a style to show it off and the Mohawk braid delivers just that. Here the upper locks have been used to make a pull through braid from the front while the hair on the sides was brushed back and secured with the end of the braid at the back. The rest of the hair has been straightened and hangs loosely down her back.
# 38 Party Hair
Curls and Mohawk braids make a fun combination and will keep your hair looking awesome all night long! In this look, the stylist has created a Mohawk braid using the center portion of hair and curled the remaining hair into loose ringlets.
# 39 Glitterati
Here a center parting divides the hair and along each side, a thin Dutch braid has been added. These feed into a fluffy fold over back at the back and the rest of the locks have been styled into S-wave curls. The locks have been colored bright purple and deep burgundy with glitter along the parting.
# 40 Sophisticated Look
This Mohawk braid peaks over the front of the forehead adding a touch of sophistication to this up do. The hair looks to have been braided from back to front and the ends have been neatly tucked away. Along the side, the stylist has added a thin Dutch braid.
Mohawk braids are a great way to get an edgy or romantic hairdo with little effort and the styles that have sleek sides are perfect for showing off fine bone structure and elegant necklines. Adding to its appeal it is also quite a hardy look so you can go out feeling confident and not need to constantly check on your do. It’s fun, fashionable and easy – just try for yourself!