MILDURA dad Rhys Brymer is the first to admit he has “failed miserably” when attempting to style the hair of his daughter Lacey, 3.
Although he gave it a go, he just wasn’t able to replicate the Elsa-style braid Lacey requested.
“To be honest, it’s pretty scary,” Rhys said.
“I’ve been scared that I’ll accidentally hurt her. I’ve tried to do her hair a few times – but it hasn’t ended well. The ponytails always seem to go to the side or fall out completely.”
But that’s set to change for not just Rhys, but fathers all over Mildura when the Dads Do Hair workshop comes to Slip Rocks barber shop next week.
Organiser Catherine Thompson said the idea came about when she and friend Toni Mottram saw similar events happening in Melbourne.
“We were actually up at Banjo’s cafe and we were chatting about how cool it would be to have something like that here in Mildura for local dads,” she said.
“As we wandered further up the street, we were right in front of Slip Rocks, and we thought, ‘well, why not pop in and see if they’d be keen to participate’?
“Doing hair had traditionally been the role of mums, but there’s lots of dads who would love the chance to learn ... dads want to be more involved and should be supported to do so.”
Slip Rocks owner Sammy Pileggi said he jumped at the chance to get on board.
“I think it’s a really good idea because there are dads out there who are a bit lost when it comes to doing hair, even though they might try,” he said.
“This way, they can come into a familiar and comfortable setting, have a beer or a coffee and learn some new tips and tricks to help them out.”
Fathers will learn skills, including how to brush out knots, how to do a ponytail and how to plait.
Tickets can be bought at eventbrite.com.au and are $6.50 each.
This story appears in Thursday's Sunraysia Daily 6-6-2019. To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here