DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a newly single father to a 4-year-old girl. I am writing to you for a slightly embarrassing but important reason to me: I can't do my daughter's hair. I know there are many more pressing issues in the world right now, but I don't want my little girl to feel she is missing out because she doesn't have a mother who can braid her hair. I have tried to learn through YouTube videos to no avail. How can I make sure my daughter can be proud of her hairstyles? -- Not a Hairdressing Daddy, Dallas
DEAR NOT A HAIRDRESSING DADDY: It takes time to become proficient at hairdressing -- well, time, skill and the right products. I recommend that you find a local hair salon that does children's hair and take your daughter there for a consultation and braiding. Ask the hairdresser to teach you how to do your daughter's hair. Offer to pay for counsel. Ask what products are best for her so that you can purchase them. Then watch closely as your daughter's hair is done. When it's time to do her hair again, practice when you have a bit of time so that you don't get frustrated being on the clock.
You may also want to ask for guidance from mothers of children in your daughter's class who have similar hair texture, or even neighbors whose children have hair like hers.