May 19, 2024

Banana Clips Are Back, According To TikTok

And now, it has been brought to my attention that the youths are attempting to bring back the banana clip. On TikTok (where else? ) they’re having quite the moment, and Gen Z folks who’ve perhaps never even heard of them before or have only seen them in old pictures of their moms are getting weirdly excited about the contraptions.

TikTokker Shannon Mitchell has launched a campaign to “make banana clips cool again”, plugging their resurgence while noting the fact that her mum wore them in the 1970s and fondly recalling her own obsession with them during her school days. These guys just make the most iconic of comebacks.

She notes that tying your hair up with a banana clip makes her hair look thicker than if she were to style it in a ponytail.

TikTok user Adara Tran also shared a video of the difference a banana clip makes when it comes to making her ponytail seem longer, thanks to the way her hair beautifully cascades down. «TikTok made me buy it. I’m obsessed,» the voiceover says. She bullet-points the benefits, in her opinion: «looks way longer, better for hair health, better than claw clips for long or thick hair. »

And she’s not wrong. Stylist Chloe Swigert of He+Loe Studio in Delray Beach, Florida, says banana clips are a friendlier alternative to elastics for pretty much every hair type. «Clips are much easier on the hair than hair ties, and they don’t create weird dents, so they’re a better go-to if you don’t want to mess up your curls,» she told Allure. She also appreciates how much fuller they can make ponytails look.

As someone with naturally wavy-curly-hybrid hair that tends to get pretty poofy, I scoffed at the idea that a banana clip could actually work for me. «Just you wait,» I thought, mentally warning Tran that her newfound love would be short-lived for reasons I couldn’t really articulate, followed by, «When I was your age…» and then I just sort of trailed off when I caught myself turning into an old geezer yelling at children to get their banana clips off my lawn.

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