Heads Up: Hair Tinsel Is The Next Big Hair Trend & Beauty Hack




Over the last year we’ve seen an enormous amount of hair trends emerge and all because we have an unquenchable thirst for the “next big thing.” Oil slick hair, holographic hair, and every bangs hairstyle you can imagine, we’ve covered it. Now, I ask you to turn your attention to hair tinsel.

Hair tinsel is not just for festivals. Hair tinsel is both a hairstyle and a beauty hack. And, it’s this two-in-one trait that’ll cause the convenience-loving millennial to go bonkers for it.

Hair tinsel is a blinged out way to test-drive highlights. Getting highlights is a journey, and it goes a little something like this. First, you start to feel like something is missing in your life. Weird stuff starts happening like: waking up in cold sweat, thinking you left the iron on. Or, you wonder if it’s time for a job change. In fact, what you’re feeling is neither of those things. What your experiencing is your body’s natural urge to get highlights. The time has come.

What follows is a Hair Highlights Pinterest Board and countless hours spent in the mirror imagining how you’ll look with them. Next, you bravely saunter into your hair salon, cellphone full of hair inspo pictures that only make your stylist more confused about what you want, and then it happens. According to science, about 60% of the time you only feel lukewarm about the finished product. But by that point, your hair has already taken the damage so your work is to “get comfortable” with your new do. Hair tinsel will eliminate that 60% chance.

Hair Tinsel Comes in a Variety of Colors

You can buy hair tinsel in gigantic packs of metallic or matte finishes and in a plethora of colors. Since options are limitless, you can achieve a wide range of looks from highlights to a fairy hair tinsel look.

Where to Buy Hair Tinsel

Hair tinsel is dirt cheap at about $10-$15 per pack and you can buy them on amazon.

Your Stylist Can Install Your Hair Tinsel

Not gonna lie, if you’re big on DIY hairdos, installing hair tinsel the first time will be the best upperbody workout you’ve ever had. Once you have the hang of it though, you’ll be a pro and can swap your “temporary bling highlights” whenever you want. Or, you can have your stylist install hair tinsel extensions for you. Properly installed hair tinsel lasts for about two months before they loosen and fall out.

How to Put in Hair Tinsel

Youtuber Sophie Hannah put together a feature hair tinsel DIY video if you’re up to the challenge.

Hair Tinsel is Heat Resistant

Quality hair tinsel is heat-resistant up to 392˚F and chemical free, so you can install and style your hair as usual with any blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron etc. And, they’ll stay put with your normal shampoo routine.

Now that we’ve gotten the formalities out of the way I’d like to submit into evidence proof that you’d have a lot of fun playing with hair tinsel.

Perhaps the leader in hair tinsel styles right now, London's Keash Braids is the go-to destination for cool Brit girls. For Keash, hair is more than just hair. It's a canvas fit for glitter and bedazzlement. Every client leaves Keash's salon with a style wholly unique to them, and one that typically includes tinsel.

Bob haircuts are sexy but there's just no replacement for length. And even the cutest cuts can leave you yearning for past inches. So, what's a woman to do while she's letting her bob grow out and it's in the drab in-between stage? The answer is: go all-in on tinsel. Have fun with multiple colors. If you have brown hair, install technicolor hair tinsel and discover how light reflection creates totally different shades with every angle.

Fun hair color options may seem limited for brunettes, but tinsel is here to change that. Sure, you can lift your hair color to the heavens and then go back in a couple weeks later for a dye job. But that's a heck of a long process and a lot of damage if you ask me.

Fortunately, hair tinsel gives you another option besides sitting on the sidelines while everyone else has fun with hair color. And, if your locks happen to be waist length, hair tinsel also comes in a variety of lengths.

Grey was a popular hair color trend a few years ago. You know what happened to those grey hair lovers? They've been having a lot of fun with silver. Silver hair tinsel extensions contrast perfectly with brown hair. It's a special way to achieve a playful new do.

Unicorn hair is one thing, but fairy hair is quite another. A cute fairy hair tinsel look combines rich multi-colored dye with fantastic hair tinsel for extra sparkle. You could even go so far as to jazz up your ponytail with complimentary hair tinsel.

Make your rose gold ombre hair really shine with matching gold hair tinsel highlights.

Get battle-ready for the weekend and coordinate a hair tinsel style with your makeup look of choice.

The next time you feel like being "too much" - which for us is just the right amount - pair an over-the-top outfit with wild hair tinsel extensions.

If you're itching to chop off your dye job but are worried you'll miss your length, add in some matching hair tinsel and turn your mane from drab to fab.

Hair Tinsel doesn't need to make a bold statement, you can add it sparingly throughout your locks for a subtle shimmer effect.

On the other hand, you can totally make a bold statement by adding tinsel to your sleek ponytail. To achieve this unicorn ponytail look, just add pastel colored tinsel throughout and get ready to be the talk of the party or festival.

"Shimmer" is the new highlight when you add similarly colored hair tinsel to your chic mane.

Plum is totally going to be on-trend this fall. What better way to embrace this moody color than with matching tinsel for an understated glitter effect?

Only the brave dive in on the grey hair trend. It's really easy for that aesthetic to look matronly. If you've been considering going great and need ideas for zhooshing it up, then add grey hair tinsel for some sparkle.

A blended gold metallic hair tinsel look is a stunning addition to dark roots.

Pair a bold color-block hairstyle with a few hair tinsel strands for a subtle touch.

Add multiple colors of hair tinsel to your locks to achieve a fun fairy look.

Channel your inner Mad Max with a faux hawk and hair tinsel for a glitter effect.

@beautytrends55 says sparkles aren't just for Christmas and we have to agree. Add hair tinsel to your holographic hairstyle for a look worthy of celebrating.

Like Keash Braids, Goddess Glitter Hair is also ahead of the hair tinsel trend. Portland-based Goddess Glitter Hair both makes and installs their 30'' Goddess Glitter Strands, helping ladies achieve the coolest styles.

North Carolina based AVL Fairy hair specializes in all things fairy. So, of course, they're ready and willing to install your fairy hair tinsel extensions for a magical aesthetic.

Gold hair tinsel is the perfect addition to rose gold highlights. Have fun watching your hair twinkle from every angle.

While we gathered our favorite looks, ideas for hair tinsel hairstyles are limitless. And, since the beauty hack is inexpensive and harmless to your hair it makes for endless fun as well.

BeautyTarisha Clark