How to Create a Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

This braid is similar-looking to a conjoined double Cobra Braid, only the stranding is different and very tricky.

This is not a new braiding technique, but the braid should be included on the list as one of the most beautiful braids out there!How to Create a Zipper Braid | Updo HairstylesI first saw this technique in video form on YouTube in Spanish back in July by a talented braider named Diana Rojas. Our version uses the technique diagonally across the back and ending in a braided bun for an absolutely gorgeous updo! {The braid would actually look great in any number of hairstyle combos.}

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We imagine this hairstyle as being a perfect updo for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion.  You are going to simply LOVE IT!!!Little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo HairstylesMy first huge tip is to wet down the hair before braiding. For braids that involve multiples in stranding, we find that this helps the braid be more clean and crisp in the final look.

As you braid, you may find a few “sharks” {parts where the hair sticks up like a shark fin in water} will appear. Simply comb them towards the braid and tuck them under it, to help hide them.Little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo HairstylesThis is an expert-level braid that can be difficult the first few times, but is easy each subsequent attempt and truly amazing if you know how to do it! Again, the first few stitches are the most difficult, so keep practicing until you get it!

CGH3 has worn this to school a few days over the past few months.  The girls at her school loved it so much that they were taking photos of them on their phones and texting it to their friends.Portrait of a little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Little girl outside in a blue shirt modeling Zipper Braid | Updo HairstylesApparently the photos spread to older sisters, who then showed the photos to my twins at their Junior High asking them to show me the style! My twins and CGH3 thought that was so funny how fast it spread, and came back full circle to us!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hairband, 3-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting down the hair…  
  2. Start with a small section near the top of the head, and divide into three strands…  
  3. Now, take the middle strand and take it over the left strand…  
  4. Then take the new middle strand and take it over the right strand…  
  5. This completes your first stitch of the braid.  
  6. Now take the new middle strand and take it over the left strand again, then take it under the two strands to the right, and have your daughter hold it {this secures the first stitch in place, without slipping}…
  7. Pick up a tiny section of hair on the right side of your head, which will be come the new strand.  
  8. Next, take this piece over the middle strand and then under the left strand, and ask your daughter to hold it…
  9. Up until this point, you have been prepping the base stitches for the core braid.
  10. Now you will begin the Zipper stranding… 
  11. Pick up hair on the left side of the head, take it over the middle strand and under the right strand, and ask you daughter to hold {she will now have two strands of hair in her right hand}…
  12. Take the first strand she was holding, and bring it UNDER the new strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand…
  13. This will create a little sandwich around that strand of hair. 
  14. Pick up more hair on the right side, and take it over the middle strand, and then under the left strand, and have your daughter hold this second strand… 
  15. Now, take the first strand of hair from her, and take it UNDER the second strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand {from this point, the braid is repetitive}…
  16. Continue to repeat Steps #11-12, and 14-15, until you run out of hair {as you go, the braid will continue to take form and look more and more like a zipper}…
  17. Feel free to finish it off with an elastic for a ponytail, add a bow, or continue with a simple braid and twisting it up into a bun {as we did in the video}.
  18. Use bobby pins to secure any option bun in place.
  19. Add hairspray {as desire}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Zipper Braid Updo! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Book Review video, sharing their thoughts on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Marie Lu’s Legend!

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  1. This was really a fun braid. Pretty easy once I got into the rhythm of it! Like the fish tail ending idea. Love all your hairdos!

  2. I love this braid, But instead of turning it into an updo, is it possible to contnue the braid so it becomes a zipper side braid? Thanks!

    1. It won’t let me post a picture of one, I found that finishing it off with a fishtale braid blends in with the zipper style, it’s seamless.

  3. Bardzo podobają mi się twoje fryzury , niektóre są naprawdę świetne chociażby ta. Bardzo długa próbowałam ją zrobić jednak mi nie wychodziła w końcu jednak się udało . Staram się robić wszystkie fryzury z twojej strony bo są naprawdę fajne.Chciała bym cię kiedyś poznać na żywo. Jeżeli chcesz na mojego facebooka są niektórym są fryzury , które sama zrobiłam.
    Kamila Gruszczyńska
    White Polish …

  4. Hi!
    I really love this hairstyle!!! I’ve tried to do it on myself (I made it!) by holding the hairpieces in my mouth and it works fine, especially with wet hair. This braid looks so good and you can keep it for more than one day, which is great 😉

    I really like your braids and I check your youtube channel every week 🙂

    Greatings from Sweden!

  5. I love this one! I have managed to do this one on myself but it takes a long time! I need a model! My only option is my younger sister who hates having her hair done in any way!

    1. Same for me! My little sis HATES me doing her hair! Just let her know that she is lucky to have an OLDER SISTER who can do CUTE HAIRSTYLES. She’ll be realize just how lucky she is when you tell her every once in a while;) Happy Hairdoing!

  6. I love your hairstyles I done this one on my four year old daughter and for my first attempt it turned out a lot better than I thought it would so I was amazed I would not be the best at hair but seen watching cute girls hairstyles I can now do a lot more than just up in a ponytail

  7. It took you 7 minutes. For me, it took 41 and a half minutes to do it. And mine turned into a messy textured zipper-braid bun. I still love it because it has the right pattern! Hopefully I get it right next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! /:)

  8. I did this braid on my daughter this morning and it looks amazing!! I agree that keeping the added hair small and equal is important! I love your hairstyles and tell any and all who ask where to go to learn intricate styles for their girls.

  9. Mindy, should get rid of that automatic video play when you first open the website. It is very annoying and needs to go. Im sorry, but I just don’t like it.

  10. I tried this braid on my daughter’s hair a few days ago. I was a little skeptical, because her hair is so thin. But it turned out beautifully! She received loads of comments on it and someone even took a picture of it.
    Thank you so much for all your tutorial videos. I will be trying out many of your hair styles on my 2 girls, now that I have found your website!

  11. This braid is beyond BEAUTIFUL. Everyday after school my daughter goes to your website to look for a new hairstyle that she wants me to do to her hair. Thank You from the bottom of my heart! GOD BLESS you and your precious family.

    Love always,
    Baby Girl

  12. I just wanted to say I love hairstyles so much and I do a different one every day and I was wondering if you could create a hairstyle for my grade 6 graduation

  13. If you are worried that people will see the smaller ponytail, you can always use a topsytail to flip it through. That would make the ponytail stay closer to the head and be less noticable.

  14. I can’t do it yet (I do hairstyles on myself, so most of these are pretty tricky) but after all my massive homeworks are over I am going to keep trying!!!!!!!!

  15. I really love this hairstyle and i tried it on my own hair, but my hair keeps slipping and it isn’t working out. Do you have any ideas on how to do this braid in your own hair?

    1. The way I do it I put the strands that need holding in my mouth to hold for the time being until I need them. 🙂 It’s unusual but it works! 😀

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