Zipper braids are the coolest type of braids for young girls. We all know how kids get excited when they have a new hairstyle. Why not be the best mom ever and try out this super-fun hairstyle? All of her friends will be impressed and they’ll want to copy the zip braid.
What Is Zipper Braid?
Imagine a braid that sort of looks like a zipper, hence the name. It’s basically a type of braid where you create this beautiful illusion of interlocking strands, making it look like a zipper. Pretty funky, huh? The style is pretty versatile and unique, and a definite conversation starter!
Who should try zipper braids?
If you ask me, I’d say anyone who loves experimenting with different braided hairstyles should give it a go. They’re particularly great if you’ve got medium to long hair, just because you’ll need some length to really show off the design.
But let’s not forget the folks with shorter hair. Sure, it might be a bit more challenging, but hey, who doesn’t love a good hair challenge, right? Also, these braids work well with both straight and curly hair, so pretty much anyone can pull off this style.
One thing though, if you’re new to braiding, this might be a bit tricky at first. But don’t worry, with a little bit of practice, you’ll have it down in no time. And trust me, once you get it, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go!
How to Do Zipper Braid Hairstyles
You will find zipper braids a bit complicated at first, but the braiding will get easier the following time you do it again. Start with wet hair so that you have more control. Get three strands of hair in the part where you want to start the braid. Put the middle section over the left one. During the next step, you will need to get the section that is now in the middle and put it over the right one. Take the middle strand, put it over the left once again and move it under both strands taking it all the way to the right.
This is where things get interesting. Give that strand to your girl, so she holds it while you braiding. Get a strand of hair from the right and take it over the middle, then under the left and to the right.
Give it to your daughter for her to hold it. Get more hair from the left and take it over the middle strand. Put it under the right strand and give it to the daughter to hold it. Get the first strand you gave her, and put it under the one you just gave her. Include it to the middle section.
You can now get another strand from the right side, move it over the middle, then under the left one. Give it to your daughter to hold it. Take the second strand you gave her, put it under the new one, and add it to the middle part. From now on, this is what you should be doing until the end. Simply repeat this from both sides.
Trendy Zipper Braid Hairstyles
Following are the 17 chicest zipper braid styles that young girls and women can try this season.
1. Fishtail Zipper Braid
This style is all about merging two beautiful braid styles into one. The fishtail braid’s intricate weave is given an edgy twist with the introduction of the zipper braid on one side.
Ideal for: This hairstyle is great for girls with long, straight hair.
How to Style: Begin with a traditional fishtail braid. Once you’ve got that down, choose a side and start weaving in a zipper braid. This adds a wonderful visual texture to the smooth flow of the fishtail braid, making it a unique and appealing style.
2. Crown Zipper Braid
Ready to feel like royalty? The crown zipper braid is a gorgeous hairstyle that circles your head just like a crown.
Ideal for: Perfect for any girl who wants to feel like a princess for a day.
How to Style: Start the braid at one side of your head, gradually adding more hair as you braid around the head. It might take some practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a beautiful braided crown. This style is perfect for fancy occasions or whenever you want to feel extra special.
3. Dutch Zipper Braid
A fusion of the classic Dutch braid with the trendy zipper braid!
Ideal for: This style works well on both straight and curly hair of medium to long length.
How to Style: Start like a regular Dutch braid, but instead of braiding under, you braid over. You then incorporate the zipper braid in the middle of the Dutch braid, creating an interesting contrast between the two braiding styles.
4. Zipper Braid Updo
Elegant yet distinct, this style is sure to stand out at any event.
Ideal for: Girls with longer hair who want a sophisticated updo.
How to Style: Begin with a zipper braid from the side, bringing it around to the back and securing it into a bun. It’s a tastefully stylish look that’s perfect for parties, weddings or any formal occasion.
5. Mohawk Zipper Braid
Bring out your adventurous side with this edgy hairstyle!
Ideal for: This daring style works best on medium to long hair.
How to Style: Create a zipper braid right down the center of your head, from front to back, leaving the hair on the sides loose. This punky look is definitely a statement maker!
