There’s something completely and totally mesmerizing about intricate braids—in part because we’re positive we can’t manage to do them on ourselves without the help of a professional hairstylist and extra appendages. So when zipper braids came into the spotlight a few days ago, thanks to Kelly Osbourne’s hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio, we knew we needed more inspo photos—and fast.
A zipper braid is basically a French braid mixed with a ponytail mixed with some magic. According to DiMaggio in an interview with Allure, he created the braid by dividing her hair into three sections, tying a black ribbon around the middle section (which was half-inch wide), then French-braiding the hair as usual. If it sounds confusing and totally not do-able on yourself, then you’re kind of right: DiMaggio had two assistants on either side of him helping him hold sections while he braided. But, if you and your two friends are especially hair-savvy, you can probably recreate this look at home with a bit (OK, a lot) of patience.
Of course, as the Internet has taught us, there are a zillion ways to do any braids, and people are current using actual hair—wha! Hair?! Crazy!—in place of ribbons and ropes to do their zipper braids, which makes the task a bit easier. Again, these styles aren’t for the faint of heart—or rather, the faint of patience—but we’re still digging the looks either way. So we rounded up our favorite zipper braids for the ultimate hair inspo. Click through to see them all.