Before I grew out my hair, I had a swirl at the front of my hairline, I was wondering if there was anything that can done to prevent the swirl from being there when I cut my hair. Can you please let me know? I will get surgery if it will fix this problem? A Hair whorl or swirls is a patch of hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the hair. The swirls are part of each individual's genetics. It is not anything to prevent the swirl because hair whorl is established before birth. The facts suggest that this set of traits is genetic and not environmentally influenced. Surgery would not be a good idea, because nature is always obviously the most natural. Recent researches show a correlation between handedness and the orientation of hair whorls on the scalp, suggesting the possibility that the same system that patterns hair may also play a role in left-right asymmetry in the brain. Left handedness is genetic or at least has a genetic component, but the genetic basis is still not clear. Left handed people have a 50% chance of having a counterclockwise hair whorl and vice versa. In families with no left handedness at all, there is no counterclockwise hair whorls.