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Getting Rid of a Cowlick

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A clump of hair that stands straight up or at an odd angle does not always work with the hair style you have. This guide is about getting rid of a cowlick.


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July 16, 2013

You can drench your hair in water and pin down tightly overnight. The cowlick will definitely be not strong.

Or try to gel the hair down flat at the cowlick area overnight. Wake up and brush gel

Blast hair dry right where cowlick is close up and flatten cowlick while blow

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June 26, 2009

I have a cowlick in the front of my head and I can't get it to go down. Some nights I wear a head band or something while I sleep or I blow dry it down. But it either sticks up by the end of the day or it just doesn't go all the way down. I have tried hairspray and it doesn't work. Does anyone know what else I can try? Thank you.

By codie

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful

My hair dresser told me that u can "train" your hair by blow drying it in the direction you want it to grow. I think you have to do it everyday for a while. I tried it on my daughter and it mostly worked but she's young and not crazy about the dryer. She was born with a cowlick right in the front just like yours. Hope this helps :-)

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful

Personally, I think your hairline is wonderful and unique! Leave it be and wear it as a badge of individuality with honor! Your hairstyle is lovely! If you want a change, switch sides or even cut a few inches of length off.

I was a hairstylist for thirty years and I will tell you that if you cut bangs you're going to go crazy trying to tame that area because the bangs will separate and 'pop up' in that area and look goofy!

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful

Codie -

I think your cowlick is darling - but maybe some time w/ a good stylist would convince you, too. Trust me, the more you fight it, the more it will take over your thoughts and distract you from the rest of life. I have always had curly hair and fought it for 30 of my 50+years - finally I gave in and now have people admiring my curls and wishing they had them too. I too, have a cowlick in front and use it to add height and keep hair off my forehead. Find a sytlist who will listen to you and work with you, ok?

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful

I have one like this too and I use it to my full advantage (I let it have its way) and style around it. It is what makes us unique, instead of fighting it, go with it with a new style or a new stylist who can work with it and you. Good Luck and thanks for showing us what your up against. Keep us informed on what you end up doing, ok?

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June 28, 20090 found this helpful

This is always the case; grass is greener on the other side. I have a cowlick and straight hair; I always wanted curls. As I got older, I realized I can't fight it; just go with it. My Mother didn't have a cowlick, but she always talked about how she loved her Mother's (my grandmother) cowlick and how her hair laid so well. Your hair looks great as it is. Don't fight it.

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June 28, 20090 found this helpful

You look like you could be a model. Enjoy the cowlick, it sets you apart as a unique individual.

Blessings, Racer

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June 29, 20090 found this helpful

I agree about accepting the cowlick. It adds some height to your hairdo, instead of it just hanging limp. My hair just hangs limp in front, no matter what I do with it. I have a cowlick in the back, crown area, that since I have got older and my hair has got thinner, doesn't work real well with a spot on each side of it. There isn't enough hair on each side to blend in with it.

Speaking of curls, my 44 year old daughter never had curly hair in her life, until the last few years.

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

First, yours is cute and gives your face character. Mine is the same, but on the right side. Drove my mom crazy! : P My stylist said that movie stars often have distinctive hairstyles because of cowlicks & unusual hairlines. Learn to love it, and make it your beauty trademark.

When I wear bangs, I have them cut extra deep on my crown to lend enough weight to tame the cowlick. I style the bangs first after shampooing. When blowdrying the cowlick area, concentrate the airflow in the direction you want the hair to lay while directing the hair in the right direction while making little zig-zag motions over the roots. (Like putting on thick mascara) This sounds complicated, but doing so redirects the hair follicles to blend the cowlick into your hairline. After the area is dry, spray hairspray lightly on your hairbrush, then comb it through your entire bangs area to set the style. This technique also works to tame a cowlick that has not been cut into bangs.

When your cowlick is under control, complete styling the rest of your hair to blend it in even more -- or tease it up to accent it! Attitude, not perfection, is the difference between stylin' and crying.

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July 12, 20090 found this helpful

Find a good hair stylist. I am from China.

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April 7, 20100 found this helpful

I know how you feel, I have the STRONGEST cowlick in the same place you do, I cant even get side bangs.

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October 2, 2008

Does anyone have a remedy for cow licks? I have tried blow drying in the direction, gel, etc., but with no luck. Have you used a particular product and/or a technique that works? Thank you!


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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know how old you are but if you're still fighting it you can't be very old! I've had mine for 57 years and 2 months and believe me, if it could be conquered I would have done it! I just have a hair style that incorporates it and try to be thankful I have HAIR! There was a time when I didn't!

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

My husband suggests Wahl's hair trimmer.

Seriously, I don't think there's anything you can do beyond shaving your head or cutting it very short. Maybe your hairdresser would have some suggestions/solutions. Good luck!

