How to Tame a Cowlick

I am not a girl who can pull off a center part. They look fabulous on other women. I’d love to be able to rock one. Whether it’s that may face is too round or my hair is too flat, it just doesn’t work. I’ve been rocking a side part since my high school years and since then, I’ve been fighting my cowlicks.

I’m one of the lucky few who happens to have a feisty cowlick on either side of my forehead. It doesn’t matter which side I part it on, there’s a stubborn cowlick there to make my hair routine difficult. I’ve been fighting unsuccessfully for years, until I discovered a method I wish I’d known years earlier.

How to Tame a Cowlick

Step 1 – Pick where you want your hair to part and part it. The deeper a part I try to do, the harder I have to fight my cowlick. If you’re anything like me, you have to handle this while your hair is still wet. Once it dries, it’s set and there’s no fighting it. So, while your hair is still wet, blow dry the hair forward and down. Do not flip your head over to blow dry.

How to Tame A Cowlick - Step 1

Step 2 – As your hair is becoming more dry, start to transition from a downward blow dry to push your hair to the side you want it to go. I’ve read that for good swoopy bangs, you should blow dry your hair in the opposite direction. This does not work for girls with cowlicks.

How to Tame a Cowlick - Step 2

Usually after my hair is blow dried, it looks like this:

How to Tame a Cowlick - Step 3

You’ll see that there are still some hairs that really don’t want to cooperate. You’ve got to hand it to them, they’re feisty little buggers. This is where the magic comes in.

I discovered this magic when I packed in a rush and forgot hairspray. Knowing that I’d have hairs sticking straight up – There’s Something About Mary style – all week, I was forced to use the only hair stuff I could find: My boyfriends hair “fiber”.

Hair Fiber

N has a variety of brands hanging around and they last forever because you don’t need much of it. The Every Man Jack is my favorite because it has a matte finish. We bought it at Whole Foods. The American Crew has a low shine and is a little more pliable. We bought it here. The Redken pomade has a high shine which I don’t love but it will do the trick also.

Hair Fibers

Step 3 – Take a teenie bit and pinch it between your middle finger and thumb. This stuff is tough so you have to move it around a bit to get it warmed up to put on your hair. Next, apply. You are basically glueing the cowlicky hairs to the hairs that like to do what you want them to do.

How to Tame a Cowlick - Step 5

Step 4 – Run a comb through it to make sure the product is evenly disbursed.

And voila!

This is the only way I’ve found to keep my cowlick in check. I wish I’d discovered this years earlier but unfortunately, these fiber products are usually marketed at men so I completely ignored them. I’d always opted for gel (which is too shiny and looks weird) or hairspray (which never seemed to work all day).

Here’s how my hair looks on a normal day. My hair is absurdly straight naturally.

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If you think this could help our other cowlicky friends, pin it so others can find it. I wish I had tried this years ago!

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