Sheet masks, essences and cushion compacts—we owe a lot to our beauty sisters in Asia. But the latest trend is a little less fancy skincare and a little more…bizarre? It’s called bean sprout hair, and while it might look like a tiny sprig of greenery took root in someone’s brain, it’s just a super cute plastic plant on a hair clip.
The clips started selling for five reminbi (about the equivalent of $1.12) in downtown Beijing, but when people all over China started going crazy for them, competition quickly drove the price down to a third of that. We’ve got to assume that’s because they instantly up the adorableness of a selfie. Search the Mandarin hashtag #头上长草, which roughly translates to “plants growing from head,” and you’ll find hundreds of snaps.
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And of course, the trend is slowly catching on here at home. On Amazon.ca, you can snag a handful of them for just five bucks. If you’re not into bean sprouts, there are plenty of options: mushrooms, daisies and clovers. Clip them in your hair, snap a selfie, and let the “SO CUTE” comments pour in. Don’t forget to caption it with the seedling emoji.
Wearing bean sprouts hair clips is a huge trend in Beijing’s street fashion 🌱 We just had to join in the fun (even though we look ridiculous LOL) A photo posted by Hui Jun (@diaryofjun) on