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If you’ve been keeping up with the latest buzz in the curly hair world, you may have recently witnessed a Twitter convo about private spaces for Black women and their natural and curly hair— a conversation sparked by Serena Williams’s husband and Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

Last month, Alexis tweeted about applying to join several natural hair Facebook groups in order to educate himself on taking care of his young daughter, Alexis Olympia’s, naturally curly hair. This tweet jump-started a much larger conversation about who is allowed in online safe spaces for Black women, and if there should be exceptions to the rule. Responses were divided, with some people reassuring Alexis, while others challenged him to find other options where he would not be intruding on Black women’s safe spaces.

Whether you agree or disagree with his approach, the conversation that was born out of Alexis’s tweet shows the importance of fathers taking the initiative to groom their daughters’ hair. Styling children’s hair is too often dismissed as being a mother’s responsibility—but there are plenty of dads who can do it all, from laying edges to bomb twist outs.

So in honor of Father's Day, we’re featuring 10 daddy-daughter duos (dad’s styling their daughter’s hair) that will warm your heart and make you smile. And you may even learn a thing or two.

For more on fathers and natural hair care, keep an eye out for Hair Love, a highly anticipated children’s film and published picture book.

1. @icemikeloveasia

This daddy and daughter have amassed over 1 million instagram followers and 40k subscribers on YouTube! Mike and Asia (daddy and daughter, respectively) create consistent content showing their daily life, including hair tutorials for some pretty fly curly hairstyles for kids.

Here’s Mike styling Asia’s hair into a braided ponytail complete with gold accessories.

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2. @breeze_n_dad

This father creates some quick and easy hairstyles on his daughter, Nala, that are perfect for a dad who’s new to curly hair and/or on-the-go.

Their latest video features an adorable double bun style, easy enough for all dads to master.

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3. @wardlawstowaco

Stay at home dad and licensed therapist Gary Wardlaw documents his family life through vlogs, including some special moments with his daughters Anastasia and Justice.

Watch as Gary styles Anastasia’s hair into some sleek Bantu knots.

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4. @theshacfamily

This fashionable Somali family of five, a young couple and their three daughters, share their experience through daily vlogs and challenges.

Watch Ahmed brush his daughter’s hair into a high puff as they discuss the languages spoken in Morocco, French fries, and how to say “I love you” in Dutch.

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5. @ad_luchetti

Adriano is a father of two daughters and husband of popular beauty Youtuber GiGi Beauty. Their family channel features daily life as well as some fun challenges.

In this video, their daughter Amelia gets her hair thoroughly moisturized and detangled, then styled into a cute, simple puff— even if the edges didn’t turn out as planned.

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6. @discoveringnatural

DiscoveringNatural features a beautiful Nigerian family and their collective natural hair journey. The videos include tutorials, as well as healthy hair care and transitioning tips.

Watch as this dad tackles a full wash day on his daughter’s gorgeous type 4 hair, plus styling for the very first time. His daughter’s face is priceless.

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7. @littlemindcatchers

Nadia and Gabby are two natural sisters who share hair styling and maintenance techniques through their Instagram and YouTube channel.

Here their father is refreshing Gabby’s two strand twists by moisturizing and re-twisting— with a little help from Mommy, of course.

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8. @RissaBriggs

You don’t have to be a kid to have your dad do your hair! Carissa Briggs, 22, did a challenge video where her dad did her natural hair.

In this video Carissa and her dad share their warm-hearted father-daughter bond while he slicks her hair into a low bun.

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9. @getglamfam

This husband and wife team are both licensed cosmetologists and are well-versed in the beauty industry.

This dad (who is a hairstylist) demonstrates how he moisturizes his daughter’s dry hair with Shea Moisture’s High Porosity line and styles it into an elaborate cross-braided hairstyle with twists.

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10. @theofficialmoorefamily

The Moore family is all about having fun, from comedy skits to entertaining family vlogs and pranks.

This dad, who’s also popular on TikTok, styles his daughter’s hair into a double bun hairstyle with twists and an Afro adorned with a flower headband using Hairfinity’s Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner, Hairfinity’s Nourishing Botanical Oil, and Ecostyler’s Styling Gel with Olive Oil.

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Was your dad involved in your hair care routine as a child? For all the moms with curly children, is it important to you that their father is involved in the hair maintenance process? Let us know in the comments.