Mohawks are a popular punk hairstyle.
The term Mohawk is often used to describe more than one type of hairstyle, although they all usually consist of shorter hair on the sides of the head with the hair in the middle left several inches longer. In the most common version of a Mohawk haircut, the sides of the head are completely shaved from front to back, leaving a strip of hair running down the middle. The remaining hair band can be almost any length, but is usually cut just a few inches from the scalp. The Mohawk is believed to have been worn by many early American Indians and became part of pop culture when punk rockers of the late 1970s and early 1980s began cutting their hair this way.
Mohawk haircuts are most commonly worn by men, although some women wear this look as well. Cyndi Lauper, a famous artist and music artist from the 1980s, used to wear her hair this way, and for a brief period of time some women in the punk subculture imitated the style. Other female pop stars who have reportedly sported their own versions of the Mohawk haircut include Gwen Stefani and Rhianna.
Some versions of the Mohawk haircut do not require shaving the sides of the head. One of these styles involves not cutting the hair and instead simply using gel to bring all the hair to the middle of the head with a hair clip to create the peak in the middle. A Mohawk can also be obtained by simply cutting the hair on both sides of the head very short, leaving a longer strip in the middle. These alternative styles seem to be more popular with women than men.
Mohawk hairstyles may have an even older history than previously believed. In 2003, a well-preserved 2,000-year-old male corpse was discovered in an Irish swamp. The corpse had a well-defined Mohawk haircut that was complete with oil to help the hair stand on end. The oil was a mixture of vegetable oils and resin, and experts believe the presence of the oil may indicate that a lot of care was taken in maintaining the hairstyle. Experts generally believe that the added attention given to the hairstyle can be evidence that the style can point to social status.
People who are considering mohawk haircuts should probably think about this very carefully. One of the biggest disadvantages of this type of hairstyle is that once it is cut, it can take a long time to grow back. Also, there is usually very little that can be done with the hair while waiting for it to grow. It can take months or even years before the hair grows long enough to adopt another type of hairstyle.