Similarly to our skin, men’s hair can throw up a multitude of small annoyances that can hinder you from looking your best every day. One of those that I find personally bothersome is the cowlick. It has been a part of my hairline for as long as I remember.
As a child, you aren’t troubled by these small hair nuances, but as soon as the teenage years hit, they become huge. Since then, I have spent countless hours trying to tame the cowlick, so it became a part of my required haircut and not a human antenna protruding in the opposite direction. Through blind persistence and product trial and error, there are, fortunately, some tips men can use to get the cowlick under control.
Teasing the roots of the cowlick with a blow dryer can help to force it in the direction you would like it to go. Typically after a shower, your hair is manageable and will sit in the required hairstyle. It is only once it starts drying that the problems begin. So when your hair is still wet, use a blow dryer and hairbrush combo to sweep the hair in the right direction. Paying close attention to the roots should help enormously in this hair battle.
If, like most men, you use a traditional comb or brush, I would advise exploring alternatives to get a better finish. Take note of the brush used by your barber or hairdresser, for example, to understand what tools work better with your hair. Remember, they are the experts and face challenging hair daily. A round brush is normally better suited for cowlicks with most men’s styles as it is steadfast in holding hair in place when heat is applied.
I wouldn’t suggest using these all over unless you’re favouring a look from an early 2000s boyband (not advised). But using specifically on the cowlick, it should apply enough concentrated heat to make it malleable when used with some additional product.
Do your research and find the product best suited for your hairstyle. If it is texture but with hold, then maybe a matte clay is best for you, for example. Remember that products can be broken into category types; gel, pomade, clay, etc. They still have a variety of strengths but with a caveat of outcomes like a wet look or a 50s shine. So this is purely trial and error. But it might be time to look elsewhere if the product you are using gives you the right overall look but without the taming strength.
I know this might be hard to swallow, but sometimes you have just got to know when you are beaten. I spent years parting my hair opposite to the cowlick because that was my preferred style. Ultimately, I realised I got a much better look by going ‘with’ the cowlick and ignoring my preconceptions about what would have suited me.