Both my kids have cowlicks. They are strong and up in front! With Cole's we keep his hair cut short and it works fine. With Cecily it has become a nightmare. No bowl cut for her since she can't have bangs, so we must grow out her hair. This hair is wispy and pretty thin and conveniently covers one eye. She looks at me with a shifty grin and runs screaming, "No, no" each time I try to put a clip in.
I used to have luck with getting the clip in till she realized it was there, tore it out exclaiming, "uh-oh." I would be able to try it again later in the day.
Sometimes I could even get in a little rubber band that would stay for an entire day.
Lately, though she won't let me touch her, even with a bribe of a little Elmo time, even when I say it would be being a good girl. She looks at me with shifty eyes, screams "No, No" and runs. So for now she has a crazy unattended, my mom doesn't care about me or have a clue how to do my hair kind of look.