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October 3, 20080 found this helpful

I've been a haircutter for many, many years. I also have two cowlicks in the bangs area. The best way to deal with a cowlick is to just let it go in the direction it grows. It's important to experiment and find out the best length to cut it. Too short, and it sticks straight out. Too long, and it may throw in a few curls. Gently blow drying with a large brush will help to relax it as opposed to stying with a small or round brush. Finding the most manageable length, and gentle blow drying will be the most help.

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October 4, 20080 found this helpful

It depends upon just where the cowlick is located and in what direction it is "tilted" or growing. If it's in the front hairline, you must search for your choices of hairstyles that would show it and work "with" the cowlick.

If it's at the crown, I'd do one of two things: 1) let the hair grow so long that the weight of the length would overpower the oddity of the misdirectional cowlick.

2) I'd try the shortest cut I could tolerate and taper in different shaggy lengths, which is very much in style now, depending upon your age.

If located at the nape, lowest part of your hairline, longer shoulder length hair will definitely cover it and show it who's boss. If located in some weird place on your head, you might try highlighting or tinting just the cowlick, depending upon your hair color, remembering that most anything chemical you do to your hair damages the hair and with a cowlick, it might help it to behave.

Don't over process it with a chemical or you could lose the hair at the scalp, although it will grow back. I've seen brain surgery patients and chemo patients shaved heads grow back hair differently than it was. Shaving just the cowlick is another option.

As a last resort, try home permanent waving just on the cowlick with a medium rod in the direction you want the hair to go. It will hold it's direction for about a month, since hair grows about 1/2" a mo. On avg.

Typically, cowlick hair is fine and unruly, but if yours is thick, it will be easier to find just the right solution to tame it. It can be done, believe me, even if it's baby fine.

Henna hair dye is an unusual natural plant-coating that takes a long time to be absorbed/coated by the hair (up to 12 hrs. Or more), but does no damage, the coating making the hair more manageable, regardless of thickness. There is little information about how best to apply henna, because, like all hair coloring, it's a science, but can be learned easier if it's your own hair and your own experience.

The best henna I have found is to purchase from an east Indian grocery in a small box. All henna is reddish orange, not black. But if sold as "black" there is something added to turn it black and is not pure. Be very careful when using "black" henna products since they truly stain.

God bless you. : )

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October 5, 20080 found this helpful


I agree with those that say you can't overcome it; however, I have a funny little tip that might help TAME it somewhat. My husband (who's 52 & has a double crown) remembers his grandmother's trick when he was "just a little fellow". He said she first combed his hair down the best she could, dampened the trouble spot with water, took a nylon hose (like pantyhose) & pulled it down over his head, then tied the excess hose in a knot on top. She made him sleep in it overnight. :) He said it really did help "train" his hair to lay down in place better by doing this for a couple of nights. I DO have fun teasing him about being traumatized as a little boy with his granny's nylon hose. :) Hey, whatever works, huh? Good luck with your cow lick!


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October 14, 20080 found this helpful

Yeah, I have struggled for this for years, and I think it is one of the curses that you are just born with! Mine is in the front, so I can never have bangs. What I like to do, which kind of goes along with the nylon idea, is use a cloth head band right where the cowlick is. Style your hair how you like( best when damp), putting the cowlick in the direction you want it to go, and then put the head band down. The thicker, tighter headbands work best. You might even want to throw some hair gel or spray on the troubled area. Wear the headband for like 30 minutes or until dry. brush over the area because the gel might make it crispy. Also, I sometimes put a hat on while I am driving to work or school to flatten it out some more. Again, a tighter hat works best. It definitely sucks that I go to these extremes, but I really like the long, sweeping bangs look, and this is the only way to achieve it!

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

I have one in my bangs area, right side of my face. It is a thick, obstinate thing and sticks straight up in its own little "ponytail." This is what I do: flatten it to my head, make it lay the same direction as the rest of the bangs. Then I spray it down with a little hairspray and hold my hand down on it with pressure it until it dries -- hairspray dries quickly. That usually takes care of it. My theory is, the more special the occasion, the worse your cowlick will behave!

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December 6, 20080 found this helpful

I have found that using a hair straightner works. It isn't permanet but, it helps for the time being.

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February 2, 20090 found this helpful

I see cow licks and I have one. It's in the bang area around the hairline area too. I find that most cow licks are in the hairline area.first take a shower , dry the other parts except the cow lick. Get a nylon put it on and then get a headband also put it in the cow lick. You can sleep with it on. by the next day the cowlick will be down. After you take it off put a lot of hair spray on it. It'll stay down.

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August 1, 20090 found this helpful

My best and I both have cows licks at the front. She has being taming hers 3 months and now so has a sweeping fringe. I have been tryin it the same way and it does work. She taught me to try using other parts of your hair and covering it to weigh it down. Pull hair form the back of you head and move it forward over the cows lick. It is workin also straighteners do help. It has worked so well for her and her hair is lovely so I just hope mine goesthe same.

Good Luck

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December 4, 20120 found this helpful

I have this really annoying cowlick. My hair is kind of straight. I just got a side fringe and the side fringe kind of curls around. I don't want to be straightening my hair the whole time, so please give me some advice.

By Jane. W from Ireland

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