Social media has witnessed the resurgence of a lot of old-school trends. Just skimming through the applications will unearth videos of women clad in ensembles reminiscent of the 50s, users drenching their faces in layers of petroleum-based products to hydrate their skin overnight and whatnot. Recently, a considerable number of people have begun bedecking their hair with accents of colourful, psychedelic glitter. And, no, we’re not referring to a high-maintenance in-salon treatment. Here’s all you need to know about this sparkly trend.
What are these accents of colourful glitter?
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Remember Beyonce’s look from the 2010 Grammys? There was one element that set her look apart from the rest — a series of metallic strings adorning her golden-blonde tresses. And we cannot forget about the time singer Kacey Musgraves took to stage with a gold and fuschia tinsel-laden sky-high ponytail during her 2019 tour. The look has had a lot of takers over the years, what with K-pop stars like Heize accessorising their outfits with shimmering extensions.
Also referred to as ‘fairy hair’, these shimmery accents are colourful strings that adorn the hair. And, recently, videos featuring this trend have garnered over 85 billion views on TikTok alone.
Katy Perry, recently, clad in a bedazzled suit, wore tinsel in her jet-black hair in a carousel of Instagram posts promoting her Las Vegas residency. So, it's safe to say that this trend is dominating the beauty landscape RN. And we're living for it.
How do these work?
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How do you add a pop of vibrance to your look without sabotaging your hair with chemical-ridden treatments? Tinsel! Stylists can bedeck your hair with these strings in different ways. Tying an individual string to small sections at the roots of each strand through micro-rings is one of the most common ways to attach tinsel to the hair.
This trend isn't exclusive to a certain type or texture of hair. Even though they blend a little less seamlessly for hair that's curlier, they look stunning nonetheless, and they can be weaved into plaits, braids, and cornrows as well. Not just versatile in the way that they adapt to different types and textures, tinsel comes in varying colours as well. Just ensure that the colours you choose flatter your existing hair colour.
These strings last for about four to eight weeks, and they’re resilient enough to withstand everyday washing and styling. They’ll come off when the strands they’re tied to, fall. On fine and thin hair, though, tinsel might slip out fairly quickly. Regardless, this is a trendy way to elevate your hair game. Isn't it?
Just avoid brushing your hair too roughly at the roots—something you shouldn't do anyway. You must hold the knot while you brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb to prevent it from moving. And use mild formulas like the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner for your hair. They're formulated with Moroccan argan oil that nourish your tresses, and are free of parabens and sulphates as well.
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