Mohawk hairstyles became widespread in popular culture in the '80s with the popularity of the A-Team character Mr. Tee. African-American hair is especially convenient for the Mohawk style because the tight kinks in the hair keep the hair frigid and standing straight up without the addition of mouse or gel.
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A Bald Mohawk style leaves the hair long in the centre and removes all hair from the sides of the head. The male is essentially bald with the exception of a column of hair that is allowed to travel the front of the scalp to the rear just above the neck.
The Long Mohawk keeps the hair, outside of the actual Mohawk, long or tapered on the scalp, typically an inch or 2 in length. The actual Mohawk can extend upward a few inches to 5 or 6 inches, depending upon personal preference. This hairstyle does require upkeep, usually by a professional, to keep the sides of the scalp neat and groomed. Mouse or oil may be used to help slick down the sides of the hair.
A Custom Mohawk keeps some hair on the sides of the Mohawk present, but designs such as words or graphics are cut into the sides of the head with clippers. Designs can be simple--a couple of lines on one side of the head--to more extravagant--the person's name or a graphic on one or both sides of the head. The remaining hair around the design should be kept as short as possible so the hair doesn't grow over or interrupt the design. This style requires a lot of maintenance since the hair that was cut out to make the design grows back quickly.
A Straightened Mohawk requires that the actual hair included in the Mohawk by permed or straightened. If the hair is straightened, it will required gel or hairspray to keep the hair standing up. The length of the hair on the side can be kept short or long.
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