This Hair Trend Is Making A Comeback — Whether You Like It Or Not

Chokers, clogs, high-waisted pants — even the trends we swore we’d never wear again always make a comeback. History repeats itself, and the beauty industry is proof. Last year, it was all about reliving ‘80s’ biggest and boldest styles: slicked-back hair (with tons of gel), blue mascara, and neon everything. Now, judging by the first few days of NYFW, we can safely say the ‘90s are on a steep incline, starting with the return of some throwback hair accessories.

We saw stretch combs (yes, the same ones that gave you a headache in elementary school) on models like Bella Hadid. Tom Ford brought back thick elastic headbands — but upgraded them to leather, naturally. And Alexander Wang just made our laziest hair accessory decidedly fashun. Suddenly, our questionable, pre-teen taste is cool again — and we don’t completely hate it.

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What makes this stretchy black headband cooler than the one you wear to wash your face every night? Not much — except the leather texture, and a stamp of approval by Tom Ford.

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Stretch combs are baaaaaack, says Anthony Turner, the lead hairstylist at Prabal Gurung. And they’re no more comfortable or easy to remove than they used to be — especially now that you live on your own and don’t have your mom around to help you detangle.

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The reinstatement of this particular accessory is still be up for debate (is it a banana clip or a claw?), but the show’s lead hairstylist and Redken creative director Guido Palau asserts that it’s a power move either way. “This is Alex Wang’s take on the power woman… inspired by the ’80s and when we first saw female empowerment in the office,” Palou explained backstage. “[It’s] also looking at the irony of these clips. We’re seeing them again through different eyes. It’s a new take on the banana clip and how cool they can look.”

Sadly, the custom-made, silver clips by Wang aren’t for sale yet, but you can still find the O.G. version at the drugstore — or in your childhood bedroom.

Photo: Kelly Taub/WWD/REX/Shutterstock.

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