30 Awesome Braided Mohawk Hairstyles For Women 2024

by Helen Sroski

Want to try something edgy and cool, but don’t want to drastically cut your hair? Why not try these braided mohawk hairstyles for women?

A mohawk is a rebellious hairstyle made popular by the punk movement of the 1970s. In this style, the sides of the head were shaved off, leaving a strip of spiky hair in the middle.

A lot of women are wearing their hair in a mohawk. And I always wanted one too. But I was also really hesitant to shave a large chunk of my locks.

So I found these braided mohawk hairstyles for women to be a very fun alternative.

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You can create a braided mohawk or more accurately a faux hawk by braiding your head in a particular way.

And voila! You have a mohawk without any drastic changes to your hairstyle! It’s amazing because you can let down your hair and style it differently at any time. 

Something that’s almost impossible if you’re getting a regular mohawk.

These braided mohawk hairstyles for women are not just for African American hair that is braided into protective hairstyles.

If you have fine, thin hair or type 1 or 2 hair textures, you can still try out these braided mohawks by using fishtail braids, Viking braids, other braided hairstyles that suit your hair textures.

Braided Mohawk Hairstyles For Women

Here are some of my favorite braided mohawk hairstyles for women. With these inspirations, you can indulge your punk side for a brief time without doing anything extreme to your tresses. 

#1-   Fully Braided Mohawk Hairstyles For Women

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This is the most classic version of the braided mohawk. This is great for type 4b and 4c hair which has been braided into a protective hairstyle.

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The braids in the middle are then braided together again (think of it as a French braid for braids) to create a faux hawk. 

#2- Spiral Crochet Mohawk Braided Hairstyles For Women

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If you want your braids to have volume and thickness, this is among the best, braided mohawk hairstyles to try. 

You can get this look by braiding the hair sections on the side to resemble a spiral and gathering the micro braids on the top of your head to resemble a mohawk.

#3- Spring Narrow Mohawk Braids

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You’ve seen what a fully braided hairstyle looks like, right? Just imagine this as a partially braided version of the same.

Here, the mohawk section of the hair at the crown of your head isn’t braided. It’s let loose and curled to add volume.

You can use hairspray to add more texture. And if your locks are too fine, I suggest getting a curly hair extension instead. 

#4- One Side Flow Mohawk 

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Traditionally mohawks are supposed to be the dead center of your head and appear spiky and controlled. However, that’s not easy to do with long, wavy hair.

So you can just braid one side of your head in any direction you like and leave your wavy hair open, completely towards the other side.  

#5- Side Braids Faux Hawk

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This is one of the easiest braided hairstyles for women with long and wavy or straight hair. 

Unlike crochet braids or cornrows, you don’t need a professional to create this hairstyle! 

All you need to do is add loads of body to your locks with help of a texturizing spray and braid the side sections into a fishtail.

Now pile the middle section on top of your head like a faux hawk and use a hairspray to keep it in place. 

#6- Multiple Cornrow Braided Mohawk For Little Girl

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In this type of braided mohawk hairstyle, the tresses are braided into cornrows, which are then again twisted into a single braid on the top of your head like a mohawk. 

This is a very practical and cute hairstyle for little girls as well. 

#7- Rolled Up Mohawk Braid 

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Instead of piling the braids on your head to create a faux hawk, in this hairstyle, you need to twist them into rolls and pin them into place.

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It’s also called a pin-up braided faux hawk. 

#8- Royal Mohawk Braids

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This hairstyle takes your mohawk a bit further and adds a lot of shine and volume to it. 

#9- Open Top with Side Braid Mohawk

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You can create this hairstyle by first taking out an extreme partition to the side and then micro braiding your locks.

Do not braid all the way through and keep the ends open. These ends will help create your open-top mohawk.

#10- Natural Mohawk Braids

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This hairstyle is very sporty and sophisticated at the same time. The braided mohawk for natural hair won’t be out of place for a dinner date either. 

