My daughter is a full-on, totally committed ballerina. She has been taking ballet for the past five years. For the past two years, she has started growing her hair longer so she can have a perfect ballet bun (both for class and for performances...she was in the Nutcracker last year).
Since she started growing her hair longer, my wife and I have struggled with putting her hair in a bun. We tried all the old tricks-ask the neighbors, get/pay another girl to show us, watch YouTube videos. Nothing worked.
The owner of the ballet studio keeps giving me disappointed looks every time I bring my daughter to class. I have begun to wonder if the other parents are chuckling behind my back...
But today...today was different! My daughter and I went to Sally's Beauty Supply near our house for another expert opinion. The sales clerk was very helpful and suggested corkscrew pins for my daughter's hair. I think she thought I was a clueless single dad...she is right on the clueless count when it comes to little girls hair! Two minutes, perfect ballet bun. My daughter loved it because it worked and I loved it because I got to talk a bit of science (the pins are a double-helix).
Small victory! Big celebration!
Just don't ask me how to french braid.