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Punk Rock Hair Lives!
When punk rock was born in London in the 1970s, it also spawned two hairdos that have survived and thrived to the present day. The "mohawk" was a style that could be found going back to Native American styles and a very short, military version had existed since the 1960s but punk rockers took this style to new heights, literally!
Over the years, Mohawks have gone through a variety of ups and downs, ranging from huge 12" fans down to velvety strips of fuzz, and even spawned the "faux hawk" where the sides of the head are left a bit longer than a crew cut with a spiked up section of slightly-longer hair that runs down the middle.
This Hub will tell you how to make a basic vertical Mohawk and the related Liberty Spikes. Where you take your hair from there is up to you!
Hair Spiking How-Tos
- The Care and Feeding of Mohawks
Gabz Puke gives you advice on mohawks: not just how to spike one up (either in spikes or a fan), but also on how to get the goo back out afterwards, plus long-term care.
- How to Put up a Mohawk or Liberty Spikes - wikiHow
wikiHow article about How to Put up a Mohawk or Liberty Spikes.
Spiking A Mohawk
Picking Your Product
A variety of products have been used over the years to spike up mohawk hairdos. Not all of them are easy on the hair or quick to wash out, so pick and choose carefully.
- White glue - hardcore street punks really did use Elmer's glue to put up their hair as it was cheap and dried clear. Although water-soluble, this is one of the nastiest methods to use and often hair has to be cut off to really get rid of it.
- Egg whites - Another method that's very cheap and works for just about everyone except vegans. You separate the egg yolks and whites, then whisk the whites until they are very still, almost like you were making meringue. Then comb the whites into your hair and let dry.
- Hair mousse - The lightest of commercial hair lifting products, this works well for shorter mohawks.
- Hair gel - This thicker hair product is one of the more popular ways to spike up hair. The gel is worked into the hairs and then shaped with the hands.
- Hair spray - This can be used alone, or in combination with any of the other methods. Some people swear the cheapest and most sticky brands work best for spiking hair, especially if it's longer.
Spiky Hair Variations
- Mohawk hairstyle
The Mohawk or Mohican is a hairstyle which consists of shaving either side of the head, leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair.
- Liberty spikes
Liberty spikes refers to a way of styling the hair in long, thick, upright spikes.
- Cone Liberty Spikes
Pictures of Hot & Cool Men's Hairstyles
- Faux Hawk Hair Style
The faux hawk hair style, inspired by the more extreme mohawk, is a funky new hair style that works for both men and women.
Making Liberty Spikes
Tricks and Tips for Spiking Your Hair
Getting Started: It doesn't really matter if you start with clean or dirty hair as so much product is going to wind up on your hair, but the hair should be well-brushed so that there are no snarls, tangles or knots.
Building Volume: Back-combing, aka "teasing" or "ratting" the hair, can help give more lift especially if your hair is very thick or longer. Sections of hair are lifted and then combed lightly near the roots in the direction of the scalp. Although this can give more support, it's also hard on the hair and can lead to breaking if done frequently.
Shaping A Mohawk Fin: Getting a really straight fin will take some practice and often works much better if you get a friend to help you. Shape the hair with the hands from the roots to the ends. Having a hair dryer can help dry the repeated applications of hair product. If you have very long hair (below shoulders or longer), it's sometimes best to lie on your side and let the hair lay on a flat surface until it dries.
Making Stronger Spikes: When making a spiked mohawk or liberty spikes, the spike shape will hold better if the ends of the spikes are twisted a bit to make the ends stick together.
Knit Your Mohawk!
- Mohawk Hat Pattern by domiKNITrix
Haven't you always wanted to wear a mohawk? Shaving your head is such a commitment. Why not just try it on for awhile? Here's your chance.
Punk rock knitting out of NYC
Hair-Raising Comments and Feedback
pandora on April 17, 2012:
I've heard dax wax is good and sugar paste I'm hoping to spike my hawk again after having my hair cut short again will be trying a few products out
Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on April 14, 2012:
dx, gorilla glue is NOT made for hair and I wouldn't recommend using it. The longer your hair, the harder it's going to be to spike it up. You might want to keep it trimmed to a moderate length as that will save both time and money when it comes to hair styling.
louromano on March 18, 2012:
Excellent hair style ! Nice hub.
dx69210 on March 14, 2012:
I use Gorilla glue for my mohawk but now its longer and it falls when I put the gel in! Any suggestions? Should I use different products? Help please!
Morbid on January 25, 2012:
yo i got a mohawk not that long ago, best product to use if got2b glued spikin gel ... i need to get some i havnt used it yet but my hommie B'Hickey did when he had his mohawk and he was able to wrestle with it and it would bend but always go right back into place and never lose its shape ... its also waterproof
Vincent on January 16, 2012:
I used 2 faux hawk my hair, but now i just spike the front. im only 12, so i don't wanna go crazy and do an entire mohawk.
ehh on October 20, 2011:
hope it works..
Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on October 12, 2011:
hala, hair is with you your whole life, so it's really not a problem to wait until you are older to have a mohawk.
hala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on October 11, 2011:
i want a mohawk soooooooooooooo bad and im only 11 but my mom and dad wont let me because they think ill look weird sense im a girl and every thing soooooooooooooo yea
Web World Watcher on June 17, 2011:
I love the "off days" of mohican hair style wearers. they always seem to have a beanie on when they don't have their hawks up. great hub
FashionFame from California on October 22, 2010:
Jade on September 24, 2010:
I have a mohawk, I've had it since 3rd grade. You get used to having to style it in the mornings, but people still ask me all the time to touch it. Depending on the gel you use, your hair can feel like rubber and will spring back up if you try to knock it down
adorababy from Syracuse, NY on July 02, 2010:
Mohawks are style statement. It is either you could carry the style or not at all. This is something that you should own and not the other way around.
gerf1inkle on May 21, 2010:
This is awesome lol, I wish I had the guts to go for this style. I've only ever gone as far as dyeing my hair. You could pop kid's balloons on that hair.
CH1 on January 19, 2010:
I used to have a Mohawk between the years of 1986 till 1991. Never did it begin to flop throughout the night & still as it was when I fist fix it would remain stiff till I wash it. Could feel a sudden breeze tilting lightly my head, as it was at least a foot in length.
rdelp on January 15, 2010:
I always wanted a mohawk but never did it.
donny mcbride jr on December 07, 2009:
i just did my mohawk and yes im one of the ppl tht use elmers glue and it just washes right out no other gel works for me since i got 3 cowlicks
Unique Kids Stuff on November 06, 2009:
I always wanted a mohawk but never had the courage to do it.
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on October 27, 2009:
Cool article, I'm sending it to my daughter, we've had this mohawk conversation going on for some time now! I once convinced one of my old coworkers to shave a mohawk for a day, he kept it all summer!
StrictlyQuotes from Australia on October 04, 2009:
I never saw a Mohawk until recently. I was watching a guy walking through the carpark with a pink Mohawk, around 20cms high. I noticed when he got into his car he had to tilt his head to the side to be able to drive, because his Mohawk was too high for him inside the vehicle! Because he couldn't hold his head up straight, I was hoping he wasn't planning on driving too far!
donielle on June 26, 2009:
i mohawked my hair and it turend pink
Joe on March 12, 2009:
I tottaly put my hair in a hole lota spikes it was amazing it took me 5 minutes i used super hold hair spray and a hair dryer!!!!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
matthew on February 15, 2009:
i'm goin for twin fins
samantha on December 03, 2008:
SO I JUST SHAVED MY HEAD ON EACH SIDE AND AM GOING FOR THE LIBERTY SPIKES WISH ME LUCK
kristen4229 on November 15, 2008:
Sometimes i put up my Liberty Spikes up and i sleep with them and its quick to have them up the next day....or i just don't sleep.
sonic on August 26, 2008:
I have a 3 inch mohawk right now that is the result of a long night of blacking out sometime after drinking a lot of cuervo. I spike it and use a goo called "demented" and I put wax in it occasionally. I have it teased to fan out right now but when I go out I spike it. It scares a few of the insanely rich kids that go to my college but a lot of the freshmen girls think its badass, so I think I'll keep it (always liked it prior to the attention). I remember in a club last saturday a few freshmen girls asking "Can we touch it" ...... epic.
Cindy Lietz from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on March 01, 2008:
I wished I had seen this hub last year! My 8 year old son has shoulder length 'surfer' hair and wanted to spike it for wacky hair day at school. We used egg whites but didn't know to whip them first. It was hard to get to stand up and dry. Then as he played throughout the day, the egg whites started to flake and he looked like he had the worst case of dandruff ever seen on an 8 year old!
Whitney from Georgia on January 20, 2008:
I'm not a big fan of the tall mohawks and mohawk-type haircuts. There was a kid in my highschool who wore a black trench coat and did his hair in a mohawk; and he was always kinda freaky... I'm not the most preppy person, but he always freaked me out. He was cool though; it was just his appearance. I dunno... I used a ton of gel one time and gave my yorkie a mohawk; he was pissed by the time I was done. He got a bath shortly after.
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on January 19, 2008:
Great HUB relache. I recently was up in Toronto and for some reason or other all the mohawk-ers must have been having a secret meeting on Yonge street. I have never seen so many all in one place, especially as I thought that they were out of fashion. Blue, red, blonde, brown, black, green, spicked, you name it they were all there. Quite the sight to behold.
fun HUB regards Zsuzsy
Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 19, 2008:
I recently found a picture of myself from 1993 when I was shaving the sides of my head, and then when I saw the hub request on the topic, I thought "Hey, this one's for me!"
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 19, 2008:
I saw a guy in NYC with a suit, running shoes and an orange mohawk do that was 12 inches long. Also had rayban sunglasses. Cool character.
I have always wanted to try a mohawk. Maybe when I am old I will have a silver one and start wearing jewelry.
Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 19, 2008:
My high school boyfriend was allowed one can of hair spary per week for his hair by his mom, and if it took more, it meant his hair was getting to long and he'd get it trimmed shorter.
Hoodala from Mesa on January 19, 2008:
Awesome... I love Mohawks and have had my share of spiked hairdo's over the years. Reminds me of high school when my girlfriend would do my hair every morning starting with the mouse and then enough Aqua Net to put the ozone layer into a hacking fit. ahh the good ol days.