How to Tame a Cowlick - 6 Hair Hacks for Battling a Pesky Cowlick

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
6 Materials
20 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to tame a cowlick with a few simple styling tricks. If you want to know how to get rid of a cowlick or get rid of cowlick bangs, then you’ve come to the right place.

Tools and materials:

  • Spray bottle
  • Comb
  • Hairdryer
  • Round brush
  • Holding product
  • Hair spray
What is a cowlick?

What is a cowlick?

A cowlick is that annoying hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of your hair. It is typically pretty predominant on your front hairline for the whole world to see!

Wetting hair with a spray bottle

1. Wet your hair

Cowlicks are bossy! So the best thing to do is wet your hair and start from there. Take a spray bottle and wet the area in front where the cowlicks are situated. 

Applying a holding product

2. Apply a hold product

A hold product is great as it will let your hair be manipulated so you can style it the way you want and keep that cowlick at bay! Here, I’m using a Hot Flex Spray from KMS. It's great because it allows for heat-activated shaping, it has an elastic hold, and it’s also a heat protectant. 

Tip: Use a tiny amount. Refrain from applying too much or your hair will look greasy.

Blow-drying hair forward

3. Blow-dry hair

Using a fine comb and a hairdryer on high heat, low blow setting, push your hair forward. 

Confusing the root by moving sides

Then, push it all the way to one side, and then push it to the opposite side, as shown. Like this, you are somewhat confusing the root and making it more versatile. Repeat this process until you get the root dry. 

Using a round brush on the cowlick

4. Round out the root

The next step is to use your round brush and round out your hair. Start from the middle shaft of the hair and round it downward. This will create a bend at the bottom.

Be sure not to lift the root; only start from the middle of the hair. Yeah, you’re one step closer to eliminating your cowlick hairline! 

How to dry bangs with a cowlick

5. Squish your hair!

Ok, I love the name of this step! Basically, once you finish round- brushing your hair, and while your hair is still hot, basically take the palm of your hand, and squish your hair right against your forehead.

When you squish it down, it’s forming the shape you want, and as it cools, it maintains that shape. Cool, huh?

How to get rid of a cowlick

6. Finish off with some hairspray

Giving your hair a little more “weight” will go a long way when it comes to a stubborn cowlick hairline. Simply spray a bit of sheer, hold hairspray to your hairline, and comb it through after. For this step, you can either use finishing spray or any hair spray of your choice. 

How to tame a cowlick

How to tame a cowlick

The cowlick is gone! Just a few easy steps and you have yourself cowlick-free hair! Almost all of us have cowlicks, but the secret is really how to tame a cowlick properly so that it looks sheer, chic, and of course, natural!

Just a few tricks and a little TLC, and you’re good to go! Thanks for tuning in. 

Suggested materials:
  • Spray bottle
  • Comb
  • Hairdryer
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  • Kim Kim on Oct 16, 2021

    Hi Glamgirl,

    OMG Thank-You so much for this Tutorial, I have a Cowlick in the same spot as you & I also have bangs & this 'Cowlick' (where the heck did this name originate from? Inquiring minds

    Must know lol, I will now need to look it up) that at times drives me nuts & causes me grief, especially when I am running short on time. I am definitely going to try this out & again Thank-You!!!