A cowlick is a section of human hair that stands straight up or lies at an angle at odds with the style in which the rest of an individual's hair is worn.[1][2]

A child with a double crown

The most common site of a human cowlick is in the crown, but they can show up anywhere. They also sometimes appear in the front and back of the head.[3]

The term "cowlick" dates from the late 16th century, when physician Richard Haydock used it in his translation of Gian Paolo Lomazzo: "The lockes or plaine feakes of haire called cow-lickes, are made turning upwards."[4]


For people who are more concerned about cowlick management, more drastic measures may be used. Electrology, waxing, and even cosmetic surgery can be used to permanently correct the cowlick.[5]

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  1. ^ "cowlick". dictionary.cambridge.org. Retrieved 2021-10-30.
  2. ^ "Definition of COWLICK".
  3. ^ The Dreaded Cowlick ! - Hair
  4. ^ Take Our Word For It Issue 76
  5. ^ Problem Hair: Cowlicks