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50 Mohawk Braids That You Need to Know About Now

by Sherri Owens

From mohawk braids with cornrows to ones with twists and locs, they are so many styles to choose. There are just as many options even if you don't have natural hair.

After a few decades as a professional stylist, I have pulled off a number of different braids, mohawk braids included. So, I can guide you through the entire selection.

Let's take a look.

The Best Braided Mohawk Hairstyles

Here are the braided mohawk hairstyle ideas you should be inspired by:

Braided Mohawk with Cornrow Braids

There are lots of ways to rock a mohawk braid with cornrow braids.

The first thing you need to decide on is if you want thin cornrows or chunky braids.

Mohawk with Cornrow Braids

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Chunky braid styles tend to be preferred over tiny cornrows, but it is definitely a personal decision.

Lemonade Braids for Kids

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Chunky braid styles

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Before choosing one or the other, think of the effect you would like to create. This will give you a better idea of which style will work best.

Here are some examples of how you can work your cornrows into braided mohawks:

If you can't decide between small braids and big cornrows, you don't have to thank to this braided mohawk hairstyle with feed in braids. The alternating thick and thin braids creates a beautiful pattern, all leading up to a thick stunning mohawk braid.

Want to take this exquisite faux hawk look to the next level? Then pop in some jewelry for some added bling.

Feed in braid for a brown hair

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Braided Mohawk Style

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What is great about these long mohawk braids is that they are of different thicknesses. Those on the sides are thicker and as you go lower down the scalp, the style ends up in tiny braids.

If you take a close look, you will see box braids at the front of the scalp. What makes this braided mohawk hairstyle work is how all these different styles of braids blend in beautifully together.

Blend of different styles of braids

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This is a slightly different take on the above mohawk style. However, it is still just as breathtaking. The trick here is to have the side braids placed at different angles all leading up to the main mohawk braid. This gives you a varying look, depending on how your mohawk hairstyle is viewed.

Tribal Mohawk

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Here is a unique take on the braided mohawk hairstyle. The braids here have a uniform style but are pulled into a mohawk at the back of the head. This is a great option if you're looking for a subtle mohawk, one that will work for a variety of events.

Side Mohawk Braids

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Subtle Mohawk Braids For Kids

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Half Up Half Down Top Bun Braid

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The tint of gold along the braids adds the finishing touch to these elegant mohawk style.

Tint of gold along the braids

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There is so much to love about this braided mohawk hairstyle! While the side braids at the start of this style are placed parallel to one another, the back of the head is done up in perpendicular braids.

Then, you have a ribbon braided into the main mohawk braid for a lovely pop of color.

Ribbon braided into the main mohawk braid

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Do you want to do something different with your natural hair mohawk braid? Here are some great ideas!

Here, the cornrows on the top half of the head make up the mohawk braids. The bottom half consists of crochet braids. This gives the appearance of a half up do mohawk.

half up do mohawk braid

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Here, you have gorgeous goddess braids in a curved pattern giving way to a braided mohawk hairstyle. This is a great option for anyone who still wants a loose flowing mohawk style.

Loose flowing mohawk style

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Braided Mohawk with Twists

Yes, although mohawk braid hairstyles consist of traditional braids, this isn't always the case. Long twists work just as well here. So, if you're looking for something different to do with your natural hair, here are your top ideas.

Here you have the side braids parallel to one another. The braids leading up the mohawk hairstyle twists are also more defined here.

Two Strand Twist Braided Mohawk

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If you're looking for mohawk hairstyles where the twists take center stage, this is some great inspiration. The twists start a lot closer to the scalp, resulting in a fuller mohawk fashion.

Mohawk hairstyles with twists in center stage

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Want to add in a pop of color to your faux hawk? Here is a look you should definitely try out. This works best with hair extensions in rich shades that are still quite natural.

Brown Colored Faux Hawk

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Braided Mohawk with Locs

A braided mohawk with locs is one of the best ways to show your faux hawk off! As an added bonus, there are lots of different mohawk hairstyles to choose from here.

If you have micro locs, this is a great mohawk braid style to check out. The locs are pulled at different angles and twisted into small knots marching down your head.

This is a great look if you want inspiration for a mohawk updo as well. The hair accessory is the perfect finishing touch to this gorgeous look.

Mohawk Micro Locs

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If you're looking for a slightly different take on your mohawk braided hairstyles, you should consider this style. What's interesting about this look is that the locs are going in the opposite direction. This allows you to change things up a bit.

Mohawk Short Loc Styles

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Are you all about going big and bold with your long hair? Then this is the style you should adopt! There is so much going on here with this faux hawk. However, the individual intricate patterns and styles work beautifully together.

The loop at the top helps to create the illusion of a mohawk updo. Then, the locs making up the main braided mohawk are held together by locs pulled in from the side of the head. It certainly helps that this is all done up in a bright and vibrant blue!

Mohawk Blue Locs

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Braided Mohawk with Curls

If you are looking to flaunt your natural hair, braided mohawk hairstyles topped off by beautiful curls are the way to go.

Once again, you have so many options to play around with here. These braided mohawks look great for those with medium length hair as well as long hair.

This braided mohawk hairstyle is beyond adorable! If you take a closer look, you will see that the braids on either side of the mohawk are twisted into little knots and clipped off with hair rings.

Braided Mohawk with Curls

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As far as mohawk braid hairstyles go, this one is a little different. This is because the side braids are arranged in a different pattern to most other braided mohawks. Still, it is incredibly cute.

