Cutting & Styling Hair With Cowlicks

The profile view of a girl with a cowlick visible in her part.We all have them. Some of us deal with them more than others, and some are worse than others. I am talking about the dreaded change in hair patterns that can cause a lot of grief. Yes folks, I am referring to the cowlick.

While a cowlick can sometimes create extra work when styling, they aren’t all bad. And if you’re a stylist, sometimes you can use them to your advantage, especially if they are in right place that accentuates a client’s haircut. Cowlicks can, at times, serve to make the hair appear fuller and have more body. 

However, what happens when they are not in an advantageous place to work with? Most of us experience challenges with styling in this case. The good news is that with a bit of diligence and a good product, you can usually manage a cowlick. 

First, I recommend that you try to read the client’s hairline a bit. Look closely throughout the scalp as at times there may be other cowlicks that are not as apparent. Then, work to create a look that that makes the cowlick manageable and even desirable. Remember, sometimes the battle of fighting a natural hair pattern isn’t worth the anguish. As professionals, we need to be able to identify styles that work with various texture and patterns in the hair.

Our duty as a stylist is to guide our clients on how to work with a cowlick. Here’s a few quick pointers that I like to give my clients. 

An image of ahp member shaving head serviceIf a cowlick is unruly, you should immediately begin to blow dry it in the opposite direction that it wants to go. This technique works especially well if the hair is longer and the cowlick is located at the hair line. Most of us know that if the hair is allowed to begin drying on its own, it will take on its natural pattern which makes it very hard to work with.

It’s advisable to leave the hair slightly longer if you are dealing with cowlicks. The weight of long hair can serve to calm the cowlick and make it less noticeable. This is a big plus. However, if long hair isn’t your client’s thing, there are styles that you can buzz and take them right off. This is especially true if you wear your hair super short. There are a lot of styles that are trending right now that require this not only for boys and men, but also for short side-cut pixies as well.

If you can’t beat ’em, you just have to join them. Sometimes if the hair has some curl, accentuating the cowlick is the route to go. Provide some great styling gel for our client, trim their hair and show them how to work with curls.

To sum it up, cowlicks don’t have to wreak havoc. Though they can sometimes cause a challenge when you’re trying to create a specific look for your client, with a few good techniques, you will be managing them in no time.

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Gina Rivera
Phenix Salon Suites and Gina's Platform




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