How do you get your hair to not stick up


When I wake up, the hair on the crown of my head where my hair is longer sticks up even after I brush it or try to keep it down with water.

How do you get your hair to not stick up? You will need to apply some hairspray on your hair or in the worse case some pomade or hair gel depending on what caused your hair to stick up. The reason for the differences is because flyaways hair are temporary while cowlicks are usually hereditary and permanent. We will share more about flyaways and cowlicks.

For flyaways, take a fine-tooth comb and cover it in hairspray, then gently brush down the flyaways. If it does not work for you or it keeps happening at the same spot, it might be due to having cowlicks.

For cowlicks, get your hair wet first before applying a small amount of gel into your hands and rubbing them together. Run your fingers over the area with the cowlick, and rub in all directions for maximum coverage up to the root area. Once the gel is applied, take a comb and comb down the cowlick.

Related Questions

Why do cowlicks happen?

Lindsay Lohan, Nick Jonas, and Alexander Skarsgard also have a cowlick so you are not alone.  When the follicles in one specific location aim in a direction contrary to those around that spot, you can develop a cowlick. Cowlicks happen when the growth of the hair forms in a spiral pattern, usually at the crown of your head. It looks like a cow licked your hair in one spot (see image below a comic).

Cowlick Comic

Cowlick originates from the cow’s habit of licking its young, which results in a swirling pattern in the hair.

A scientist conducted research to see if there was a genetic link between right- or left-handedness and hair-whorl direction. Mr. Amar J. S. Klar conducted research to see if there was a genetic link between handedness and hair-whorl direction (clockwise or counterclockwise). He found that 8.4% of right-handed people and 45% of left-handed people have counterclockwise hair-whorls. His research suggested that a single gene may control both handedness and hair-whorl direction

Why do flyaways happen?

Flyaways are little bits of hair that fly away. Flyaways are often mistaken for frizz and vice-versa, but flyaways are not frizz. These are two separate things, and though frizz can truly get out of control and make a look go wrong, flyaways can add a bit of three-dimensionality to a look.  Completely removing them can make the hair look quite stiff.

There are many causes of flyaways.

  • Flyaway hair is often caused by something as simple as new hair growth or broken hairs. These new hairs don’t have enough weight to sit against the head, causing the flyaway.
  • The finer the hair, the quicker it becomes dry enough to fly away. Susceptibility to flyways changes according to seasons and the amount of moisture in the air too.

When was the term cowlick first used?

The term "cowlick" dates from the late 16th century when Mr. Richard Haydone used it in his translation of Lomazzo: "The lockes or plaine feakes of haire called cow-lickes, are made turning upwards." Mr. Richard Haydone was a physicist who has an amateur interest in the visual arts and taught himself engraving. 

How to get rid of cowlick forever

For people who are more concerned about cowlick management, more drastic measures may be used. Electrologywaxing, and even cosmetic surgery can be used to more permanently correct the cowlick.

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