Blackpink’s Jennie has rocked Y2K feather braids time and again, but in her latest shoot for W Magazine, she flaunted this throwback ‘do in newfangled style. Twisting her cool beige-brown locks into slim feather braids, she also looped small charms through her hair, adding a surprising edge to the now familiar hairdo.
The charms were attached strategically – just above her eyebrow, aligned with her cheek, and close to her hairline – so that they framed her face perfectly; they also made a bold ‘do that complemented her full-black Chanel outfit and smouldering smokey-eye look.
“Fairy hair” style
Her hairstyle is one that TikTokers are calling “fairy hair” (one version of it, that is): it’s a style that offers a statement twist to the nostalgic feather braids. Instead of just braiding the hair so that it falls around the sides of the face and frames it, TikTokers are weaving in metal charms, plastic beads, and colourful strings as accessories.
Many are also ditching the neat, stick-straight feather braids with messier, larger ones; paired with the little hair trinkets, the braids transform a nostalgic feather hairstyle into one that’s dreamier, more whimsical, and recalls what fairies might wear as they patter around a clandestine flower garden.
So the next time you find yourself twisting your locks into face-framing braids that you’ve been wearing all season, consider switching your style up with enchanting “fairy hair” charms. Read on, because we share how you can wear these (small but mighty) hair trinkets below!
What are “fairy hair” charms?
There are so many ways that you can wear a “fairy hair” ‘do, and the charms that you can use to accessorise this style ranges from cute heart-shaped gradient plastic beads to engraved metal rings.
For an even more enchanting style, TikTokers have also used hair rings, which are accessories that look similar to keychains, only in just the right size to lace to the strands. These feature everything from cool, coloured gemstones to slim feather-design pieces.
Instead of weaving the trinkets into the braids, some TikTokers also do it the easier way, with flower or butterfly clips scattered through a thick braid, which gives the same fairy-tale vibe.
And, since beads and clips add small and scattered hints of colour to the locks, you can also include colourful strings or ribbons in your “fairy hair” ‘do to create more elongated highlights and balance the style.
“Fairy hair” beads
Candy-coloured plastic “fairy hair” beads
For the W magazine shoot, Jennie Kim wore what appears to be white beads on her feather braids, complementing her white-laced gloves, and juxtaposing perfectly her all-black Chanel outfit.
Similarly, you can also pair an outfit with beads that have the same colour palette, like a cheerful pink and green outfit with the same grass green and summer pink hues. Or, even bring out a small detail in your outfit – like a sunny yellow pattern on your T-shirt – by wearing beads that are the same shade.
These plastic beads might be small and plain, but they bring a vibrant dash of colour to your tresses that can easily complement your outfit.
These “fairy hair” charms retail starting from RM3.90 to RM5.53 per 80 pieces on Shopee.
Glossy floral “fairy hair” beads
With a shell-like texture, these beautiful floral beads lend a raw, natural style to your “fairy hair” ‘do.
Since the holes that run through the centre of the beads are narrow, you can attach them to a piece of thread to weave in with your braids. They’ll dangle alongside your swinging braids for an altogether enchanting style.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM5.99 per pack on Shopee.
Viking metal “fairy hair” beads
For a look that’s more exotic, these weighty metal “fairy hair” beads are ideal. They’ve got a large hollowed middle that lets you easily slip them through a slight feather braid or even thicker locks of hair.
Wear them at the ends of the braids, or weave them higher up on your tresses for a rustic and, at the same time, ethereal style.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM9.79 per pack on Shopee.
Viking “fairy hair” cuff
Instead of weaving pieces of thread, yarn, or colourful cords in with your braids, you can wear these Viking-style wire-wrapped “fairy hair” cuffs that wrap the length of your hair with gorgeous detail.
The cuffs have indents that decorate the swirls, creating more texture in your “fairy hair” ‘do.
These “fairy hair” charms retail starting from RM6.07 each on Shopee.
Jelly coloured floral “fairy hair” beads
The narrow hole that goes through these floral beads is only big enough for a piece of thread to pass through, but the doughnut-like flower design of the beads will let you fit larger sections of your hair through to secure them to your braids directly.
Otherwise, you can pull a needle and thread through, before tying the string to your braided tresses.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM2.85 per piece on Shopee.
“Fairy hair” rings
Seashell “fairy hair” rings
Have little white seashells hang from your braids for a chill, laid-back style that’s fitting for “fairy hair”. There are also gold leaf, snowflake, and star designs that you can choose from.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM14.08 per 10 to 50 pieces on Shopee.
“Fairy hair” clips
La vie en rose “fairy hair” clips
Life feels rosier when you’ve got flowers in your hair and in a beautiful blush pink too.
Even though you might not get to wear fresh blooms in your hair all day long, you can clip these elegant, sculpted roses in your braids for a dreamy, romantic style. Or, choose the peachy pink bows, light pink hearts, or peaches for a similar soft and graceful vibe.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM2.25 per set on Shopee.
Slim metal butterfly “fairy hair” clips
Plastic butterfly clips are popular accessories when it comes to a throwback Y2K style, but these ones take a more elegant approach with slim, paper-thin metal wings, sans the vibrant colours that often accompany the ‘90s hair trend.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM0.48 per piece on Shopee.
Iridescent butterfly “fairy hair” clips
@itsoizzie does “braidless” braids by twisting two sections of hair around each other like pretzels and securing them at the end with an elastic. She does the same with another two sections of hair and then laces the two large twists together.
Her braid is one that’s loose and slightly messy, and she completes her look by attaching medium-sized flower clips to different parts of the braid.
For a ‘do that’s just as dreamy, these iridescent butterfly clips will do the trick. With a slight pinkish hue and shifting sheen, they’ll make you feel like you’re flitting through dew-draped forests with wings as pretty as butterflies’.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM2.20 per piece on Shopee.
Blue butterfly “fairy hair” bobby pins
These “fairy hair” bobby pins are the blue butterfly emoji, manifested. And we already know that the blue butterfly emoji embodies an enthralling sense of freedom and mystery – the perfect symbols when it comes to a “fairy hair” ‘do.
The only drawback about these clips is that they’re made of paper and rather fragile.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM1.55 on Shopee.
Fabric blue butterfly “fairy hair” clips
Should paper butterflies be too delicate for you, then you can consider these ones that are made with fabric.
The slim wings flutter with every slight movement, creating an illusion that real butterflies are resting peacefully on your crown and bringing your “fairy hair” ‘do magically to life.
These “fairy hair” charms retail for RM0.87 to RM3.60 on Shopee.
Featured image credit: @fairyboy_444/TikTok, @hairacc2020.my/Shopee