The Mohawk hairstyle was worn by male Mohawk Native Americans. The hairstyle features a strip of hair down the centre of the head with the sides of the hair cut very low or completely shaved. In the 1980s many punk rock male Caucasians wore Mohawks in a spiked brightly coloured style. African-Americans have since altered the Mohawk in a variety of ways.
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The Afro-hawk is achieved on natural hair. Celebrities have worn this look, making it very trendy. Hair is shaved or cut very close to the scalp on the sides and the centre strip is kept long. Since the hair is in its natural straight it looks like an Afro strip down the centre of the head. The style lasts until the hair grows out of its shape. It can be maintained through routine visits to the barbershop.
The braided Mohawk has been worn by African-American men, women and children. It is a temporary style, which allows the wearer to experiment without committing. The side of the hair is cornrowed towards the centre of the hair. The hair at the centre can be kept loose, curled or braided. Braided Mohawks can be achieved with natural hair or hair extensions. The style can last a few weeks.
Relaxed hair is popular among African American women. Relaxers straighten the natural curl pattern of the hair. Mohawks can be achieved on relaxed hair in different ways. The hair can be cut lower on the sides allowing the centre of the hair to be spiked or curled into a Mohawk style. To achieve the look of a Mohawk without the commitment of cutting the hair, the sides of the hair can be slick down with the use of gel. This will allow the centre strip of hair to receive all the attention. This hairstyle can last a week or longer if properly maintained.
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