How to Fix a Hair Cowlick

By Felicia Nelson

A cowlick is an unruly section of hair that will not lay flat no matter which way you comb your hair. Cowlicks are formed when a spiral pattern of hair grows in an area, resulting in hair that either stands straight up or angles to one side. Taming an unruly cowlick can often be a frustrating experience since the hair tends to have a mind of its own; however, there are steps you can take to make the cowlick less noticeable as you style your hair.

Tame unruly cowlicks with styling products like mousse and hair gel.

Step 1

Part your hair in a different direction than you normally do to see if it minimizes the appearance of the cowlick. Spray hairspray on your part to keep it in place since it will most likely want to flop back to your original part.

Step 2

Use styling products such as mousse or gel to hold the cowlick down in the direction you would like it to go. Blow-dry your hair to set the product.

Step 3

Curl your hair by setting curling rods in your hair while your hair is damp. Allow hair to completely dry before taking out the rods. Spray a fine mist of hairspray over the curls to set them. The curls will camouflage the cowlick.

Step 4

Straighten your hair with a flat iron on its hottest setting. Run the iron over the cowlick in the direction you wish your hair to go. Spray a fine mist of hairspray all over your hair to set the style.

Step 5

Talk to your stylist about a haircut or chemical relaxers that will help minimize the appearance of the cowlick. Your stylist will know which cuts and chemicals will help hide the nuisance.