A faux hawk fade is a hairstyle in which hair is longer in the middle of the top of the head and shorter on the sides. The fade refers to the gradual transition between hair lengths. The term "faux hawk" is a play on the mohawk hairstyle.
A mohawk consists of hair that is long on top and shaved on the sides, leaving a strip of hair from the front to the back of the head. Individuals who wear mohawks often use styling products to make the long hair stand straight up, and faux hawks are often styled in a similar fashion. The mohawk hairstyle has been used for thousands of years in various parts of the world. Historically, hair was plucked rather than shaved.