How to Cut Bangs With a Cow Lick

by Brenda Priddy ; Updated September 28, 2017

Even if you have a cowlick, bangs can still work with your face.

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A cowlick is a deviation in the hair that causes the hair to lay in several different directions at once. Cowlicks are most often seen at the crown of the head or near the forehead. If you have a forehead cowlick, cutting bags can be tricky. However, there are several techniques to use to make having bangs look natural. Always work with the inclination of the hair for best results. Always cut longer and trim to shorter to avoid creating the world’s shortest bangs.

Wash the hair, allowing it to dry naturally. Brush out the hair and observe the natural placement of the cowlick along the forehead where it will effect bang placement. Part your hair along the cowlick whether it is in the middle or side of the forehead.

Place your fingers at the edges of your eyebrows. Grasp some hair between your index fingers and middle fingers. Look to see where you will want to cut. Depending on where the cowlick hits, you will create straight bangs or side bangs.

Use a comb to make a sharp division along the finger part line. Pin back the rest of the hair with hair clips and brush the bang hair straight over the eyes.

Wet the hair using a water-filled spray bottle. If the hair starts to dry while you are still cutting, spray the hair again.

Pull the hair straight to the middle of the forehead if you want straight bangs. Angle the side edges of the bangs in toward the bridge of the nose. Cut the bangs to be a little past the eyebrows. Allow the bangs to fall against the forehead and trim any hairs that you missed.

Pull the bangs to one side for side-swept bangs. Hold the hair straight along the side of the head. Trim the bangs along the cheekbone for long bangs. Trim along the eyebrow for short bangs. Typically, side bangs are longer and typically are no shorter than cheekbone length. Trim any hairs that you missed to create the shape you want.


  • If you plan to wear the bangs curly, cut them at least an inch longer than you want them to hang while curled. Short bangs will curl up too much if worn curly.

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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.