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Natural Look Spotlight: The Frohawk

Natural Look Spotlight: The Frohawk


Sometimes you just want to try something a little different, you know? Last year, while doing a 6-month stretch of back-to- back protective hairstyles, I got bored of my regular go-to styles and wanted to try something that would look markedly different from my usual arsenal of twist outs, cornrows and braids. That’s when I stumbled on the frohawk.

The frohawk is a gorgeous hairstyle that is essentially the natural hair version of a Mohawk or a “Fauxhawk” (which is kinda like a mohawk where instead of shaving the sides you just pile your hair on the top of your head with gel). It requires that you keep your sides flat while emphasising a portion of your afro running down the centre of your hair. It’s quirky, and alternative and could be a fun look to try out for the summer especially if you are looking for a style to use for a concert or a music festival.

There are many ways of rocking a frohawk but my personal favourite method involves doing cornrows on both sides of one’s head in order to keep the sides down and then leaving the middle as a fro. One of the things I love most about it, is that it’s a relatively easy style to achieve. To get this look all you have to do is the following:

1. First of all moisturise your hair and fluff with an afro comb or a pick comb.
2. Part your hair into 3 large sections with one that goes straight down the middle and one on each side.
3. Do cornrows on each side of the hair. I usually do about 3 mid-sized cornrows on each side.

If you want a frohawk, that’s really all you have to do. However, I usually like to add a little something extra to my frohawk by curling the fro section. Sometimes I do this through the use of bantu knots. Other times, I use medium-sized rollers. Using bantu knots and rollers are especially great if you have 4C hair, because they can help stretch your hair too in the process, giving you the effect of a fuller, thicker frohawk. Whether you decide to curl your frohawk or not, one thing is sure: you’ll definitely be able to make heads turn.

So what do you think? Have you done a frohawk before? How did you flatten the sides? Did you do anything extra to make it stand out even more? Let me know in the comments below.


Frances Uhomoibhi
I am a 20-something Naturalista with a love for all things Black. I love writing, spoken word, and doing social justice work. Living in London, I hope to help young black girls to love their beauty inside and out.

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