How to Get Rid of a Stubborn Cowlick

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Cowlick

When it comes to having great hair, some guys get all the luck. Blessed with incredible manes—or at least a killer barber—they walk with their heads held high. It’s unfair, really. Because for the rest of us, things aren’t always that easy.

Take, for example, the cowlick. Standing on end at the most inopportune moments, these troublesome, gravity-defying follicles have a way of taking a winning ‘do and tweaking it just so. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there are concrete ways that you can manage your unruly locks. Here’s a handful of them, in order of how much effort you’re willing to put in.
  • Embrace the Mess – Making the rest of your head look equally as disheveled, you can easily make your wandering strands look intentional as part of the whole picture.
  • Go With the Grain – The easiest way to get rid of a cowlick is to find the direction the hair grows in that area and account for it accordingly.
  • Use Stronger Tools – The best weapon in your arsenal: a blow dryer. If properly handled, it can effectively change the direction a hair points (at least until your next shower). Also, it may be time to invest in a heavy-duty pomade, like Chad Michael Styling Grease, to add a little extra extra hold to the area so it doesn’t come undone as the day progresses. Just apply it when the hair’s dry for best results.
  • Weigh It Down – This can be done a couple of ways. One, you can simply grow your hair out; in time, the mass of the follicle itself will drag it down, effectively treating your errant tuft. However, if you don’t want to change hairstyles entirely, then the simple act of decreasing your shampooing frequency—while increasing conditioner— will allow the hair to increase in weight by building up natural oils, helping to remedy the issue.
  • Consult A Professional – Want to do real, permanent damage against a cowlick? Then get yourself to a barber, stat. Your barber will be able to assess what’s causing it, cut accordingly, and give you tailored advice on how to manage it going forward.

Based on a GQ.com article by.