1. Stretchy Comb Headbands
Otherwise known as your worst nightmare, these stretchy comb headbands had to be carefully pulled down around your head, then back up through your hair without poking your eyes out or ripping your flesh. Once you mastered that, though, you probs looked like the finest chick in social studies.
3. Butterfly Clips
4. Huge Scrunchies
The bigger, the better. I personally amassed a huge scrunchie collection that basically filled an entire drawer, and so did everyone I knew. You got bonus points if you had enough hair to wear more than one, and you couldn't forget to stack the strays up on your wrist for the ultimate accessory.
5. Hair Sticks
Clear Plastic Chopsticks With Stones, $4, Cover Your Hair
This was a look favored by '90s icons like Phoebe from Friends and Jewel, and many of us wanted to achieve it. Unfortunately, keeping your hair up in two sticks was no easy feat, but nobody can say we didn't try. However, it should be noted that the look is now widely criticized as a culturally appropriative hairstyle, and is best avoided.
6. Snap Barettes
Oversized Flip Hair Clip, $4, Urban Outfitters
Like scrunchies, many of us had a fine collection of these bad boys. Ever the throwback ironist, Urban Outfitters is still keeping this trend alive by selling an oversized version of our beloved snap barrettes. I can't lie: The look is still pretty great.
7. Topsy Tail
When I first got my Topsy Tail, I stabbed myself in the neck approximately 30 times. However, once I mastered the art of the loop-and-poke situation, I couldn't wait to show it off. Topsy Tails are still around, and there are plenty of tutorials online to spare your neck from a similar fate.
8. Colorful Hair Clips
A clip for every object, food, character, and flower, these were the greatest, even if they only held the tiniest bits of hair imaginable. Shoutout to all the people who got these tangled in their hair and suffered the pain of mom having to rip them out.
ASOS Hair Claw, $7, ASOS
This was an easy, no-fuss solution to all of your up-do and half up-do needs. Claws are still super useful today, and there's a reason they've stood the test of time.
These were some of the best and most popular looks of the '90s. What a joy it is that so many are seeing the limelight yet again today.
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