When it comes to little girls learning how to groom and make themselves more beautiful, we often think of mothers first.
After all, who better to teach a girl about herself than a woman, right?
But don’t discount the dad because fathers are also playing an increasingly important role in the daily beauty routine of their little girls and 38-year-old Jack Woodhams believes in this so much that he even holds workshops for other dads so that they can bond better with their daughters.
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He said: “I don’t think lots of men get to enjoy anywhere near as much time with their girls as they should.
“The classes give us that chance to do something nice together and also show the little ones that not only their moms can do their hair.
“Historically doing hair is a woman’s job so it’s great to break that barrier down.”
Jack got inspired after going to a children’s birthday party with his daughter Poppy. Plaiting expert Maria Smith, who teaches kids, hosted the party.
Jack, from York, North Yorks, said: “I saw how much fun everyone was having and just thought it would be such a nice thing for Poppy and me to do.
“Maria said she was up for it so I asked a few dads if they would be too and got a great response, that’s how this started.”
Since then, Maria has held more than a dozen classes. What overwhelmed her was the positive response of the dads and their surprising skill at plaiting.
She added: “I really love the sessions, they’re so much fun.
“Everyone has such a great time and to see the amazing interaction between dads and their daughters is really heartwarming.”
Some of the dads were so talented that they took their plaiting skill to such a “high level” that they could make sophisticated designs such as sculpting hearts.
Maria also teaches French, Dutch, and fishtail plaits.
Despite the idea originating from him, Jack, a council worker, admits he’s not the most talented hairdresser.
He said: “Watching what some of the guys can do now is incredible, I can’t believe how advanced they have got with it.
“They’re even better than their wives and the girls will ask them to do it at home instead of their moms.”
He added: “For me, that isn’t really the point of the whole thing though, I just love getting to spend time with Poppy and the other dads.”
Jack also said that the positive environment that the classes provide helps men to talk and is good for mental health.
He said: “The guys obviously come for their daughters but we all end up having really important and quite deep chats.
“I think that men not talking about their feelings is a real problem in society today, we bottle things up and put on a brave face.
“One huge benefit of our classes is that men talk to each other, the environment is so positive and it really encourages people to talk openly.”
The father-and-daughter duos meet once a month and train at a community center in York. Classes last between one to two hours and anywhere from 12 to 14 duos are present at a time.
Encouraged by the success of the workshop, Jack started a group called Yorkey Dads with friends Mike Hewitt and Dan Braidley. The group also holds workout sessions and hosts walks around York for men.
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