How to Straighten a Cowlick

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How to Straighten a Cowlick
Cowlicks typically grow in a spiral pattern. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A cowlick occurs when hair follicles grow in a different direction than all of the others, typically in a spiral pattern. This causes hair in a certain area of the head to stand straight up or behave in other unruly ways. The character Alfalfa from "The Little Rascals" television show was known for this particular characteristic. There are a several ways to tame this annoying hair problem.

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  1. 1

    Ask your hair stylist to try to hide the cowlick. Experienced hair stylists can cut the hair surrounding the problem area to overlap the cowlick, making it less visible.

  2. 2

    Pin the hair down with a hair clip or hair clip. Over time, this will train the cowlick hairs to lay in the right direction.

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    Apply styling gel or cream while the hair is wet. Use a hair brush to brush the cowlick flat while drying the area with a hair dryer.

  4. 4

    Allow your hair to grow. The longer the cowlick is, the more weight the hair has and so it is more likely to lay in the right direction.

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