Cowlicks are like law enforcers on our head. To keep hair from growing randomly all over the place, each of us has at least one such point where the hair grows from the scalp in a circular shape, forming a whorl. How many of these hair whorls we have and their direction is genetically pre-programmed. The geneticist Amar Klar was even able to prove in a study that the direction of our cowlicks allows conclusions to be drawn whether we are right or left-handed. A hair whorl in the clockwise direction for instance usually indicates right-handedness.
As useful as they may be, cowlicks can sometimes be annoying. For example when you want to form a parting: a natural parting is pre-programmed by the cowlick's growth direction. When you want to part the hair in another direction, you many experience difficulties since it falls back into its original position. The whorls can also reveal themselves in straight hair or with a short cut, for example by causing individual strands to stand out unattractively. Pronounced cowlicks also mean that some new haircuts are not feasible. Certain short cuts in particular are simply made impossible by them.
If all of that sounds familiar to you, don't go into a spin. You can easily get the hair whorls on your head under control with a few simple steps.
How to Get Cowlicks Under Control
Cutting: The advantage of taking cowlicks into account for your new haircut is that the hair can continue to fall naturally, so that elaborately styling them into a different direction is unnecessary. This is usually a matter of course for experienced stylists. You should point out your cowlicks to the hairdresser during the consultation when you visit a salon for the first time.
If you fancy a fringe, you should first check whether you have a cowlick over your forehead. This could cause the hair to stand upright so the desired fringe would not take shape. Avoid styles with a fringe in this case. Yet the cowlick is not entirely useless here, in fact it can actually support a side or centre parting.
Blow drying: Hair is much easier to shape with the help of heat, which is why you should definitely attack cowlicks with a blow dryer. Simply distribute some mousse in damp hair and blow dry it strand by strand over a round brush. Twist the brush in close to the scalp every now and then, setting a new direction for stubborn hair sections. As soon as the hair is dry, secure the whorled strands with a hair clip so they stay in place while cooling. Then apply hairspray to your hairdo. You can also secure the tamed sections again separately if needed.
Straightening: You can also target cowlicks by whipping the strands in question into shape with a straightening iron. Straightened hair falls much more readily and is easier to style in the right direction.
Volumising: Volume can help you hide bothersome cowlicks. Slightly tease your hair with a comb and then style it so the cowlick disappears underneath. Or use the express method and raise the entire hairline with the help of volumising powder. This instantly adds extra grip to your hair so you can style it as desired.
Curling: You want a more permanent solution that lasts longer than the next time you wash your hair? If so, have permanent wave curlers put into the individual cowlicks at your next visit to the hairdresser. This lets you 'rearrange' your hair for several weeks according to your wishes.