One of the challenges of being a working mom is not being there for the morning routine. As much as I prepare the kids, my husband and myself the night before there are somethings I just can’t prepare for. For example, last Friday was picture day. While mother’s all over our town tucked in shirts and spent extra time fixing their daughter’s hair, I was at work stressing about whether or not my husband (as much as he tries) could create a hair style that would last until picture time.
I give my husband credit, day after day, my daughter wakes up with a wild mess that he has to tame into a presentable, princess that will last through an entire day of school. But with baby fine hair and wisps of hair that are determined to fly into her face it is hard for the inexperienced. The beautifully coiffed princess that gets on the bus in the mornings, returns home looking like a little raga muffin. Dads, its time to summon the courage and channel problem solving skills into create a hairstyle that is fashionable, functional and worthy of your daughter’s hair.
Tips for the Daddy Hairdresser:
- Detangler is your best friend – When your little princes stands before you with hair that is sticking out in 10 different directions, show it who’s boss by taming that monster with Detangler by Kandoo. Not only does it reduce tears during the brushing process, it dampens the hair to aid in the styling procedure later on.
- Brush the hair thoroughly – There is nothing worse then trying to create the perfect ponytail or braid only to hid a snarl halfway through the process. By spending an extra 2 minutes brushing the knots out, you will not only save yourself stress later on but if it is all you can accomplish at least it looks neat.
- Practice the pony – Hair elastics are a Dad’s nightmare. From the rubber elastics that pull the tiny hairs causing pain and tears, to the fabric covered elastic that slides of the baby fine hair no matter how many times you wrap that sucker around. Practice doing ponies and discover the elastic that works right for you. One tip I always tell my hubby is whenever you think you have done enough loops add an extra one!
- Clips are the icing on the cake – Missed a few pieces? Found a few fly-a-ways? Clips not only help to reinforce your pony tail, but they also help fix minor mistakes and add personality at the same time.
- Finish it off with hairspray or gel – Think of this as your secret weapon. It holds the entire package together. (hopefully until Picture time!)
When all else fails, take a brush and some clips to the bus stop and beg mercy from one of the mom’s there!