A faux hawk is one of the hairstyles that I love most about having a long pixie. It can be done with a short pixie, but you need to have a little length on top/in front to work with. This hairdo is edgy and fun, but functional too on days when you want your hair out of your face and it’s too dirty for anything else. There is also no “right” way to do it. My faux hawks turn out a little different each time depending on how much my hair has grown since I last cut it or whether my hair was wavy or straight that day. However, with a few bobby pins, some back combing and basic knowledge- you can create a great updo in no time at all.
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Like I said before, an extra dirty hair day is perfect for this hairdo. For this tutorial we started with hair that had been braided and was full of product from a previous hairdo. The extra texture and product actually helps build volume and stack the hair. We threw a little dry shampoo on my roots before we started and then got to work.
To start you’ll want to section off the top/front part of your hair. The sides will get pinned back separately, so just use the end of your comb to make a part on each side of your head and find your faux hawk.
Next start teasing. You’ll need to tease the hair in smaller sections so start at the front of your head, near the forehead and tease the roots. Once you have the front piece teased, lay it down towards your face and pick up the section behind it to tease. Back comb the hair at least 2/3 of the way back on your head. The smaller sections you tease, the better it will hold it’s volume when you pin it up. In the end you want to get rid of your natural part for this hairdo.
Next you will start pinning. Gather and hold the faux hawk section of your hair near the crown of your head. Smooth the very top layer of hair lightly with a comb and then push it forward to create the poof/volume that you need to see to create the faux hawk profile. Use a bobby pin behind that poof of hair and push it in to the section of hair- towards your face. Use another two bobby pins to secure it and arrange the hair in a faux hawk shape.
The volume you created by back combing should help you easily mold the top section of hair.
Next you’ll need to pin back the sides of your hair to create the illusion of a shaved side or to finish the faux hawk profile. Twist one or two sections of hair back and towards the head.
Secure the side sections with a bobby pin- once again pushing it into the twist towards the face. This hides the bobby pin and gives it a secure hold.
Next comes the tweaking. You might find that you need to put in an extra bobby pin to shape your hair or secure a loose section of hair. Like I said, my faux hawks never turn out quite the same so adding extra pins is normal.
Also, the backcombing we did can make hair look fuzzy so you might need to smooth your faux hawk. One way to do this is to spray some hairspray on a fine tooth comb and lightly comb the very top hairs back in to place. The comb with smooth and the spray will make the hair stay put.
Finally, use a wax spray all over to give the hair some finish and hold. (Hairspray works too.) The wax also helps make the short hair in the very back look a little more piece-y and textured.
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