Braids, buns, and bonding — oh my!
Loving your daughter often comes naturally, but styling her hair can take a little practice.
With more parents sharing the task of working outside the home, they're also splitting up many household tasks. This means a lot of dads are taking on the challenge of getting the kids ready for school in the morning. Making lunches and driving the carpool are pretty straightforward, but when it comes to ponytails, buns, or the dreaded French braid— what's a dad to do?
That's why salons across the country are offering classes in braiding and hairstyling, just for dads.
The classes provide a starting point for dads who often have little to no experience styling hair. As one father told the New York Times, "With her, it's up, down, one braid, two braids. I grew up with brothers, so I don't know anything about [doing hair]."
In Denver, dads are flocking to Beer & Braids, at Envogue Salon.
For $55 dads can bring in as many of their daughters as they wish and receive personal tutorials in buns, ponytails, and braids, while their daughters enjoy root beer and a bag of hair goodies.
At the end of the night, the girls hold a fashion show, and stylists judge the best hairdo. The winning dad takes home a six-pack of beer.
When I spoke with Envogue owner Calli Huebl-Bodilis over e-mail, she told me that the response to Beer & Braids has been so impressive, she's had to add sessions to keep up with demand.
In New York City, it's standing room only for Dad Braiding 101 at Cozy's Cuts for Kids.
The 45-minute class starts with brushing and detangling, but dads can graduate to more complicated styles.
These classes are not just helpful, they offer a unique bonding experience for dads and daughters.
After launching Beer & Braids earlier this year, Huebl-Bodilis told Upworthy that she noticed the positive impact on this important relationship.
"To bring the father into a routine that is usually shared between mother and daughter is really something special," she said. "The daughters love it, and the dads really enjoy feeling included."
No daddy-daughter hair classes in your neighborhood? Thanks to the Internet, you can practice at home.
While daddy-daughter classes are popping up across the country, if you can't find one (or can't get your hands on a ticket), there are easy ways to practice your skills at home.
"Start by looking at videos on YouTube for step-by-step instructions on styles," advises Huebl-Bodilis. "Ask your daughter to have a little patience with you. And practice away!"