THERE are lots of things we can’t all do right now... such as go to the shops, or visit our local library, hug our granny, or take a trip to the hairdressers.
One Cork girl gave her dad and one of her brothers a helping hand in that department, when they needed a trim.
Kate Lee, aged 11, watched YouTube clips over and over again on how to cut men’s hair, until she was ready to take on a real life challenge — and the results were so great that her dad said it was better than any barbers!
Dad Anthony was first in the hot seat. They decided on day one to focus on the front, back, and sides — but it was so good that they tackled the top the next day.
Her older brother Isaac, age 15, was next up and Kate also did a great job.
Her 16-year-old twin brothers are holding out... but like so many others in the country whose locks are getting longer by the day, they too may be calling on Kate’s new talents soon.
Mum Martina said the family lives off the South Douglas Road and Kate attends Eglinton NS, where she is in fifth class. She also goes to Montforts College of Performing Arts and is continuing to do her classes online through Zoom. She is a very creative young girl, who loves arts and crafts, and drawing in particular. The family say she inherited her creative gene from her grandmother Kay Byrne, who lives in Douglas and is an avid reader of The Echo. Kay is a dressmaker and is very close to Kate.
Anthony said granddaughter and granny are like ‘peas in a pod’. Currently, they have to observe social distancing, which is tough on everyone, but they still get to see each other, as they don’t live far apart.
One person Kate is missing desperately is her best friend Katie, whom she has been friends with since pre-school, though they are keeping in touch via Skype.
Mum Martina explains how the ‘hair challenge’ started. She said all the men in the house were moaning about their hair. Kate’s dad, knowing how creative Kate is, asked her to watch a few clips on YouTube of people cutting hair.
Kate would usually watch various craft-based YouTubers, such as Little Miss Kate and Co, as a hobby.
There was no electric hair trimmer in the Lee household, so Kate had to use traditional hair -cutting tools — scissors! Her mum said she is very patient and enjoyed watching the clips and learning new skills.
Anthony said he initially asked his daughter to do his hair, thinking he might have to shave it all off the next day, depending on how it all went.
When he saw the results he was “shocked” and “blown away” and will most definitely be getting her to do it again. As lockdown continues, that might be frequently enough, as Tony enjoys a trip to the barbers around every six to seven weeks.
“If she gets even better at it than the last time, then I will be delighted,” he said.