Cowlicks can be cute -- or they can be the stuff of nightmares, funky whorls that mess up your whole 'do. A front-and-center cowlick can kill any sophistication you might try to carry, but don't let your hair get you down. There are lots of options for handling the occasional, errant tuft.
Snip bangs into the front of your hair to kill a cowlick. If that silly 'lick is right up front, you can simply chop it away and let the weight of your bangs keep it under wraps. Heavier bangs may work better if they suit your face shape and hair type. Curly girls might need to have their stylists cut face-framing bangs that don't go wonky but still incorporate your cowlick.
Sleek hairstyles are probably a far-off dream if you've battled a cowlick for long -- but they don't have to be. Use a strong gel or pomade and blow-dry your hair straight with heat protectant and a round brush. Dry the cowlick in the opposite direction of its growth and part your hair in the center. This will prevent your cowlick from popping up unexpectedly. Spray your whole head with a firm-hold hairspray and a shine spray for the final gloss.
Pixie cuts can help hide cowlicks. When your whole head is cropped down by the skull, those cowlicks can't take over your style. Not only are they short enough that they can't trouble you, they also begin to blend with the texture of a pixie cut. You can even style your hair wet with just your fingertips. Now, when's the last time you did that?
There's really nothing wrong with cowlicks. If you like them, rock them. Even if you're not completely in love with yours right now, maybe a moment of self-acceptance will change your perspective. Spike up shorter hair to blend your 'licks or let your overall wave pattern flow freely. A little styling pomade in damp hair and some scrunching can totally take care of your cowlicks on casual days.