It started with single dad Patrick van Hoof posting a question on Facebook. He wondered, did any of his fellow fathers struggle with creating a simple ponytail or braid for their daughters? A handful of dads responded, laughed at him, chided him a little, and then said that if he arranged a class, they would definitely attend.
So he did. He contacted a local hair salon to see if they could help. “In no time,” Patrick said, “I arranged the first braiding class in the Netherlands, which I attended as a student.”
His friends joined him, and one class led to another and another. Soon word spread to local media and then to the national news. Radio, TV, and newspapers were covering the success, and Patrick was discovering in the Netherlands the same phenomenon that Cozy has discovered here in the US: real men can braid.
In November 2015, Patrick founded Superparent, an event organization geared toward quality time between parents and children. His braid workshops have gained great success for dads (and moms) who want to learn, have fun, and bond together.
And we must say, Patrick is gaining some serious skills when it comes to his daughters Nine and Julie. Check out his handiwork.
We asked Patrick about the best part of the classes:
“My favorite part of class is to see how enthusiastic the dads and daughters are. It is not only bonding between dad and daughter, but bonding between dads as well. Because it has a huge social and approachable aspect to it. It is an enormously fun and instructive night for everyone!”
Here at SoCozy, we were thrilled to hear about Patrick and Superparent and proud to donate SoCozy product to be used in their workshops. Joining the ranks of the other braiding dads we know and love (like Phil from Daddy-Daughter Hair Factory), we offer Patrick our adoration and applause. He’s more proof that something as simple as a braid can have a big impact on the lifelong bonds of family.