2019 was the year hair accessories were invented

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It was a divisive year, but one thing a lot of people agreed on was how fun it is to stick miscellaneous things in your hair. Hair length, texture, cut and color didn’t matter; neither does the choice of what you put in it. In 2019, literally anything can be a hair accessory – handbags, bits of string – all you have to do is put it on your head. What doesn’t we stick in the hair in 2019? Short of real live animals, not much. Here’s a look back at some of the best hair decorations of the year.

Are you as tired of reading the word barrette as I am of typing the word barrette? Barrette!!!! Either way, The Barrette was unanimously voted both king and queen of reunions this year. Will he finally graduate and go to college out of state, so we’ll just have to see him on vacation? Only 2020 will tell.

Bows were like barrettes’ best friend during this year’s infantilizing hair accessory revival. Not the popular queen bee, but still quite popular and definitely a college entrance.

Rounding out the trio of plastics ruling North Shore High were some seriously chonky headbands.

Historically, these have always been stuck in your hair, but this year it was all about making it blatantly clear that they’re stuck in your hair. You know, like barrettes.

One of the most functional and comfortable things to get stuck in people’s hair this year. We’ve come across some fun varieties like Lizzo’s sparkly scrunchie, Jason Momoa’s velvet scrunchie, and the huge plate-sized scrunchie above and below.

Like hairpins, these never saw the light of day originally, only light from various backstage and bathroom areas during the preparation process. That is, until Instagram pointed out that it’s also mostly barrettes.

A very good alternative to wearing a pearl necklace. Ask Betty and Sally Draper.

Probably one of the most annoying things to take off your hair, but a great way to stay prepared for fashion emergencies.

Good for Halloween, horror movie marathons, or professing your love of Excellent chef in public.

An easy way to decorate your hair for Easter or Coachella, or both!

Not just for pillow mists, hand creams and anti-stress sniffles!

In fact, it’s probably the most annoying thing about taking hair off. Invest in a bag of 1,000 rubber bands so you can just cut them out and get on with your life.

Pipe cleaners will also do the job, but gold wire allows for a more sophisticated finish.

For ponytails that, unlike Ariana Grande’s, feel a bit too light.

Even more functional than a scrunchie!

The Euphoria effect knows no bounds. A great hair option for New Years Eve.

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David R. Brewer