How to Cut a Mohawk

A Mohawk is done by shaving both sides of the head and leaving a strip of hair in the center. It may either be short and patch-like or long and fin-like in appearance. It may also come in a myriad of colors.

The Mohawk was originally worn by Native American tribes of the past. It saw a comeback and gained popularity during the 1980s’ rise of the punk subculture. Back then, Mohawks were only seen adorning the heads of hardcore punk aficionados. Nowadays, almost anyone can sport this crazy hairdo.

You can cut the Mohawk by yourself. But for best results, it is better if you have a friend nearby to assist you with the cutting.

Here are the things that you need:

  • an electric hair clipper;
  • a comb;
  • scissors;
  • a couple of rubber bands;
  • some newspapers;
  • a towel; and
  • a can of hairspray.

Wash your hair first to make sure that the clipper will not snag on any tangled hair.

If you have long hair exceeding three inches, trim it down at the sides first with a pair of scissors. Long hair does not cooperate very well with hair clippers.If your hair is curly, straighten it first with a flat iron.

Step 1. Towel your hair dry. Wrap it around your neck afterwards to avoid hair from falling down your shirt. Spread some newspapers on the floor to catch the hair and spare you from sweeping later.

Step 2. Measure how thick you want to cut your Mohawk. Measuring the space between your irises is a good way to start. If you are planning to have a long-finned Mohawk, you have to cut it thin and hold it up with some hairspray. If you cut it too thick, it’s not going to stand up easily.

Step 3. Establish the strip of hair that you are going to leave behind. According to your preferred thickness, part the middle hair into three sections and secure them with rubber bands. You might want to ask a friend do this to make sure that it is straight.

Step 4. Turn your clippers on and buzz away the sides. Remove the rubber bands and make your hair stand upright with hairspray.




  • Like most bladed objects, hair clippers can hurt you. Make sure that you have the clipping guards on before doing any cutting.
  • Have at least two mirrors around you. If you have long sideburns, you can choose not to cut them and have a Mohawk with sideburns. This variation is called the Chelsea Mohawk.