33 Trendsetting Bubble Braid Styles For Modern Elegance

Key Takeaways
  • Bubble braids are a versatile and trendy hairstyle that can be adapted for various occasions, from casual to formal events.
  • These braids are relatively simple to create, making them accessible to individuals with varying levels of hairstyling expertise.
  • Bubble braids stand out with their distinctive “bubbled” appearance, adding a playful and eye-catching element to your hair.
  • You can customize your bubble braids by adjusting the size and tightness of the bubbles, allowing for endless creative possibilities to suit your style.

There are many hair trends floating around these days but out of all of them, bubble braids are one hair trend that makes most people want to style a few bubbles of their own.

These cute and versatile braid styles are the ultimate hair hack for people who want an easy-to-install and hassle-free alternative to traditional braids.

To sweeten the deal bubble braids, are perfect for casual and both dressed-up events like weddings and parties so, the styling options are numerous.

From a distance, bubble braids might seem intricate and complicated which could make the task of trying them seem daunting.

However, they are one of the easiest braid styles to make. You’ll be surprised to find that all your need to create this look are some hair ties and a few styling products.

They are also a great style that works with any hair type so no matter your hair texture or length this is a look anyone can pull off.

 Before You Get Started

  • Start with clean, detangled hair to make creating bubble braids easier and more effective.
  • Gather the necessary tools, like hair elastics and hairpins, to create and secure the bubble braids.
  • Create even and well-organized partings for symmetrical and balanced bubble braids.
  • Decide on the size of your bubbles, as this choice influences the overall style and volume of your bubble braids.
  • Plan for routine touch-ups and hair care to keep your bubble braids looking neat and intact.

Ahead, we have put together some amazing bubble braids styles that will up your hair game. Honestly, some of these will have you looking like a hair goddess ready for a red carpet moment.

1. Bubble Braids With Loose Tendrils

 Loose Tendrils

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Looking for a nice face-framing hairdo to rock during the summer? This pulled back bubble braid with tendrils of hair in the front might be the perfect style for you.

The braids are pulled back so you can keep your hair out of your face while having fun, but the loosely curled tendrils add an elegant contour to the face.

Be sure to pair this look with some cute sunglasses.

2. Ombre Bubble Knotted Braids

Ombre  Knotted Braids

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There’s just something incredibly youthful and fun about this look. The medium-sized bubble braids are intricately made into two straight back braids that accentuate the natural shape of the face.

To add some cool color sections, the dark brown roots feature bright caramel highlights at the ends.

If you’re a natural brunette, this look is a great way to incorporate some vibrant shades that can be styled effortlessly.


3. Half Up Half Down Bubble Braids With Rose Design

Half Up Half Down Bubble Braids

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This beautiful half up half down bubble braid just screams perfection and elegance. The bubble braids are securely held in place with beautiful rose design hair ties to form a gorgeous crown ponytail.

You can then show off the length of your hair by letting it down in the back. It is a pretty hairdo to try if you need something for a fancy occasion.

4. Long Double Bubble Braids

Long Double  Braids

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Want to style your hair in a trendy look that adds some volume and detail to the hair? Then these double bubble braids are perfect for you.

The long length of the hair is tamed with the medium-sized bubbles created on each braid for a low-maintenance look that you can wear with a casual outfit.

Don’t hesitate to match your earrings to the shade of your hair tie.


5. Double Plaited Bubble Braids With Low Lights

Double Plaited Braids

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Can’t decide if you want plaits or bubble braids? Then give plaited bubble braids a try.

The plaits are made very loosely and held down in separate sections with tiny hair ties to create bubble shapes.

The best part about this look is that you get a very intricate double plait with heart-shaped bubbles that are sure to attract the best compliments.

This is also a great look to try with lowlights because you get to show off the deeper color at the base of the hair.

6.  Kid Bubble Braids With Knitted Twists

Kid Bubble Braids With Knitted Twists

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Well-crafted crossing twists, multi-colored hair ties to hold the bubble shapes in place, and sleek parts down the hair sections.

