For anyone who has struggled to wrestle three lengths of hair into a single polished plait, prepare to be inspired. The elaborate braids that Shelley Gifford creates each morning in her daughter’s hair make the 6-year-old girl the envy of the playground — and beyond.
“I’m hair obsessed” Gifford told TODAY.com by email from her home in Melbourne, Australia. “I’m always challenging myself to create something new and unique.”
Although she loved to braid as a girl, Gifford only knew two styles. That changed in 2014 when she discovered how much information was online about braiding. She became a self-taught expert braider and stylist by following social media accounts devoted to braiding, watching tutorials and attending workshops.