The bubble ponytail is the latest hair trend to be re-popularized by social media, and we're lowkey obsessed with it. It's a style that looks kinda high maintenance but in reality is surprisingly easy to pull off. Ideal for Zoom drinks, then.
This style involves pulling your hair into a regular ponytail before separating into several sections using hair elastics, then pulling each section to create a "bubbled" appearance, hence the name. (It goes without saying that you'll need long hair or extensions for this one!)
Although it's seen a resurgence on social media of late, the style has been seen on the runway at Fashion Week too – namely the Fall 2014 Valentino show, below. However, the 2021 edition has a more laid back and lived-in vibe.
- Best brushes for curly hair: the best picks for curly and coily hair
Already obsessed with the style? Keep reading for a few tips and tricks to recreate the bubble ponytail style yourself at home.
How to pull off the bubble ponytail trend
This first clip from TikTok shows one technique that involves turning sections of hair back on themselves before to help secure each "bubble" in place.
Bubble ponytail ♥️ leave a comment on what hairstyle you want to see next🥰 #hairstyles #hairtutorial #hairstyle #fyp #bestfandom #workdistractions♬ Yellow Hearts X Love Songs - rapidsongs
For a more lived in style like the below, you can also use a texturizing spray or dry shampoo through your hair for added volume and texture.
Bubble ponytails 🤩 @kendy.du #bubbleponytail #bubblepony #hair #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #hairtutorial #hairvideos #hairstyle #hairstyles♬ Myself - Bazzi
Meanwhile top hairstylist and ghd and Wella ambassador Zoë Irwin has previously shared an Instagram tutorial for a twist on the style, which braids velvet ribbon through the ponytail.
"I use fine velvet ribbon as it gives a luxe edge and the velvet holds hair really well," she writes. "Perfect for second day hair, I slicked on serum before. I used luxe oil by @wellahairuki to give extra shine to the look. My tip is to wipe your hands before you tie to get extra grip. It gives a ponytail a stand out vibe."
A photo posted by on
Will you be giving this one a whirl?
Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, InStyle and Woman & Home, and regularly contributes to My Imperfect Life. Most recently she was Junior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. Covering skincare, haircare, make-up and wellbeing, her job involves anything from picking the brains of the world's top dermatologists to swatching the latest and greatest foundations. When she's not got beauty on the brain, you're most likely to find her spending time with dogs (her sister owns one very sassy cockapoo), reading or sleeping. She's also a big fan of RuPaul's Drag Race, rosé and and house plants that stay alive.
Olaplex No 8: a beauty editor's honest opinion and a complete guide to how it works
Olaplex No 8 has arrived and it's set to transform dull, damaged strands in just 10 minutes.
By Fiona Embleton •
Best brushes for curly hair: the best picks for curly and coily hair
Try one of the best brushes for curly hair, so you can detangle and define without snagging or creating frizz
By Keeks Reid •
This is how you create Bella Hadid’s iconic bun
Introducing our new go-to updo
By Naomi Jamieson •
How to repair damaged hair without forking out for a professional
Noticed your locks are looking a little worse for wear? Here’s how to repair damaged hair at home...
By Jess Beech •
We've found the easiest, quickest—and most importantly, chicest—bun hack ever
This viral TikTok bun hack creates the perfect messy bun in literally five seconds
By Naomi Jamieson •
Which is the best shampoo bar? Here are 8 solid shampoo bars that hydrate and nourish all hair types
Shampoo bars are rapidly gaining popularity, but how do they compare to traditional liquid shampoos?
By Lucy Partington •
Ethique shampoo bar review: Is the Mintasy solid shampoo worth the hype?
We gave the Mintasy solid shampoo a try to find out if the Ethique shampoo bar was worth the hype...
By Lucy Partington •
Curly Girl Method for beginners: how to nail the cult regime in three steps
From coils to curls to waves, the Curly Girl Method for beginners has become a cult regime
By Ava Welsing-Kitcher •