Spiking a Mohawk

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Mohawks are a unique hairstyle and certainly not for everyone. However, if you have one, you know that spiking it is the best way to wear it. This is a page about spiking a mohawk.


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When I was in high school in the 80's, there were Filipino twin brothers that had heavy thick straight hair. They would shampoo, then blow dry til damp, then use egg whites and finish blowdrying into the shape they wanted.

I seem to recall one having a mohawk at least 6 inches tall, and the other had "wings" sticking up on each side and it would stay that way all day. There may have been a finishing coat of hairspray involved too though none was mentioned. Sometimes natural is better!

By Kat from MD

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March 30, 2008

If you have shoulder length thick hair, how long would a Mohawk stand up?

Karissa from Louisville, KY


By gary dominicus (Guest Post)
March 30, 20080 found this helpful

Use diluted elmer's glue. It dries clear.

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March 31, 20080 found this helpful

nothing to do with your post but just had to tell you I have a daughter whose name is Karissa it is unusual to see this name let alone the same spelling

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By Stephanie (Guest Post)
April 23, 20080 found this helpful

I have 12 inch hair and it will be my first time putting my hair in a mohawk and all I have is egg whites elmers glue and hairspray. I need to know how to go about putting it up and such.


Thanx xx

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By TJ (Guest Post)
May 20, 20080 found this helpful

Ami, NO! Elmer's glue is NOT totally vegan! It's not made from milk but it is made from cow hooves. I have a 10" liberty spikes and I use Rave 4x and blow dry it - its very cheap and works great! I also use got2b glue (which is actually vegan) on the tips to keep them from splitting.

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By Punxnotdead (Guest Post)
September 2, 20080 found this helpful

The best way is egg whites, soap(Bar) and Hairspray. I'm working with 14 inch Liberty spikes and it works all the same!

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By EMI (Guest Post)
September 11, 20080 found this helpful

I used Elmer's glue and all it did was become a big mess. I personally use got2b glued but it gets heavy cause my hair hates going up in any fashion so it always ends up falling.


I guess I'll try some of these combination suggestions. My hair's thick so that might be the issue?

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By tyler (Guest Post)
September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I use to use wood glue for mine because my hair is pretty long, but I just found out that a bar of soap works pretty good too.

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By czekolada (Guest Post)
October 28, 20080 found this helpful

I am spiking my hair into a mohawk for the first time, and I don't know what to do!
Some people say to use Elmer's glue, but I'm scared it will kill my hair or wont come out or something. My hair is like a gold color, it is also very thin and very very long, about 18 inches.

I tried doing the sugar water mixture once, then blow drying it, but my hair would not spike out! Believe me, the sugar and water made it hard as rock. Please help! I need replies right now /ASAP

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

I think another important method that definitely needs to be mentioned, is back-combing (commonly used for making dreads). I personally think this method makes the hawk look and feel more compact. The first time you put it up, make sure to back-comb your hair, section by section, starting from the bottom and gradually getting higher when you feel it start to knot up (this can be taken out easily btw, just pull the hair apart gently. Do this before you shower or during, to prevent yanking your hair out. Any who. Once you've done that for about half an hour, your hair should already have most of it's form. Test it out by pressing your hair up with your hands and then leaving it to stand for itself, it should be standing upright already for the most part.


(: Now all you need to do to fix it in place is use some hairspray or whatever that doesn't weigh it down too much. Give it a few palm presses and pinches, and you're set!

Big tip for having slept with a mohawk :
When you wake up and some of it has lost it's strength, just back-comb the bits that need fixing, or give it all a quick re-do, then a quick fix with whatever you put in your hair (make sure it's light weight), give in some more palm presses and pinches, and you should be done in 5 to 10 minutes! The longer you continue this method, the easier it will be to keep your hair in shape and the more compact it will get!

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October 12, 20160 found this helpful

In what order did you use these?

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December 26, 20160 found this helpful

get the wood glue that washes out, if it deosn't say washable it's not good

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December 30, 2008

I want to get some liberty spikes about 3 inches and was just wondering what would be the best stuff to use to keep it all up?

Newman from Britain


January 3, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Newman,

My son is 15 and has an awesome mohawk/liberty spikes that are about 8 inches. He uses Rave hairspray and/or Elmer's glue. He has also heard that Aqua Net hairspray works well. We are in the States so I don't know if you have those brands. If you use glue, make sure it will come out with water! Elmer's glue is a white glue that school children use.


Good luck!

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By Beth (Guest Post)
January 6, 20090 found this helpful

I did my sister's hair for Halloween once (she was Vivian from Young Ones) and we used Aussie Freeze spray and a hair dryer. Just keep adding layers and drying. Hope that helps.

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By jram (Guest Post)
January 7, 20090 found this helpful

It's not as environmentally friendly, but aerosol extra hold hair spray - cheap stuff - is usually the best. Also, it helps if you don't use conditioner or anything that will make your hair silky and fine. You want some coarseness to the hair for maximum height and hold.

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January 31, 20090 found this helpful

Use sugar water. Dissolve some sugar in some warm water and apply to your hair. This will create a really great base. Garnier makes hair putty which works pretty well too. Be sure that you put the majority of your chosen styling product at the bottom of each spike, close to the roots. The rules of physics apply to cool hair do's as well... if the top is too heavy and not supported well, your hair will fall over.


