father french braiding daughter's hair
A father French Braids his daughter's hair while assisted by Cosmetology students

How many fathers know how to style the hair of their little girls when asked? A few local fathers who admit they need help in that area were given some tips from BOCES Cosmetology students during a recent class held at the Charles H. Bohlen, Jr. Technical Center in Watertown.

The class was part of what is called Daddy Daughter Hair Factory. It is a nationwide community organization built to encourage fathers to help care for their daughter’s hair and look for new ways to bond. The group traces its roots to a small class held in Daytona Beach, Florida.   It has since grown into a nationwide movement. 

Julian Alteri became aware of the group and sought to bring something similar locally to the Watertown area. He reached out to Jefferson-Lewis BOCES to see if the Cosmetology class would be interested in hosting a class.

“I personally have twin five year olds, and I’ll admit I have yet to learn how to do their hair,” says Mr. Alteri via a flier promoting the event. “Since I get the kids ready for school every morning, to put it bluntly, I’m sick of not knowing how to handle their hair. What better timing and opportunity to bring DDHF locally.”

Mr. Alteri gathered the participants for the class. The Senior Cosmetology class did the rest of the planning. Instructor Kathy Piche says it was an opportunity to turn the class into a Project Based Learning endeavor.

“It was an educational opportunity for the students to practice their skills and to work with the community,” says Mrs. Piche.

father works on daughter's hair Cosmetology students assist father  

The first two hours of the event featured the students teaching the participating fathers hair care, simple hair style, and how to polish nails on their daughters. The event concluded with a social hour featuring donated pizza and wings from Papa Tino’s Pizzeria and games involving the children. A total of ten fathers and 14 children participated. 

The seniors chose the hairstyles that were to be taught during the class and produced a booklet outlining them. They also donated some of the materials, including the fingernail polish that was to be used for manicures on the young girls. 

Daddy Daughter Hair Factory booklet  Christmas Reindeer Bun design in guide
                    Booklet produced by students                                             Christmas Reindeer Bun from booklet

BOCES personnel hope this will become an annual event.

For more information on Daddy Daughter Hair Factory, click here