90s Snap Clips Are Making A Comeback And It Feels Like School All Over Again

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90s Snap Clips Are Making A Comeback And It Feels Like School All Over Again

Remember 90s snap clips?

The cute barrette-style hair clips were perfect for pinning back that awkward outgrown fringe, or worn symmetrically in front of space buns.

For millennials, they're the nostalgic school-time essential that go hand-in-hand with gel pens, Charlie Girl perfume and hair mascara.


They made a super satisfying snap when we clipped them - with total precision - either side of your parting, and we'd always keep a couple of spares inside our Groovy Chick pencil case.

Today, it's no overstatement to say that the versatile hair accessory has made the mother of all comebacks.

The fan-favourite clips are everywhere. On Instagram, runways, look books - you name it.


But actually, the snap clip renaissance is no new thing. Way back in 2016, Solange wore several of the clips to accessorize her hair at the CFDA Awards.

Since then, the trend has swept red carpets and social media feeds, with celebs including Bella Hadid, IMG model Elsa Hosk and fashion and beauty influencer Negin Mirsalehi rocking the throwback clips.

We've seen loads of variants on the hair barrettes.


You can go full nineties, like model Elsa, who wore a pair of simple, glossy black clips pinned to each side of her centre parting.

Chic and minimal, the twin clips offset Elsa's blonde hair and go perfectly with her monochrome outfit.


There's also the option to layer up, as per this Instagrammer, who jazzes up a ponytail by cramming loads of bejewelled metallic snap clips into her hair.

If you want to create texture without opting for jewelled clips, these packs of chunky resin barrettes in candy shop colours and tortoiseshell finishes are a gorgeous alternative.

For special occasions like weddings and hen dos, pearl-laden snap clips are a feminine but playful alternative to the standard barrette.


These look great doubled up to accessorise tousled up-dos or to pin back a side-parting.

Pearly snap clips are a playful and feminine option for special occasions (Credit: Amazon)
Pearly snap clips are a playful and feminine option for special occasions (Credit: Amazon)

But to really amp up the colour, it has to be paintbox bright rainbow snap clips, which you can buy in bulk from Amazon.

We're taking inspo from this Instagrammer, who layered up her hotly coloured barrettes in front of nineties space buns.

And if you want to avoid looking too school girlish, just remember to clip your barrettes a little closer to your ear.

The lower the clip sits, the more stylish it looks - and the less you'll look like you're running late for class.

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Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @eponavalley

Topics: 90s, Fashion, Hair, Style

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