I think the year was 1999 when this regrettable beauty movement swept our nation--or at least the Northeastern region I was living in. My college friends and I would twist the top of our hair into thin quasi-cornrows, securing them with mini claw clips (also referred to as butterfly clips), often arranging them in mix-and-match color schemes.
Advanced followers of the trend, like myself, would often coordinate the colors of their mini claw clips with holidays; on the Fourth of July, I might alternate red, white and blue clips. For a St. Pats' Day pub crawl--you got it, green and white clips. We'd drive out to Wal-Mart to stock up on the claw clips, since it naturally offered an expansive selection (including mini-mini claw clips that were so small you practically needed tweezers to operate them).
The look would have been cute on kids, but we were 20 years old. Sad. No photographic evidence of this phase in my hair life exists (that's probably for the best), and this is the only link I could find to a similar look. But I'm hoping others who were victimized by this deeply unfortunate trend will chime in and share their stories. Did you ever wear the claw-clip cornrows? Was there another crazy hair trend in your high school or college? What were some of your other "what. was. I. thinking?!" hair phases?
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