Introduction: Foolproof Mohawk

A mohawk, or mohican, hairstyle is a smart choice for summer. However, if you want to do it yourself, making sure the top and the back line up can be a challenge. Allow me to demonstrate the foolproof "Masking Tape Method"!

This method doesn't require much skill or practice to get right. If you do make a mistake, well, if you have enough hair on your head to wear a mohican, it will grow out soon, so don't sweat it.

Step 1: Equipment

The first thing you need is masking tape. DO NOT use duct/duck tape, or gaffer tape, as it will stick to your hair and possibly shed its adhesive.

Electric clippers are much more effective at removing hair than scissors, especially when you can't see what you are doing.

If you want to shave all the way down to your scalp, you will need an electric razor. The trimmer should be a sturdy slide-out design, and NOT a flip-out trimmer that is too flimsy or too awkward to use when you can't see what you are doing.

You will want to do this in front of a mirror! An additional hand mirror will allow you to check your work in the back, but you won't be able to hang onto it while you are trimming. The beauty of this method is that you are doing it mostly by feel.

Lastly, you need hair. As long as your middle of your hairline is somewhat forward of the top of your head, you can even have a huge forehead like mine.

Step 2: Tape

Tear off a piece of tape that is long enough to go from your eyebrows to the nape of your neck.

Pat your hair as flat as you can, brushing the top forward, and the back downward.

Center the tape between your eyebrows. Then pull it straight back, over your head, to the center of your neck.

Use the hand mirror or an honest pal to determine if the tape is centered on the top and the back. Pull it off and recenter it if something doesn't look right or feel right.

Step 3: Oil

Oil your clippers before you start! And maybe adjust the screw so the clippers are nice and quiet instead of going BRRRAAAAAPPPPTTTT and freaking out the whole lab. Consult the manual that came with your electric clippers.

Next, we cut!

Step 4: Clip

Start clipping above your ear in strokes from front to back, higher up your head each time. Brush the cut hair away so that you can see what you are doing.

Then clip from the nape of your neck upward, closer to the center each stroke. You won't be able to see it, so use your other hand to make sure you're not getting too close to the tape.

When you do get close to the tape, feel along the edge and press it down as you clip, to ensure the clippers do not slip under the tape. Run the clippers along your fingers and then reposition them. Use short strokes and keep the clippers pointed straight back or straight forward.

Try not to nick the long hairs sticking out sideways (they are part of your mohawk).

Step 5: Other Side

Repeat the process on the other side. It's not as easy with your non-dominant hand, so be careful.

Step 6: Remove Tape

YEEEEOUCH well OK it's not as bad as all that.

Step 7: Optional: Touch Up

If you want to shave down to the scalp, use your razor's sturdy trimmer to knock the remaining hair down a little, and then use the razor to make it all smooth.

The technique here is to make an L with your other hand. Smooth a section of your mohawk sideways, until your index finger is just barely covering the edge of the mohawk. Then run the trimmer/razor along your finger, taking care not to run it off the end of your finger.

Your razor's design will determine the proper position for your hand. Keep feeling around for sections of stubble that need shaved, and use your other hand to protect your mohawk.

It is easy to miss stubble near your crown or on the back of your head. Patience and practice, and checking with a hand mirror or a pal will enable you to get it all. If you don't, your mohawk will probably cover it up until it grows out in a day or two anyway. Don't get impatient or wild with the razor! That's how you get a sawtooth mohawk.

Step 8: Clean Up!

A messy workplace means the terrorists win.

Step 9: Looking Good

Change shirts, because yours is now covered in little itchy hairs.

Now you are ready for a punk show, or a Gigantes game, OR the Apocalypse. Enjoy your Foolproof Mohican!

Comments

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guerrbrandon made it!(author)2015-07-09

Where the hell can I get that rad shirt?

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bakunin made it!(author)2015-12-03

I don't think they sell that particular shirt anymore but it's a stable of wrasslers:
http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/wrestler-t-shirts/reno-scum.html

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bakunin made it!(author)2017-05-05

Looks like it is for sale once more!

http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/wrestler-t-shirts/...

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cosmicslop made it!(author)2015-07-09

You look awesome, man :) There was a time as an adolescent when I wanted one but not everyone can pull it off

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bakunin made it!(author)2015-12-03

I think they're lovely at any age, but it helps to still have hair on top!

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%C3%A9ponticelli made it!(author)2015-05-05

never thought about tape, great idea

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mikolynn made it!(author)2013-02-26

Jaja! Now, you look so cute  smart  hot  good!
Steps 9 and 10 are the more important!
:)

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denewf made it!(author)2013-01-19

If you could tape together what you cut off perhaps you could sell it to us hair challenged people..

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bmelton1 made it!(author)2011-12-22

Step four: MIX IN A BURGER THERE SLIM!

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fresnelman90 made it!(author)2011-04-30

I would not use Gaff (gaffer's) Tape. I accidently got some in my hair once, and iit was really painful to get out.

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bakunin made it!(author)2011-05-06

Thanks for the tip! I'll edit the Ible accordingly.

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nanosec12 made it!(author)2011-05-01

Your title is "Foolproof Mohawk" but you forgot that as soon as you are done, you MUST great everyone you meet that day with "I Pity the Fool"

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BtheBike made it!(author)2011-05-02

HAhah . Could put the left over hair on dbl stic tape and hand it out to Fools , so they can be worthy too . =)

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JBZG made it!(author)2011-05-01

Step one: Ensure you have the cojones to wear a Mohawk
Step two: Follow the 'ible
Step three: Wear with pride!

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hollowpointpeace made it!(author)2011-05-01

da skrimp coverd in earl!!?

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mastermakoko made it!(author)2011-04-30

id try to shave down the middle one too,coz if its to ling itl look kinda weird

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2011-04-30

I did not think this was going to work nearly as well as it did. Well done!

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darknessfalls made it!(author)2011-04-30

HAHAHA honestly, this is the same method my friends and I used when we shaved my mohawk over a year ago! honestly it does work AMAZINGLY WELL, gives a nice evenness to it which we found a bit difficult to come by

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ilpug made it!(author)2011-04-29

nice method man. now spike it with spray adhesive.

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