Any parent of a girly girl will tell you that the hardest part about raising one of these discerning gals is that they always seem to want a new hairdo. With work, life, and family obligations taking up any semblance of free time, it sure can be hard to placate these little ones—especially when you really have no clue on how to construct even a simple pony tail!
Luckily, there are legions of amateur hairdressers on social media who are generously sharing their tried and true tress techniques. Our current fav isn’t necessarily one beauty guru per se, but an entire movement of parents—dad’s, specifically! —who are dedicating their time to teaching others how to tame their girls’ locks.
These men call themselves the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory; they are a group of mainly single dads who were, at one time or another, completely mystified by the idea of having to style their little girls’ hair.
The founder, Daytona’s Phil Morgese, began teaching free classes to other dads in his community, but after the idea took off, he developed a course for men around the nation to follow.
One of these great guys, Greg Wickherst, just so happens to be the star of today’s video. This single dad of the beautiful Izzy shows us how he gives his preschooler those classic Shirley Temple curls.
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In this clip, Greg focuses his efforts on creating curlers that his daughter could comfortably sleep in. It may sound simple to some, but those of you who have slept in those tugging foam rollers know very well that this is no simple task!
The way he achieves this is by using ordinary, straws and pigtail elastics. He starts by lightly dampening Izzy’s locks with a spray bottle, then works quickly to twist the small sections of hair around the bendable straws. Once complete, Greg fastens the homemade rollers with tiny elastic bands, making sure to secure them smack dab in the middle of the folded plastic.
After Izzy wakes up from her night’s rest, the dad carefully removes the elastics and straws using a small nail clipper. He then separates the curls, allowing the little girl’s mane to display itself in all of its voluminous glory. The end result is so cute!
Confused yet? Don’t worry, we promise this is something ANY dad can do, but it does take some practice!
To get the full tutorial from one of the original ‘Hair Dads’ himself, be sure to watch the video below. And, heed Greg’s advice, dads—don’t you dare brush out this style, or you’ll end up sending your little girl to school looking like a poodle!
How great are the Hair Dads?! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this fantastic movement. Have you ever attended any classes held by the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory? If so, what did you learn? Do you have any school-ready hairdressing techniques you would like to share?