"If you can't stand your cowlicks and don't have time to tame them, longer lengths are best because the weight of long hair pulls them down, making them less obvious," says Rourk.
Get the right haircut
If your cowlick happens to be in your bang area, Kusero says your stylist could lightly cut into growth to reduce some of the bulk underneath, which will allow the hair on top to lay perfectly. Just tell your stylist you want to minimize your cowlick.
Grow It Out (And Wash It Less in the Meantime)
Like an angsty teenager, when that stubborn hair grows up it learns to relax. So, in time, if you just grow your hair out, the cowlick will fix itself, since the weight of the hair will pull it all down.
"Your hair changes every 7-8 years and goes from superfine baby hair to coarse gray hair later on in life," says hairstylist Matt Fugate, who works at Sally Hershberger Downtown in NYC. Changes in hair texture are genetic, so cowlicks can't be prevented, but you can style them so they don't become unruly.
Is a Cowlick Sexy? Cow lick hair itself is neither sexy nor nonsexy. It is up to you to make your swirl in hair look attractive. Luckily, there are many hot cowlick hairstyles that you can choose from.
A cowlick's spiral pattern is likely caused because hair gets confused about whether it needs to go forward, backward, or to the side, and some hairs get caught in between creating that characteristic whorl, explains Barak.
Cowlicks are very common. A study conducted in 1972 showed 94% of newborns in the US had them. But here's the thing: you might not always be able to tell if someone has a swirl. Long hair makes cowlicks hard to detect, as do certain hair textures.
A foolproof cut that's super flattering? Long layers! Pair them with a long fringe to add some weight on the cowlick to help control them. "Long layers and a longer, face-framing fringe will help with any cowlick," Gillen says.
Some people say it's a bad idea to get bangs if your hair is fine or curly or if you have a cowlick. The pros at Matrix say nonsense! As long as your stylist takes your particular hair type and texture into consideration, you can incorporate bangs into your hairstyle no matter what. Bangs grow.
It's true. And once you're born with a cowlick, you're pretty much stuck with it… unless you lose your hair! Scientists who have studied cowlicks believe your genes play a big role in determining how many cowlicks you have and where they are on your head.
If the hair is cut perfectly even when it's dry it might hang down lower due to the direction of the cowlick (which will make it look uneven).
A long haircut or a very short one works best for cowlicks that are on the crown of the head. A buzz cut will make a cowlick no longer visible because the hair is so short. Rather than getting rid of a cowlick, a messy haircut can often mask it. A tousled or spiky messy look both work well.
Yates, beauty and hair expert and creator of Colour Collective, says that if a cowlick is positioned in the crown area, it can look like a tufted hair that sticks up, almost like a little bump. “If positioned along the hairline, it can look like a natural volume,” Yates says.
Essentially, they are two completely separate things, like apples and oranges. A cowlick is a pattern in the hair follicles, and not related to male pattern baldness. A bald spot is a patch of hair loss that is visibly noticeable and usually a sign of more general balding.
Five percent of the population has two whorls. A double hair whorl is sometimes referred to as a double crown. In 10%, whorl direction is counter-clockwise.
The cowlick is the outward spiral of the hair towards the back. When you look at it, you can find which way it naturally grows (it's where your baldspot is). If the spiral grows clockwise, comb to the left, if it grows to counterclockwise, comb to the right.
The main difference between a cowlick and balding is that balding is hair loss, while a cowlick is simply the illusion of thinner hair.
If you've got a cowlick on the back crown of your head, some people recommend that you part your hair on the left if your cowlick grows clockwise, and part your hair on the right if your cowlick grows in the counterclockwise direction.
If you're frantically grabbing a comb and flipping your hair around, you'll notice that your hair is stubborn when you try to switch where it's parted—but you've just gotta force it. "It takes about a day or two for your hair to get used to a new part," she says.