Mohawk thoughts and considerations

If you are considering the mohawk hairstyle, particularly as a woman, you probably have a lot of questions. I know I did when I first cut mine two years ago. But over the past two years, with a lot of trial and error, I have managed to successfully maintain and love this hairstyle.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, you need to realize this is a HIGH maintenance hairstyle. It takes anywhere from an hour to 30 minutes to throw up the hawk on day 1, and anywhere from 5-30 minutes on subsequent days. If you like a close shave (best for spring and summer- gets rather breezy and cold in fall and winter), expect to need to trim the sides every 2 weeks or so. My hair grows decently quick, you may find it ends up being closer to 3 or 4 weeks, like my hubby did when he had his. You will also need to redye your hair about that often if you are anal about your roots showing- I dye mine once a month if I am not too lazy to do that, since I don’t care. If you have dark hair, you will have to bleach it, possibly twice like I do.

You’re going to get a really mixed response to your hair, from both old and new acquaintances. People automatically assume you must be very masculine, tough, and unapproachable or/and intimidating. They will assume you are deaf/blind or don’t really have feelings. I had a dear aunt who upon first seeing it ask if I had brain surgery and what happened to all of my lovely hair. Likewise, get used to everyone and their mother assuming that it is an excuse to voice their opinion your appearance, from how you dress to how you carry yourself and everything in between. ‘Course, it’s not all bad. Little old ladies with blue hair seem to love it, and go out of their way to tell you how glad they are to see feminism isn’t dead, and men old enough to be your dad will pass you on the highway and then slow down (pissing off everyone behind them), honking their horns and giving you thumbs up signs while pointing at their/your head to let you know they think it’s awesome. And then there are always the drunks… Hope you’re ready for your head to become public property!

There are always a lot of questions at first, and it can be quite intimidating.  The styling methods change and grow with you over time, and everyone has their own preferred methods that fall away and come back- I am no different. How I do my hair now is different from how I did it two years ago.


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