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10 Must-Have ‘90s Hair Accessories Making a Major Comeback

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Let’s take a virtual trip back to the '90s, where pop culture ruled, and fashion was a canvas for self-expression. Among the standout trends of that infamous era were the bold and vibrant hair accessories that became the ultimate statements. From butterfly clips to zig-zag comb headbands, owning a collection of '90s hair accessories will surely elevate any hairstyle instantly.

Read on as we delve into the nostalgic appeal of '90s hair accessories and their massive comeback in contemporary fashion. They were more than functional adornments; they were a way to showcase personal style and experiment with different head-turning looks. Ahead, we explore the diverse range of '90s hair accessories that have resurfaced and offer styling tips to incorporate them into your hair routine.

Get ready to embellish your mane with fabulous hair accessories that defined a generation.

1. The Claw Clip

A sleek and sturdy claw clip is the ultimate game-changer. Whether in the gym, the office, or on a night out with friends, try various editions of claw clip styles like this traditional ETTIKA Neutral Hair Claw Set or the flower-shaped I.N.H. HAIR Full Bloom I.N.H. Claw Clip for endless possibilities. Gather your strands into a loose bun or a half-updo, and secure it with the clip for an instantly polished look.

2. The Hair Scarf

Elegantly crafted from silky smooth fabrics, hair scarves come in many captivating prints and colors that effortlessly transform any hairstyle into a fashion statement. Wear it as a headband for a bohemian vibe, tie it around a ponytail for a pop of color, or wrap it around a bun for a sophisticated twist. Printed hair scarves like this FREE PEOPLE Little Honey Hair Scarf can quickly turn any ordinary hairdo into a masterpiece.

3. Butterfly Clips

Embrace the nostalgia of the ‘90s by adorning your strands with super fun and colorful butterfly clips like these SCÜNCI Assorted Colors Butterfly Claw Hair Clips. Use them to clip back sections of your hair for a playful half-up, half-down look, or create a cluster of clips for a bold style.

4. Statement Bobby Pins

Statement bobby pins are the perfect blend of function and fashion to elevate your hair game. Whether rocking a sleek updo or flaunting flowing locks, decorative bobby pins are your secret weapon. Use this JENNIFER BEHR Perla Bobby Pin Set to secure flyaways, create chic twists, or add some sparkle to your everyday look. Mix and match different bobby pin designs for a playful and personalized style.

5. Statement Headbands

This must-have accessory effortlessly brings the ‘90s trend back into the spotlight while adding boldness to your outfits. Pair this KITSCH Padded Velvet Headband with loose waves, a sleek ponytail, or a top knot to instantly elevate your hairstyle.

6. The Zig-Zag Comb Headband

This headband is a unique fusion of form and function, featuring a zig-zag design that adds edginess to any hairdo. Slide this KITSCH Zig-Zag Headband into your strands, allowing the teeth of the comb to secure it in place, creating an instant head-turning look. Wear it with your hair down for a playful touch, or use it to add structure and style to an updo.

7. The Scrunchie

Say goodbye to hair tangles and hello to effortless style with these iconic and timeless hair accessories like this MARADJI Scarf Scrunchie Anita in Blanco. These soft and stylish scrunchies effortlessly hold your hair in place without pulling the hair too tight. Experiment with different sizes, colors, and patterns like this REFRESHMENTS Patterned Scrunch Bunch Scrunchie Trio to express your individuality.

8. Snap Clips

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These sleek and stylish BRATZ X INH Almond Rhinestone Clips will hold your hair securely while effortlessly elevating your hair game. Individually add snap clips to create a minimalist and chic statement, or stack them together for a playful and colorful vibe. Whether styling a sleek bob, adorning flowing locks, or simply pinning down flyaways and curtain bangs, these snap clips are your go-to retro addition to your everyday hairstyles.

9. The Jersey Headband

These ANTHROPOLOGIE Solid Stretch Headbands, Set of 3 offer both style and comfort. You can rock the trend by wearing these soft headbands across your forehead for a sporty-chic look, or push them back further up on your head for a more relaxed vibe. Plus, they double as the perfect way to hold your hair back as you’re double cleansing or masking.

10. Bold Barrettes

Channel your inner ‘90s trendsetter and bring a vibrant twist to your hairstyles by incorporating hair barrettes like this KRISTIN ESS The Star + Moon Set. Experiment with this nostalgic trend by adding these decorative clips along the front of your mane or include them in your updo hairstyles for a unique and quirky appeal.

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About the author
Chelsea Hall
Chelsea Hall
Chelsea is an NYC-based fashion and beauty writer with over 7 years experience. She has held roles at publications such as Harper's Bazaar, WWD, InStyle, and Marie Claire. Her writing has also appeared on ELLE.com and POPSUGAR.com.
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Article Last Updated June 5, 2023 12:00 AM