Last spring, Chris Pratt posted a picture on Instagram (above) of a French braid he did on his wife, Anna Farris, along with the hashtags #RealMenBraid and #WhyIsItFrench. I was impressed, if a little incredulous. Then last night, Pratt proved that he really was the man behind the braid.
On Entertainment Tonight, Pratt braided an ET intern’s hair mid-interview. He didn’t share how he learned the technique, but he didn’t skip a beat, answering questions and twisting pieces of hair without a stumble. He even had a few hair-care tips. “You wouldn’t want to use a rubber band. That could damage the hair,” he says. “What you want to use is something called a scrunchie.”
OK, so I’m not 100 percent sold on the scrunchie thing, but I loved watching Pratt in action. Maybe that’s because my father used to French-braid my hair when I was growing up. And I found it pretty offensive when the guy interviewing Pratt said, “You’re a leading man now, a superhero, a great dad, and all these manly things, but apparently you’re pretty good at French-braiding.” Thank you for that retrograde observation. Plenty of men are excellent at braiding—and there are women who aren’t (ahem, my mom). It’s just a matter of being willing to learn. As my dad always said, “If I can use a power tool, I can braid your hair.”
So maybe show your guy a few how-to videos, tell him Chris Pratt does it, and you may find the back of your own head on Instagram one of these days.
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