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Having a Mohawk With Curly Hair

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I have wanted a Mohawk for some time now, but my mom gets in the way. She's worried I wouldn't look good with one. I have really thick, really curly, brown hair. On a white girl it's unique, but to me it's getting old. Would a Mohawk or Chelsea-Hawk look good on me? What about any other short hairstyle?

Liz from Florida

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By Sarah03/17/2009

I'm not sure you will get the results you want in a mohawk with your curly hair, or want to put in the work it takes to maintain it. Personally, i would suggest an asymetrical cut, short on one side, longer on the other. You will still have a rad and unique style, but also have options and the flexibility to make it more feminine as well as rocking it out. It will probably be less painful for your mom (no buzz cut) and still give you the punk edge you desire.

This girl's is really cute.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/waxwings27/pyr2.jpg

By Louise B. [4]03/15/2009

As a mom, I had a terrible time letting my twelve year old son dye his hair blue. I thought the world was going to end. I thought all the kids would call him Smurf. His grandmother was appalled. Finally, one of my friends said to me "It's just hair; it'll grow out." Parents tend to get overly involved in their children's lives. I don't know how old you are, but if you are old enough to maintain such a hairdo, old enough to have money to have someone style it this way, then you are old enough to make the decision to do it.

Tell your mom that the way you style your hair does not reflect one way or the other on her. Your hair; your decision. Having a mohawk is not dangerous to your health, immoral, or against the law. This should be decision you can make for your self. If it turns out badly, mom can have the pleasure of saying "I told you so".

My son had it dyed blue (twice, as the first time it went grey!). Later he had it orange, green, black, in tiny braids all over his head (I forget what that is called), in dreadlocks, shaved, long and curly, and in very conventional haircuts. The world has never stopped because of it. He is now 26.

By Heather [25]03/15/2009

Curly hair will still work. Just maintain it with the right straightening gel. One of my chicas from high school had a mohawk. She said the key was to use elmers glue(waterbased, washes out) and to sleep on your side, so you don't need to restyle every morning. Whats the worst thing to happen? buzz the rest off? It wouldn't take long to grow in.

And if it doesn't work...so what? You should do what you want to do. You only live once! Someday when you are old and dying you will look back and wish you had! Don't live with regret.

Also I can understand why your mom is troubled, mine is just coming into acceptance after dying my hair exotic colors for 10 years. She is just scared people will think less of you, and in turn less of her.

By REE [1]03/15/2009

Liz,
I have been doing my sons hair since he was born (he's 20) and the other kids too (38 - 23)

Not sure if you only want a top mohawk or full (down to neck).

#1 take a comb and part your hair all over the top, you are looking for scars from when you were little. Hair will not grow in them - this affects how the mohawk/flat top/short spikes etc looks

#2 You have curly hair make sure who ever is cutting your hair has experience with curly hair (someone with naturally curly hair is a plus)


For starting it I'd suggest not cutting your sides off completely .. instead go with shorter on sides taper to back .. You will probably need to use something to keep the sides smooth. In the old days they called this a mullet (gross name) it can actually be pretty flattering to most face shapes depending on how its cut

Go wider at first, you can always narrow it but you can't widen it easily. I used to cut military flat tops for my dh and others .. The width of the top can accent your face and make it look thinner etc. another reason for having it wide you can experiment. For some guys I did a slight taper from front to back so it was a tad narrower in front

Spike the top center to train it this is also a way to get used to the look.

If you decide you hate it you will have a short cut that will grow out

In order for you to train the mohawk it will need to be shorter than probably normal probably 2 inches is max (Jake can get his up to 5 inches easily but he has had spiked hair since a baby)

When the top is spiked you have to have someone who will look at the shape of your head and face .. some people need it completely flat , others need it slightly sloped to the back or front

You will need to use some kind of goop with curly hair. Most gels will NOT hold a high spike until you leave it on the counter to evaporate some more of the liquid. I have some professional stuff I picked up somewhere and it is THICK, thicker than anything I have ever bought over the counter. I tend to use this on those that are new to spiking as a training aid

BTW I think Jake looks better with it wider, but he really likes the height so his is pretty narrow right now

