Braided Hairstyles: No One Can Braid Like This Mom

If you thought you had killer hairstyling skills, think again!

If you thought you had killer hairstyling skills, think again! One Australian mom has us all beat with the elaborate braids she gives her six-year-old daughter.

Melbourne mom Shelley Gifford takes about 15 to 20 minutes every day to create incredibly intricate braids in her daughter’s hair before she goes to school. She then documents her amazing creations on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, which both have thousands of followers.

According to, the mom always loved braids as kid, but only knew how to do two styles. Then, in 2014, she discovered online tutorials and became a self-taught braiding expert.

Gifford’s daughter Grace is now known for wearing cool designs in her hair and always receives compliments. “Grace's hair is certainly noticed by a lot of people at school, dance and her other activities, their feedback is fantastic,” the mom told Mashable.

“People are forever stopping us in the street. We have had people approach Grace in the street saying I know that girl, based solely on her having an unusual braid in her hair. I guess we never imagined it would be such a hit and such an interest to others.”

A photo of one Gifford’s braids was posted to Reddit on Thursday and has since been viewed over 1.7 million times. Many Redditors praised the mom’s braiding skills. “If I ever have a daughter, I want to be the dad who can do this,” one wrote.

Another joked, “This should be in ‘Game of Thrones.’

But the question on everyone’s mind was how a six-year-old could possibly sit still for 20 minutes to get their hair done. “That kid must have insane patience,” one user commented.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Gifford admitted she often gets asked this question as well. The mom explained: “Grace is perfect, I’ve been styling her hair since she was a toddler so she doesn’t know any different.”

While Gifford describes herself as “hair obsessed” and admits she loves to challenge herself with new creations, she told that the best part about braiding is spending time with her daughter.

“I love doing something that I'm so passionate about,” the mom said, “and I love that Grace gets to be a part of that.”


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