How to handle bangs with a cowlick

Updated April 17, 2017

Cowlicks are tufts of hair that form a pivot, causing the hair around it to grow in opposite directions. Often occurring at the nape of neck and the front of the hairline, cowlicks can make it very difficult to style your hair. Many people who have problems with cowlicks avoid fringe for this reason. However, if you know how to choose a cut and care for your fringe, it is possible to overcome pesky cowlicks.

Choose a bang style that will compliment the natural growth pattern of your hair. For example, if your cowlick grows to the left, opt for side-swept fringe that fall in the same direction. Blunt fringe can also work, provided that your cowlick is not too severe. Regardless of the exact cut that you choose, heavier fringe will help cowlicks to lay flat and smooth. Avoid wispy fringe at all cost.

Style your fringe after every washing. Begin by working a small amount of hair gel through your fringe while they are still damp. Choose a gel that is light and won't build up over use and time.

Blow dry your fringe. Use a low setting and point your blow dryer down to smooth out your hair cuticles. As you are blow drying, flip your fringe back and forth lightly using your brush. This will add volume and shape to your fringe.

Use a straight iron to smooth out any kinks in your fringe. Starting at the root, pull the straight iron down to the tips of your fringe. For a blunt look, pull the iron down vertically. For a softer look, turn the iron slightly inward to add a gentle curl at the edge of your fringe. If your fringe are particularly stubborn, straight iron them piece by piece as necessary.

Make final adjustments using a fine-tooth comb. Carefully comb pieces of bang that are out of place. To add volume, move the comb gently up and down at the root.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair gel
  • Blow dryer
  • Brush
  • Flat iron
  • Fine-tooth comb
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