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Cutting Your Hair Into a Mohawk--The Easy Way!

20 June 2008

After cutting my first mohawk on a friend’s hair (at his insistence), and doing a hack job [it swiveled across his head like the stripe on a baseball], another very dear friend decided to share the secret of his excellent 'hawk with me.
First, I’d like to make a few points about this method. To start off with, this technique will help you achieve a very simple mohawk. A stripe of hair, even all the way across, that goes down the middle of the top of your head. If you want a 'hawk that comes to a point at the nape of your neck, or you want to keep sideburns or something like that, this may not be the right technique for you. Also, I’ve only tested this technique starting with hair a couple inches long. If your hair is longer, this also may not be the best technique to achieve your 'hawk. Okay, if you’re still with me, here we go! You are going to need duct tape (a similar tape would probably work, I say duct tape because it’s a nice width and it is a bit less sticky than packing tape), and a nice sharp pair of clippers. You want to start out with your hair nice and wet. It doesn’t need to be dripping, but the idea is to slick your hair straight back, and keep the tape from ripping your hair out when you pull it off. I want to reiterate that if you do not slick your hair straight back, you may have shorter pieces on the sides of your mohawk than in the middle, which can make it look sloppy. As you could probably guess, the next step is to put the tape across the middle of the top of your head. You want to imagine the tape is your mohawk, so lay it on exactly where you want your remaining hair to be. If you want a thinner mohawk than what duct tape is, cut down the width a bit first. If you want a thicker one, lay a couple of pieces side by side, slightly overlapping. Next, clip your hair around the tape, using the tape as a guide for what not to cut. It can be difficult to get the hair really close to the tape without snipping underneath it, but it helps to press the tape down and gently pull it to the side, causing the hair attached to the tape to part from the hair that is not. I also found it best to start at the hairline around your ears and work your way towards the top. When you’ve got all the hair that is not attached to the tape clipped, gently, carefully remove the tape. If it seems difficult, it can also help to wet your hair again until the tape can easily come off. As you probably know if you’ve ever tried to cut your own hair before, it can be very difficult, so it might be a good idea to include a friend! Also, don’t expect perfection, this was just a guide I found helpful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mohawk it gave me! I hope it’s helpful to you too!


  • I think you could safely do this with hair that's a little bit longer too, using the same method - but as you mentioned, using the tape to pull the hair up and to the side as you're cutting. This is great! I'm really tempted to do a mohawk, and knowing it can be this easy makes it all the more persuasive! Thanks for the guide! :) Report Comment
  • Great guide! I had to call 5 different hair-cutting places before I found one willing to do a mohawk. It's nice to know I can get a nice one at home if I choose to do so. :) Report Comment
  • i've used this method before on 3 inch hair and also on 2-clip hair it works for the most part.....please though people, make sure that the tape isn't twisted AT ALL or you will have dents Report Comment
  • i did this on my friend's hair but using a couple of pieces of masking tape. kept the sideburns fine. my hair was longer and had my mohawk cut by a pro so he sectioned it first. if your hair is longer then section it with a comb and cut of the ponytails :) Report Comment
  • I still think the natural parting & section method works best. Find your middle parting & then count how many partings on each side for required width. Section the required parting on one side over & clip down, then trim or clipper hair depending on length, comb remaning required hair over, section & clip & repeat, Then shave if required. Following your hair's natural parting lines mean's the mo' looks right ie not a stripe, which could be off centre. It is also easier to style & stick up as the natural partings, will fall in over helping you create the perfect fan, working against the hairs natural parting's your gonna get bits that wanna stick out to the sides....NOT a good look, & no matter how much, soap, geletine, hairspray, Gel etc you apply it will bounce out as that it the direction the hair grows. Report Comment
  • You should try gaff tape for this method, its less likely to leave residue and is meant to be peeled off. Report Comment
  • I have used this technique. Will upload pics soon as i can! Report Comment
  • Going to try this! I only have 12 mm long hair so this is very very helpful! Don't think parting is possible on short hair like mine :p Report Comment

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