Everything about this look just makes it a fun and beautiful hairstyle that’s perfect for kids.

It is a hassle-free hairstyle that can be worn as a casual everyday look or paired with a cute dress for special occasions.

7. Half Cornrow Bubble Braids

Half Cornrow  Braids

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This half cornrow bubble braids is head turning style that is great to try if you have full hair.

The addition of a single prominent bubble braid down the middle of the hair pulls focus to the center of the face and allows you to show off your best facial feature.

Add a bit of edge to the look by accessorizing the cornrows with mini hair rings.

Quick Guide to Chic Bubble Braids: Inspirational Styles

  • Playful Volume: Bubble braids add a playful and voluminous twist to your hair with a bouncy, bubbly appearance.
  • Secure Elegance: Use hair elastics and pins to maintain the structure and secure your bubble braids in place.
  • Maintenance: Bubble braids are relatively low-maintenance, but occasional touch-ups and re-securing of the bubbles may be needed.
  • Hair Health: Minimize heat styling and use nourishing products to keep your hair healthy while enjoying the trendy look of bubble braids.

8. Side Bubble Braids

Side Bubble Braids

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Want an understated bubble braid style that’s easy to pull off? Then try making your bubble braids loose and small then place them at the side of the hair.

This way they blend in with the rest of the hair but add a unique swirl shape and volume.

It is the perfect style to incorporate the bubble braids hair trend into your look without going for a completely dramatic change. 


9. Feed-In Bubble Braids

Feed-In Braids

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If you want a vibrant look with some volume and texture. Try feed-in bubble braids with bright pink hair extensions.

The key to making this style work is to start with jumbo feed in braids at the root, then split the ends into two sections to make two strands of bubble braids.

This is a fun eccentric style that’s great for kids but will also look great on an adult.

10. Slick Black Bubble Braids

Slick Black Braids

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For a modern and fresh look with a whole smooth shine. Try slicked backed bubble braids.

To create this style, pin the sides of the hair then layer the bubble braids on the crown. A combination of hair gel and hair spray is the key to achieving the sleek shine of style.

11. Low Ponytail Bubble Braids

 Low Ponytail

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Take your low ponytail from basic to cool with the addition of bubble braids at the ends.

This style is so easy to pull off that you don’t even need all the extra hair ties to make the sections.

Simply start by securing the ponytail at the nape of the hair then wrap parts of the hair around the ponytail in different sections.

This way the bubble looks fuller and has a thicker base.

12. Mohawk Bubble Braids

Mohawk Bubble Braids

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Channel your inner Viking princess with these edgy and voluminous mohawk bubble braids.

The fluffy bubble shapes are made with the help of hair spray and an elegant french braid is included on the sides to create a style that is sure to take center stage in any room your walk into.

This style is also a great way to show off the dark color at the base of your hair if you have a lowlights or ombre color situation going on with your hair.


13. Long Kinky Bubble Braids

 Long Kinky

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These long kinky bubble braids are a seriously cool way to rock the thicker texture of your hair if you have curly type 4 hair.

Add kinky hair extensions to help you achieve the desired length and volume. Be sure to let a few strands of your curls flow in the front to create a romantic frame for your thick bubbles.

14. Sleek Black Bubble Braids

 Sleek Black Bubble Braids

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If you have darker toned hair, sleek ponytail bubble braids placed in the middle of the crown can seriously make the shadows of your hair look more intricate and eye-catching.

Be sure to use black hair ties when making the bubbles so they blend in seamlessly with the hair and make the bubbles look natural.

15. Colored Hair Clips Bubble Braids

Colored Hair Clips Bubble Braids

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Style your bubble braids with bright colorful hair clips incorporated at the ends of each bubble section.

This look is created with loose plaits held in place with hair ties to make the bubbles. The combination of the two gives your braids the illusion of heart shapes.

