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

Published on 20th 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!

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