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  • Writer's pictureJo DeSerio Jones

Have you been licked by a cow?

Cowlick: noun /ˈkouˌlik/

: a lock or tuft of hair growing in a different direction from the rest of the hair.

The term "cowlick" originates from the domestic bovine's habit of licking its young, which results in a swirling pattern in the hair.


Do you have a whorl that sticks straight up?

· Try backcombing or teasing so the top area is united, then use a touch of hair spray.

· Another trick is to use clips to reverse the two growths. Clip down the sticking up part of the hair while wet and clip up the falling down part. Use clips when the hair is wet and pull out gently when dry.

· In dealing with those cow licks in front, you can try the same strategy. Or try some gel on wet hair where growth is strong. Use a comb to ensure roots and strands are going in the same direction.

· Cutting the right pieces around a cowlick can also help camouflage it.

· Remember controlling the root area will allow control of the pesky cowlick, even if only temporarily!

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