It is also a great look to pair with neutral tones outfits like white.

16. French Braid Bubble Braids

 French Braid

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Add volume and texture to your french braids by making them in a bubble braids style.

Use some hair spray on the ends of your ponytail before making the braids to help with adding a feathery texture to the bubbles, then create the plaits very loosely.

Finish off the style by wrapping a hair band at the end of the braids to secure it in place.


17. Rainbow Extensions Bubble Braids

 Rainbow Extensions Bubble Braids

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Incorporating a vibrant splash of color into your hairdo is a sure-fire way of attracting the best compliment.

These rainbow bubble braids are made with multi-colored hair extensions that are made into goddess braids at the roots and then fluffed at the ends to make bubbles from the nape. If you have naturally black hair, it is a perfect base to pair with such a bright look.

Keep In Mind

  • Bubble Placement: Plan the spacing and size of your bubbles to achieve the desired style and volume.
  • Hair Elastic Choice: Use snag-free hair elastics to avoid damage and ensure easy removal when repositioning bubbles.
  • Braid Length: Decide on the length of your bubble braids, as it will affect the overall style and the time required for braiding.
  • Bubble Security: Keep extra hair elastics and pins on hand for quick repairs and maintenance.
  • Maintenance Routine: Plan for occasional touch-ups and re-securing of the bubbles to maintain the quality and style of your bubble braids.

18. Ombre Lemon Bubble Braids

Ombre Lemon  Braids

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If you think you can’t rock lemon hair whenever you want, this look will definitely change your mind.

The uniform and perfectly even lemon bubble braids added on the ends of a well crafted two cornrow style is the ideal combo.

With this hairdo, you have a statement style that will be a great base to either dress down or dress up based on your outfit needs.

19. Bubble Braids With Hearts

Bubble Braids With Hearts

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Elevate your bubble braids with detailed heart-shaped parts for each section of the hair.

This look is perfected with the addition of hair gel to smooth down the hair and ensure there are no flyaways.

It is a great way to style your mane if you have textured hair and want a low manipulation style.

20. Wrapped High Ponytail Bubble Braids

Wrapped High Ponytail

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Looking for a gorgeous look to wear for a special occasion? Try wrapping your hair in this romantic updo.

Wrap parts of the hair around the ponytail at the crown to make the bubble shapes and also secure the wrapped hairdo.


21. Scrunchies Buble Braids


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Make your bubble braids fun and a bit messy in the best way possible by using scrunchies to separate the hair sections.

This retro style is a great way to add volume to your hair with an 80s vibe.

22. Bob Length Bubble Braids

Bob Length

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Want to keep your short bob length hair out of your face? Then you need to try these bubble braids incorporated into a nice tapered bob cut.

Section the front of your hair into even parts to create the bubble shapes then lettuce hair pins to secure them to the remaining hair at the back.

This way you can rock the bubble trend while still putting your cute bob hair on display.

23. Pigtails Style Bubble Braids

Pigtails Style

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Pigtails are a classic look that are sure to make anyone look youthful and fun. This bubble braids version of pigtails takes the hairdo to the next level.

Don’t hesitate to pair this look with large hoop earrings for a complete head turning look that you can wear in any season.

Pro Tip

To create perfectly round bubbles in your braids, insert your fingers under each bubble and gently pull them outwards to puff them up for a fuller, bouncy effect.

24. Afro Bubble Braids

Afro Bubble Braids

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If you have afro textured natural hair, then this bubble braid style might just be the best new way to rock your fro.

You might need to blow out your hair to make the bubble shapes look more voluminous.

Another great thing about this style is that even if the blowout later gets frizzy, it won’t be noticeable.


25. Goddess Style Bubble Braids

Goddess Style

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Goddess style braids are a classic look that never fails to make anyone look elegant. You can elevate them with this bubble braids rendition.

It features neatly parted sections that won’t require much effort to style into the signature bubble shapes. 

