If there’s one thing single dads (especially those of young girls) have to learn quickly, it’s how to style their daughter’s hair.
Shopping for clothes? Easy. A basic sense of style and a day at the mall or community garage sale can set you up for an entire season or two.
Feeding her? Simple. Men, at least a lot of the men I know, are already pretty proficient in the kitchen and can avoid the Happy Meals by preparing simple dishes with actual nutritional value.
But when it comes to styling her hair, some men run away in “shear” terror. (See what I did there?)
Personally, I love it. But I may come from a background that isn’t common.
My mother had her beautician’s license and even though she didn’t do it as a profession, the smell of someone on the receiving end of a perm wasn’t a rare odor in our house. I learned how to work with those perm rods before I was 10.
I had three older sisters so the tangled web of hair dryers, clips, scrunchies, flat irons, and the rest aren’t foreign to me.
My ex-wife is a hair stylist so once again the terminology and techniques were ever present.
So when it comes to grabbing a brush or comb and putting Grace’s hair up in a quick ponytail, pigtails, or even a braid, I’ve got it covered. More than that, I look forward to doing it (even if getting her to sit still has become more of a challenge).
If men want to fully embrace parenthood and take part in the equalizing of the roles of a caregiver, they’ll need to put aside any machismo keeping them from styling their daughter’s hair. Don’t worry guys. You can still love football and beer all the while knowing how to pull off a decent French braid.
Daddy Daughter Time is hosting an event in August at Cheeky Strut salon in downtown Grand Rapids to help you out.
Full details are coming to the site and our Facebook Page very soon. We hope you can join us!
In the meantime, check out this alternative method of getting the perfect ponytail. It includes power tools to help ease you into the idea.
P.S. This product could save your sanity.