Ria

By t [2]03/14/2009

You could try a faux-hawk. Have someone cornrow it into a faux hawk style to see if you like it before permanently getting one. It's currently a style that some African American teens love. My sis is one. I don't think she realizes its a mohawk with braids-same as all kinds of people wear. lol

By Heather [1]03/14/2009

Having had a mohawk, a number of years back, I thought I'd try to give you a little insight. I have mostly straight hair, so getting the look that I was after was not tough at all, but I suspect that with seriously naturally curly hair, it might be. One thing to bear in mind with a mohawk- you have to have someone shave your head ALL THE TIME. We're talking, at least twice a week. And you will have to make sure that that person who is doing the shaving doesn't whittle your hawk down- by this, I mean that most people will accidentally cut into the 'hawk when they shave the rest of your head, slowly making it narrower and narrower, until you don't have one anymore (or at least, not enough of one to bother to keep it anymore!) Before you make a move like that, be sure that you have someone who is capable and willing to help you with your upkeep- because you won't be able to do it by yourself, unless you have the uncanny ability to see the back and sides of your head, and the coordination to shave it perfectly.

Most people can't, even with multiple mirrors. It can be a really dramatic look, but if it's done incorrectly, it can be utterly tragic-looking. As in, "Wow, look what mental illness has wrought." Give it some thought before you do it. If it's not going to be easy to take care of, and not look good, don't try it, because as others here have pointed out, it will take a while to grow out. (Unless you have a great wig collection- in which case, save yourself the work, and have a new 'do every day! ;-) Good luck with your decision- post your results, K?

By Shirley [13]03/14/2009

I think you need to do a virtual makeover first.

By Holly [350]03/14/2009

You could go for a crew cut type do, then frost the tips. $$ at the hairdressers with a lot of maintenance, but adorable. I saw it on one of my classmates for part of a semester.

The next option is what I do. I have hair that frizzes at the slightest excuse and is generally unmanageable the rest of the time.
To solve this problem, I wear long bangs and the hair in a bun when it's long or in a pony tail, or bangs and a jaw clip when it's short. My biggest problem is trying to get a little height at the crown.

If yours frizzes a lot, how about what I call the "Puffball". Hair up, gathered like a ponytail, but instead of a bun, have it shaped into a ball that points skyward.

Final comments: a mohawk is not attractive on a female. It's more of a male or person in the entertainment industry 'do and it requires a LOT of expensive and time consuming maintenance. I have known people who wore one for work, and they said, if given a choice, they'd never have their hair styled this way.
If you are dissatisfied with your hair style, you may also be dissatisfied with something else going on in your life. Do a little soul searching and ask yourself what you would change if you could. Sometimes the hair do change is really a reflection of inner turmoil.

By Becca25 [11]03/13/2009

Would have too see a photo to give advice if we'd think it would look good.

Go for a faux-hawk look for a few days. You may find that you dont like the mohawk style. If you do, then your mom will have a while to get used to it before taking the plunge.

If you arent sure how to go about creating a faux-hawk, just do an online search. Theres ways of doing it from expensive waxes and mounds of hair spray... all the way to tons of elmers school glue.

By Judi [17]03/13/2009

I have to agree with your mother. Once it's cut you'll have to live with it for a LONG time. There are lots of ways to deal with super curly hair that don't involve shaving part of your head. My cousin deals with hers by cutting it short in back and longer and fluffy on top...not a good description I know, but it looks cute. If you're tired of the "fluff' of hair you could consider braids. Look in some mags. or go to beauty shops and just look at their books to get ideas but please wait before shaving your head this way!

By Anonymous [848]03/13/2009

I am writing this assuming you still live at home with your mom ...

You might feel like "Your mom is getting in your way" regarding getting a Mohawk but, like it or not, she really does know best ;-) How about if you wait until you're out of her home and on your own and then give it a try if you still want a Mohawk ... It will give you something to look forward to as one of your first decisions once being independent :-)

There are all sorts of cute short haircuts that your mom would approve of or maybe you could even consider having your hair straightened for a change of pace instead of cutting short :-)

Let us know what you decide :-)

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