Braided Faux Hawk With Cornrow Accents Tutorial

Braid Fawx Hawk With Cornrows Hairstyle Tutorial

Today we are showing how to make a voluminous Dutch braid faux hawk with sleek double cornrows on each side.  My daughter actually wore this edgy hairstyle to girls camp this year and loved it!  We posted a picture of the style on Instagram and Facebook a few months ago and have had quite a few requests for a tutorial, so here we are.  ;)

Faux hawks and braided mohawk type styles have been trendy and popular for awhile now and we think they are super cute and fun.  We have seen styles similar to this at dance competitions, in high fashion magazines, runway shows, for sporting events, in movies, on celebrities, (everyone from the Kardashians to Selena Gomez) all over the internet, etc.   

Braided Faux Hawk With Braided Cornrow Accents Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Of course, there are many different ways you could style this braided "faux hawk" for a similar look.  We chose to create a large stretched out "inside out" braid in the center, with 2 cornrows on each side.  This style would also look cute with a standard or multi strand pull-through braid in the center, which would hold the faux hawk shape with a lot of volume. Or, if you wanted to do a series of messy buns, that would be cute too.  Since my daughter was going camping for a few days when she initially wore this this hairstyle, we didn't want her to have to deal with taking out a bunch of elastics (which we would have used to make the pull-through braid or messy buns.) This is why we chose a dutch braid, which only required one elastic at the end!

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several temporary hair ties or clips to hold the ends of the braids while you are working and to help keep the hair sectioned and out of your way.
  • 1 medium size hair elastic or hair tie for the end of the braid.
  • Pomade, gel, or other product to help control flyaways,
  • Finishing hair spray.

If your hair is fairly thin, fine, or straight, you may want to add some texture to the center section before you start braiding.  You could do this by teasing your hair, crimping it with a crimping iron, or by adding product.  These methods will help add volume to your braids, but are not absolutely necessary.  Just pulling and stretching out the edges of the dutch braid (as shown in our tutorial) will add quite a bit of lift.

Since Halloween is right around the corner... I am seeing this style working with several costume ideas as well.  This would be adorable on a biker chick, punk rocker, viking, huntress, etc.
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