17 Best Mohawk Fade Haircuts (Style Guide for Men)

The Mohawk and Pawnee tribes started the famous mohawk haircut that continues to be popular today.  New hairstyle trends combine for an updated look: the mohawk fade haircut. While it’s easy to style and cut a traditional mohawk, have you ever tried to fade and taper this look? 

mohawk fade

What is a Mohawk Fade?

The mohawk fade is a trendy style variation to the classic mohawk, with its middle strip of spiky hair and shaved sides. The new look maintains the signature strip of center hair, but introduces a fade down to the shaved sides. The fades can also vary using a temp fade, burst fade or taper fade.

The mohawk fade further differs from the traditional mohawk where the sides are no longer clean-shaven but buzzed tight instead. Sometimes confused with the faux hawk fade, this style is typically longer on the sides with a slight fade and taper down the back creating the accentuated center hair look.

The hair in back can be uniform or taper off in length, adding to the unique style.

From shaving the mohawk to fading techniques, if you want to give yourself the perfect mohawk fade, we provide all the different styles and tips below.

While 1980s punk rockers had long, spiked mohawks, this new hairstyle is much shorter and not as rough around the edges.

See the Difference: Taper vs Fade Haircut

1. Short Mohawk with High Fade

A skin fade into a high fade with a short, slicked mohawk is a neat, stylized look for a faux hawk. The fade below blends in perfectly with a high fade line and beard. 

As a short haircut, you’ll have more time in between haircuts to let this mohawk grow, but having a trimmer with various guards can help you keep up the fade on your own. 

Short Mohawk with fade

2. Taper Fade Mohawk

This look is trending right now due to its shorter, tapered back and clean faded sides.

While the mohawk is a bit short, the fade easily blends into the taper that evenly goes from the sides down to the back and neck, ending in a point. 

Mohawk taper fade

3. Long Mohawk with Fade

Longer mohawk hairstyles can be styled many different ways, depending on the impact you want to achieve. 

For example, this is a longer, almost traditional mohawk with a high clean fade. 

4. Burst Fade Mohawk

Any time you ask for a burst fade, you also ask for a mohawk fade. This style is trimmed around the ear, fading and tapering the sides in a radial way to circle the back of the head and taper to the neck. 

Here are a few ways to enhance a mohawk with a clean, burst fade:

5. Dyed Mohawk Fade

The mohawk fade is pretty iconic because of its edgy look, but it requires a lot of skill to create perfect symmetry and clean fades. So what about adding hair color dye and highlights into the mix? 

There are a few mohawk looks that work with dyed and faded locks:

6. Low Fade Mohawk

Creating a low fade with a mohawk can be difficult if you don’t also taper the sides and back. The result is typically a graduated fade that blends in with long hair but keeps the length down past the crown slightly, then tapered down to the neck. 

7. Comb over Mohawk Fade 

8. Slick Mohawk Fade

Slick back mohawk looks use pomade, wax, and other styling products to comb back hair and keep it in place, also known as the slick back.

9. Mohawk Fade with Line

Using your razor, you can create a clean side part or lined mohawk. These looks work well with taper fades, but the lines should be clean and straight. 

For more unique designs and signature cuts, scroll to the bottom.

10. Mohawk Fade with Beard

When you have a beard, fading and trimming a mohawk will focus on your fade line.

With a high fade mohawk, barbers typically start the fade at the top of the ear, showing off some sideburns before clean fading with a razor.  Whether your beard is bushy or cleaned up, this look may have an edgy street appeal.   

11. Curly Mohawk Fade

Who doesn’t love the curly look? It’s one of the characteristics that make the mohawk fade stand out even more.

Whether you like short or long, wild curly looks, the mohawk fade cut with curls has a huge visual impact that other mohawks simply can never achieve. 

Take a look at curly mohawk fades:

12. Bald Fade Mohawk

The bald fade isn’t for everyone, and it takes patience to create this look. The best way to achieve this look is to think of a high fade with a clean shave from your ear to fade line.

Hardly any hair is tapered with this look, leaving a very small strip of hair to fade and blend.

13. Pompadour Mohawk Fade

The pompadour has more length on top, but it’s still a relatively tidy, short mohawk fade.

Longer mohawks may be styled with mousse or pomade for a different look, such as the pompadour.

With a high “pomp” of hair in the front, the rest is typically slicked or combed back.

14. Afro Mohawk Fade

Want to achieve maximum impact and style a mohawk with your natural hair? The afro style is a wide mohawk that has shaved and faded sides.

Picking your hair is important for this look. The right hair comb and moisture will help your afro maintain its thickness and softness. 

15. Bleached Mohawk Fade

From gradient bleached looks to completely dyed mohawks, the blonde drop fade mohawk or bleached mohawk got even more famous thanks to NBA star Allen Crabbe

This haircut for men needs some upkeep with regular trimming and color dying to keep your bleached blonde look. This style works well with curly hair and shaved sides.

16. Mohawk Undercut Fade

The mohawk undercut hairstyle centers on longer hair that can be slicked back, combed over, or left untamed.

Usually paired with a mid to high fade, the hair on top is left several inches longer. This look works best with a taper down the back.

17. unique Mohawk Fade Designs

Men’s hairstyles can be far more unique than you think. Some barbers like to include a signature design or you can request different designs to be shaved into your classic mohawk. 

For black men, some of the best signature mohawk designs are done with a liner attachment using short, swift strokes to carefully craft unique curves, lines, and shapes.

How to Get a faded mohawk

  1. Use clippers with guards ranging from 0.5 to 4mm 
  2. Leave hair on top long and use barber shears to trim down length
  3. Shave lines using the edge of the razor or a liner attachment
  4. Add pomade, wax, mousse, or other styling cream to get the looks below

Barbers will traditionally do a clean skin fade up to a high mohawk fade with a taper down the back. The fade line is much higher than your traditional high fade as well.

Learn how to cut a mohawk

By Eric Melillo

I'm the co-owner of B&B. I live in Guilford, Connecticut and I've been obsessed with bald & beard styles & trends for over 20 years..