How to Give Yourself a Mohawk at Home

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How to Give Yourself a Mohawk at Home
A mohawk will transform you from normal to extraordinary. (spot the difference image by Tamara Kulikova from

Giving yourself a mohawk will help you stand out from the crowd. You can spike it up for a punk rock show or leave it hanging loose over one side of your head. Your new mohawk will display your edgy style to all onlookers. While you can do it alone, the task of shaving your head and standing your hair on end is much easier with the help of a friend. It will take you less than an hour to transform your common haircut into something wild and original.

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Things you need

  • Electric hair clippers
  • Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Knox unflavored gelatin
  • Ivory soap bar
  • Mirror
  • Disposable razor
  • Scissors
  • Dr. Bronner's Lavender Liquid Soap
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Hair dryer

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  1. 1

    Wash your hair thoroughly. Apply conditioner to your hair and comb it until it saturates all of your hair. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing it out. This will leave your hair silky and smooth, which will help when parting your hair to begin shaving it.

    How to Give Yourself a Mohawk at Home
    Combing out knots and snarls will make your mohawk more precise. (haare bürsten image by Digitalpress from
  2. 2

    Decide how wide you want your mohawk. Part your hair to one side along the line of hair where you want the mohawk to begin. Look in a mirror and have your assistant examine the part in your hair for accuracy. Make the part a straight line from front to back.

    How to Give Yourself a Mohawk at Home
    A mohawk will give you edgy style and lots of attention. (Freedom image by Infs from
  3. 3

    Have your assistant use the clippers to shave the side of your head along the part you created. Comb the hair that will remain as your mohawk over to the shaven side of your head. Look in the mirror and have your assistant check the new part in your hair for accuracy. When it looks even, use the clippers to shave the other side of your head up to the part.

    How to Give Yourself a Mohawk at Home
    Mohawks look great on little kids. (cute Asian boy image by Gina Smith from
  4. 4

    Apply a small amount of Dr. Bronner's Lavender Soap to your hands and make lather with a little water. Apply the lather to one of the shaven sides of your head. Use the disposable razor to shave the side of your head clean to the skin. Repeat on the other side.

  5. 5

    Hang your head over the back of a bed or a chair. Have your assistant examine the length and evenness of the mohawk. Trim the mohawk with scissors to get the size and shape you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want a shorter mohawk, use Ivory soap to stand it up. If you want a longer mohawk, use gelatin. This process is much more easily accomplished with a friend to assist you. To remove the gelatin from your hair after a show, run hot water over the mohawk until the gelatin dissolves.
  • If you use soap to stand your mohawk on end, be careful not to get it wet. The soap can run into your eyes. While it is not dangerous or toxic, it is unpleasant.

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