variants or less commonly faux hawk or fauxhawk
plural faux-hawks also faux hawks or fauxhawks
: a hairstyle resembling a Mohawk (see mohawk entry 1 sense 3) in having a central ridge of upright hair but with the sides gathered or slicked upward or back instead of shaved
… a brand-new photo from a shoot in which she's wearing a makeshift mohawk. A faux-hawk, if you will.Kaleigh Fasanella
His hair is more of a fauxhawk now, long all over but gelled up into bleached-blond spikes at the top.Billy Haisley
also : a hairstyle with a wider area of upright hair than a Mohawk and with the sides and often the back shaved or closely cropped
"… I love the faux-hawk, I love the fade … up to the messy hair. … " Sergio Morales
Three-time Grammy winner Gwen Stefani gave her boyfriend Blake Shelton a trim … . The 50-year-old pop diva used clippers to cut the sides of his head, which wound up looking more like a faux-hawk than the … mullet she originally attempted … Cassie Carpenter
The faux hawk is a subdued version of the authority-challenging mohawk but without the shaved sides and neon colors. … The cut is important because the middle is left longer so that the hair can be pushed up to create the faux-hawk look. Daniel J. Vargas

Examples of faux-hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was all Stephen, as was Rih’s faux-hawk swoop in 2009. Christine Werthman, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2024 Hairstylist Adir Abergel, who frequently works with the actor and crafted her faux-hawk for the 2024 Golden Globes, was behind the half-and-half style. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 10 Jan. 2024 Of course, Pugh's beauty game was similarly daring; her quirky faux-hawk adding some lovely edge to the ensemble as well. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History


blend of faux and mohawk

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of faux-hawk was in 2000

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“Faux-hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux-hawk. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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