Cinderella may not go to prom anymore, but people are bringing the glamor to their front rooms for this New Year.
Much like the rise of the makeshift “disco kitchen” that brought the dance floor to your home during last year’s block, “Hogmanay at home” looks, like “tinsel hair,” are having a moment despite the mass celebrations were canceled.
“With recent news bringing fear back into everyone, everyday mood boosts, like getting our hair done, will be the key to keeping spirits up,” says hairdresser and colorist Lisa Shepherd.
Tinsel hair, in which people coat their hair strands with pieces of silver tinsel, also fuel fashion trends of the late 1990s and early 2000s like low-rise jeans and Croc shoes, which are come back in vogue. “The 2000s are having a huge impact on hair trends; we’re seeing so many buns with pointy ends and butterfly clips are everywhere, ”says hairdressing historian Rachael Gibson.
“The original trends of the year 2000 were a lot about the birth of digital culture and now that we live entirely online it makes sense for those trends to be revived.”
Tinsel hair, recently sported by singer Katy Perry to celebrate her singing residency in Las Vegas, is also about the revival of some hair accessories.
“Tinsel hair first appeared in the early 2000s when the hair extension market exploded,” says Gibson. “In addition to seeing a wider availability of extensions for typical services like length and volume, we’ve started to see options for more fun and trendy looks, like bright colors and things like feathers and tinsel.”
Gibson draws a historical line from tinsel hair to glitter hair sprays in the 1980s, to the ancient Romans using gold dust in their hair.
The style, thanks to its immediate visual impact, currently has 19 million views on TikTok. Hana Ben-Shabat, author of Gen Z 360: Prepare for the inevitable change in culture, thinks that younger people wear styles rooted in the past out of a desire to escape current circumstances.
“I think they go back to the past, not out of stubborn nostalgia, but as a means to escape and find comfort and inspiration at a time when the world around them is extremely confusing and inspiring,” he says.
More practically, Gibson thinks tinsel hair works for its immediacy and affordability. “The trend was born for social media: it’s colorful, it’s sparkling and it’s a little bit different. All of which work really well for setting a trend, “she says.” After the past couple of years, people have been looking for statements of optimism and fun, and there isn’t much more fun than glitter hair. “