Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
Is there any way to get rid of a cowlick? Or any tricks to make it less conspicuous?
Because a cowlick is a growth pattern -- as in, that’s just how your hair grows -- there’s absolutely no way to get rid of it. And I wouldn’t try. It’s going against the grain. You have to work with it.
The most important thing is to make sure your hair is completely wet when you start styling it. Your hair is in a different state when wet because certain chemical bonds have broken down, making it more malleable. And I mean wet with water; you can add some gel if you like, but water is the key ingredient. Once it’s fully wet, use a no-crease clip (you could also try a hat or bandana) to push your hair down in the direction you’d like it to stay. Leave it in this position until fully dry. Think of it like clay: When wet, it’s pliable; when dry, it’s hardened.
A different approach to dealing with a cowlick is to grow your hair out. Hair is like bamboo. The longer the piece of bamboo, the more you can successfully manipulate it. The shorter the piece of bamboo, the more likely it will snap back into its original position. So longer is better -- or at least easier.