First there was the Mohawk. Then there was the fauxhawk. Now there’s the buzzhawk.
From Diddy to kids in Gap commercials to soccer star David Beckham, people sporting the one-stripe hairstyle are making bold statements all across the globe.
The buzzhawk entails shaving the sides of the head completely, leaving only a two-inch stripe of buzzed hair in the center. Head-on, the fauxhawk can look like a regular shaved head. But from the side it can resemble a miniature Mohawk, more so if the remaining hair is dyed a bright color. It’s like crossing Justin Timberlake’s shaved head with the consummate Mohawk worn by Mr. T (whose new reality series, “I Pity the Fool,” debuted this week).
Jeff April, a hairstylist at Jeffrey Stein Salon in New York, has been getting a lot of requests for the buzzhawk. “It’s something that’s caught on, and it’s becoming popular with the kids,” he said. “It’s definitely a big trend.”
To pull off the buzzhawk, April says, you have to be confident, daring and prepared to attract a few stares.
“You either have to be very funky or incredibly attractive,” he said.
“It’s a hard look to pull off. It’s severe, and it’s a statement, whether it’s a rock and roll or punk or party-animal statement.”
British heartthrobs like Beckham and cricket player Andrew Symonds have embraced the look, along with hockey player Todd Bertuzzi, Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete Chuck Liddell and Blue October singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld. Charity bigwig Gery Keszler sported a red buzzhawk and a black tuxedo at the Vienna Opera Ball, of all places. (See what the stylish new look is all about in these photos. )
April uses a simple buzzer to shave the head on both sides. He then uses scissors to perfect the stripe, or “design line,” down the middle.
Lastly, he puts in some light gel to give the style a little spike.
The buzzhawk requires monthly maintenance, and while it can be a huge change, it’s not as drastic as a Mohawk (think Travis Barker) or as much hard work as a fauxhawk (think Ryan Seacrest or Maddox Jolie-Pitt). Another advantage: Wearing a hat won’t mess it up.
“It reminds me of a feather on a hawk,” said Johnny Irizarry, an actor with a buzzhawk who was spotted by MTV News at Ashlee Simpson’s pink-themed pajama party (see “Ashlee Simpson Hosts Pajama Party, Says She Needs Rest” ). “I get a lot of stares, but they’re curious stares. So many people come up to me and tell me they like my hair and ask where I got it done. Everyone’s used to seeing themselves with the same hairstyle their whole lives — it’s great to switch it up now and then.”
When Irizarry’s mother saw his buzzhawk while visiting New York, she was shocked. “Oh my God, she totally freaked,” he said. “But what am I going to do, stay the same my whole life? So many of my friends were shocked at first, but now it’s grown on them, and they’re like, ‘You look awesome!’ ”
April stresses that the look is not for everyone. “You’re not a complete freak, but you couldn’t wear it in the corporate world,” he said. “But a rocker, an artist, someone in the creative arts could totally rock it.”