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The Latest Hair Trend? The Bubble Ponytail Is Back

by ALEXANDRA MCCARTHY / Wednesday, 31 March 2021

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Ready for a nostalgia hit? The bubble ponytail is back, years after we first rocked the look in primary school. If you’re unfamiliar with the style, it involves putting your hair into a ponytail, then popping hair elastics down the length of said ponytail in order to create little bubbles of hair.

While the style isn’t groundbreaking by any means, it has been plunged back into the beauty zeitgeist, with a number of people rocking the look on Instagram — the hashtag #bubble ponytail currently has over 20,000 posts on the social platform. As Stylist pointed out, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Olivia Lux also recently styled their hair in this way, making a firm case for the throwback hairstyle.


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If you want to take your ponytail to the next level, make like Lux and secure yours with hair baubles — you know those wrap-around hair ties with the two balls attached? Yep, those are back too!

Hairstylist Justine Marjan also recently shared a bubble ponytail tutorial to her 400,000 Instagram followers. Marjan’s secret for making the bubbles pop in the ponytail is by backcombing the hair slightly before adding the next elastic. Genius!

As far as hair trends go, we’re living for this one. Sure, dyeing your hair pinkcutting a mullet or dabbling in vacation highlights is fun, but there’s nothing quite like a trend that pulls at the nostalgic parts of our hearts and the bubble ponytail does this perfectly.