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Sprout Hair Pins

Sprout and other plant related hairpins are an unexpected new trend in China. The craze took-off in Chengdu, the capital of south west China’s Sichuan province, sometime in early September. No one knows how it began, but now men, women, and children can all be seen with plastic plants growing out of their heads. The pins sell for around 1 USD.

“People need something fresh to enrich their mundane life,” explained sociologist Gao Xuanyang to CNN. “Be it a hairclip, a purse or a T-shirt. The ones who follow the trend don’t really want to know the meaning behind it. They only want to show off their hipness by wearing the sprout clips.”

(h/t: CNN)

Sprout hairpins are a new trend in China

No one know how it began, but there are some theories

One says that it was inspired by a Japanese emoticon featuring a character with a sprout on its head

Sociologist Gao Xuanyang believes people just want something different in their lives

“People need something fresh to enrich their mundane life”

“Be it a hairclip, a purse or a T-shirt”

“The ones who follow the trend don’t really want to know the meaning behind it”

“They only want to show off their hipness by wearing the sprout clips”

Ironically, wearing grass in your hair does have a special meaning in Chinese folklore

Grass in the hair signifies the desire to sell yourself or your children due to poverty

These plastic hairpins are sold starting at about 1 USD


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