“Can I take this off?” This is a question that comes up too often in our panel discussion these days regarding the resurgence of various Y2K beauty and fashion trends. Is there a modern way to wear butterfly clips in the colors of? the rainbow as a woman in her thirties? But of course. Age is just a number, as they say. However, if you’re feeling a little sheepish about breaking space buns (aka baby spice buns) again, we got some advice from celebrity stylist Wella Professionals ambassador Mara Roszak, on how to wear these looks the second time around.
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1. Butterfly clamps
“Better to nod to the trend than to go too far or overdo it,” says Roszak. When it comes to decorating your head with butterfly clips now, play around with placement and quantity. Think more about the subtle accents on the back and less about the butterfly garden topping your entire dome.
2. Rainbow streaks
Another way to get into that Y2K vibe: “Try a fun pop of color (Wella makes temporary color deposition masks in case you’re not ready to commit) and pair it with a more elegant and stylish style. Centered à la Avril Lavigne circa 2003, ”suggests Roszak. (We recommend peekaboo highlights, which are more subdued because they are under the rest of your hair.)
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3. Turned ends
While the flipped ends in the late 90s and early 2000s meant lots of choppy layers jutting out all over the place (see: the Rachel), the flipped ends in the same direction (in this case, towards the face) will give your hair some shine and volume.
4. Space buns
We love the way J.Lo cradled her buns with slicked back baby hairs to better frame her face. Granted, this look is a bit more assertive than the others on the list, but you can always tone it down a notch by placing the buns lower on your head.
5. Framing tendrils
Back in the days when we wore suspenders and never fucked each other, no look was complete without pulling two stringy locks in front of our faces. Now that we’re heading into school outings and reunions (as opposed to the classroom and homecoming), we’re going to try again with a more textured, wavy finish and a low pony.
6. Zigzag pieces
Aka the look that all of our favorite pop queens wore on every record of TRL at the turn of the century. “The zigzag part was all the rage when I was growing up,” agrees Roszak. One of its charms (besides adding volume to your roots) is that you can wear it with your hair down or up like Vanessa here.
7. Deep side part
“I also like a deep, slicked back side part that is straight and coming a bit over the forehead,” says Roszak. The key isn’t to tone it down, just a touch: “The front part is parted to the side about two-thirds of the way back, and the rest of the hair is parted in the middle.” This look is super flattering for everyone and the most subtle way to wink at the time, ”she adds.
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