You've inspired other dads out there! ~ Rachael Ray
Here's looking at you, kid! ~ Ashton Kutcher
This single dad taught himself how to style his daughter's hair... And he's so good at it, he now posts tutorials for other hair-challenged parents! ~ John Tesh
Welcome to my page! I'm Greg Wickherst. I've been a single dad for many years. I used to be clueless when it came to hair. I have shaved my head most of my adult life. Through the love for my daughter, I turned this learning experience into a way I can bond with my daughter, while at the same time teach other parents the skills I have picked up along the way.
When my daughter Isabella "Izzy" was about 2 1/2, her hair was growing out and I didn't know what to do with it. I mean I honestly couldn't even do a ponytail. I remember making a Facebook post saying that I wish I knew how..
After that, I decided to get help. I work at a college where they teach, among other things, Cosmetology. I asked the program supervisor for help, and she referred me to a student, Ashley Rosha. I spent my lunch hour with Ashley and she taught be the basics on a mannequin. Braids, buns, and ponytails. I got some weird looks from clients in the salon, but I didn't care. I was determined.
That night I went home and practiced on my daughter. Turns out, it was actually pretty fun for us! She also liked having her hair done because she felt pretty when it was done. So it became a thing for us. I would look up styles on YouTube, and she would let me practice. It was an excellent way for us to bond together, especially during the winter months when we would be snowed in. I ended up making a Facebook album of the styles we did together.
In January 2015, I saw an article in the Huffington Post about what motherhood meant. In the article it asked for photos of fathers, and so I sent an email to them. The reply was that they didn't want to add me to that article, they wanted to have one exclusively about me and Izzy! Well, okay....
After that, our lives changed. This story became an international viral story. I was inundated with requests on how to do hairstyles. Dads, moms, siblings, everyone wanted to know how I did what I did. I was called by all the TV shows asking to make an appearance. I ended up choosing to go on The Rachael Ray Show, as she's always been one of my favorites.
While in New York City filming her show, my work asked me to be a part of a hair class for dads. That ended up being scheduled for Valentine's Day, 2015. That class sparked something in me. I really felt I wanted to be an inspirational figure towards dads. When the story first went viral, I thought it was silly. I was just doing what I needed to do to be a good dad. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that dads have a bad wrap. We, a lot of times, are thought of and portrayed by the media as lazy buffoons. I wanted to help change that. I wanted to give other dads something to look up to. So I started the Facebook page now known as The Hair Dad.
Through The Hair Dad, I have made several video tutorials, inspired dads across the nation to step up their hair game, and very importantly, became friends with dads in many communities that teach their own classes. All of this is free. I learned for free, and I pass along what I've been taught. I do it because I want to help other struggling parents. This is way more than just doing hair. It's about the bond you create with your kids. The theme I want parents to know, more than anything, is that it's not about being perfect, it's about being present. Finally, here's a video about us that really speaks to why I do what I do. I really hope this helps you!!!