"Debuting my fauxhawk leads to learning history of said hairstyle" by: Jessica Shepard

   Sometimes I run into folks that read my columns and they ask me how I pick my topic for the week and I honestly have to admit that I have no idea.
   I seem to always circle back to the things I know more about rather than searching high and low for the newest thing.
   Granted, with everything hanging over our heads with the world today, I’m going to lean towards something a bit more entertaining.
   I’d rather have people read these little opinion pieces and get a chuckle or smile versus something emotionally charged and serious in tone.
   Now, there will be something that strikes me on a personal level and I’ll get the desire to share it with our dear readers in the easiest terms possible while trying to convey how I feel about it.
   After that, it’s always interesting to see who has something to add or another viewpoint to share with me.
   I’ve heard my fair share of complaints, too!
   Most recently, I was told that dress codes were crucial to a student’s learning environment by a local teacher.
   We could have even argued about it, but I just told them that it was a difference of opinion based on my own experiences and left it at that.
   Now I want to see the look on said teacher’s face when I proudly display my newest controversial haircut – the fauxhawk.
   Now, a fauxhawk copies the style of a Mohawk, but without shaving the sides of the head and not extending past the peak of the cranium.

The fauxhawk is typically worn with a small but noticeable spike in the middle, though usually considerably shorter than many traditional Mohawks.
   The haircut has become mainstream across genders and ages – along with color, length, and other variations.
   Notable celebrities sporting the fauxhawk include Pink, Miley Cyrus, Travis Barker, David Beckham, and Ruby Rose – just to name a few!
   Now, I’m well aware most of those names are going to be lost on our readership, so, let me go with one almost everyone should know – Mr. T!
   Though, to be fair, his cut is more of a full-line Mohawk.
   The Mohawk is a hairstyle in which both sides of the head are shaven, leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair in the center.
   It is today largely worn as an emblem of non-conformity but was featured in many military regiments including 16th century Cossacks and WWII US paratroopers in the 17th Airborne Division.
   The Mohawk is also sometimes referred to as an Iro in reference to the Iroquois (who include the Mohawk people), from whom the hairstyle is supposedly derived – though historically the hair was plucked out rather than shaved.
   Additionally, hairstyles bearing these names more closely resemble those worn by the Pawnee, rather than the Mohawk, Mohicans, Mohegan, or other groups whose names are phonetically similar.
   Did you know the oldest, most well-preserved Mohawk was found on a bog body from Ireland dated between 392-201 BC?
   So, overall, what does that mean?
   I’ve got a semi-historic hairstyle and more information about it to share with you all.
   Plus, I don’t think they dyed it blue back in the day, but, I do enjoy expressing my creativity in plain view.
 

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