If you want a beautiful hairdo for a fancy occasion, this is a perfect style to try. 

26. Messy Bubble Braids

 Messy Bubble Braids

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Exude playful charm with messy bubble braids. Effortlessly weaving two blonde hair sections into distinct bubbles, this hairstyle combines a carefree aesthetic with elegance.

The textured, tousled effect enhances the bubbly allure, making it a delightful choice for casual outings or relaxed gatherings.

27. Topsy Tail Bubble Braids

 Topsy Tail  Braids

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Topsy tail bubble braids combine the charm of topsy tails with playful bubble sections.

This creative style intertwines sections of hair, creating a series of delightful “bubbles,” adding a fun and whimsical dimension to the classic topsy-tail technique, perfect for a youthful and lively look.

28. Mohawk Bubble Braids 

 Mohawk Bubble Braids 

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Elevate your style with the edgy elegance of Mohawk bubble braids. This bold and captivating look combines the Mohawk’s daring flair with the playful charm of bubble braids.

Multiple sections of hair are gathered into distinct “bubbles” along the center, creating a striking and dimensional effect that exudes confidence and creativity.

The Mohawk bubble braids offer a modern and eye-catching hairstyle that’s perfect for those seeking a unique and fashion-forward statement.

29. Toddler side Bubble Braids 

 Toddler side  Braids 

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Adorn your toddler’s hair with charming side bubble braids, a playful and adorable hairstyle.

Delicate sections are elegantly transformed into bubbly clusters, secured with colorful elastics, adding a touch of whimsy and creating a delightful look that perfectly complements your little one’s joyful spirit.

30. Fluffy Bubble Braids 

Fluffy Braids 

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A charming hairstyle featuring two playful side ponies adorned with voluminous and textured braids.

The hair is creatively sectioned into “bubble” segments, giving a youthful and bouncy appearance.

This trendy look adds a whimsy elegance, perfect for a fun yet stylish statement.

31. Rainbow colors Bubble Braids 

Rainbow colors  Braids 

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Create a vibrant hairstyle with Rainbow colors and Bubble Braid adorned with charming butterfly elastics.

Weave a playful array of colorful strands into chic bubbles, securing each with delicate butterfly elastics for a whimsical touch.

Effortlessly showcase your unique style and embrace lively hues in this captivating hair design.

32. Threaded Pearls Bubble Braids 

 Threaded Pearls Braids 

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Threaded Pearls Bubble Braids weave delicate strands of pearls into bubble braids, creating a fusion of elegance and playfulness.

This innovative hairstyle showcases pearls as adornment and structure, captivating with its unique blend of traditional charm and modern creativity.

An exquisite choice for those seeking a distinctive and sophisticated look.

Fun Fact

Bubble braids, also known as “space buns” or “double buns,” have been embraced by various cultures and have roots in the playful and whimsical hairstyles of the 1990s. Today, they continue to be a trend, offering a youthful and fun look that transcends generations.

33. Lace Braids and Bubble Braids

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Lace braids delicately intertwine strands, creating an intricate and elegant look resembling a woven pattern.

Bubble braids, on the other hand, involve securing sections of hair with elastic bands to form charming, voluminous “bubbles” along the length.

Both styles offer unique textures and appeal, enhancing any hairdo with flair.


Bubble braid add a playful and dynamic dimension to hairstyling, infusing a youthful exuberance into the overall look.

With their whimsical charm and voluminous allure, these braids provide a fun and creative way to elevate your hairstyle, making a trendy and captivating statement.

The main thing to keep in mind when it comes to bubble braids is that they are a trendy and fabulous hairdo that is increasingly becoming a staple style to wear to any occasion because of how stress-free they are.

From large fluffy bubbles to colorful shades and intricate designs, the possibilities of how to create bubble braid are limitless but we have highlighted some of the best ones out there.

So, whenever you need cute bubble braid look for a dinner date or casual outing, be sure to opt for any one of the chic options on this list.

Monique Johnson

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