Mom Braids Almost 800 Hairstyles in 2 Years for Her Daughter

April 18, 2016 7:20 pm Last Updated: April 21, 2016 1:22 pm

Shelley Gifford liked to braid—but two years ago, through social media, she stumbled on a whole new world of creativity.

In 2014, she found accounts where moms had posted pictures of hairstyles created for their daughters. Having a little girl herself, she decided to follow suit.

Growing up I always loved braiding, I would take any opportunity to braid family and friends hair.
— Shelley Gifford

“Growing up I always loved braiding, I would take any opportunity to braid family and friends hair,” she told Epoch Times over email.

However, this was basically her only experience in hair styling.

“Back then, I only ever knew how to French and Dutch braid, I wasn’t aware that so many other braids existed,” she said.

And so she learned—a lot.

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“I started following other hair and braiding accounts: asking questions and continuously watching video tutorials. I also attended braiding and up-do workshops, anything to advance my skills,” she said.

Soon enough the results began to show.

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Her daughter, Grace, 6, has been modeling her creations, sporting a new hairstyle almost every day.

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“I like trying to be creative with my braiding,” Gifford said. “Sometimes it seems more like art than an everyday hairstyle which I find fun and unique and then sometimes I may just recreate a great style that I have found on the Internet from fellow braiders.”

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Gifford says braiding is the easy part. After two years she has almost 800 hair styles under her belt. But that’s actually where the difficulty lies.

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“I always try to think of a new style for the following day,” she said. “It is becoming more of a challenge to think of the next days’ hair style.”

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Also, during the week she only has about 15-20 minutes in the morning to make her idea reality.

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Still, she doesn’t seem to lack in enthusiasm.

“I love that I am doing something that I am so passionate about,” she said. “I don’t see it as work.”

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Gifford already holds braiding clinics for other moms, and this year she plans to launch online tutorials.

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You can find her on Facebook and Instagram accounts called “Pretty Little Braids.”

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Gifford said it’s “exciting that Grace gets to be a very special part of Pretty Little Braids and we can share this time together.”

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Not to mention Grace’s hair gets some attention at school and the “feedback is fantastic,” Gifford said.

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