Bubble Braids Are in — Here’s How to Get the Look

September 21, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
bubble braid inspo
Bubble braids are the modern take on the classic plait that we can’t get enough of. Instead of twisting the hair into your typical braid, the bubble style requires securing a bunch of elastics and scrunchies onto the hair about an inch apart. Then, you can simply pull the hair out just enough to create round bubble shapes. The look is so easy to achieve, that we rounded up our editors’ favorite bubble braid looks to copy this fall. Go forth and get bubbly!

Bubble French

Mimic the look of a french braid with this easy-to-recreate bubble French braid. Section the hair down the center, and begin by gathering and securing quarter-inch sections starting at the front of the head with elastics. Work your way down until you reach the nape of your neck, then bubble braid the rest of the way down with the remaining hair. Keep strands silky smooth with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz-Killer Serum.


Scrunchie Bubbles

Want to level up your bubble braids or pony? Use thick scrunchies in various colors and textures like this look by @alisaxxlee. It’s a super simple way to make your bubbles look even more eye-catching.

Double Bubble

The higher the braid, the better the bubbles! Get creative like this look with @aimeebribeauty and start the base of your bubble braid close to the top of your head for a more fun, editorial-style look.

Bubbles + Curls

Bubble braids don’t have to go down to the ends of your hair — in fact, this style by @lanasummer proves that they look even better with the rest of the hair down, especially if you have a curly or coily hair type.

Thicc Braids

Who says your bubbles have to be small or medium? Go thicc with this look from @hairwithlinda and create three huge bubbles on each braid.
Photo: @aimeebribeauty

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