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From claw clips to scrunchies, it seems like there’s no end to the 90s’ fashion trend. Thanks to the resurgence of Y2K fashion, many dated trends rose from their graves and remerged in society. One of those trends is the brightly coloured hair tinsels or also known as, “fairy hair.”
What Is Fairy Hair?
Named “fairy hair” by Gen Z, this trend involves tying strands of tinsels into different sections of your hair. These iridescent strings stand out from your hair colour and completely change up your look. As the results often make one feel and look more magical, Gen Z decided to name it, “fairy hair.”
This trend is great for it is a great alternative for those who want to spice up their hairstyle without causing damage. Additionally, you do not need to dedicate the same amount of commitment as dyeing your hair or getting highlights.
It is deemed as a low-maintenance and colourful accessory that could be worn all year long. These tinsels are not only sturdier than the tinsels you see in a festive décor but some of them could also be styled with heat.
Where Do Hair Tinsels Come From?
Before “fairy hair” made its rounds on TikTok, the act of tying tinsels in one’s hair was made popular in 2010 when Beyoncé showed up at the 52nd Grammys Awards with tinsels tied to her blonde hair. Since then, people have been sporting hair tinsels in their hairdo before the trend died down.
12 years later, this trend revived and people are sporting hair tinsels as part of their look once again.
How to Put Hair Tinsels in Your Hair?
There are two ways to put hair tinsels in your hair: through a salon or DIY.
For DIY hair tinsels, there are various varieties available. Some of the tinsel comes with a small detachable clip for you to easily attach them below the layers of your own hair, near the roots.
Other tinsel requires you to perform the micro ring method where these tinsels will be attached using a micro ring. You will be required to thread a small section of your hair and up to 20 strands through a bead, near the roots. After threading, you have to secure the tinsels with pliers.
Those who are looking for a more subtle look can choose to attach the hair tinsels individually. All you have to do is to fold the tinsel in half, create a slip knot, and tie it to a thin layer of hair. This helps give your hairstyle a subtle shimmer without overwhelming your overall look.
The hair tinsel comes in a wide variety of colours and you can purchase them from Shopee, Lazada or Althea.
Hair Tinsel Services
For those who prefer to get someone else to attach the hair tinsels, you can head to these salons:
- Glit AF
- The Lash Chapter
- Le Moment
Founded by content creator and entrepreneur Cleo Kim, Glit AF uses thin and lightweight tinsels to ensure your natural strands won’t be burdened with these attachments. The material is heat-resistant so you can use a hair dryer, straightener or curler with it.
This hassle-free and chemical-free option can last between 2 to 4 weeks. The exact duration the hair tinsels will last is dependent on the strength of your scalp and hair. Prices start from S$50 for 10 tinsels and S$70 for 20 tinsels.
Location: 181 orchard road, #04-20/21, dr.lash @ orchard central, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: By appointment only
The Lash Chapter
Select from a book of holographic tinsel colours and give your hair a shiny makeover at The Lash Chapter. Their sparkling silk tinsels come in metallic and rainbow shades, suitable to be worn daily. The Lash Chapter’s hair tinsels are heat-resistant so that means you are free to continue with your daily styling and shampooing routine.
When attaching the tinsels onto your hair, their hair stylist will search your hair part for a few strong strands of healthy hair to attach the tinsels to. This helps lengthen the lifespan of the tinsels too. The Lash Chapter’s tinsels will last two months before falling out.
Location: 402 Orchard Road, #03-20, Delfi Orchard, Singapore 238876; 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah Plaza #01-26, Singapore 588996; 66 East Coast Road #03-06, Singapore 428778
Le Moment secures tiny threads of tinsel to each strand of hair to create “fairy hair.” These hair tinsels are made of silk and they are applied by tying them around the root of several hairs. Le Moment uses sturdy tinsels that aid in upkeeping your day-to-day styling and hair care routine.
These hair tinsels can last for weeks and you can wash, blow-dry, and style (up to 400 degrees) your hair as per usual.
Location: Le Moment, 4A Smith St #02-00, Singapore 058918
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