Mohawk Braid For Golden Hair

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Here are some similar styles to borrow from:

Mohawk Braid For Burgundy Colored Hair

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Mohawk Braids and Blondie Curls

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Braided Mohawk On Purple Hair

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Braided Mohawk Updo

There are lots of ways to create a braided mohawk updo. I will walk you through all of them.

If you have natural hair, here are some styles you can borrow from.

Cornrow Styles Braided Mohawk

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Orange and Blonde Braided Mohawk Updo

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Here, the locs have been twisted towards the middle and piled up on top of the head as a mohawk braid. This is a great look if you want to keep your mohawk updo casual and fuss-free. This style should only take you a short while to do if you already have locs.

Casual and Fuss-Free Mohawk Updo

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This is a good look for anyone who has cornrows or twists. As you can see, the mohawk braid is made up of the twists neatly tucked around and underneath. This results in an elegant braided mohawk look.

Elegant Braided Mohawk Style

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Are you someone who likes to play around with lots of different styles? If so, this is the braided mohawk updo you have to try. It has braids and twists, all working together in beautiful harmony.

I also like that some of the twists are left loose in the front. This gives the whole look a slightly casual air, making it suitable for a wide variety of occasions.

braids and twists mohawk hairstyle

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If you have fine or straight hair, you don't have to be left out of this mohawk braid trend. There are plenty of styles to try out as well.

Mohawk Braid For Layered Fine Hair

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Mohawk Updo Prom Hair

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Mohawk Updo Wedding Hair

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For this type of mohawk braid, follow the same process as if you were creating French braids. Take smaller sections of hair from the sides and gather them in the middle. Here, you can braid the hair or twist them into knots and secure with bobby pins.

This look works best if you have long hair or hair extensions. If you have shorter hair or layers, pieces of the French braid may keep coming out at intervals.

If you have fine hair, be careful about how you take sections of hair from the side of your head. Thicker sections work best as it helps to create a fuller French braid or knot at the top of the head. This is especially important to keep in mind if you have light-colored hair.

Braided Mohawk with Bantu Knots

A braided mohawk along with bantu knots is such a lovely style. It is perfect for the summer or if you want to keep the hair off your face.

If you want a mohawk braid with bantu knots, there are several styles to consider.

For a more simple mohawk braid with bantu knots, take a look at these styles:

Bantu Knots for Baby Girl

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Bantu Knots Mohawk

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Looking for a little more braid action with your bantu knots and mohawk braid? These are the styles you should be looking at:

Bantu Knots Mohawk With More Braids

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Bantu Knots For Black and Brown Curly Hair

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Bantu Knot Braid Style for Mix of Three Shades of Hair

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These braided mohawk styles work with cornrows, twists, and locs. It is all about coming up with a pattern you like and finishing it up with bantu knots at the top.

Keep in mind that you have some options when it comes to bantu knots as well. If you're looking for something more subtle, create knots that are smaller and a little flatter.

Want a look that will really pop? Create longer knots and feature a few more twists and loops.

Dutch Braided Mohawk

A Dutch braid is similar to a French braid. With French braids, however, when braiding the hair, you place one section over the other. In the case of a Dutch braid, the sections are placed underneath each other.

The result is that the Dutch braid stands out from the scalp. This is why a mohawk Dutch braid tends to be more prominent than other styles.

If you want a simple Dutch mohawk braid, this is the most basic style:

Dutch Braided Mohawk For Teens

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Mohawk Dutch Braid Rapunzel Hair

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Mohawk Dutch Braid For Black Hair

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Here, you simply take sections of hair and bring them to the middle of the scalp where the mohawk braid is formed. If you want a subtle braid, take smaller sections of hair. Thicker sections will create a more prominent mohawk.

There are many ways you can dress this look up as well.

For instance, you can have two smaller braids marching parallel along the main mohawk braid. They can be joined together at the nape of the neck.

Smaller Braids Parallel Along The Mohawk Braid

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Or, you can have multiple side braids with their own complex pattern and design. Bear in mind that your mohawk doesn't always have to end in a braid. You can also tie it in a sleek ponytail.

Multiple Side Braids with Sleek Ponytail

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Braided Mohawk with Shaved Sides

If you want a more classic mohawk look, get shaved sides. If you already have them, the following styles are going to be a breeze.

As you can see, this style works really well if you have locs:

Braided Mohawk with Shaved Sides

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It's just as convenient if you have one, two, or multiple braids. Since you have shaved sides, there are a lot more options to style your braids. Even if you keep them loose, they will create a mohawk design.

At the same time, you can choose to knot, braid, or style them by tying the braids into a ponytail at the nape of your neck.

Knot Braid Mohawk With Blue Plait

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Knotless Mohawk Braids

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Mohawk box braids

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Mohawk 2 Braids and Star Shaped Side Shave

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Burgundy box braided mohawk

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Do you have short hair and don't want shaved sides? This look can work just as well. You will need hair extensions for the middle portion of your hair if it is equally short all around.

Braided Mohawk For Short Hair

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Tribal Braid?

Tribal braids follow traditional African braiding patterns. Examples of these include Ghana braids and box braids. These kinds of braids also have jewelry or accessories included in the design.

2. What are Knotless Braids?

Knotless braids are those where you start the braid off with your natural hair and only weave in the extensions later on. The result is a more natural-looking braid that can also result in better growth and healthier hair.

The braided mohawk is a beautiful and versatile hairstyle. And, now you know exactly all the different ways that you can pull this off from the mohawk updo to bantu knots and more!

The best thing here is that you don't have to stick to just one style. With so much of variety, you have the freedom to go from one style to another and try out all of them!

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