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The Hair Comb Faux Hawk

By January 27th, 202121 Comments
The Hair Comb Faux Hawk
by Lisa Michelle of NaturallyCurly

Do you remember hair combs? Yep, I’m talking about the old school
ones your mom used to use in your hair. These little ingenious creations
have made a comeback with a vengeance! They come in all different sizes
and colors, and there are even some cool designs to help give you new
and creative ways to style your hair. You might have some already in
your drawers, so go grab them. If you don’t, it’s time to take a trip to
your local beauty supply store. Let’s see how we can transition your
day look into a fabulous nighttime style.

A great evening look is chic and stylish, and you can be a little bolder with your hair. One of my favorite looks, and a popular one among curly girls, is a faux hawk. Hair combs are the perfect tool to create this style because they’re strong enough to hold all those curls back without causing damage.
Because of the simplicity, this style is great for any length, short or
long. In fact, I think this style looks exceptionally fly with shorter
hair…it just makes the curls stand out even more!

Faux Hawk with Hair Combs

There are so many variations of the faux hawk style, but I usually
like to keep it simple; again, you can be as bold as you want!

  1. Part the Front: Since my hair is longer, I start by
    picking a side that I want my hair to fall to. You may or may not want
    to make a hard part here. You can take the front section of your hair
    and part it on the side you usually do or just sweep it to the side you
    want it on.
  2. Pin the Sides: Once you have decided on that,
    smooth the hair on one side up towards the crown of your head. Then,
    take a large hair comb and put it in your hair (with the teeth going
    down towards your ear) to hold it in place. Flip your hair over and do
    the same thing to the other side.
  3. Pin the Back: Smooth back of your hair up towards
    the crown of your head. Then, take a medium-sized comb place it to hold
    up the hair in the back pushing it down towards your neck.
  4. Style the Front: Now for the front of your hair,
    you can do one of two things: leave it out, or pin it up. I usually
    choose to pin my hair up because it’s so long and I don’t want it in my
    face when I’m partying. To pin it up, gently sweep the hair to one side,
    take a small hair comb, and pin it in place. I love bangs, and this
    gives me just enough to make me happy!

Here’s a quick tip to make your life easier
when using hair combs. You should go in the OPPOSITE direction than you
would think. When I first started using them I didn’t know I was using
them wrong, but my hair never stayed up! Putting it in the opposite
direction allows the teeth of the comb to really grasp and hold your
hair in place. So don’t go in the direction you are pushing your hair
in, put it in the other way and your hair will stay for the night! Happy

What variations do you love to do on a faux hawk?


  • Hilary B. says:

    this is really cute! can't seem to find hair combs anywhere though, not even Amazon :/

  • Anonymous says:

    how can i stop my hair from being brittal and difficult to handle?????
    zainab s

  • watkinsabob says:

    wow! ive been trying for days to figure out why my hair combs weren't staying tight. Thanks so much for that tip!!!

  • Ayisha B says:

    Can't wait to try this…nice!!

  • Lisa Michelle says:

    You got it Anon 10:55a, great way too of describing the comb against the scalp! I just hold the clip down (like you said, towards my ear) I have double comb clips too that I'm going to do an article on later…those are a bit more tricky IMO, but still great when you don't want to use a bunch of pins.

    Thank you guys again for your input, I loved this style and I'm glad you like it too!! Check out my blog and facebook for more 🙂

  • marianela says:

    @ Lisa Michelle, Thank you so much for the products you use Lisa. I appreciate it, I am always looking for something new to try.

  • Anonymous says:

    Shut the front door I love I mean I LOVE when you guys post an article that makes light bulbs go off in my head!! I've been using a zillion bobby pins to get my hair to stand up lol thanks for the advice! I feel so dumb now lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the info on how to use the combs. I have done a fro-hawk before, but sometimes I forget how to place the combs.

    Nicol C.

  • Anonymous says:

    @ABRUNNIN – The trick is to hold the comb "backward" (so that the curve is lying against your scalp) with the teeth facing the fro part of the hair. Then when the teeth are inserted into the hair, flip the comb over so that the teeth push in the opposite direction as recommended (in direction of ear). Hope this helps.

  • Marina says:

    I too am confused about placement of the combs! Can't get my hair to stay in place at all…

  • ABRUNNIN says:

    I'm still confused on how to use the combs :-/

  • Lisa Michelle says:

    Hey ladies, it's Lisa Michelle 🙂 Thanks for checking out my take on a faux-hawk! My hair is so long and I never really thought I could pull it off until I gave it a shot. @Marianela, I only have a couple of products in my hair here, Kinky Curly Knot Today is my leave-in, Earth's Nectar Monoi Hair Milk (purchased at Natural Resources Salon in Houston) is my butter, and Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries is my refresher/spray leave-in. I've found a few varieties of hair combs at the beauty supply store, but I also found some good Goody ones at Kroger and CVS…check the unexpected places too! Thanks again ladies for all your support, and please check out my blog too 🙂 /

  • Abby says:

    what a brilliant idea! I remember when my mum used to drag them into my hair…. (:

  • Tenesha B. says:

    I'm what you would call "style challenged", but this I think I could pull off!!

  • marianela says:

    Can I ask what products did she use in her hair? Does anyone know? I have attempted to do a frohawk and I have only succeeded once so I will post back when I try this technique. Thank you for the article.

  • Jennifer says:

    I love Lisa's hair texture, it's gorgeous! It's so thick and the curls are super cute. #Texascurls

  • Anonymous says:

    I had cornrows on the sides and let the middle part out.
    I didn't and STILL dont have that length yet though Lol
    But when i do I'm jockin this style

    Ashley L.

  • melgeo says:

    Update and retraction: I guess a braid out isn't considered a protective style. Although, it sure is keeping my hair healthy and helping it grow. Sorry Leah.

  • melgeo says:

    Leah, do you do braids outs? That's protective styling you could use to achieve this look. I'm transitioning, so instead of using combs and banana clips for these kind of styles, I use black rubber duck bill clips I've been buying for years at Sally's (I put a link to some similar ones at Ricky's below). They're gentle on my hair but hold it in place and are easily hidden. They work for all my up-dos.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where are you finding hair combs?! I keep checking stores but never find anything other than the tiny ones or colorful ones designed for little girls.

  • Unknown says:

    Yet another reason why protective styling can be seen boring, because you can't do this.. what. Can you really do with braids?

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