Learn to love your cowlick


Do you have a cowlick? Firstly, if you’re not sure of what one actually is, it’s a section of hair that grows in an irregular shape (often a spiral) and lies at an angle that’s different to the rest of your hair. Secondly, I have excellent news for you: the time of the ‘lick has (finally) come.

Gone are the days of fighting stubborn parts by trying to blast the darn thing flat with a hairdryer. Interesting hair lines are officially in – just check out how these celebrities have embraced their quirk and made it work….

Blake Lively

Long manes actually benefit from a little cowlick action as it prevents hair from looking slick and flat. See how Blake camouflages her ‘lick with loose waves? The best way to conceal your cowlick is to blend it. If you’ve got great length like Blake, opt for carefree, boho styles.

bh tip: Any time you use a heat styler, prep your hair with a heat protection spray to avoid sizzling your strands. If you’re going au naturale, apply a leave-in texturising product and use your hands to scrunch sections of hair. Or, try sleeping with your hair in a wrapped bun for next-day waves.

bh loves: Redken Fashion Waves 07, TONI&GUY Hair Care Sea Salt Texturising Spray, De Lorenzo Elements Barrel Wave Curl Defining Lotion, VS Sassoon Goddess Waves Styler

Lara Bingle

See how Lara works the ‘lick to her advantage? It gives the Bingle bob the right amount of body and oomph, which is why the model does that sexy flip-my-hair-over-to-the-side thing so well.

bh tip:You’ll need a round brush and root lifting product to rock this look. Plump up the volume by applying the product around your hairline, then use your brush in upward and forward strokes or upward and backward strokes, depending on the depth of body you’re aiming for.

bh loves: evo root canal base support sprayLUSH Roots Hair TreatmentVS Sassoon Eco Boar Bristle Medium Round Brush

Kate Bosworth

Now here’s a celeb who’s trained her part to perfection. If you’re not completely sold on the cowlick, take a leaf out of Miss Bosworth’s book and get yours to sit pretty without losing natural bounce.

bh tip:If you’re doing a middle part blow-dry like Kate, it’s all about the roots. Step one is to make sure the hair on the ‘lick is drenched before using a fine-toothed comb to work in a lightweight product for hold. Use a blow-dryer with a diffuser to blow the cowlick in the direction you want it to sit, positioning it flat along the hair shaft.

bh loves: Philips Pro DryerAveda Witch Hazel Light Hold Hairspray (which is also great for combating static and flyaways), Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse

Kate Moss

Got a fringe? Listen up: all hope is not lost. Work with your cowlick to create cool-girl bangs like Kate Moss by blow-drying your fringe from side to side and and forward until it’s completely dry. This will help the fringe to sit softly and more naturally.

bh tip: Thicker bangs are better for ladies with a ‘lick, because the excess hair will weigh it down. For styling, the wetter, the better. After blow-drying your bangs down, pin them flat for a few minutes while the hair is still hot. Our fail-safe trick? Brow gel! Once you’ve styled your hair, use the mascara wand to flatten your cowlick down at the root. Works like a charm!

bh loves:ghd aura, Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel, Scunci Bobby Pins Value Pack

Do you have a cowlick? How do you style your hair?

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