How to braid a bubble braid
There’s nothing quite like a no-fuss, easy-to-do updo. What’s even better is when you can wear the same hairdo from the gym to work to a night out on the town. That’s why the bubble braid, a fun yet basic hairstyle for all hair types, is gaining popularity. Good Housekeeping approached celebrity hairdresser Andrew Fitzsimons for all the facts on the popular style, as well as step-by-step directions for creating your own bubble braid at home.
What is Bubble braid?
Andrew Fitzsimons describes a bubble braid as a fun variation on a conventional ponytail. In reality, it isn’t really a braid at all. Instead, it’s pulling your hair up in a ponytail and equally spacing elastic bands throughout in a bubble-like pattern, he says. Consider it a fashionable update to this otherwise timeless design.
Suitable for any hair types
Bubble braids, according to Andrew Fitzsimons, are extremely adaptable and can be reproduced on any hair type. Bubble braids on curly hair, bubble braids that look like pigtails, and even bubble braids incorporated into half-up, half-down fashions may all be found with a short Google search.
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Perfect for women with long hair
Even while this style is most commonly seen on women with long hair, it may also be worn by women with short hair, however your ponytail may be shorter than you’d prefer. To rectify this, Andrew Fitzsimons advises, you can experiment with the location and amount of bubble braids on your ponytail, or consider adding hair extensions.
How to style bubble braids
Thankfully, the bubble braiding procedure is straightforward and easy to follow. This lesson will help you make any style, whether it’s a single bubble braid, little bubble braids, or bubble braid pigtails.
Prepare the necessary materials
Depending on how many bubbles you want to make, Andrew Fitzsimons recommends using a styling cream and hairspray, as well as many elastics. Apply your style product to your hair. Use your styling cream to create a frizz-free canvas to work with, he recommends, adding that it also helps keep the style in place. If you have fine hair, use a mild cream to avoid your hair looking oily or burdened down. A medium to heavy styling cream or butter for thicker and textured hair can help maintain moisture locked in throughout the day.
Make a ponytail with your hair
It’s time to pull your hair up now that your hair has been prepared with your style product. Pull your hair back into a slicked-back ponytail at the height that suits you best, and secure it with an elastic near your scalp. You can also determine how many bubble braids you want to make for your style at this time. Part your hair in half down the middle and secure two ponytails, one on each side of the head, if you want to do bubble braid pigtails. Split the hair horizontally and attach the bottom piece of the hair in an elastic to divide if you want a half-up, half-down bubble braid. Then pull the top half of your hair back into a ponytail.
Place your elastics on top
You can make your bubble braid completely unique to you. Fitzsimons proposes adding another elastic hair tie a few inches down from the first one, then continuing to add additional at similar distances. You don’t need a ruler for this, but make sure the spacing between the elastics is as regular as possible. This will give your braid a more professional appearance. Consider using colorful elastics to give this appearance even more personality.
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Make the bubbles
After you’ve inserted all of your elastics, pull at each piece to release the hairs between them and produce a ‘bubble’ effect, he advises. This method will be a breeze if you have naturally thick hair. If you have fine or thin hair, tease the strands or use a thickening spray to get bigger bubbles.
Complete the look
Fitzsimons recommends softly spritzing hairspray all over once your bubbles are finished to keep the look in place and avoid any stray hairs or flyaways. You can also add your own personal touches to your look, such as bejeweled headbands or flowy hair scarves.