When I was in school and did dance & baton I had wings. By wings I mean cowlicks, my teammates just referred to them as my wings. Why? Because I had one tuft of hair on each side of my head (totally parallel with each other) and swooped out like I had wings. It made it hard to compete in my sport because one of the areas of scoring is on appearance. Cowlicks popping up out of nowhere are not good for appearance. Back then all I had was hairspray, bobby pins and a dream that I wouldn’t have any issues. Now that I’m older, wiser and there are a lot more products available to help tame the hot mess I can share my findings with you!
Know Your Hair Type. By getting to know what type of hair you have you’ll be able to buy the best products to keep it looking nice. Right now my hair is oily and fine. Back then it was thick and coarse. Your hair changes so if you find that certain products just aren’t working for you anymore then try something new. Your hair might have changed! (Currently I use Wella Brilliance Shampoo & Conditioner and it’s made a huge difference in the color and quality of my hair. For styling I always use Peter Coppola Anti-Frizz Cream).
Bobby Pins. The best way to get right at your cowlicks is to dry your hair right after you get out of the shower. As a mom, that just doesn’t always happen. Also, I don’t heat style my hair every day. This is such a no-brainer but it’s something I never thought of when I was in school – bobby pin those S.O.B.’s down when they’re still wet. Like, IMMEDIATELY. By the time I leave the house to grab the kids I can take them out, re-brush my hair and they stay put (for the most part… blasted windy days).
Product Order. Applying hair products in a particular order with altar the way they work. When I’m doing major styling (curls, pulling it back… basically anything other than straightening) I apply a smaller amount of my anti-frizz cream and brush it through with a wide-toothed comb. Then I go in with mousse. Right now I’m loving Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Souffle Hair Mousse. It doesn’t make your hair crunchy but allows you to style it the way you need and in a way that will last.
Your Hair Dryer Matters. I wish I could say that it didn’t, but it does. I long to be the person that can spend $20 on a hair dryer and my hair looks like silk. I’m not that girl. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is pricy AF, but if you have long, thick or coarse hair it’ll make a HUGE difference in dry time and also the appearance of your hair. For me, it has the attachments that help with frizz and cowlicks. It’s the hair dryer I don’t need to have on high heat to get my hair to do what I want it to do.
The Right Tools. Speaking of styling tools more than anything else on this listyou need a good straightening iron. Recently my straightening iron that I had for years broke. I started to poke around a bit online and realized that a slimmer iron would work much better for my needs. Enter the T3 SinglePass Luxe Straightening & Styling Iron. It gets at the cowlicks right at the crown with no problems plus you truly only need one pass to get smooth, straight locks.
The signature one-inch T3 Tourmaline® plus ceramic plates on the T3 SinglePass seal in the hair cuticle, making it so your hair has a shiny, frizz-free and silky finish. There are five adjustable heat settings so that this iron is ideal for any hair type. That 9 foot cord is the stuff of dreams too. I hate running out of cord length!
Be sure to check out last years Favorite Hair Products! A lot are the same but I definitely will have a few more to add in the next month or so when I do this years round-up!