What is the Best Hairstyle For a Cowlick?

"Basically, my part goes haywire."
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"Basically, my part goes haywire."
Best hairstyles for a cowlick

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Q: I have thin hair that dries naturally straight—maybe a couple of kinks here and there. I also have this awful cowlick that you can kind of see at the back of my head. Basically, my part goes haywire and if I don’t tease that area around it, it can look like a bald spot. Usually, my only real change is going from hair down to the middle of my back to a couple inches below my shoulders. I’ll occasionally add a side-swept bang, and then just gradually let it grow out.

Reader hair consultation - Whitney

Whitney has thin hair and a cowlick near the back of her head.

I’m naturally brunette but when I was younger being in the sun would lighten my hair significantly, so I really have never seen it all brown—don’t think I want to?!

Lately, I just feel like the style is making my face look rounder. I like the Jennifer Anniston wannabe layers that come around under my chin sometimes, but then on the other half of my head it never seems to happen. I know you believe in all one length for girls with hair like me, but I just love some movement and lift at the crown.

HELP! I haven’t loved a haircut in a few years. — Whitney

A: Whitney, thank you for submitting your dilemma with your hair. You are doing the best you can with your long locks and teasing is a way of dealing with your crown cowlick.

My suggestion for you is to redistribute your part.

I think that Kate's cut and colour would be the ultimate change for you:

Kate Capshaw hair

Kate Capshaw's mid-length hairstyle.

The parting will help with your crown, and I feel a side-swept bang and a shorter length will give your hair a bit more volume.

Currently the weight of your long hair pulls it down and emphasizes the cowlick. If you loosen up the layers, this will help solve the problem.

Make sure they are long layers because if they are too short, you will have a sprout at your crown and you will not be pleased with that.

I also think all of the depth and tones in Kate's colour will give your hair more dimension and make it appear thicker.

Other options:

Paris Hilton bob

Paris Hilton's bob.

Jennifer Aniston bob

Jennifer Aniston's bob.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Salon at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.