HOW TO DO A ZIPPER BRAID ON YOURSELF
Hello lovely! I was recently challenged by someone and decided to learn how to do a zipper braid. I watched several tutorials, some of them a bit confusing as far as how the braid should start, others showing someone doing it on someone else. Also every demonstration I saw was done on really long hair, that I don’t have, so I was wondering how I would manage 🙂 But as it turns out, this braid is really easy to do on yourself, even if your hair is shorter with layers.
I think it gives an interesting result without being too complicated, so bear with me and let me show you how you can achieve this braid on your own.
Zipper braid – how to DIY
It gets a lot easier when you think of it as a french braid with a twist. The twist being that you’ll need to exchange a strand for another, so if your hair isn’t long and you can’t hold it out of the way for a second in you mouth (that is if you don’t think that’s gross 😉 ) you’ll need a metal alligator clip (like the picture below shows). The reason I find those the best is that it has great hold but also glides easily in and out through the hair, so you’re not risking pulling out any unnecessary hair while you braid. Let’s begin! I’ve prepared a pictorial with step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial as well.
- Start as if you were going to do a french braid. Part a U section on the top of your head and divide it into 3 strands. Cross the right strand over the middle, then the left strand over the middle. Now the left strand becomes the middle strand and you should bring it up an clip it out of the way (on the right side).
- Replace that strand with a new section of hair from the right side and cross that new strand over the middle.
- Now release the hair that is clipped away and merge it with what is now the right strand so they form one strand.
- Continue braiding as usual, crossing the left strand over the middle and pin that middle strand to the top of your head on your left side.
- Pick up a new section on the left side, cross it over the middle, and merge what is now the new left strand with the section from the top, so they form one strand.
- Continue doing the same thing all the way down, alternating sides.
- When you reach the nape of your neck, tie everything into a ponytail and style according to preference.
TIPS FOR STYLING: There are multiple ways to finish this hairstyle. You can leave it as a pony (unless it’s short and wispy like mine, then you might want to use extensions 😉 ), make a messy bun or even braid all the way down without adding in new hair. You can also switch it up and do another braid at the bottom for a fun combo. It doesn’t have to be straight down either, you can do it diagonally and finish it off with an elegant bun. You can braid in small sections and make it really tight, that way it will be tiny at the top and widen out as the braid continues, which will give it more of that zipper effect. However if you like your braids a bit fuller and have less time on your hands, do like me and braid in bigger sections and pull on the outer edges of the braid when you’re finished.
And here is the final result with my HaloCouture Extensions Ponytail attached:
If you’d like to know more about this ponytail and how I put it on, be sure to also check out my review of the HaloCouture Extension Ponytail.
If you still find it a bit confusing, don’t give up! Watch the video below first and see how easy it is 😉
What do you think? Will you give the zipper braid a try?
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See you you next time and have a great hair day!
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