How to Do Bubble Braids: A Complete Guide

How to Do Bubble Braids: A Complete Guide

How to Do Bubble Braids: A Complete Guide

Bubble braids are a trendy variation of braids and a ponytail combined. Instead of braiding three sections of hair, this style is done by tying your hair into a ponytail (or multiple) and adding elastic bands every few inches down the length of it to give it a "bubble" effect. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to achieve perfect bubble braids and explore some creative variations you can try. 

What Are Bubble Braids?


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Bubble braids became popular on social media platforms and among celebrities in the early 2020s. This style starts with a basic ponytail, then you add hair ties continuously until you reach the end. It's an excellent hairstyle for all hair types, especially if you're looking for something quick and easier than traditional braids. 

Also, it's ideal if you want a hairstyle that causes minimal damage. Since it distributes the weight evenly across multiple hair ties, it doesn't pull on any specific strands. To further reduce damage, avoid using rubber hair ties or any ties with metal components. Opt for creaseless hair ties, scrunchies, or fabric hair ties instead.

How to Do Bubble Braids


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To create a bubble braids, you'll need a few basic items: a brush or comb, fabric bands, and optional hair accessories such as clips or ribbons. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to achieve this hairstyle:

  1. Start by brushing your hair to remove any tangles and knots.
  2. Gather your hair into a ponytail at your preferred height (high, medium, or low) and secure it with a hair tie.
  3. Place another hair tie about an inch from the first one, depending on the length of your hair and the size of bubbles you want. Repeat this step until you reach the end of your ponytail.
  4. Gently pull apart the hair between each elastic band to create the bubble effect.
  5. Adjust the bubbles to make sure they’re even and add any accessories you like, such as a silk scarf or decorative clips.
  6. Once you are satisfied with how your bubbles look, give your hair a light spray with hairspray if you want extra hold.

Bubble Braid Variations

There are several variations of bubble braids that you can achieve at a moment's notice. Here are a few ideas:

1) Double Bubble Braid


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Instead of creating a single bubble braid, you can create two parallel bubble braids on either side of your head. Here's how to do it:

  1. Split your hair down the middle into two equal sections.
  2. Tie each section into a separate low or high ponytail.
  3. Follow the basic steps of adding elastics every few inches and puffing out the sections to form bubbles.
  4. Adjust the bubbles to ensure both sides are symmetrical.

2) Side-Swept Bubble Braid


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This asymmetrical style is chic and perfect for making your hairstyle more interesting. Here's how to do it:

  1. Brush all your hair to one side and tie it into a low ponytail.
  2. Add elastics down the length of the ponytail, spacing them evenly.
  3. Puff out the hair between the elastics to create the bubbles.
  4. Use bobby pins to secure any loose strands.

3) Bubble Braid with Braided Base


side view of woman with half up half down bubble braid
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Instead of just tying a ponytail and creating a bubble, you can add a braid to your bubble hairstyle. Here's how to do it:

  1. Start by braiding the top section of your hair (about the top third) into a regular three-strand braid of french braid.
  2. Secure the braid with an elastic and then continue by converting the tail into a bubble braid by adding more elastics down the length.
  3. Puff out the sections between the elastics to form bubbles.
  4. Adjust the bubbles and the braid.

Tips and Tricks


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Here are some practical tips and tricks to perfect your bubble braids and keep them looking great:

  • Bubble braids look best when created on smooth, detangled hair. So, make sure to wash and condition your hair before styling, and use a detangling spray or comb to remove any knots.
  • Lightly mist each section with styling products and hairspray before puffing the bubbles out. This provides extra grip and helps maintain the bubble shape longer, especially in fine hair.
  • If you’re wearing your bubble braids for more than a day, use dry shampoo at the roots to absorb oil and add volume.
  • When adding elastics, apply even tension to prevent any bubble from being too tight or loose.


In this guide, we've covered everything you need to know about bubble braids. Whether you're getting ready for a casual day out or a special occasion, this is a versatile and stylish hairstyle to try out.

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