Do you ever fight with your hair? You wash it and comb it and try to get it to look perfect. Just when you think you've succeeded — boing! — an unruly clump of hair stands up as if to shout “Look at me!”
Don't worry. You're not alone. Almost everyone has at least one cowlick.
Sometimes they're barely noticeable, but sometimes they're a defining feature.
A cowlick — sometimes called a "hair whorl" — is a small group of hair that either stands straight up or lies in the opposite direction of the way a person wants to comb his or her hair.
If you've ever spent much time on a cattle farm, you may have noticed that cows have a habit of licking their young. When they do this, their tongues leave a swirling spiral pattern in their hair. The same spiral pattern in human hair has been called a "cowlick" since at least the late 16th century.