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neonez's avatar

Are cowlicks really perminent?

Asked by neonez (389points) January 18th, 2008
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boydieshere's avatar

Here‘s an article about them :)

gailcalled's avatar

Yes, say I, having a family who all have them. Like a widow’s peak – just the way the hair grows. I lost all my hair to chemo and when it grew in, voilĂ  – the same cowlicks.

zina's avatar

on a related topic, what is it called when the hairline is kind of an inverse widow’s peak – when there’s a little spot (maybe triangle-ish) of hair missing right at the top?

i’ve been googling to no avail.

interestingly, widow’s peaks are genetically dominant. i wonder if this is true of cowlicks and other hair-line and hair-growth patterns?

gailcalled's avatar

@zina: I have never seen an inverse widow’s peak. You are not talking about male pattern baldness, are you?

Cowlicks, and thick, coarse, long-lasting peasant hair are dominant in my family – my grandparents came from cold schtels in Russia, Lithuania and the Ukraine. One stove to heat everything in winter; everyone slept next to it including the chickens. One grandpa was bald, everyone else had hair that you could drop a safe on from 3 stories up and not feel.

We have a pic of my mat. grandmother w. hair down to her hips; if she had belted it, she could have gone nude w/o anyone noticing.

My kids were born w. lots of hair; my son had a little circle of hair at birth that soon grew into his cowlick.

In 6th grade I had enough long hair to be chosen to play Mary in the Christmas play (w. my Jewish parents’ permission) and Alice-in-W’land at camp. So much for method acting.

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