On a lovely night on the Upper East Side, fathers from across the tri-state area gathered with their daughters inside a vibrant salon. They nervously paced amid race car salon chairs and walls of sparkling clips. They are the latest class of students for “Real Men Can Braid” at Cozy’s Cuts for Kids.
It’s one of many dad-daughter hair courses popping up across the country. The new trend is making dad’s more helpful when it comes to getting their kids ready and out the door.
Cozy Friedman, owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and host of the course, began offering the class six months ago. Now, she has a wait list of fathers from across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
"We are teaching dads the basics with their daughters because so many dads are involved but have no idea how to do it, because they have no experience,” explains Cozy.
In less than one hour, fathers learn gentle brushing, pretty ponytails, braids, and a bonus round to master the bun. Each walks away with a diploma and “tool kit” with products Cozy claims are imperative to proper hair care.
“You wouldn’t go on an airplane without distractions, and the same goes for hair,” says Cozy as she passes out books on braiding to the daughters. Throughout the class, the girls read calmly as fathers cautiously attempted each round.
Cozy uses analogies throughout the class - like comparing hair ties and bobby pins to nuts and bolts - to help fathers grasp the curriculum.
Similar classes are being hosted across the country. A recent post on Reddit reached the front page as website members flooded the comments with fond stories of their own father’s attempt to style their hair. Many agreed a mediocre ponytail by dad was worth the time spent together. Other top comments included fathers asking for similar classes in their area.
Dads taking Cozy Friedman’s course earn more than great hair skills.
"This has been an unbelievable bonding experience," said Cozy of the class. “Dads and girls don't necessarily have that much in common, so now there's something they can meet on and enjoy."
The course fee is $25. To sign up for an upcoming “Real Men Can Braid” class, visit socozy.com/salons.
The tool kit provided in the class is also sold online for $29. Currently, there is a wait list for customers that can be found here.
Can’t make the class? Check out Cozy’s quick online tutorials:
• How to use an elastic (watch)
• How to Detangle (watch)
• How to Braid (watch)
• How to create a Ponytail (watch)