November 19, 2014 Zachary Morad Spotlight

Pro Tips on Keeping Cowlicks Under Control

Here at MDC, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on those topics that leave the everyday girl scratching her head. Today for example we asked hair guru Zachary Morad to shed some light on one of life’s great mysteries: cowlicks.

A cowlick (which looks exactly like it sounds) occurs when your hair follicle grows too strongly in one direction.  Often, this direction is opposite to the rest of your hair. Cowlicks most commonly occur along the front hairline or at the highest point of your head. While many people can suffer from this hair conundrum all of their lives, in some cases cowlicks may become less prominent or disappear altogether with age. Although they generally tend to be a nuisance, these rebellious growth patterns are by no means unstoppable. They can be tamed in a fashion that will keep you with not a hair out of place!

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Neutralize it
When it comes to cowlicks, I generally take the neutralizing approach during the styling process. The trick is to brush the area you wish to tame while blow drying. Continue this until you feel as though your hair is laying in the desired direction. I also like to pull the section down while it is still warm, using the tension and heat to set it in. This will flatten out your cowlick leaving it to lay in a more natural position. You can also get a little help from some trusty hair products like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Hyper-Fix Putty, which helps set the style and keep hair in place.

Hide it
One of the easiest ways to cope with a cowlick is to have your stylist design a cut and style that uses the cowlick to your advantage. Usually it's as simple as adjusting where you part your hair! Ask your stylist what cut will work best in camouflaging your cowlick!

Erase it
When dealing with more stubborn cowlicks, sometimes it's necessary to find a more permanent solution. There are an array of professional straightening treatments that are super-effective in smoothing out rebellious hair. Try booking a consultation with a local salon to see what treatments would be a good option for you!

Go with it
You know what they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” I personally happen to have a cowlick all to myself at the front of my hairline and I choose to embrace it! It gives me nice natural volume and creates a significant wave pattern in the front of my hair.

What are your methods to ridding yourself of cowlicks? I'd love to hear some of your tips and tricks below!

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    About the Author: Zachary is a New York-based hair stylist with an A-list client roster that's included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Janice Dickinson and Nicole Miller (to name a few).