A video from 60 Second Docs is making its viral way through Facebook feeds everywhere. The touching video — 60 seconds long, of course — features a single dad talking about the struggles he had when his daughter needed help with her hair.
Even though he didn’t have any experience with long hair, like any single dad, Philippe Morgese decided to step up.
But the short video is only part of the story for Morgese and his daughter, Emma.
Morgese tells everyone he started out with basic hair clips. Then he learned how to do ponytails. Then he learned how to do braids. And they were epic.
Pretty soon, other dads were asking him how he does it. Morgese realized that it would be easier to show them in person, so he got a group of other fathers together to show him his awesome hair skills.
Morgese told BuzzFeed:
“I get a lot of credit for doing her hair and hear compliments about my role as a father because of it. I want other dads to be able to experience that.”
The single dad connected with a local beauty school and asked if he could use their space to show other single dads like him how to fix their daughter’s hair. Seven dads and seven daughters showed up on the first night, and launched a regular class.
Since starting his bi-weekly classes in October 2015, Morgese has taught hundreds of Daytona, Florida, dads how to manage their daughter’s locks. He’s also shared his lesson plan with single dads around the country so they can start their own clubs and share the tricks of the trade.
Morgese told People magazine:
“I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned, mainly because of the fun that the dads and the girls get to have together. The dads become more confident, so that makes them better dads. And the daughters adore their dads even more for taking the time to learn how to do their hair. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Morgese shares his tonsorial adventures on a Facebook page for himself and Emma, called the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory.
Morgese told Babble.com that there was more to it than just getting Emma’s hair under control and out of her eyes:
“I think seeing a dad and daughter work together like we do is inspiring to dads and I hope to influence others to build that bond with their girls. Doing hair is just a small portion of our time together, but it is very close and involved. That time we spend together is where we discuss our day, talk about important issues, and crack jokes.”
He also has a full set of tutorial videos on YouTube. Dads and moms, single or paired, that need some help dealing with long hair can visit the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory YouTube Channel for dozens of hair tutorial videos.
Featured image via Daddy Daughter Hair Factory Facebook page.