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Single Dad Goes To Beauty School To Learn To Braid Daughter’s Hair

Real men braid hair.

Such is the case for single dad Greg Wickherst; he’s been styling his daughter Izzy's hair since he parted ways with her mother more than a year ago.

For the first time, Wickherst was tasked with readying his nearly 3-year-old daughter for school.

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He couldn't help but feel overwhelmed by the tangled mass of blonde hair standing in front of him each morning.

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So, Wickherst, who works in admission at the nearby IntelliTec College, visited the school's cosmetology department for some much-needed guidance.

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He went to the professionals.

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Armed with only a pint-size, blonde angel and a confusing array of tools, Wickherst listened and learned.

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The Pueblo, Colorado dad told the Huffington Post his skill level increased quickly.

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He rattles off hairstyles like a celebrity stylist, saying, “In no time, I was able to do a simple braid, then a fishbone braid, and a French braid.”

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“I learned how to do a ponytail, then flip it through itself either under or over. “

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“I call that an inverted ponytail.”

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Although Izzy stays with her mother occasionally, Wickherst has primary custody.

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And on the days when she's not there, he reminisces about the little routines he's come to love.

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Wickherst adds that even the ugly parts of parenting are beautiful because they're so temporary.

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And that’s including “the blowout diapers, the tantrums in the store, and the late night, up sick, catching-throw-up-in-your-bare-hands nights.”

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“Because it doesn’t last forever.”

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Wickherst publishes photos of Izzy’s ‘dos to Facebook in an effort to help out other parents.

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With each new hairstyling lesson, Wickherst updates his Facebook portfolio.

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This is parenting done right.

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Emily Arata is a Women's Editor raised in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx and previously wrote for First We Feast. She writes about the unlikely ways in which millennials connect with one another.
Emily Arata is a Women's Editor raised in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx and previously wrote for First We Feast. She writes about the unlikely ways in which millennials connect with one another.

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