6. Boho Zipper Braid
This hairstyle has a relaxed, free-spirited vibe, perfect for casual outings or beach vacations.
Ideal for: Girls with long, wavy hair will rock this look.
How to Style: Begin a zipper braid at the crown of your head, letting it blend into loose, beachy waves. It’s the perfect boho-chic look for a sunny day out.
7. Zipper Braid Ponytail
Here’s a fun twist to the classic ponytail!
Ideal for: This style works well with medium to long hair.
How to Style: Start with a side zipper braid, and then gather the rest of the hair into a high or low ponytail. It’s a fantastic way to add a touch of charm to an everyday ponytail.
8. Side Braid
You can choose a side and do the zipper braid there. This is a great mane when you don’t want to braid your whole hair.
Ideal for: It’s ideal for all hair lengths. You can also make it smaller or larger.
How to Style: This braided hairdo includes the same braiding technique on one side of the hair.
9. Mix Braids
Hairstyles are so much cuter when you mix different braids like snake braids.
Ideal for: Any girl can rock this fabulous mane.
How to Style: Start with your favorite zip braid and end with any other type your daughter likes.
10. Lace Braid Details
If you like to add cute details to hairdos, you will want to recreate this look.
Ideal for: Great for kids who have the patience just to sit and wait.
How to Style: After doing the zipper braid, you can also add fun lace details on the sides.
11. Double Zip Half-Up
Half-up half-down hairstyles can be upgraded with zipper braids as well.
Ideal for: Great for young ladies who don’t like having their hair up.
How to Style: Do two zip braids, one on each side. Combine them in the middle and finish off with a different type.
12. Colorful Zipper Braid
So many fun colors are safe for your kids’ hair and can also be a cute change. They are not permanent, so why not let her have fun.
Ideal for: Would work for any young girl at any age.
How to Style: Do a huge zipper braid and see how gorgeous it looks with all the chic colors included and loop braids.
13. Diagonal Zipper Braid
This gorgeous diagonal braid is a fabulous hairstyle that is so eye-catching. It’s a unique way for your young daughter to stand out in the crowd. All her friends will soon be asking their mothers for the same hairdo.
Ideal for: This hairstyle will be more impactful for girls who have long hair. Young ladies with medium hair can also try and copy it.
How to Style: Begin the braid in the front on one side and braid in a diagonal direction to the opposite side.
14. Zipper Starburst Braid
This is the most complicated type of zipper braided hairdo on the list. But don’t let that scare you. It is a combination of a starburst and zip braid which is beautiful.
Ideal for: Perfect for mothers who like experimenting with their little daughters’ hair. It might take a while to braid it at first, but the young lady will be so happy. The hairdo is even better for special occasions.
How to Style: Combine the two types in a stunning updo. To get familiar with the starburst braid, we recommend watching a tutorial.
15. Double Zipper Ponytails
Those basic double low ponies are so boring. It’s time to spice them up with the chicest zip braids.
Ideal for: It’s such a cute hairstyle that all the girls can try it. It works even for short and medium-length hair.
How to Style: Start dividing the hair into two halves with a middle part. Braid from the front and stop somewhere where the neck begins. Leave the rest of the hair in ponytails.
16. Middle Zip Braided Pony
There is nothing better than a pony that is decorated with braids.
Ideal for: This hairstyle looks much more flattering on long hair. But if your daughter loves it so much, you can try to make it work on short hair.
How to Style: Flaunt a huge zipper braid in the middle, and accessorize it with two smaller braids on the side. Put the rest of the hair in a smooth ponytail.
17. Zipper Braided Updo
You can look at this cool example whenever you need a chic updo for your kid.
Ideal for: Will look amazing on all little princesses, even the ones with shorter hair.
How to Style: Do a classic zipper braid and decorate it with a cute bow at the bottom.
Young girls find unique hairstyles to be so much fun. Let them be different by trying these gorgeous zipper braid examples. After your first time, you will practically be a pro at braiding. Most of the looks are interesting and will be great for all ages and hair lengths.