The '90s Chunky Highlights Trend Is Making A Comeback & People Don't Know How To Feel
Tons of different '90s trends have popped up all over the fashion and beauty world in the past year. There's been everything from jelly sandals to glossy brown lipstick making a comeback. But the latest is best kept in the vault. As Allure found, the '90s chunky highlights trend is back in full swing, and people aren't sure how to feel about the striped 'do.
The '90s were a magical place where just about anything went style wise. There were some trends that the era was known for, and chunky highlights were one of them. The two-toned style featured highlights that basically just looked like big stripes in the hair. Most popular was the light on dark, which everyone from Jessica Simpson to Kelly Clarkson rocked.
Since then, people have opted to go for a more subtle, blended look. All trends eventually repeat themselves though, and some do it sooner rather than later. According to social media posts by users like colorist Sonia Diaz, chunky highlights are back. I'm talking dark and light shade combinations that you haven't seen in decades.
Honestly, I didn't think I'd see hair like this ever again. Fashion always comes and goes, but hair is something that is always revolving. Until now, I suppose.
Christina Aguilera was one of the celebs who took the trend to another level. The singer rocked everything from dark and light streaks to pink, black, and white hair. She had a new hairstyle almost every time she stepped onto the red carpet, and continued the trend into the early '00s.
Kelly Clarkson also loved the dark on light combo. She sported the hair when she won American Idol in 2002 and didn't stop until the mid-'00s. It seems to have been a major trend among singers. Even Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have rocked the trend in the past.
As of Oct. 26, no celebrities had jumped on the bandwagon. Unless you count Kylie Jenner's 2016 Halloween costume. The Lip Kit queen opted for the hair trend to channel the singer's style in her Dirrty video.
While most trends bring smiles of nostalgia, this one is a little different. There are a whole lot of feels about the chunk highlights look. People are completely torn over the '90s trend, but there's no in-between. Either you completely love it or you hate it.
Here's what people are saying about the once-loved trend:
Chunky highlights go against my moral code pls stop asking 4 them pls thx— megan (@megtheegg4) October 14, 2017
If you're loving the trend, don't come to this hair stylist. Chunky highlights go again Megan's morals, and, honestly, I'm with her.
Chunky highlights should be banned honestly I care about other people having to look at it— Holly Eliza (@ohlaholly_) October 4, 2017
There will soon be a super hero whose job is to go around and fix all the wonky highlights in the world. But that day is not today.
Other people are headed to the salon to get the throwback style for themselves. Note the light on dark combo, which is very '90s.
it’s 2017 and i just saw someone with chunky highlights— spooky kate 🎃👻🕸 (@kaffewin) October 13, 2017
Is it good? Is it bad? The emoji-less tweet doesn't say, but it is an odd enough site that people talk about it on social media.
My client asked me for brassy chunky highlights 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃— ShannaႿ (@ShannaSurvive) October 19, 2017
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this hair style vetoed that style.
Okay is it the new trend to get chunky blonde highlights?????? Bc I am not here for it.— tweedle dum (@cecilia_elise_) October 23, 2017
That's the beauty of trends — you don't have to follow them if you don't want to.
Hate hate seeing chunky highlights grown out on people’s hair. 🤢 like do you not care? Or you just wanna look ridiculous— ae💘 (@ashgee23) October 23, 2017
There are bold opinions about these highlights, my friends. That emoji isn't just throw around all the time.
I wish chunky highlights were back in style— HALLOWEEN SARAH 🎃 (@sarahhbones) October 19, 2017
Ask and you shall receive.
if one more client shows me white and red chunky highlights i’m slapping their phone out of their hand— pettywise (@katiegom) October 20, 2017
I think it's safe to say that the general consensus among hair stylists is that these should be in style anymore.
Kayla: How big do you want your highlights?— leahcar (@rachnotter) October 5, 2017
Me: CHUNKY... like me
You do you, boo.
I think it's safe to say that the internet will never agree on anything. Whether you're a fan of the highlights or hoping they go back into the trend vault, there will always be someone on your side.