We’re going to let you in on a little secret: We never quite mastered any braid beyond a simple three-strand number. French braids? Non. Waterfall braids? TLC told us to stop chasing them. So, the fact that this summer’s trendiest style is a braid that doesn’t require a 20-minute YouTube tutorial to try makes us feel seen.
Enter the bubble braid, a simple braid that requires no more skill or tools than a handful of elastics and the ability to put your hair in multiple ponytails. Wear it high up or down low, with clear elastics or colorful ones, on stick straight hair or natural curls: it is the rare style that pretty much everyone can wear to great effect. We’ll show you what we mean ahead.