The most straightforward solution would be to actually visit a professional and ask for assistance, but this is highly unnecessary. Obviously, the hairstylist will chuckle and invite you to sit down, happy to make an easy buck for an operation that takes minutes to perform. Luckily you don’t need to go to such lengths to deal with cowlicks and regardless of what type of hairstyle you’ve got, there are quick and highly effective remedies.
What are Cowlicks?
Cowlicks – those annoying patches of hair that refuse to cooperate – can make you crazy. You have the perfect look going, and then wham – one chunk of hair insists on doing its own thing. Cowlicks are usually part of your genetic makeup but a cowlick can also be artificially created from a bad bump on the head or injuries to the scalp.
Cowlicks are patches of hair that grow in a different direction, so there really isn’t a lot you can do to change that, but there are ways you can manage a cowlick to make your hairstyle work better for you.
Assuming you have bangs, you should help yourself to some styling gel and apply it generously on the cowlick a few minutes before drying your hair. Obviously, if this is not sufficient, you can always choose to switch your bangs or make structural changes in your hairstyle, but this only happens when the cowlick won’t go away with styling gel alone.
Speaking of gel, don’t hesitate to get creative every now and then and one shining example is the clear brow gel which seems to be suitable for this somewhat odd task.
Not all women who struggle with persistent cowlicks have bangs and their mission is ever easier, because sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all. Not all cowlicks have a detrimental effect on your looks and sometimes you can allow one to endure because it actually enhances your appeal. If you don’t find this alternative particularly attractive, then keep in mind that correct brushing and the use of proper instruments for this procedure are essential.
Here’s the simple way in dealing with a cowlick
1Brush your locks in the opposite direction that the cowlick makes your hair lay and blow dry for a few seconds, then flip it the other direction and blow-dry it that way for a few seconds. Keep alternating until your hair is dry to keep it from getting set in any one direction. Pretty simple, right?
Round brushing and root pump are KEY. You don’t have to round brush all of your hair, just at least round brush around your face.
2Apply root pump around your hair line. Root pump will add more grit and hold, giving you body that will last all day.
Round brush either up and forward or up and backwards. Different directions work better on different people. (I personally round brush up and backwards. When I round brush them forward my hair falls in my face all day.)
3Once it’s dry, blow dry it on cool while it’s still in the round brush to set the volume in place.
your cowlick is in your bangs?
If you have bangs and you want your fringe to hang straight down (a la the school-girl type): Right when it’s dry, brush it in the opposite direction of the cowlick and let it cool that way for a minute or so before brushing them straight down. This “cures” the hair against the grain of your cowlick just slightly to keep it from popping back up throughout the day.
Your cowlicks won’t have a chance with this move. How do you deal with yours?
Here’s some of my favorite inspiring-looking cowlicks to give you more styling ideas.