Actor Anthony Anderson was recently in the news for talking about how he used to go shopping and buy his daughter makeup. Talk about a cool dad!
Anderson told Essence that he used to buy his daughter lipstick and lip gloss before purchasing a manicure system for her. He said she used to practice her manicure skills on him when she was younger.
Could you imagine your dad letting you do his nails? My dad told me I shouldn’t wear nail polish when I was younger because it would be a “distraction” at school. What kind of distraction would I cause with hot pink fingernails? Would I distract boys? Would I distract myself?
Either way, Anderson is a dad that’s not only OK with makeup and beauty products, he seems to support his daughter and her interests in makeup and beauty.
Not all dads are that supportive or open about makeup. My dad never talked to me about lipstick or lip gloss. I think he tried to tie my hair once but that didn’t end well.
He’s only ever made one comment in my life about my clothes. One day, he asked if I wanted to tag along as he ran errands. I told him I would, but just as I walked out the front door, he looked at me and asked, “Is that what you’re wearing?”
I looked down and examined my large T-shirt, running shorts and sandals. I thought I looked normal. I was going to run errands, not to a wedding. Wasn’t this OK? I’ll never know what he didn’t like about that outfit, but he’s never made another comment about my style since.
When I got into my late teens, I tried really hard to grow out my hair because I just wanted it to get as long as possible. It was about halfway down my back and I was loving it! But one morning my dad gave me a mini shampoo, conditioner and hair serum set. He said my hair looked dry. He was totally right, but I found it odd that he’d give me hair products suddenly since he’s never bought me anything for my hair before.
Then he started to explain that he wasn’t sure if what he bought was what I normally used, (absolutely not, because I wasn’t a teenager who could afford Frederic Fekkai) but he said the lady at the store told him it was really good.
I couldn’t help but smile after that and appreciate that he really cared about my fried, crispy, split ends.
After that, I started to understand that dads do care about their daughter’s makeup and beauty routine, but it can be hard for them to show that they care. Shopping for products is hard enough for me, so how would my dad be able to buy me the right shade of lip gloss?
Props to Anderson for being such a cool and supportive dad! If you’re a dad and you want to get move involved in your kids’ makeup or beauty rituals, just get to know what they like, or pay attention to the little things.
And if you can save your daughter’s crispy ends, please do.