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How to Get Rid of a Cowlick Once and for All

A cowlick is one of the peskiest hair problems. We have a lot of qualms about our hair but at least when the issue happens in unison, it doesn’t literally stand out as much. However, that’s not the case with a cowlick. A cowlick gets its name because it looks like a cow uses your head like a lollipop and the result is as messy as it sounds. Hair going in every direction, including some willy strands that are shorter than others and completely doing their own thing, can be a hard hair pill to swallow but there are solutions. We checked in with celebrity hairstylist Anh Co Tran for his tips on how to get rid of cowlicks in your hair once and for all.

But First, What Is a Cowlick?

When a clump of hair misbehaves it can affect your whole head. Anh explains that a cowlick is a “part of the hair where the hair is growing in a different direction causing the hair around the area to push up and be unruly.” Needless to say, one cowlick can ruin your whole look, let alone if there’s a cluster.

Unfortunately, according to Anh, the cause is genetic. If mom and dad have wild hair, chances are that’s where it’s coming from.

How to Get Rid of a Cowlick for Good

So, let’s get into it. How in the heck are you supposed to deal with cowlicks, be it conceal or grow them? Show us the way, Anh.

According to the stylist, the “best way to deal with cowlicks is the blow dry the hair back and forth to neutralize crazy growth. Also, you can spray a super-strong hairspray on a toothbrush or tissue paper and apply it on the cowlick.”

This logic translates if the hair is so short you can’t tie it back, which is a personal pet peeve and daily struggle. “You can use a strong hairspray to keep it at bay and a clip or scarf to keep it down,” he continues.

The amount of time it takes for cowlick hair to grow is the same as your regular mane, there’s no cheat sheet for speeding it up just cuz it’s awkward. As Anh explains, it all “really depends on how fast your hair grows. The best thing to do is to take hair vitamins to help the hair grow.”

To cope with a cowlick, remember length is your friend. “When getting a cut, a hairstylist should not cut it too short. Keeping it a little longer will help manipulate the directions,” he says. In other words, cutting your hair to match your cowlick shouldn’t be plan A, B, or C.

“A hat, scarf, or hair clip are other options,” Anh notes.

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