How to tame your cowlick

tame your cowlick

When I was younger, I really wanted bangs. So I got them. And then something strange happened. When I would style them, half of the bang would stick up and to the side. It looked like I only had bangs on one half of my forehead, and I could not figure out what was going on. I finally figured out that I had a cowlick, and that was why my hair was sticking up in that one spot.

Hair naturally grows in basically the same direction. It comes out of your head and falls downward. A cowlick is when a patch of hair decides it wants to be different and grows in a different direction (usually upward). It looks like a cow licked your hair up in one spot, which is how it got it’s name.

As mentioned earlier, I have one in the front on my head on the right side. This irritated me to no end for years, and I couldn’t figure out how to deal with it. I have spent  a long time figuring out what works best for me, and today I want to share with you my top tips for dealing with a cowlick.

how to handle a cowlick

Get rid of that cowlick yo

My number one tip for dealing with a cowlick is to wash it every day if you don’t want it to be noticeable. It’s ok if you don’t wash your entire head every day, but when you sleep on a cowlick it will stick up and there is nothing you can do to get it to go down unless you wash it. So, in the morning if you’re not going to shower, just wet the area and get some shampoo. Massage it into the hair and rinse under the faucet.

When your hair is wet, you might want to consider adding some type of pomade to the cowlick. I like Bumble & Bumble’s Sumo Tech pomade for this. Make sure to pick one with strong hold, but one that doesn’t look shiny or oily. Since you cowlick is at your roots, a shiny pomade will make your hair appear oily. This will help to hold the cowlick in place throughout the day. However, if you want to  be able to run your hands through your hair, I would skip this step.

how to blow dry a cowlick

This brings us to blow drying the hair. This is CRUCIAL. If you just let the area air dry, it will dry how it wants to – and that means it will stick up. You have to blow dry the cowlick to get it to lie flat. I would recommend using a blow dryer that has an attachment that helps to focus the airflow. This helps you to really target the area. I really like my Sedu, but you really don’t need an expensive one for this to work.

Grab a brush, I like the wet brush, and brush the hair in the opposite direction that the cowlick grows. Then grab your blowdryer and blow dry the hair, concentrating on the roots, while continuing to brush you hair in the opposite direction. It is also important to use a high heat setting to really lock the hair in place. Every once in a while, make sure to brush it in a different direction so that the hair doesn’t get too stuck in one place, but I would keep it going the opposite direction for a majority of the time. Make sure to blow dry until the cowlick is completely dry in order to make sure it won’t pop back up again later.

how to handle a cowlick

I also have a cowlick on the back of my head in the middle. Poo. At least you can’t tell!

Other tips for taming that cowlick

Cowlicks are worse the shorter your hair is. Long hair helps to weigh down the cowlick, which makes it less noticeable. If you have a cowlick in the front of your head, I would suggest staying away from bangs. I know this sucks because I would prefer to have bangs, but with my big cowlick I just can’t maintain the style.

Whichever direction the cowlick grows, part your hair the opposite way. This will help to pull your hair in the opposite direction, which will make the cowlick less noticeable. It will also give your hair extra volume, because when hair is pulled the opposite direction that it naturally grows, it won’t lie flat on the head (which is especially great for us with thin hair!)

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I also would not suggest blow drying your hair upside down. You can do this for other areas of the head, but don’t blow dry the cowlick like this. This method works great for giving volume, but it will also give volume to the cowlick…which you don’t want.

These are my tips for how I deal with my crazy hair. I really hope these were helpful! Thanks for reading!

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