Hair tinsel is back thanks to Gen Z teens and TikTok

Gen Z teens are bringing back all the

trends you thought you’d never see again:

tri-fold bandanas, ‘80s blush.

and even glitter makeup reminiscent

of a mid-2000s middle school dance.

And the latest trend to join that

list is none other than hair tinsel.

Hair tinsel gained popularity in early

2010, with hair salons stocking the tie-in

iridescent strands as an inexpensive way to

add dimension and intense highlights to hair.

The resurgence in popularity around

hair tinsel may have celebrity roots.

Kacey Musgraves wore a major tinsel

ponytail on her 2019 tour, and it's been replicated

by hair brands like Insert Name Here.

Saoirse Ronan also wore a variation —

a hair tinsel braid crown — to the

Governors Awards in November 2019.

No matter the roots, the trend has found

its way to Gen Z — and it makes sense.

It’s easy, cheap and a non-intimidating way

to change up your hair, especially at a time when

access to salons has been largely cut off.

The hashtag #hairtinsel has more than

1.6 million video views on TikTok, and some top

videos have been liked more than 50,000 times.

Many of the videos are tutorial-like

in nature, showing how-to DIY hair

tinsel installation at home.

While some beauty retailers sell hair tinsel in

clips, the tie-in or clamp-in type featured in many

TikToks appears to be something most commonly

bought wholesale through beauty suppliers.

Packs of this wholesale tinsel can

be bought on Etsy to DIY at home.

If you want to add some shimmer and shine to

your hair, check out these hair tinsel options.

TINSEL HAIR EXTENSIONS

6-PACK IN SILVER.

TINSEL HAIR EXTENSIONS

6-PACK IN RED.

HOLOGRAPHIC HAIR

TINSEL CLIP 2-PACK.

100 SILK SIZZLING

46-INCH HAIR TINSEL.

1,500 40-INCH RAINBOW

HAIR TINSEL STRANDS