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All You Need To Know About 2022's Trending Bubble Braids!

Although bubble braid hairstyles aren't exactly new, it's been all over our social media feeds recently. So, unless you live completely off the grid, you're probably familiar with what we're talking about.

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All you need to know about 2022’s trending bubble braids! 

Everyone is jumping on this hair trend, from beauty gurus to celebrity hairstylists. 

But what are bubble braids? Are bubble braids protective? How do you create the perfect bubble braids? Do you use human hair bundles for bubble braids? So many questions but not enough answers!

If you want to get in on the hair action to help your clients show off their bubble braid hairstyle, you have come to the right place! 

Make yourself comfortable as we break down everything you need to know about 2022’s trending bubble braid hairstyle!

Let’s start!

What are bubble braids?

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What are bubble braids?

Let’s start with the obvious, what are bubble braid hairstyles? The look is best described as "one or more ponytails being continuously tied with hair bands down the ponytail, with about an inch or two of space between them.” See? It is so easy to achieve the bubble braids look!

Bubble braids are a popular hairstyle for women of all ages. 

Also, here is some great news for clients who aren’t a big fan of the time-consuming braids: you don’t actually braid the hair. All you need is a few elastic bands and nothing else to recreate this gorgeous hairstyle! 

Bonus Tip: This hairstyle is versatile and can be customized to the client’s style using Virgin Indian Braiding Hair.

How to do bubble braids?

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How to do bubble braids?

Alright, now onto the fun part. Here's how to make the perfect bubble braid hairstyle step by step.

Step 1: Smooth out any tangles or knots

Use a boar bristle brush to smooth out any knots or tangles. Always start combing from the ends and work your way up to avoid a tangled mess at the end.

Step 2: Create a ponytail

Pull the client’s hair back into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. If your clients want something bright and bold, use a colorful scrunchie. If your clients want the most natural finish, go with clear elastic hair bands that match their hair color.

Step 3: Create the first section using a hair tie

Create the first section of your client’s bubble braid hairstyle by securing the hair tie around the end. Follow it up by wrapping the ends with another hair tie about an inch or two down from the base of your client’s ponytail.

Step 4: Gently tug the sections

Tie all the rubber bands before going back and gently tugging the sections apart as you move down the end. This way, you can spread the hair gently between the two hair ties with your fingertips to create the rippling bubble effect. 

Step 5: Final Touches

For the final step, add the hair ties and separate the sections until you reach the end of the tail, and voila! You have the basics down for the bubble braids. 

With the basics down, you can use the same technique to slay single, double, or any bubble braid your clients want. The styling options are endless!

Are bubble braids protective?

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Are bubble braids protective?

While we can see where the questions come from, bubble braids are not a protective hairstyle. The good news is that you can mix this hairstyle with other protective braided hairstyles. 

Also, you can style your clients’ bubble braids in various ways, depending on how simple or sophisticated they want the look to be. 

The traditional version has a ponytail with hair elastics running down the length. Your clients can choose between a large or little bubble design by deciding how much space they want between each hair band.

Be sure to recommend hair embellishments like metal hair cuffs to your clients instead of plain hair ties for red carpet-worthy looks. Talk about turning an 80s hairstyle into the trendiest hairstyle!

What are the must-try bubble braid TikTok trends?

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Bubble braid TikTok trends

Finally, the juicy part we have been waiting for: bubble braid TikTok trends!

As mentioned above, bubble braids first appeared in the 1980s and made a huge comeback thanks to the never-ending TikTok trends.

From ease of creation to versatility, you can tailor this look to your clients with different hair textures, lengths, and styles. The ultra-cool and super stylish hairstyle can be kept simple without being boring or as detailed as your clients want. 

There is a bubble braid TikTok trend for everyone, allowing you to be creative while creating playful and expressive hairstyles for your clients. 

With so many bubble braid TikTok trends to try, we have hand-picked 5 of the best for you to use as inspiration!

1. Bubble Braids Half Up Half Down

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Bubble braids half-up, half-down 

Combining the bubble braid with the half-up, half-down hairstyle is an excellent way to try out this romantic TikTok hair trend. This hairstyle is perfect for women who want to try something playful and fun with their hair. 

This look pulls the hair away from the face, while the half up, half down hairstyle will contour the face and highlight your client’s best facial features. 

2. Bubble French Braids

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Bubble French braids

Bubble French braids are one of the most stylish and timeless braided styles.

Bubble French braids are done with the overhand braiding technique and are relatively simple to do; they can be combined with various other hairstyles. 

You can channel the 1980s with a fun and bold bubble braid look, combining it with a French braid on the top half of the head for a more detailed and contrasted hairstyle. 

This is an excellent choice for clients who want to experiment with the bubble braid and make it more unique while adding structure to their look.

3. Natural Hair Bubble Braids

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Natural hair bubble braids

This look is ideal for clients who want to try bubble braids on their natural hair. This braid hairstyle will complement their natural curls while highlighting their natural hair texture. 

Instead of using plain hair elastics to lengthen the ponytail, get creative with cuffs. You can also try multiple bubble braids for a gorgeous statement look for a hairstyle that demands attention and looks super cool.

4.  Bubble Braid Black Hair Extensions

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Bubble braid black hair extensions

While the versatility of bubble braids on natural hair is fantastic, they can also be created using virgin Brazilian human hair extensions. 

They are also excellent for adding volume to your client’s hair, making them an ideal choice for those with naturally fine or thin hair. Plus, the extra length that hair extensions provide gives you more options to style your client’s bubble braid hairstyle. 

5. Bubble Pigtail Braids 

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Bubble pigtail braids

If you clients are looking for an attractive way to wear their hair for the beach or a date, you can suggest bubble pigtail braids. Bubble pigtail braids are two braids that appear on opposite sides of the head. 

Add hair elastics to the full length of the pigtails for a more intricate and detailed finish, or combine this look with other braided hairstyles. 

The versatility of bubble braids is what makes them so appealing. There are numerous ways to experiment with them, regardless of your client’s hair texture or length.


Offering your clients the newest styles is a great way to keep them on-trend, and bubble braids are easy to make. All you need is hand-crafted virgin Indian and Brazilian hair to achieve the look on various hair types, textures, and lengths.

India Hair International (IHI) is well-known for exclusively selling the finest virgin human hair.

Contact IHI today for fantastic prices on human hair and hop on to the hair happiness train now! 

Want to try the above-mentioned bubble braid hairstyles on clients with short hair? Read 4 Best Extensions For Short Hair In 2022 now!