If you didn’t know it already, an awesome daddy is a hair daddy. And Greg Wickherst is the granddaddy of hair daddies because he was not only willing to learn how to do his daughter’s hair from a professional but he also happens to be a master at it.
The Colorado-based single dad has been shaving his head for most of his life so he, like most guys, had no idea what to do when three-year-old Izzy asked him to put it in a ponytail.
But instead of grabbing scissors and the closest bowl, or running away and locking himself in the bathroom and hoping she’d forget her simple request and move on to playing with her Anna and Olaf dolls, Wickherst did what most dads wouldn’t do: he went to beauty school.
“At that point I was like, I want to try different styles,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t want to be the dad that just didn’t know how to do my daughter’s hair.”
So he headed to the cosmetology department at IntelliTec College, where he works as an admissions representative, and enlisted their help. The program supervisor set him up with a cosmetologist and let’s just say Vidal Sassoon might be interested in his handiwork.
“I spent a couple hours just working on a mannequin and she showed me how to do a bun, a French braid, all the different styles,” he said. “It blew my mind how easy it was to do a bun. I thought it was something super special, like real intricate, especially the one where you don’t finish pulling the ponytail.”
He added: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s so pretty for something that’s so simple.’ I don’t think most guys know that it’s that simple.”
Now he’s known as “the hair dad” on Facebook, where he shares pictures of his creations (including the “imitation cornrows” that didn’t go over well) and where other parents send him tutorials of new styles. Well done, Dad! And if you’re giving lessons, where do we sign up?