Note to nostalgia hounds: The banana clip is back.
Fashionistas and hypebeasts have tunneled their way through early aughts and ’90s fashion trends over the past few years— think low-rise jeans, Paul Frank tees and platform slides. But now they’re starting to borrow from an earlier era: the 1980s. Shoulder pads, acid-wash denim — as seen on the newest American Girl Doll “historical character“ born in 1986 — and chunky jewelry are all a wink to that decade.
But throwin’ it back goes beyond duds, and into ‘dos.
The banana clip, a thin, curved double comb that hinges at the bottom and locks in a faux-hawk-meets-pony look has returned.
“Banana clip” has seen a sharp search interest increase in the past 12 months according to Google Trends, and clips in general are getting more interest online. On Pinterest, there’s been a 105% search increase in the phrase “how to style hair clips” compared to this time last year.
On social media, stans of the retro clip rejoiced as the accessory began trending again, as noticed by Southern Living.
“I never gave up on you, banana clip! Some people said you’d never come back but I never doubted for a minute,” wrote @sarahbessey on Twitter.
The banana clip, a drugstore hair accessory-aisle staple, works by scooping up hair to create a cascading, waterfall effect that hides the clip itself in textured or curly hair.
Expect to see the tress-tamer make an appearance during Zoom meetings and grocery runs, breaking up a cycle of low ponies and high buns — the favored looks of working from home.
Let’s call it a hair accessory revolution, joining the ranks of Insta-age revived barrettes, the headband, and her dramatic, padded-out cousin, the hatband, credited to Kate Middleton. The pandemic saw bright, flashy hair pieces take a back seat behind sensible wares such as pony holders and claw clips — a ’90s-era, low-maintenance, no-damage staple popularized by Jennifer Aniston in “Friends,” and spotted on the heads of trendy supermodels including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
At the very least, a banana clip can keep the results of botched at-home haircuts back of mind.