The 'Hawks Have Landed
A few days ago, I put out a call for butch haircuts, and received nearly 100 photos! The most common 'do (by far) was the fauxhawk (also called "fohawk"), and I decided it's worth dedicating an entire post to the style.
First, let's take a look at some examples of your basic fauxhawk:
As you can see, most of the time, the hair is a bit longer on top than on the sides, then brushed up to achieve a "mohawk"-type look. If it was shaved on the sides, with a stark line of hair running down the middle of the head, that'd be a mohawk.
See, here are some readers' mohawks. Nothin' faux about 'em:
Fauxhawks are one of the wonderful things we butchy queer women share with our gay male brethren (along with barista jobs, librarian jobs, and really cool eyeglasses).
Aside from looking cute and trendy and gay, fauxhawks are versatile. You can wear them long, like these:
Or short, like these:
Or somewhere in the middle, like these:
Another advantage of fauxhawks is that, because your hair isn't completely shaved on the sides, you can just part it on the side and brush it over for work rather than spiking it up in the middle, if you want to look more mainstream. Then it looks a lot like a run-of-the-mill guys' cut.
Fauxhawks have now been in style for almost a decade, and their fashionability shows no sign of waning. Will we look back on fauxhawks in 20 years the way people look back on mullets today? Who knows. Keep reading BW and I'll let you know when you need to nix it. For now, they look great. Want to see a few more fauxhawks that readers sent in? You know you do.
These two demonstrate how a loose, spiky, intentionally misaligned fauxhawk can look terrific:
And these two show how thick, wavy hair can work as a fauxhawk or partial fauxhawk:
And here are some more! (I don't have room to share all of them, but I'm squeezing in as many as I can...)
If you want to try out a fauxhawk, make sure you go to a stylist who knows what he or she is doing. For example, my hair is very thick and hard to cut. My awesome stylist spends about an hour on it, and thins it somehow (magic?). I used to go to a barber. He took 20 minutes and I left with a hard-to-style overgrown buzz cut. Asking for recs from dyke friends can be helpful, and it's good to take a picture to help show what you want.
My next few posts will talk about other butch hair styles and give you some leads on hair products. I know it can be hard to get a good dyke haircut, so don't hesitate to post your thoughts and questions in the comments section.
3/22/2012 07:21:06 am
@ eL: True! I didn't mean to knock all barbers! I tried 4-5 and none worked out for me. But there are definitely some great ones (and some really bad expensive stylists). I just meant that if you have demanding hair and/or a demanding style, you may need to look at non-obvious haircutting options.
I cut my own hair. I've never had any training, but I looked up a couple techniques on youtube and try to emulate pictures of hairstyles that I like. (I'm the one pictured in the bottom right corner under the "or somewhere in the middle" category, not a bad job in my opinion!). For those whose hair grows quickly, it can be an economical choice if you're feeling particularly bold to try it! It can be fun to play with scissors!
3/22/2012 08:12:31 am
My DGF does that! She's braver than I am...
3/22/2012 08:34:23 am
.....so why is it that we can't find a good barber or someone who wants to cut dykes hair? C'mon surely out there somewhere there must be lesbians who cut hair? IF NOT WHY NOT? ('hole in the market' is what springs to mind!......) but goes to show isn't just in UK that us lesbians have difficulty in getting our hair cut the way we want it.....I give up with the haircut; I would love a fauxhawk (had a flattop in the past!) but barber decided to do bad cut one day so I wouldn't return. . . it worked sad to say. I never go to a 'hairdresser' and refuse to pay ridiculous prices for my haircut! Have tried mens barbers; but as said previous; end up with bad cut so you stop going! Now my hair is like an over grown hedge! So if I must endure a ponytail then so be it! Or I may hack it to death with the scissors!
3/22/2012 09:35:10 am
Find a hairstylist in the 'community'. My sister in law is a stylist so I'm lucky! Don't go to an old school barber if you can help it.
3/22/2012 11:14:51 am
So many cute girls.
3/22/2012 05:19:31 pm
I too buzz my own! My Mother is a retired beautician ..(that's what they were called in the old days) refused to take it short enough, always complained it would look too "butch". Go figure.
3/23/2012 08:51:12 am
Oh my, oh my, oh my. I wish my girlfriend would get a fauxhawk...I adore them! But she prefers a shorter, very mens-like style. :(
3/23/2012 09:18:15 am
3/23/2012 10:47:37 pm
Oh wow, I'm rather fond of this post not only because I like the haircuts but so many cute pictures! And I agree with Victoria you have some very, very attractive readers out there.
3/24/2012 02:01:42 am
In my experience it is best to avoid the $15 no appointment places. They are working with how many heads they can get in their chair per day vs style. It is important when you go in to be friendly and in my experience give then the freedom to use the tools they are most comfortable with. I usually walk in and say generally what I want... When they ask if I prefer clippers, scissors, razor I say that's up to you! Use what your most comfortable with. Have fun. Wash and go. Please no straight lines. (makes me look like an 8 year old boy)
3/30/2012 04:31:52 am
My Honey has been going to a lady that works at Fantasic Sams, is a licensed barber and beautician. She's completely amazing and actually listens! You've gotta get past the neon pink blown out hair, the peircings and the tattoos. Funny thing is, she's a mom too and we ran into her at the grocery store. She was just the same, whatcha see is whatcha get with her. I don't believe that everyone working in those $15 no appointment places is in such a rush. This girl takes her time, and even told us where to find coupons :)
3/25/2012 04:06:04 am
Thank you for this blog! A friend linked to it off of facebook and I'm in love! I've been trying to figure out what kind of women I'm attracted to since coming out two years ago and I've finally realized that though I love all kinds of women, it's a butch that really revs my engine. There aren't many butches my age in this town, so it's nice to have some eye candy here! Thank you for all the pics!
11/15/2012 01:46:21 am
I just recently got my hair cut in this style. Was something totally different for me. Was a bit worried that I couldn't pull it off but I have received tons of compliments on my new do. And I have gained a great stylist and friend. Talk about an expensive haircut, I live in FL but drive to GA for it. Some may say I'm a fool but when it is good, it is good and I wont be butchered again.
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