The Internet loves stories about dads taking courses to learn how to do their daughter's hair better, but one father, Philippe Morgese, decided to pass on the skills he had learned by organizing classes specifically for dads in Daytona Beach, Florida. What resulted was the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory.
Meet the single dad who started a DADDY HAIRSTYLING CLASS to help other dads bond with their daughters!Posted by The Doctors on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The classes began about four months ago, but long before that, Morgese got a lot of attention online for the hair designs he was practicing on his (very patient) daughter Emma after watching YouTube tutorials. Here's one Katniss Everdeen-themed braid he made for Halloween, which isn't the most complicated design, but underlines the kind of bonding moments this can achieve:
And one of his more advanced designs:
Knowing that basic hair styling is not a skill many men learn, but that all dads love to make their daughters happy and confident, Phi'ippe took his passion one step further. He reached out to a Daytona cosmetology school, the International Academy, and asked them if they would host a father-daughter night so he could share his skills. The owner of the school, Mez Varol, loved the idea and agreed to let him use their facilities for free. The first night, organized by Facebook invite was a big success for Philippe's modest expectations.
Morgese said the attendants were a mix of married men looking to help out more and single dads trying to learn how to do it all better,
"I asked the dads what they did for work, and it was an interesting bunch. We had a prison guard, mechanic, general contractor, ATT tech, Apple tech, healthcare recruiter and a carpenter. Definitely out of their element but they were all excited to learn. It was beautiful :)"
Since then, it's only expanded, and attracted the attention of local media.
Within two months, over 100 fathers had gone through the course (and that was two months ago).
Today, he posted a picture of his biggest class yet, who went as a group to all go play on bounce-houses together after the lesson. The indoor amusement park, That One Fun Place, kindly let them have the space for the evening as a gesture of support.
They also did their own giving back to the community, as Morgese told Someecards:
We also handed out children's books to the parents which were donated by local thrift stores. My friend Joe is a teacher that is passionate about pushing this. I met with him often working on the our "little bookshelf" project which is aimed at collecting unwanted books and distributing them to displaced families and shelters.
Morgese said that he's also gotten help from staff members who know more about different hair textures as fathers and daughters from more diverse ethnicities have begun attending the class. He's managed to keep the events free, thanks to the support of the International Academy and hair products generously supplied by So Cozy.
Fast French Braid by Daddy Daughter Hair Factory
Here is our tutorial for the Fast French Braid. Once you get this down, you can knock it out in just a few minutes. This hairstyle is great for sports, gymnastics or running. Practice makes perfect, so please try it a few times before you begin to judge its appearance. lol. You will need to understand basic detangling and a 3 strand braid to be more successful with this style. I call it the Fast French Braid because it starts at the crown of the head, which cuts out a bit of time to complete. If you decide to bring your groups of hair under instead of over, you'll be left with a Dutch style braid. Try this one out and let me know if you have any questions :) #DaddyDaughterHairFactory #DDHF #DadDo #SoCozyHair #SoCozyDad #FrenchBraidPosted by Daddy Daughter Hair Factory on Friday, February 19, 2016
Any time there's a story like this, commenters inevitably point out that lots of moms do this all the time and no one thinks it's unusual. But that's exactly the point of these classes—to spread the skills so all parents can help equally raising their daughters.