Single Dad Connects With Daughter Over A Braid

Feb 02, 2017

Admittedly, I’m not the best at braiding, buns, and even wearing (or styling) bangs, but I’ve had many years and my own head to practice on. Imagine being a father, learning that he is expecting a girl, and then not having a female partner to use her hair expertise on your daughter. Phil Morgese found himself in this predicament when he gained full custody of his one-year-old daughter, who was already sporting a full head of hair.

It Began With A Braid

Morgese had to teach himself how to work with his daughter’s hair, and even more so after Disney’s Frozen inspired her to grow her hair even longer. Soon Morgese had friends asking him to teach them how to do their daughters’ hair, and not long after, Daddy-Daughter Hair Factory was born.

Seeing interest, and knowing that dads, single and married, could benefit from learning to take care of their daughters’ hair, Morgese started a class to aid other dads. Bringing in SoCozy, a children’s hair product company, as a sponsor, Morgese has been able to teach classes in donated spaces. Over 30 courses have been taught country-wide, and over 300 dads in attendance, Morgese offers the classes free of charge.

“It’s not about the braid, it’s about the bond,” is Morgese’s motto, fitting, as every dad isn’t going to walk out of the class a hair maestro. What every dad will get out the class is quality time spent with his daughter, one-on-one with no electronic interruptions, an aspect of the class that Morgese feels strongly about. While the participating dads learn how to do braids, young girls are learning how men should be in their life.

The Social Movement

Social media is helping Morgese assist dads across the globe, with YouTube hair tutorials, like the one below:

Morgese also runs the Facebook page, “Daddy Daughter Hair Factory”, which has become a community for parents to share their tips and triumphs in hair styling.

But of course, the dad-movement Phil Morgese began is much more than learning to do hair, it’s about fathers spending time bonding and connecting with their daughters. Says, Morgese, “Fatherhood’s evolving. We need to stay connected with our children, that’s really what’s going to change this world.”