Alternately, you can tease the hair at the base of that first elastic to create the base for the bubble effect before adding the second hair tie, Marjan suggests. Then, a spritz of hairspray will help tame any flyaways.
To ensure even spacing, “you can try using your fingers as a guide, making each the length of two knuckles or whatever spacing you desire,” Marjan shares. And for symmetrical bubble braids, stand up straight in front of a mirror and keep your head lifted – not tilted to one side. “This will help you create bubbles that line up on both sides,” Newman adds.
If you have a lot of layers in your hair and want to limit the amount of hair poking out of your bubbles, you can just make more. “Make smaller sections that are closer together to keep the layers neatly tucked into each elastic,” Newman explains.
Finding the Right Flowers
Want to add some bright blossoms to your bubble braids like Newman? You’ll want to pick dandelions (or any other wildflower of your choice) with a strong stem that “won’t be snapped the elastics,” he advises. “Also, keep the stem long to make it easier to work with, then break off the excess after attaching the flower.”
To make sure the flowers stay in place, pull open the elastic and slide the flower in. If you’re having difficulty doing so, the end of a tail comb helps, Newman notes. Another option is holding the flower in place on the pigtail and securing the elastic around both the stem and the section of hair.
Oh yeah, bubble braids also work double duty. Once you take out the hair ties and dandelions, you’ll be left with a brand-new style: heatless, beachy waves. This is a second-day hairstyle I definitely will be working into my spring beauty routine.
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