This curly frohawk is a great quick style for short natural hair. Start with a wash and go (it can even be an old wash and go), part the hair along the sides and use a non-flaking gel to slick the hair down.
Curl Centric is always so inspired by the creative frohawk and mohawk hairstyles that I see worn by black women. While women with natural hair have always created unique styles, the shaved sides, braided updos, short curly frohawks, mohawks with braids or weave have really created some inspiring protective styles for African American women or those with similar hair types.
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What Is a Frohawk?
A frohawk is a curly updo or afro styled to look similar to a mohawk with a centralized section of hair that runs from the forehead down to the nape.
A mohawk is a central, narrow strip of upright hair that runs from the forehead down to the nape, with the sides of the head generally bald or shaved close to the head. Hence, the frohawk and mohawk hairstyles are very similar.
The term mohawk is also applied much more loosely to similar hairstyles, many of which have informal names, including the deathhawk, liberty spikes, frohawk, psychobilly mohawk and chelsea hawk.
The History of the Frohawk Hairstyle
The frohawk, named by combining the names of the afro and mohawk hairstyles, is often worn by African-American men and women with naturally curly hair.
The hairstyle can be worn with many variations. Some people will have hair twists on the side, pinned up sides, cornrows or shaved sides similar to a mohawk.
The frohawk hairstyle is thought to be the traditional haircut for warriors out of the African Mandinka tribe.
Actor Mr. T also popularized the hairstyle in the 1980s. It then had another resurgence once R&B singer Usher wore a frohawk on the cover of his album titled ‘Looking 4 Myself’.
Frohawk & Mohawk Hairstyle Photos
Traditionally, frohawk and mohawk hairstyles have been considered unprofessional. Although, we believe that these hairstyles can be worn casually and professionally. The options are nearly limitless, but here are a few cool hairstyles that should get your creative juices flowing.