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How-To: Textured Hawk


By Erin Gignac


The minute we saw this on-point textured mohawk, we knew we needed more details from the creator, Erin Hundley, Owner of Red Door Beauty Studio, American Board Certified Hair Colorist and Artistic Educator for Matrix.

“Do you ever get inspired instantly? Well, that happened,” Hundley said.

The trigger? A pile of purple hair. After a trial run, everyone was raving about it. People who saw the original look didn’t realize that the hair wasn’t the model’s natural hair.

The trick was the Stitch. Normally, you might notice the signs of pulling and catching around the base braids, created by the more popular crochet hook tool. This tool, however, upgraded her look—no ripping or discomfort included.

“It just glides through. There’s no catching.”

She knew she had to create a how-to showcasing the Stitch by Daniel Roldan, a tool she won at Matrix’s mid-year training in New Jersey. The tutorial came with support and backing from Daniel during the Julianna Bass runway show at New York Fashion Week, which is when Erin discussed her ideas with Daniel. He urged her to take action. So, she enlisted a team, purchased studio lighting and got to work.

“If Daniel Roldan asks you for a tutorial, you give him a tutorial. That’s not something to question—you just do it.”

The result?

Get this. It’s her first design using this tool.

“I was originally using the crochet hook and I was like ‘Scratch that. I have the Stitch.’ It allowed me to work faster and more efficiently.

She’s excited to create more with the tool, but first she must give credit where credit is due. Alonda Harris was the model for the video (and also works in her salon), Duane Etienne created the undercut and designs in the model’s hair and the video and editing credits go to Denielle Dix, her cousin and videography student who so faithfully stuck it out with her until the very, very end.

“She was like, ‘You kept me hostage until one in the morning! I said ‘Nothing great comes easy!’”

And nothing great should go unnoticed. We love your look and are excited to give our readers this how-to for the Textured Hawk. This look is great for those who want to safely play with hair texture and shapes they might not have. Using artificial hair and the Stitch, create a look that’s on-trend for the times.

Textured Hawk by Erin Hundley using Stitch by Daniel Roldan

“I wanted it to be collection of things that are trending right now: undercuts, designs in the head, fauxhawks and mohawks. It’s a take on a classic ‘80s look. Everyone wants to have big hair. This allows me to create loads of volume.”

Step 1:

Create your foundation by braiding the hair. The pattern is solely up to the individual (I chose to braid my braids towards the top center of the head). After, secure the ends of the braids by sewing them down with a weaving needle and thread.

Step 2:

After your base is secure, get the Stitch ready with your hair. I chose textured hair that is used to create the popular crochet weave that many are wearing. Once the hair is secured to the Stitch, begin creating the bed. Weave in and out like you’re sewing. (A lot of people braid the hair and attach the hair to the head. Instead, I created a bed for the hair and then attached the braids to the bed to lessen the damage.)

The key to creating your bed is to make sure your foundation is not too tight. Making it too tight will create discomfort for your client as you stitch.

Step 3:

This is the fun part. Once your bed is complete, begin inserting the hair to create the Textured Hawk. Alternate between the fingers and the Stitch. The reason? Some areas, like the top, are easier to apply hair using your fingers. As you move closer to the hairline and nape area, use the Stitch.

Step 4:

After you fill in the majority of the top, move to the perimeter of the hairline. Filling this in first creates a natural fall. You also have more control of how you want the front to lay, whether it’s to the right, left or center.

Step 5:

When the bed is filled, begin filling in the exposed hair that was not covered by the bed by loosely double looping the hair in those areas. It is so important that the integrity of your clients’ hair remain a priority throughout the entire process.

Step 6:

Finally, go in with shears and slide cut if necessary to remove unwanted hairs.

Bonus Tip

The cutting of the sides can be done before or after. I prefer to do it before because my work is cleaner at the end and the hair from the Textured Hawk isn’t in the way. It is a bit grand wouldn’t you say? To view the tutorial video, find our video on YouTube.

Erin Gignac covers stories for Daniel Roldan Hair Styling Co.

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