How to train your cowlick

Updated February 21, 2017

A cowlick is a part of your hair that does not grow in the same direction as the surrounding hair. The result of a cowlick can be that some of your hair refuses to lie flat against your head, and certain types of hairstyles can be difficult to accomplish with a cowlick. While you cannot completely get rid of a cowlick for good, there are things you can do to train your cowlick and make it more manageable.

Look carefully at your hair as it relates to the cowlick. Make note of which direction the cowlick goes and which direction you would like it to go.

Wet your hair or wash it. Separate the portion of your hair that goes a different direction as a result of your cowlick. Pin the rest of your hair back or out of the way.

Brush the portion of your hair that's separated in the direction you want it to go. Use your blow dryer to dry this section of hair as you continue to brush it.

Apply a hair-care product once dry to keep the hair affected by the cowlick in place. A styling cream or grease product works well. Start at the root of your hair and work the product in while pushing the hair in the direction you want it to go.

Consider hair waxing treatments. These treatments are usually done at a hair salon and can soften the hair to make the cowlick easier to train and manage. However, hair waxing is more costly than standard salon services.


Find a hairstylist who is experienced and knowledgeable. A good hair stylist can give you a cut that makes dealing with your cowlick easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Pin
  • Brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair-care product
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J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.