Hair gems are a Y2K style that’s making a comeback


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Hair gems might just be the hottest hair trend of summer 2022. If you’ve been through the year 2000, you might have deja vu because this trend which was first made popular in the early 2000s has now seen a revival. This largely comes thanks to apps like TikTok and Instagram… which certainly didn’t exist back when us oldies used to iron hair back into our locks for prom.

And, unlike many hair gems used in the bygone era of dial-up internet, today’s accessories don’t require heat styling. From stickers to clips, you can give your hair a sparkling boost faster than you can sing a bar of “Oops!…I Did It Again.”

From Amazon to Etsy to Sally Beauty, plenty of beauty vendors are getting into this glitzy hair bling revival. But you can also use regular rhinestones or faux crystals from any craft store. Here are some of our favorite ways to get started on the hair gem trend:

Dazzle him!

If you want vibes full of 2000s nostalgia, you have to reach for none other than the Bedazzler! Although this iconic gadget was invented in the 1970s, you have to give credit to millennial icons like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for breathing new life into the dazzling fashions of the late 90s and early 2000s.


The current version of the Bedazzler can be found on Amazon under many different brand names. We love this option called the Blinger. This handy tool is under $10 right now (it was 69% off at the time of this writing) and it has a near-perfect five-star overall rating from around 5,000 users. It’s listed as one of Amazon’s best-selling items, and no wonder, because you can use this tool to dazzle your clothes or hair with 225 different colored gemstones.

When you press the Blinger onto your hair, it will gently place the gem on your strands with a gentle, hair-safe adhesive. When you want to remove the gemstones, simply paint them. And it doesn’t just work on hair: you can also use it to dazzle everything from school supplies to shoes.

Sally’s Festival Mode

Sally beauty supply offers a wide range of self-adhesive hair jewelry that requires no tools, but your own hands. From geometric shapes to faux pearls to multicolored crystal gems, these hair accessories are only $4.39 a pack, so you can get multiple sheets and customize your look any way you want.

Sally beauty supply

Etsy’s Stylish Snap-Ons

If you’re in doubt about applying adhesive to your hair, try clip-in hair gems. These gems are so pretty and elegant that they would even work for a formal event, and many brides prove it by using hair jewelry in their updates this season.

We like this Etsy Artistic Edition seller snap option. For $25, you get 10 Aurora Borealis crystal snaps with a delicate gold edge to really make your formal outfit stand out. They’re also great for everyday looks, whether you want to add a bit of bling to your updo – Janelle Monae style – or decorate your braids.

Etsy, art edition

Which Y2K hair trend would you like to come back to next?


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