I returned to work 13 weeks after my second child – little miss Hallie – entered the world. With the goal of making mornings as smooth as possible, I started laying out the kids’ outfits, shoes, and in Hallie’s case, hair accessories, the night before. This step would have been unnecessary had I been the parent in charge of mornings, but because I often left the house before the rest of my family woke up, my husband Tom was solely responsible for getting the kids fed, dressed, and out the door on time.
As Hallie grew older and her hair grew longer, Tom – who had never before put significant time or energy into how he or anyone else looked – seemed to come into his own as her hairstylist. From barrettes and bows to ponytails and tiny pigtails, Hallie’s light brown wispy locks looked adorable every day, thanks to Tom.
One afternoon I arrived to pick Hallie up from daycare and found her styled to perfection. I couldn’t help but comment to her teachers about how, if his career as an engineering professor didn’t work out, Tom could start taking classes at cosmetology school.
“Oh Erin…” one of the teachers started, shaking her head side to side. “Tom’s never done Hallie’s hair. He brings us her hair accessories every morning and then we do her hair after naptime.” A sideways smile crept across the teacher’s face as she went on. “Sometimes Hallie’s not even wearing shoes and socks when Tom drops her off.”
Suddenly it all made sense, and in that moment my inexplicably skilled-at-hair husband went back to being the absent-minded professor I’d always known and loved.
Hallie is now seven, and since those early daycare days Tom has styled her hair only a handful of times. She’s become an avid dancer though, so I’ve asked Tom to learn how to put a bun in her hair. It may be the toughest thing he does this summer, but I think he’s up to the challenge.
Did you know that girls who spend quality time with their dads grow up to be stronger women? Pantene’s Strong is Beautiful campaign aims to help dads and daughters and strengthen their relationships, one “Dad-Do” at a time.
In honor of Father’s Day and in partnership with Pantene at Wal-Mart, Chasing Roots is giving away 10 Dad Do Bags. These packs include “Dad-Do” instruction cards, a mirror, a brush, Pantene Detangler, hairbands, and a $5 Wal-Mart gift card, and would make lovely gifts for dads of daughters. Hallie plans to give one to Tom, and though he doesn’t know it yet, Tom plans to use his kit as he attempts to master Hallie’s dancer bun.
To enter, take a picture of dad brushing, styling, braiding, or even putting a bun in daughter’s hair and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email on Father’s Day – June 19th – and kits will be mailed the following week.
Happy Father’s Day!
For additional information, visit www.walmart.com/pantene.