Mom's Gorgeous Braids for Her Daughter Put Our Ponytails to Shame (PHOTOS)

braidsMost of us are lucky if we manage to get our kids' hair brushed in the morning before school, but Australian mom Shelley Gifford gives her 6-year-old daughter Grace such gorgeous and elaborate braids every day that the styles are going viral -- and with good reason!

And the most amazing thing about Gifford's designs are that she's not even a professional hairdresser -- though her love affair with braids has been lifelong.
"Growing up I always loved braiding; I would take any chance I could get to braid family and friends' hair," Gifford told The Stir.
As a young girl, Gifford says, she only knew -- like most of us -- about the French and Dutch braid. Then in April 2014, she discovered the world of braiding on social media.
"I found accounts that were solely set up to show hairstyles that mums had created on their daughters," she says. Inspired, she started her own Facebook and Instagram braiding accounts. She followed other hair and braiding accounts, watched video tutorials, and attended braiding and updo workshops.
"I just love learning new styles and advancing my skills," she says. "I'm hair obsessed!"
After seeing Gifford's incredible braids, we are too! Click through to see some of our faves and learn more about Gifford and her little model, daughter Grace. You can check out Pretty Little Braids on Instagram and Facebook for even more.
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