Whenever mom was out of town and dad was in charge, there were definitely a few perks. Maybe you didn’t have to make your bed or it was mac and cheese for dinner every night. On the other hand, there was one not so great thing about all that daddy-daughter time: he probably couldn’t do your hair quite like mom could. We’re guessing you probably hit the playground rocking a bumpy ponytail or an au naturel kind of style. But for some dads in NYC, that’s all about to change.

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Last week the New York Times published a piece about a class on the Upper West Side that teaches dads to braid their daughter’s hair. According to the story, “The 45-minute course started with brushing and detangling techniques and graduated to styling a ponytail, a ponytail braid and a braided bun.” One dad told NYT, “With boys you just part it one way or the other way. With her, it’s up, down, one braid, two braids. I grew up with brothers, so I don’t know anything about it. My default is the ponytail, and I’m not even good at that.”

Dads (or moms!), if you’re reading this and you’re not in the NYC area, you can definitely still learn how to do some basic hairstyles on your little one. Scroll on down for four dad-approved hairstyles.

1. One-Minute Ponytail: If this isn’t the most dad-like way to create a bump-free ponytail, we don’t know what is. Pro tip: be sure to double twist a ponytail around the end of the vacuum to slide onto the hair. (via usalleniii)

2. Simple Braid: Dads, braiding really isn’t all that hard, we promise. Still don’t believe us? Check out this video to see how simple it really is. (via Cute Girl Hairstyles)

3. Sock Bun: Whether she’s headed to the playground or a fancier event, this fun hack works for either occasion. (via Dads Do Hair)

4. Twisted Bun: That sock bun still a little too complicated for you? This dad makes things even easier. All you need is a chair that spins. (via Earl Raglin)

Dads, what’s your go-to hairstyle for your daughter? Share with us in the comments below.

(Photo via Dads Do Hair)