Why Throwback Hair Accessories Are Cool Again -- Scrunchies, Headbands & More!

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Get ready to dig up your childhood hair accessories because they're back in a big way! 

Seen on the runway, Instagram and celebs, throwback hair accessories by way of headbands, scrunchies, pins and clips, popular in the '80s and '90s, are everywhere right now. 

The resurgent trend has found its way on the heads of the most stylish ladies from Alexa Chung to Kendall Jenner to even Kate Middleton! They're the easiest way to dress up your tresses from dull to trendy (and to deal with two-day hair!). It also works as the perfect finishing touch to various outfits, whether it's complementing a feminine dress or lending interest and romantic vibes to a casual jeans-and-tee combo. 

Watch as ET's senior style editor Marisa Runyon styles the nostalgic pieces for 2019 in the video above and shop our favorites ahead. 


From velvet to satin in bright hues, padded headbands add a cool, vintage flair to any look. 

Urban Outfitters padded headband
Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Clarissa Padded Headband $12 

Donni satin headband

Donni Satin Dolce Headband $48


We recommend silk-satin designs as they're read modern compared to its '80s and '90s counterparts. Plus, they won't damage your delicate locks. 

Silk Laundry emerald scrunchie
Silk Laundry

Silk Laundry Silk Scrunchie Emerald $25

Donni pink silk scrunchie

Donni Silk Chiquita $38

Clips & Pins

Today's iterations of clips, pins, slides and barrettes range in styles from pearl to geometric shapes. Think of it like jewelry for the hair! 

Amazon pearl hair clip

RingBuu Faux Pearl Hair Clip $4

Kitsch metal teardrop bobby pins

Kitsch Metal Bobby Pins in Teardrop $12

Chloe + Isabel x Jen Atkin pearl pins
Chloe + Isabel

Chloe + Isabel Pearl Pin Set $38 

Each product has been selected, and each product’s style has been reviewed, by our editorial team; however, we may receive affiliate commissions from some links to products on this page. Prices listed are subject to change by the retailer.



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