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A Guide to Helping Young Girls Achieve “Dad Hair”

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A Guide to Helping Young Girls Achieve “Dad Hair”

Many dads, my husband included, have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to working magic with a brush, a barrette (a “beret,” as Mr. Candy pronounces it) and a ponytail holder.  If your daughter would like to achieve the coveted “Dad Hair” look without the help of Dad, here are some helpful tips:

1.  Why go with the expected and clean two-ponytail look when you can wow the daycare crowd with just one messy ponytail on the side?  Business on the left, party on the right.  Leave long bangs in eyes for added “WOW” effect.

2.  Think outside of the box.  That plastic thingamabob you’ve been saving in the kitchen drawer for no good reason may just make a high-fashion hair accessory!

3.  Don’t be deterred by your daughter’s frightened face upon seeing her new “Dad ‘Do” for the first time.  True genius is not always appreciated at first.  (Think:  van Gogh; Paris Hilton’s film work.)

4.  Making the hair achieve a gravity-achieving look is always a nice touch.

5.  Keep in mind that dads have a special knack for selecting stylish headwear.

6.  Buck clichés:  Barrettes don’t always have to be used to keep the hair in place.  Just close your eyes, jam it in somewhere in the vicinity of the head, and voilà!  Instant magic.

7.  The best “Dad Hair” accessory of all:  An expression that says, “Seriously, Dad?”

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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