If you have a cowlick, you already know: Hair can be strange. But there's a perfectly scientific answer to why, sometimes, your hair grows in a direction you think it's not really supposed to.


Dr. Orr Barak, a dermatologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, tells MSNBC:

"In a perfect world, there would be a line so hair would know which way to go." … But an unruly cowlick often selects its own direction — and pops straight up — or chooses an angle at odds with your preferred style. That's when the frustration and annoyance sets in.

Some other weird cowlick facts:


• They form in utero.
• In people who are right handed, at least 90% of cowlicks have a clockwise rotation while about 10% go in a counterclockwise direction.
• In a study, 30% of gay men had a counterclockwise rotation.
• Kristen Stewart has one in the front of her hairline

Bad hair day? Experts Explain Curse Of The Cowlick [Body Odd/MSNBC]

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