Cornrow Mohawk Hairstyles

Written by matthew caines
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Cornrow Mohawk Hairstyles
The Mohawk hairstyle gets its name from the Native American Mohawk tribe. (runner with mohawk image by jimcox40 from

Although they are completely different haircuts, combining cornrows and braids with a Mohawk hairstyle has the effect of producing a really textured, vibrant and bold look. There are a couple of variations on this type of hairstyle; you could opt to braid and row the sides of you head before puffing up an Afro Mohawk or you could try braiding the Mohawk itself. Either way, your look is sure to be daring, brave and--most importantly--stylish.

Mohawk with Cornrow Sides

Braiding cornrows into the sides of your head is a great way to avoid shaving off your hair. Because traditional Mohawk hairstyles require super short sideburns and sides, it takes a lot of planning and courage to clip off your much-loved locks. This way, you can keep the length of your hair but braid it in such a way that it remains short and accentuates your Mohawk. The key to this look is to get the stylist to braid the hair upwards into the central line that splits your head vertically; doing so will gather the remaining hair into the area of the head where you can experiment with the Mohawk. For example, you could try frizzing and curling the hair into an Afro-Mohawk or--if your hair is naturally straight--you could try gelling the hair into a vertical, spiky wave. Braiding hair into cornrows like this is extremely difficult when you don't know what you're doing--therefore, see a style specialist who can the make the look seem professional, clean and straight.

Front-Braided Mohawks

Front-braided Mohawks are essentially one large and loose cornrow. The aim of the style is to pull the hair up and forward over the forehead by beginning at the back of the head. The hair needs to be particularly tight and close to the scalp at the nape of the neck and then must gradually loosen and pull away from the scalp as it comes towards the front. The effect should look like a fading fin or a wave that increases in size from the back. The front of the cornrow Mohawk is entirely up to you: for a more Bohemian style you could backcomb the hair into fringe or use product to push the hair outwards like a spike or horn. However, when rocking this style you will need to shave any shorter excess hair above the ears and at your sideburns because the hair will not be long enough to braid into a cornrow.

The Mohawk

The Mohawk itself is a cultural style that holds a lot of history. The term Mohawk is taken from the Native American Mohawk nation that occupied the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York. Historians have even discovered Mohawk haircuts at historical dig sites, for example the 2,000-year-old Clonycavan Man discovered in Dublin, Ireland, was sporting a Mohawk style with natural resin and plant oils. Even the Ukrainian Cossacks would leave a long Mohawk strip when going to war in an attempt to intimidate their enemy.

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