What was once a common sight in the European Punk subcultures and that used to turn heads is fast taking over the local hair scenes with kids as young as five years queuing with their folks to get the Mohawk, a hairstyle where both sides of the head are shaved, leaving a strip of longer hair in the middle.
The Mohawk is getting more popular by the day and is a common sight among young kids, University students, as well as young working class people.
Local pop sensation, Juju Boy, is one of the many celebrities who wear the Mohawk.
This type of hairstyle is also associated with the Mohawk nation, an indigenous people of North America who originally inhabited the Mohawk valley in upstate New York. The same was worn by English international footballer David Beckham during the 2002 FIFA world cup.
Though most of the people who sport this type of hairdo said they don’t know much about its origins and take it just as another fashion ‘in thing’ they got from Television and magazines, with many calling it names like, the crocodile cut, office cut, among others.
Hair salons are also cashing in on this fashion craze, shaving heads and styling hair.
Rey, a 39-year-old hairdresser at Lilly’s Hair salon in African Mall, Gaborone, says he has mastered the art of styling the Mo’ on people with dreadlocks.
He charges forty pula for a mo’ haircut while one with dreadlocks pays one hundred and fifty pula for twisting and styling, which takes about one and a half hours.
Rey says he got paid over three thousand pula by Vee and his sponsors Orange to do a special hairstyle for the cover of his upcoming album.
“So impressed was Bujo Mujo of South Africa that he asked to see me the next time he comes to town,” says Rey, who says he has also done the Mo’ on many local celebrities, including Mapetla and Mosako as well as Tv and Radio personalities.
Another hairdresser, Mox, says he only shaves hair but lately many of his clients, especially women with short hair, come to him for the Mohawk and says most of his clients are students from the University of Botswana.
Larona Mokgosi, an eighteen-year old who also sports dreadlocks, says she has been tying her hair into the Mohawk since last December. After seeing it on tv and in Magazines, she just fell in love with it. Larona says she knows how to plait French and after a few trials and errors she does her own hair as well as that of her 5-year-old sister, Lolo, who also sports the Mo’.