Try glue also, but be careful as it will destroy the texture and quality of your hair. If this is a style you planning on wearing for a few months rather than a few hours, wash your hair a lot less... once a week or every other week, when it starts to attract bugs (hehe) and forget the conditioner all together.

To get this mess out, use a bit of baking soda when washing your hair.

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June 1, 2016

This is a page about using glue to make a mohawk with spikes. There are many products you can use to style your mohawk with spikes.

Man with spiked mohawk against brick colored background

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March 30, 2008

What's a good way to get a mohawk to stand up?



Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Use egg whites and a hair dryer, works great.

By Kim

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

My hair is down to my elbows and i can make it spike by using sugar water mixed with gelitan and white glue. then dry it with a hair dryer. Im guessing since it works for my hair that it will work for your 'hawk! (07/25/2005)

By Evaa

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

I use got2be glued. Works great. Also Knox Gelatin works wonders. (07/31/2005)

By Justin

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

The g2b glue is the best thats what Bands here in Dallas Texas use all the time. I happen to know cause my sons in one! FYI, I'm new to this site but it's awsome! (08/01/2005)

By Anna

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

If you have shorter hair then beeswax works great, if longer elmers glue. (08/02/2005)


Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Elmers glue comes in many different forms, you want the plain white one....or actually any white glue like little kids use in school will work. You can also mix a kool-aid packet into the days amount if you want a different color. Strawberry: red, blueberry: blue, grape:purple... you get it. It washes out with the glue. Also, use a baking soda paste once a week to clear all the residue out. (08/04/2005)

By drava

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

I've always had good luck with using Elmer's School Glue, the gel kind though. It's colorless, and if the milk thing freaks you out, then this will be great. It's got sparkles in it, though, which can be fun...

In Australia, it would probably be called paper glue or school glue; it's basic white or clear glue that kids use for school projects and that if it gets on your hands, it washes off quite easily. I don't think PVA does... (08/06/2005)

By Sparky

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Elmers glue is pretty good but it flakes alot, does anyone know how to stop it from flaking? (08/12/2005)

By Keith

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

I use hair spray and a hair dryer, but it comes out chunky. I've used elmers glue on my old hawk too and that worked the best. but i've never tried got2b. I have, though, done spikes with got2b on my shorter hair and it works good too. so really wichever. got2b is a hell of alot easier to wash out though. (08/13/2005)

By Beth

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Try using egg white and elmer's together, works better than anything and dosen't flake gloop on comb in and blow dry. (08/13/2005)

By laura

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

I have a medium length (6"-7") mohawk and I use G2b glued spiking freeze spray. I think that the spray works a lot better than their regular glue does. I used to use the glue, but it gets hard to keep your hair up with that after it gets to a certain length. That might be because I have relatively thin hair. The only bad thing about the spray is if your hair is dyed, the spray makes the dye come out much faster. (08/26/2005)

By Jeff

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

I used some egg whites, glue, and hairspray last night for the first time on my mohawk. I couldn't beleive elmers glue is strong enough to hold for eight to ten hours of bouncy fun! lol. I spike my mohawk with some funky hairspray called hold it or I use spiker normally. Its a styling glue. But I never thought I'd get such a great hold with elmers. For a while I couldn't figure out how to do it the right way, and after doing it a couple times I now know what I'm doing. I'm really glad I read some of the posts upove cause they were a lot of help. Thank you all!. (10/31/2005)

By Schitz

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

I agree with Kim, egg whites will work wonders...

If you can drive, then look around for Amish or Mennonites - they will often sell you eggs cheaper then you can get in the store.

For glue, you may be able to find homemade recipes on the net...I know I've seen them, but could not begin to say where or whether or not they would be cheaper then buying it - though if you are gunna buy it, buy it in bulk (from a craft store) as that'll likely be cheaper then by the bottle.

I've had friends that used spray paint - but I don't remember how well that worked. (02/20/2006)

By Qryztufre

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

The best way is to just backcomb the roots and to just gel the rest up with elmers. (03/31/2006)

By SpicyMcHaggis

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Trust me elmers glue dont work on thin hair it stunts its growth & makes it clumpy. The got2b freezing spray works but make its to stiff & ugly looking. If you want a soft fan that holds up (mine is over 1 foot), I use salon grafix gigga hold hairspray (yellow can, black li).

If your really active or do a lot of shows. Try mixing sugar water, egg whites, knox gelatin and little elmor's glue and blow dry up (stays up for 7 days and wont crack or fall).

By thor j.

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Could someone make me a step by step method for putting up your mohawk, tonight I am going to try the egg whites. I have done it with just hair spray a straitener and a blow dryer.

I would like to know what is the best to use and what will keep it up the longest. Also how long it would take to but up or if you go upside down or how long to wait after putting the goop in your hair. Thanks.

By Cellulose

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Egg whites is a good way to do it but it gets messy really easy if you're not careful.

The best way I'd say is to get flavorless KNOX gelatin mix. You just mix it with some water till it looks like snot, and then put it in the microwave so it melts.

When you take it out you comb it through and blow dry. This works for days if you do it well enough.

Hairspray and glue is terrible to use if you want a nice sized hawk. (06/12/2006)

By Kat

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

Elmer's glue is NOT made from milk, it's totally vegan and works wonderfully on my 8" mohawk. (06/23/2006)

By Ami

Getting a Mohawk to Stand Up

*to the kid with the question about wood glue* NO! I tried carpenter's wood glue, and it dosen't work. It gets dry to fast and just flakes off. You should go with elmer's glue and then blow dry. (06/26/2006)

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