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4 Ways to Hide a Cowlick

Taming a cowlick can be an exercise in patience. A cowlick, which is caused by hair growing in a spiral pattern at the root, cannot be permanently fixed. Perhaps the best way to hide a cowlick is to point it out to your stylist and get the right cut to deal with it. But to find out the most effective no-scissors-involved solutions we've found,


  • Change your part. When hair is wet, brush the front section forward and part a few inches closer to your ear on the side of the cowlick. Apply a styling cream with a slight hold. New parts always take some getting used to, so give it a few days.
  • Wear your hair curly. This may seem like a "no duh" thing, but using a smaller size curling iron to make the noncowlick side have a little bend to it is an easy fix. Just make sure you don't go too overboard and end up looking like Farrah Fawcett back in the day.
  • Blow dry. Take the smallest round brush you can find to damp hair and blow dry, pulling hair straight up. Use a cool setting if you need to get close to your face — it's better for your hair anyway. Alternate which direction you are pulling hair and which side the blow dryer is on.
  • Flat iron. Again, exercise extreme caution when trying this and don't use the highest setting. Depending how close to the root your cowlick is, you may be able to use a narrow, small-sized flat iron to flatten. Keep it far away from your face!


emilyagogo emilyagogo 9 years
I have seven cowlicks on my head - SEVEN! Funny thing is, I used to have super-long, mainly straight hair. My senior year in high school I cut thirteen inches off of it, making it about an inch long. My hair then grew back in curly (awesome!), which makes sense, because my mom's is curly. Needless to say, some days the cowlicks work for me, and some days I'd love nothing more than to shave it all clean off!
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 9 years
you have to train your cowlick. i have an awful one when i part my hair down the middle...and for years i used to do that and it just looks funny now. when i do my hair, i seperate my fringe and always blow dry that first, straight down into my face, it calms the cowlick from doing this curl and bump thing and then my fringe look beautiful and cowlick is gone for now
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's funny - i have this cowlick that's towards the back of my head and sometimes it does not want to cooperate - even if i flat iron it or smooth it down. i've learned to live with it cause sometimes you just can't change things. :) i think that it's one of those little imperfections that i'll just have to deal with.
scully22 scully22 9 years
I have a few cowlicks as well. One bad one is in the front on the right side and my daughter has one in the same spot - weird! :shrug:
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I have one in the front and it totally works with my short cut. the one in the back, not so much.
albeli albeli 9 years
I use a side part. Easy peasy. Plus I like how it looks. My poor son has a ton of cowlicks at the part/top of his head (plus it's wavy). I find a really short cute works, but he likes it longer and ends up looking like a guinea pig.
luv_bug1211 luv_bug1211 9 years
My daughter has a cowlick in the center of her forehead. When she was a baby my mom decided to cut bangs in her hair(without asking first) because she didnt hair in her granddaughters face. Needless to say i flipped. We couldnt put clips in because she would pull them out and chew on them, but because the bangs are there now they're always parted down the middle so they never ever lie flat. Im trying to grow them out right now but everyone keeps telling me to give her a hair cut. She keeps her hair out of her eyes at my house with clips but for whatever reason her dad wont put them in. Also her dad, uncle, and aunt all have the same cowlick in the same place!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
jl, mine are on the left and right of my forehead (you can kind of tell in my picture) ...I don't have much of a choice unless I wear a barrette sometimes.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
The only thing I could deal with would be to get a cut that deemphasizes it, I couldn't deal with straightening or curling my hair every day.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
I blow dry or curl'm the opposite way.
emalove emalove 9 years
I have a cowlick too, and it drives me nuts!!
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I have one at the front, which NOTHING gets out. my hair is naturally curly and i straighten every second day or so, but not even that gets it out! Looks much better when i side part though :)
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
the whole back of my head has cowlicks, its hopeless. it always looks like CRAP! oh well...
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