The ‘pull-through’ braid, sometimes referred to as the ‘bubble braid’, has seen searches on Pinterest soar by 155%. The style involves weaving two sections of hair around a central strand – kind of like a traditional plait, but with a simple twist. You’ll need plenty of hair bands for this (preferably clear elastics so that they blend away seamlessly).
Each summer, there seems to be a new Queen Bee braid to claim the top spot for the beachy, goddess hair we all want to copy. Dutch, mermaid, waterfall, fishtail – if only they were as relaxed and effortless to create as they look when thrown on with a loose boho blouse and basket bag on the ‘gram.
If you’ve always wanted to get involved but could never be faffed with mastering a seven-section-plait, you’ll be pleased to hear that the latest incarnation is actually remarkably easy.
To help us all along, braid pro, Justine Marjan, blessed TikTok with a 1-minute video showing exactly how it’s done.
This is how to do pull-through pigtails:
- Section your hair in half as if you were going to do bunches.
- Move one half out the way and leave for later.
- With the other half, take the top third of your hair and tie that into a bunch.
- Split the hair behind it into two halves and bring a section around each side of the bunch until they join together in front.
- Fastened the two sections in front together with a hair tie.
- Use your fingers to tease the sections into a fuller shape.
- This section becomes the new bunch, so repeat by splitting the hair behind it in two and bringing each half forward again.
- Tie this new section together and repeat down the length or your braid.
- Leave the last section straight rather than taking the braid all the way to the bottom
- Repeat with the bunch on the other side of your head
Once you have the basics, you can spice it up however you like with a single plait or pigtails. You can add accessories, like hair pins throughout, weave through a patterned scarf or finish things off with an embellished headband. Or if you’re a dab hand with a braid, you can try out an inverted pull-through by bringing the bunches together behind the central strand rather than in front, like this (which helps to keep hair bands concealed), or by incorporating a double twist – flipping each bunch backward over itself each time, like this.
Either way, there are endless ways to pull of this summer’s favourite style.