Bubble Braids Are The Internet’s Easiest New Hair Craze

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The hair trend of the summer is easier than ever, and we’re here for it. 

If you’re one of those people who just needs their hair out of their faces while you face the disgusting summer heat, we’re right there with you. My claw clip has been my go-to lifesaver all summer long.

But there are more stylish ways to pull your hair back this summer. Introducing: bubble braids.

What are Bubble Braids?

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For those of you who might be hiding your hair that’s gone a few too many days without a wash, these braids are your new best friend. 

Bubble braids aren’t like your normal braid either, so if you missed that lesson in Girl Scouts, you can still hop on this hair trend. Bubble braids are just a series of ponytail holders going down your hair. 

Ryan Richman, a celebrity hairstylist, explains, “A bubble braid is one or more ponytails that are tied with hair ties continuously down the ponytail, with about an inch or two of space in between them… As you secure each section with an elastic, you can spread your hair gently with your fingertips between the two elastics, causing a bubble effect.”

You can create bubble braids any way you want to. Whether you want a half-up-half-down look, a big braid, or two pigtails, the options are limitless.

How to do a Bubble Braid

1. Separate Your Hair into Sections

If you’re going with one big bubble braid, start very basic and tie your hair in a clean ponytail at the roots. If you’d like to start on top and work your way down, you can also start by putting little elastics into your hair and adding to the grouping all the way down, then begin grouping the hair together once it’s all in an elastic. 

2. Create Small Bubbles

You don’t want uneven groupings of elastics in your bubble braids, so decide how far apart you want them to be. If you have short hair, you might want your elastics closer together than if you have long hair. 

During this step, spread out each section of the hair as you divide it and puff it out, creating the ‘bubble’ look. 

3. Secure Each Bubble with a Hair Tie

Tie each section up with an elastic and you’re good to go!

4. Add Volume and Grit

No matter what texture your hair has, when styling your bubble braids, it’s important to use products that will make them not only stay but also hold the style. Whether you choose a finishing spray, blow out cream, or your favorite hairspray, go ahead and put it in your hair so it’ll keep those cute bubbles all day long.

How to Style Bubble Braids

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One of the main reasons bubble braids are such a hit is because they’re so versatile. You can style your bubble braids in updos, half-up, half-down styles, or a braided bun. Choose whatever you’re feeling for the day and run with it!

You can even try out fishtail bubble braids with ease. After you secure your hair with a tie, separate hair into two strands, then fishtail braid a top one and stretch the section underneath it in the form of a bubble. Secure with an elastic and repeat the process again.

For more bubble braid inspiration, professional stylist Michael Gray has been going viral with his interpretations of the bubble braid.

The bubble braid is truly a one-size-fits-all hairstyle for the summer.


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