Can A Hair Transplant Get Rid Of A Cowlick?

Can A Hair Transplant Get Rid Of A Cowlick?

Can A Hair Transplant Get Rid Of A Cowlick?

Can A Hair Transplant Get Rid Of A Cowlick?
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.


Did you grow up hating your cowlick? You were not alone, and so many adults dislike this naturally occurring pattern on your scalp.

Hair transplant can help with a cowlick, but it may not completely get rid of it. A hair specialist can advise if it’s possible and if multiple transplants may be needed. Good results are not guaranteed. Consult a specialist before making a decision.

Can you permanently fix a cowlick?

Cowlicks are challenging to deal with, and the best advice is to live with the mess! However, you can do something about reducing the appearance of the cowlick.

You can use gels and hair fixing products to flatten the swirl, they work pretty well, but it’s not a permanent solution by any means.

If you have a good barber, he should thin the cowlick and improve its appearance making the cowlick more acceptable.

If you are considering hair transplant surgery to fix your cowlick, you may be disappointed.

Surgery is the last option any of us should consider, but it’s the only option available to you to correct a cowlick in some cosmetic circumstances.

Unfortunately, this is how your hair grows, and a hair transplant surgeon does not have the techniques to change the directions of hair growth. 

The hair transplant surgeon can only remove and replace hairs from your scalp, which will not alter the direction of growth.

How do you get rid of a cowlick in your hair?

With patience and a lot of messing around, you can brush and comb, training the hair growth in another direction! Does it work? You can have limited success if you persevere long enough.

The best results come from the barber thinning the cowlick and then using hair products to flatten the hairs. This renders the cowlick almost invisible without scrutiny.

There is some chatter about using a hot strong hair dryer to force the hairs into a different direction, you know the truth, but you can try if you wish.

Do hair transplants go away?

After hair transplants, it’s still possible for you to continue losing your hair. Within the first six months of a hair transplant, you will lose a percentage of the transplanted hair, this is from scalp shock, and it happens to all transplant patients.

There are new, improved techniques with a higher success rate these days.

What causes cowlick hair?

Nothing causes a cowlick in your hair. It’s inherited; it’s in your genes, so thank your father and grandfathers for your cowlick.

If you look closely at a cowlick, it’s the scalp’s way of distributing hair across the scalp. The cowlick or vertex rotates and pushes the hair to lay flat in any direction the hair is growing in.

By keeping your hair well-groomed with a barber who knows what he is doing, you can reduce the appearance of a cowlick, and with some hair products, you can feel confident.

Cowlick or balding

A cowlick is a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction than the rest of the hair on the scalp, often caused by the growth patterns of the hair follicles in that area. Balding, on the other hand, refers to hair loss that occurs in a specific pattern, often starting at the temples or crown of the head.

A hair transplant can help with both cowlick and balding, but the approach and the outcome will be different. A cowlick is mainly a styling issue, and a hair transplant can help by redistributing hair follicles to the cowlick area. Balding, on the other hand, is a result of hair loss and a hair transplant can help by replacing the lost hair.

Consult a hair specialist or a qualified surgeon who can evaluate your hair loss pattern, and determine if a hair transplant is the best option for you and if it can help your specific case.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

Fortunately, researchers in Norway succeeded in stopping hair loss and promoting regrowth in 63.9% of test participants by using fish proteins!

Although not flawless … fish proteins, minerals, and antioxidants have a positive effect on strengthening hair.

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