Baltimore school works to build father-daughter relationships through hair care

By Talia Richman

BALTIMORE — Damion Champ knew only one way to do his little girl’s hair: a style he calls the emergency ghetto-fabulous ponytail.

Beyond that, his only solution for fixing up his 6-year-old daughter’s locks was to “look for women who already do hair and ask them how much they charge.”

But Champ, who is 46, attended a recent workshop at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School that taught him how to do braids, buns and twists. The event reflects a growing effort by Baltimore City Public Schools to get fathers more involved in their children’s lives.

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