Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hairy Situation

I am about to have two little girls on my hands and I realize that there is a steep learning curve for caring for a little girl. When it comes to styling girl’s hair I don’t know a barrette from a baguette. Sure, I have watched enough Project Runway to know that styling can throw off a whole outfit. That doesn’t alleviate my concerns. I have to count myself lucky that I don’t have Michael Kors telling me my little girl looks like she stuck her finger in an electrical socket or give me a vague reference to some character from a show tune because clearly I have no idea what I am doing. My wife even bought my daughter a shirt that says “Daddy does my hair” It’s funny mostly because we know that I don’t know hair. I mean, look at me; I don’t have a lot of experience with hair. I only really had control of it from 87-2007. The Chicago Bears had more quarterbacks in that time span that I had hairs on my head at the end of my run. I used to have hair which is hard for people to believe but when I lost the Battle of the Forehead in 2007, I decided it was time for it all to go. While it is true that back in the day I had so much hair that I had to cement it down with Dep just to keep it in check, I just don’t know what to do with my daughter’s hair. She has this curly mop of hair on her head which is not long enough to style and I am pretty sure you can barely put bows in it without them falling off. She’s like a wild version of Annie with curls going all different places…a beautiful Medusa and I am thinking that eventually my lack of knowledge is going to catch up with me someday. So in the meantime, I will try and take notes on what other parents are doing. To the best of my ability, I will arm myself with brushes and tangle free spray and practice on my daughter’s dolls in the meantime. As for me, I have saved a lot of money on combs and Dep which I used to buy by the barrel. I suppose it is time for me to throw away the hairspray I used in college. This time around with girl number two I will enjoy our common haircut while I can provided she is born with a bald head. I guess I have until those hairs combine into a common hairstyle to brush up on my styling.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Chris, a common problem among dads. For the most part, guys haven't styled their hair themselves (i.e. pony tail, braids, etc.) where they know how to do it to others. That's the only reason we moms know what to do with our daughters' hair. I have to say guys, be careful when brushing your daughter's hair. DO NOT brush through the tangles. Work them out carefully. It hurts if you try to just pull the brush through the tangles!

    Ok dads of girls with long hair, I do this with my daughter because she has long hair which tangles quite easily after a bath that occurs right before bed time. Braid, braid, braid. If you don't know how, ask your wife to teach you. Sophie just had a bath tonight and I put 2 braids in her hair, one on each side. It will save my husband tomorrow morning when he has to do her hair which consists of a hair band. Of course I can't complain, he does do the pigtails if my daughter's hair is wet from the bath. I'm quite impressed considering he's never had to do them until Sophie's hair got longer.

    My suggestion is to get hair bands. I don't know too much about curly hair as it doesn't run in my family, but a hair band is all I can think of that's easy.