Oh, dads, we feel your pain. It’s time to get your daughter ready for school, her hair is a hot mess, and you’re not sure what to do with it. Even the ponytail, which seems simple, just isn’t.
Urban Betty Salon hair stylist Jessica Tellez is teaching a daddy/daughter hair styling class. She’s starting what she calls the 101 class: that’s ponytails and buns. Pigtails and braids are more complicated, and she’ll save those for the 2.0 class. Here are the basics on creating ponytails and buns.
1. Spray a detangler such as Bumble and Bumble Prep Primer on the hair.
4. Pull the hair into a ponytail by combing underneath, then supporting the bottom. Brush the top of the hair while holding the bottom in a ponytail to smooth out the top.
5. Hold the hair with one hand. With the other hand, use two fingers to spread the ponytail holder.
6. Hold the ponytail holder over the ponytail and grab the ponytail with that hand. With the other hand, pull the ponytail holder over the ponytail to its bottom side and pull the ponytail through. Continue to keep a tight grip on the hair with the top hand.
Basic high ponytail on ethnic hair
2. Comb out the hair.
4. Move the hair into a ponytail, holding the base of the hair. The hair will naturally stay where you have placed it, but it’s still a good idea to hold onto the ponytail you are forming with one hand.
5. With the other hand, use two fingers to spread the ponytail holder.
6. Hold the ponytail holder over the ponytail and grab the ponytail with that hand. With the other hand, pull the ponytail holder top piece over the ponytail to its bottom and pull the ponytail through. Continue to keep a tight grip on the hair.
1. Create a ponytail using the steps above.
2. Secure it with a holder.
3. Add more primer to the hair to give you more grip.
4. Twist the hair by holding the ponytail at the end and turning it hand over hand until it is all twisted throughout.
5. Twist the hair around itself like a coiled snake against the head.
6. Lock it into place by using bobby pins. Grab the side of a coil at the top and stick it into the hair. Grab another pin and go through the side until they lock in place.
7. Continue to alternate pins in a crisscross shape until you feel the bun is secure.
Brush hair every night and have your daughter sing “Happy Birthday” three times while doing it to make sure you are doing it enough.
Use shampoo only at the scalp. Use conditioner at the ends. Make sure all of it gets rinsed out.
When brushing, start with the bottom layer of the hair. Put the top layers in a clip on the top of the head to get them out of the way. Once you get the first layer, add another layer, brush it out, then another, until all the hair is smooth.
Daddy/Daughter Hair Class
When: 10 a.m. April 21
Where: Urban Betty Salon, 1206 W. 38th St., Suite 1107
Tickets: $75, technically sold out but contact the salon if you’re interested in a future class
Information: urbanbetty.com, 512-371-7663