When it comes to hairstyles, creativity knows no bounds. From tribal braids to stitch braids and what have you, there’s always something new to experiment with. And one of such trends taking the beauty world by storm is bubble braids. This playful and eye-catching style adds a touch of fun to any look. What’s more? Its versatility makes it the go-to hairstyle for a simple yet chic look.
Want to look pretty for a date night or an occasion? Stay with me on this post as we explore the world of bubble braids, how to create them, and why they’ve become a go-to choice for fashion-forward ladies
What are Bubble Braids?
Bubble braids, also knowns as bubble ponytails or bubble plaits, involve one or more ponytails that are tied with hair ties continuously down the ponytail. Each sectioned hair secured with elastic bands is what becomes the bubbles. The result is a stylish and intricate look yet surprisingly easy to create.
Are Bubble Braids Good for Your Hair?
If you’re scared of this style causing damage to your roots, I’m here to put your heart to rest.
Bubble braids won’t damage your hairline. But, if you’ve got fine or thin hair, tease your baby hair lightly or apply a thickening spray to add volume without causing any breakage. In addition, always choose gentle elastics that won’t cause your hair to snap or break and remember to detangle your hair gently before styling.
How to Get the Bubble Braids Style
To achieve beautiful bubble braids, follow these simple steps below:
- Start by brushing your hair well to remove any tangles and ensure a smooth base for the braids.
- After brushing your hair, decide if you want to create a single bubble braid or multiple braids. For a single bubble braid, gather all your hair into a ponytail at the desired height. If you prefer multiple braids instead, divide your hair into sections accordingly
- Secure the base of the ponytail with a hair tie. Ensure it is tight enough to hold the hair in place but not too tight to be discomforting.
- Start the bubble by placing an elastic band down from the base of the Ponytail. This will be your first “bubble”. Then gently tug the hair above the elastic to create volume and give the bubble its shape.
- Repeat the process, placing more elastic bands at equal intervals along the length of the ponytail. Each section between the bands will form a bubble.
- To complete the style, wrap a small section of hair around the final elastic band to conceal it. Then secure it with a bobby pin so it stays in place.
Popular Bubble Braids Style to Rock for the Season
This coiffure looks great on every hair texture. And it’s suitable for any occasion too. Scroll down as we explore the different styles available to help you personalize your bubble braids.
Two Kinky Bubble Ponytails
This hairstyle looks absolutely gorgeous on natural hair. The good part? Your hair doesn’t have to be that long. You can use kinky extensions to lengthen your natural hair and get your desired look.
To achieve it, part your hair into two sections and wrap them into buns and continue with a kinky ponytail to add volume to your tresses. It is more comfortable to use ponytail holders instead of regular ties to shape the bubbles.
Half-Up Bubble Braids
For a romantic look, turn your bubbly braids into a half-up hairstyle. Part your hair horizontally, creating a section at the crown of your head.
Follow the steps you learned above to create your half-up bubble braids around the top section, then leave the rest of the hair to flow freely.
Side-Swept Bubble Braid
The side-swept look has a way of adding a touch of elegance to your overall appearance. Sweep your hair to one side and gather it into a low ponytail. Then start your bubble braids from the base of your ponytail and work your way down.
This look works well for both long and medium-length hair. It’s the perfect fit for formal events or glamorous evenings out.
Thin Fishnets on Bubbles
Although these braids are not that easy to install, you don’t need a celebrity stylist to pull it off. Just do these: after you put a tie, separate hair into strands, then fishtail braids atop one and stretch the section underneath it to form of a bubble.
Secure it with an elastic band and repeat the process until you’re done. And presto! Your fishnet bubbles will be ready.
Bubble Braids with Medium Hair
You can wear your bubble hairdo on any hair and the bob cut is no different. Just ensure your medium hair is long enough to create a variety of hairstyles but not too long that it becomes high maintenance.
This style allows you to create a fun and youthful appearance with statement pieces like scrunchies. But if you don’t want to accessorize, keep it simple with small, hair elastics. The choice is yours.
The Afro Puff Bubble Braids
The afro puff bubble braid is one chic hairstyle you can rock anytime.
This look involves using extensions to get a more voluminous look, then style in a way that makes you elegant and stunning while at it.
Colorful Bubble Braids
Add a playful twist to your bubble braids by incorporating colored extensions, elastics, or ribbons. Opt for vibrant shades that complement your outfit or choose pastel hues for a softer and more ethereal look.
Adding color to your bubble braids makes them even more eye-catching and fun while expressing your personality and creativity.
Bubble Braid Mohawk Style
This hairstyle is sure to transform you into the cynosure of all eyes if you wear it. A combination of fluffy bubble braid and mohawk style is one bold and stunning look.
Ensure you apply the right product and finish with hair spray to get the right-sized bubble.
Softball Bubble Braids
If you want a bold, girly look, softball-sized bubbles are your best bet. This style works for different hair lengths and textures. But the longer and thicker your hair is, the more pronounced your bubbles will be.
To get this style, use fewer hair elastics down the length of your ponytail and backcomb each section to add volume. This will keep each bubble bigger and more noticeable.
Small Bubble Braids
If you want bubbles that feel like box braids, go for this coiffure. It’s more subtle than bold bubble braids.
And accessorizing your small bubbles with stylish fashion pieces will give you that youthful, gorgeous look that never goes out of style.
Elevate Your Hair with Bubble Braids
Bubble braids are the perfect way to elevate your look with a touch of playful elegance. This unique style allows you to experiment with different variations and you can always pair the hairdo with any outfit whether you have a chic fashion style or not. So, whether you’re attending a special event, a girls’ night out, or simply want to spice up your everyday look, this hairstyle offers all-around satisfaction.
The ideas for this hairstyle are endless. So if you need more inspiration to whet your style appetite, here you go: