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Let’s face it, we owe a lot to the ’90s. While some of the era’s trends were certainly head-scratchers (looking at you, jelly shoes), there’s no denying the decade was an absolute fashion and beauty gold mine. And even if you were born on the cusp of the early 2000s (like myself) and were but a wee child when these trends first flourished, plenty of iconic looks of the past are back and better than ever — including hair accessories.
Don’t believe us? We dare you to scroll through social media without spotting at least one giant claw clip in your feed. It’s seriously tough. That’s because, since blowing up on TikTok last year, the ’90s-era clips are practically everywhere. But before you throw your hair up in the same-old twist for the hundredth time, let us (re)introduce you to the newest TikTok-loved vintage hair accessory that just may have you retiring your claw clip once and for all: beloved banana clips.
Yes, that’s right — the late-’80s/early-’90s hair trend your mom most definitely wore when you were a kid is now flooding For You pages everywhere. Named for its curved shape, banana clips use two comb-like sides to slick back flyaways and hold hair in place, similar to a classic ponytail. And now thanks to TikTok, Gen Z can’t get enough.
The trend’s recent transition from chuegy to chic can be seen in a video posted by TikTok user @adaratran, where her clip of the accessory in action has accumulated more than 5.4 million views on the app. After first tying her hair up with a regular elastic to show the classic ponytail look, the user then demonstrates how to use a banana clip to tame her tresses while noting that her hair “looks way longer” in comparison.
The user also notes that banana clips are not only easier to use on long or thick hair than their claw clip counterparts, but they’re better for maintaining your hair’s health (which is always a plus). Even better, banana clips can be styled in a number of ways: messily throw up your locks for an effortlessly tousled look that’s ready in seconds, or add some gel for a more polished, slicked-back style.
As with most popular trends nowadays (see: high-waisted jeans and matching sweatsuits), it looks like what goes around is coming around once again. Now that we’ve established you need a banana clip (or two) in your life, shop our picks of the cutest clips available below.
The basic banana clip starter pack. These clips come in three neutral shades (black, white, and brown) for you to pull your hair back in a subtle way that will match the vibe of any outfit.
Hit two trends with one stone by throwing your hair up with one of these sparkly banana clips that feature elegant pearl detailing that we’re seeing everywhere right now.
Add the perfect finishing touch to your look by trying a half-up half-down style using one of these sweet banana clips that come in a variety of trendy color combinations (including tortoise).
Accessorize with a pop of color the next time you need to tame your tresses by styling your hair with one of these vibrantly-colored matte banana clips.
Pull your hair back while making a statement with this geometric banana clip that looks like a piece of art you can wear.