How to tame a cowlick for men

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How to tame a cowlick for men
Cowlicks often spiral around a centre point, which makes styling difficult. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Almost everyone wishes that something was different about their hair, particularly guys with cowlicks. No matter what kind of haircut a man goes for, that little patch of hair always seems to pop back up. These stubborn, unruly tufts result from groups of hair that grow in conflicting directions. Fortunately, taming is not difficult. Adding a few minutes to your morning routine for blow drying and product application can save a day of fretting over unruly hair.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair Dryer
  • Hair Brush
  • Styling Cream
  • Pomade
  • Comb

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    Taming Your Cowlick

  1. 1

    Comb through wet hair to remove tangles. Cowlick taming works best with hair that has just been washed.

  2. 2

    Apply hair cream to the cowlick with your fingers. Try to be sure that all hairs are coated. Use comb to help with even distribution.

  3. 3

    Hold a hair dryer a few inches away from the cowlick. Brush the cowlick downward while drying your hair, and continue until your hair is completely dry.

  4. 4

    Apply pomade to dry hair. Use this product all over for a smooth, uniform look. Work it through your hair with your fingers, paying special attention to the cowlick. This should set it in place for the rest of the day.

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute hair cream for gel or mousse.
  • Try using your cowlick to your styling advantage to achieve added height or texture with your look.
  • If you plan on being outside in the weather, it may be a good idea to pack a travel-sized hair gel with you for midday touch-ups.
  • Avoid adding too much product to your hair -- this can lend a greasy, unwashed look.

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