The Faux Hawk hairstyle is a trendy hairstyle which was popularized in the early 2000s by soccer superstar David Beckham. Also known as a Fohawk, the Faux Hawk is a hairstyle that is built upon its more extreme version, the Mohawk hairstyle. While the Mohawk hairstyle allows for displaying a long length crest on a shaved head, the Faux Hawk relies on a short length hair crest running from front to back on a non-shaved head of hair. Of course, the goal of the Faux Hawk is to have a convenient and not as extreme form of the Mohawk.
David Beckham with a Faux Hawk hairstyle being interviewed
As mentioned, David Beckham was the man who made the Faux Hawk a trendy hairstyle, with Cristiano Ronaldo following suit for popularizing the Faux Hawk among curly haired men. Coincidentally, both David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are soccer superstars, wore the hairstyle during their career in the English soccer league (Premier League) and, according to Wikipedia, the hairstyle is known as the Hoxton fin in the London area. Needless to say, the Faux Hawk does point to the UK as the culprit of the hairstyle’s popularity!
The Faux Hawk is a great hairstyle for men with straight and curly hair who like convenience and trendy looks. To get a Faux Hawk, you first need to ensure you have the right haircut for it though: your hair should be a minimum half inch all around your head, with 2 inches in length being the maximum length for the hairstyle. The sides and back of your head can be a bit shorter than the hair on the top of your head, but stick to the hair length range of 1/2 inch to 2 inches regardless of the area of your head. You can use a fade haircut to approach the sides and back too, if you find a fade more stylish for your looks.
To do the actual Faux Hawk hairstyle, do as follows:
- Stand in front of the mirror, hair must be wet and not soaked (this means not dripping water, preferably after a shower and towel dried).
- Use any of this styling products: hair gel, wax, pomade or a styling cream. Apply it on your fingers.
- Use your fingers, coated in the product, to lift all of your hair up.
- Now flatten your hair except for the area consisting of a one inch in width crest running from the hairline to the vertex (back of head)
- The hair that you flatten can be styled to the front or sideways, play around with directions, although the hair must like flat and not lifted up!
- Now use your fingers to define the hair crest that has been left unflattened. Try to center the hair so that it looks like a triangle although you can define the crest lopsided too.
You should end up with a Faux Hawk looking something like this:
David Beckham certainly knows how to rock a Faux Hawk!
The time involved for doing a Faux Hawk fresh out of the shower is about a minute so it is convenient and it will not eat into your morning time! Likewise, for a good video tutorial on how to do the Faux Hawk, I recommend you to watch below: