Fixing A Cowlick

Any man with a cowlick knows how frustrating of an experience it can be to tamp it down. While it can be a struggle to style, a cowlick is completely natural swirling pattern in the hair. While some people feel that they have cowlicks in the perfect places, some cowlicks can cause a bit more interference with your haircut. At 18|8 Chicago, our mission is to be your comprehensive partner in style – so if you’re struggling to manage a cowlick of your own, here’s our simple guide on how to fix it.

Simple Tips to Fix a Cowlick

While it can make styling your hair a bit harder, there’s no reason to curse your cowlick: there’s plenty you can do to tame that unruly hair and keep it in line with the rest of your cut. Try these simple tricks to give your cowlick a chill pill:

Go With the Flow: Hair – even your cowlick – has a natural grain, or direction, that it grows in. Though it’s tempting, if you try to bend a cowlick against the natural grain of your hair, you’re in for a lot of irritation. Use a mirror to look at the cowlick and hair around it to determine the direction that all the hair in the area is growing, then use a hair product such as gel to comb the cowlick *with* the natural grain of your hair. Going with the grain will make it a lot easier to tame!

Use a Hair Dryer: The humble hair dryer is one of the most powerful tools in styling, and it’s vastly underutilized by men. Using a hairdryer on your cowlick while your hair is wet will do wonders to bend it to your whim. Trust us, this one works.

Talk to Your Barber: If your cowlick is truly stubborn, it may be best to enlist professional help. A trained barber or hair stylist can give recommendations on how to tame your cowlick, as well as customize your hairstyle to work around the cowlick for minimal resistance.

Schedule a Haircut with Your Chicago Barbershop

We hope these tips make it a little easier for you to manage your cowlick, and if you need a little extra help, we’re always here. Contact us today if you have more questions about taming your cowlick or you’d like to schedule a haircut at our Chicago, IL barbershop. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you look and feel your best!