How do you stick up your moehawk? I am planning on getting a faux hawk but have had 0 experience with spiking hair. ;u; I wanna keep some of my bangs too.><
Ah I’ll gladly share my knowledge!
TO MAKE SURE YOU GET A GOOD-HAIR-DAY. MAKE SURE TO FIRST SHOWER YOUR HAIR AND THAT ITS 100% DRY BEFORE STYLIN’
Depending on how long your hair is, you might wanna style the hawk using two different methods:
1: hair gel or hair wax (works best for the really short hawks such as faux or hair spikes, however keep in mind that if you use too much you’ll only end up with sticky greasy hair)
2: Teasing with a comb and strong hairspray. (works best for longer hawks such as mohawks. Makes your hair thicker but will be damaged by all the teasing.)
Since I personally have only had a mohawk and not the shorter ones, I’m used to the second method. So I’m going to explain how I style it.
First off, the most important thing to get is this baby, OSIS+ Dust it:
I would say that this little bottle alone stands for at least 76% of the styling process. This is the secret to getting a lot of volume, it also makes is very much easier and faster to tease your hair.
You simply pour some of it in your hair bottom. I personally start with the sides of my mohawk and the work inwards. Take a little in the rest of the hair as well to give it an overall texture.
Secondly you need a comb. A good comb, the best one would be combs that are made to get rid of lice. When you tease your hair, you basically do the reverse movement than you do when you usually brush your hair. Start from bottom to top, make sure the bottom is well teased since that what makes the hawk stay upwards.
Then finish it with some hairspray. Make sure to buy a brand that is really strong and keeps your hair in one place.
Protip: use a hair-dryer while applying hairspray, not only will this make the hair stay in a very nice formation due to the air-direction, but it also will make the hairspray dry faster and turn twice as strong as it usually would.
When I ask my sister to cut my hair for a mohawk, we usually stick to this width. Imagine that they are aligned with the eyes. If you cut it more narrow than this, it might look more like a punk-rock ish kind of mohawk.
If you cut it wider than this, then it’ll look more like you’re just having a side cut on both sides of the head.
When it comes to styling you hawk, you can either go with a back-slicked design (aka a bit more mature/business) or you could let the tips of the hair remain un-teased to get that sleazy-rockstar ish look.
For bangs there’s many ways to go. it all depends on how you want it to look, I would keep a “layer” of my bangs non-styled so they can cover my forehead as usual, then let the layers on top of it gradually move upwards.
Also keep in mind that you can also just stick to teasing the hair on one side and let the other be. I personally often do this the day after i’ve been styling my hawk. (yes you can sleep with a styled mohawk it just gets a little bit messy and can easily be re-styled the day after with some small teasing).
As the shaved sides of your hair grows longer, you might wanna comb the sides a bit to follow the flow of the mohawk. You can technically style a mohawk without shaving the sides of your head at all, just make sure to separate the parts from each other with hair-pins or similar methods.
Also remember to always carry around a comb just in case parts of your hair falls out of place…
Your mohawk’s biggest enemy is the weather. Nuff said.
TREATING YOUR HAIR:
Teasing your hair on a daily basis will damage it. A lot. Like A LOT.
So remember the following:
- Do NOT try to brush out the teased hair, this will only make it even more damaged.
- To bring your hair back to “normal”, take a shower and use a lot of conditioner - hair treatment masks and other stuff that has “for damaged hair” on it is also recommended. The conditioner makes it easier for the hair to even out almost on it’s own. I usually do this every third day or so.
- Do not brush the hair while it’s still wet, wait till it’s dry first.
- Have your hair un-styled some days in between so it can “rest” a little.
This is all great advice but I have a few personal points—
If your hair is clean and freshly or over conditioned, you’re gonna have a problem with your knots sliding out. When I’m up to it, I usually tease my hair when it’s almost time to shower. The grease helps it tangle more solidly, and gives you a good enough base that you won’t need nearly as much hairspray.
If you don’t want to be nasty like me, after you wash your hair, spray it with hairspray, brush it through thoroughly, and flat-iron (I have moderately wavy hair that curls occasionally and it’s easier to tease when it’s straight) before starting to tease. This is HELL on your hair though, because 1, hairspray is gross, and 2, heat is bad.
Lice combs work okay but there are combs specifically designed for teasing and personally, I find that they work better, on their own or together with thin-toothed combs. I have rather thick, smooth, healthy hair, even though it is bleach fried and dyed, and I use both these combs:
One of them is a simple Conair rattail comb, which I use to separate chunks of my hair to tease in little sections (which I recommend if your hair is anywhere near as long as mine; OP’s is short enough that they might be able to skip this, but for first timers, I’d err on the side of being really solid instead of stringy and separated) and do “detail work” near the very tips.
The other comb has three rows of tapered teeth. The brand wore off but I know I got it at Sally’s for like… less than 5 bucks. I use it in very short strokes near the roots, which gives me a REALLY solid base, and in longer strokes it gives you solid and big tangles in the rest of the body . Even without the help of another comb.
This picture is fairly old but it was done with just the teasing comb and hairspray during and after teasing:
As a point of clarification— when OP said start from bottom to top they (probably) meant to start at the back of your head near the nape of your neck and work upwards, toward your bangs. Which is correct. DO NOT START TEASING AT THE TIPS. You will end up with floppy, top-heavy knots at the ends with smooth roots. Start with quick strokes on small sections of hair, very close to the roots. Slowly work your way up to about 3/4 down the length, and then use a thinner comb to detail the ends. I usually go back and brush together the small chunks in increasingly larger sections, but if your hair’s short and fluffy enough you might not have to do this.
If you have fairly long hair and staying problems (and/or you started with recently conditioned hair), you might have to spray each section as you finish it, but if you’ve balanced it well and your hair isn’t super heavy, you can usually get away with a quick spray over all of it once you’re done.
You’re going to want to have your combs with you as well as at least a travel-size can of hairspray with you if you’re going out while ‘hawked. Rain, wind, doorways, cats, children, and other small animals, gravity, and time can all contribute to sagging and you’ll want to be able to refresh your height when it starts having problems.
^^^ some sweet extra protips! Thanks for contributing to this post! (and wow yes I should def go buy some new combs made for teasing next time)