#11- Braided Mohawk Hairstyle with Shaved Sides

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If you’re comfortable with shaving the sides but still want to keep some length in the middle, you can try out these braided mohawk hairstyles for women. 

#12- Braided Mohawk with High Ponytail

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You can create a faux hawk by braiding your hair into a French plait and then tying the rest of your locks into a high ponytail.

This is a very easy hairstyle to create and you can wear it to school as well.

#13- Classy Braided Mohawk

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A mohawk? At a wedding? No way! But it’s possible with this hairstyle.

It looks very sophisticated but still makes you stand out from the crowd.

#14- Faux Hawk with Curly Bangs

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This braided hairstyle will help you not only get mohawk but also bangs without technically getting a haircut for either of them!

 #15- Half Up Faux Hawk

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You can combine the braids and mohawk with a half up half down hairstyle for a more elegant look. 

 #16- Loose Ponytail Braided Mohawk

If you have long, thin hair and don’t want to add the stress of tight braids or a high pony, this is a great way to get a mohawk.

#17- Mohawk with Braids for Short Hair

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If you have short hair or have to deal with shrinkage, don’t worry. Just braid the side sections of your hair close to your scalp and let your afro flourish in the middle with all its glory.

#19- Pompadour Braided Mohawk

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This one is similar to the open-top braided mohawk. The only difference is the addition of a pompadour at the front.

If you want a more retro, punk-style hairdo, you can go for the pompadour mohawk with braids.

#20- Mohawk Braid with Chignon

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Another elegant version of the braided mohawk! This one is suitable for all the special occasions in your life!

#21- African Braided Mohawk with Jewelry

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Braids are still an integral part of African culture. Pay homage to this traditional hairstyle by adding a few beaded jewelry pieces to your mohawk.

#22- Braided Mohawk with Low Braided Bun

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This hairstyle is similar to the mohawk with a chignon. But here you have to create a braided bun low at the nape of your neck.

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Also, this hairstyle is more suited to kinky, coily hair textures. 

#23- Pink and Blue Mohawk Braids Hairstyle

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A mohawk and braids hairstyle is a fantastic way to show off your hair colors. 

As this is such a punk hairdo, I suggest going for very vibrant, rebellious tones such as pink and blues instead of your regular ombre and highlights.

#24- Complex Multifaceted Mohawk

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This is one of those braided mohawk hairstyles for women that look so complicated on the outside but are rather simple to create.  

You have to add a lot of volume to your hair by brushing it and adding texturizing spray.

Then you need to braid the middle section from the back of your head and pin it in place.

Finally braid the side sections and insert them into the middle to complete this braided fauxhawk.

#25- Flat Twist Mohawk Braid

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Flat twists are among the most popular braided mohawk styles for black females. You can create this style with short hair as well.

#26- Two Tone Braided Mohawk

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Want to stand out from the crowd? Try dying your mohawk in two different shades. You can add a lighter highlight to one part if you don’t want anything too dramatic. 

#27- Viking Braids Faux Hawk

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This is one of the braided mohawk hairstyles with weaves that you can easily do at home. It also suits women with long, straight hair. 

#29- Voluminous Braided Faux Hawk

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If you have thin hair, try adding lots of body and volume to your mohawk with help of sea salt spray or volume powder.  

#30- Crown Mohawk Braid

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This is one of the braided mohawk little girls will love. And you can try it too! 

Instead of piling your open hair or micro braids on the top of your head to create the mohawk, you create halo braids instead. 

Braided mohawk hairstyles for women may look complicated to create, but they look beautiful once finished.

If you have kinky coily hair, these braids will help protect and grow your hair. I also suggest going to a professional to get your tresses braided in this case.

For other hair textures, the mohawk braid can help add volume and style to your long hair and let you experiment without any commitment to one hairdo.

Most of these braided mohawk hairstyles suit long hair as you need to twist and braid it several times over.

But if you’ve got short hair, you can try hair extensions to get the desired length. 

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