Remedies for Hair Cowlicks

Dealing with cowlicks starts in the shower.

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Cowlicks are an annoyance; they are unruly and don't behave the way the rest of you hair does. These tricky tufts of hair can occur along your hairline, at the crown of your head or along the nape of your neck. Most people are born with their cowlicks and learn to tolerate them, but if you need your cowlick to lay down and relax, try some remedies.

Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Cowlicks are more likely to misbehave and stick up if your hair is dry and frizzy, while soft, moisturized hair will respond more favorably to styling. Hydrate your tresses by lathering up with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. These formulas deliver serious moisture to your hair, making it more manageable and easier to style.

Styling Products

Styling products are your best friends when dealing with unruly hair. Start by spritzing your hair with leave-in conditioner the moment you leave the shower. This will keep your cowlick hydrated as it dries. Follow with a spray gel for hold. After drying your hair, use a thick pomade to coax your cowlick down, then finish with a spritz of hairspray. Layering products keeps your hair under control and prevents the cowlick from jumping back up into action.

Blow Drying

Use your blow dryer to force the cowlick down and into the rest of your hair. Hold the cowlick in the direction you'd like it to lay, then point the nozzle of the hair dryer at its roots. Blast the roots while simultaneously manipulating the cowlick into position. The hot air molds your hair into shape and gives the cowlick lasting style.

Flat Ironing

Invest in a flat iron to give your cowlick the boot. Clamp the flat iron down onto the cowlick and slide it toward the tips. As you slide the iron, twist it under to give the cowlick a slight inward curl. This curl counteracts the cowlick's tendency to stick out. But don't flat iron daily, as this can fry your hair and cause your cowlick to frizz out.

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