Once upon a time in the mid-80s, a curved, plastic hair accessory started popping up on the heads of ponytail wearers across the country. It was called the banana clip, taking its name from its skinny, banana-like shape. The versatile clip featured small teeth and snapped in place on one of its hinged edges to hold your hair together in a voluminous updo that kept your hair out of your face and cascaded down like a waterfall.
Are Banana Clips Back in Style?
The short answer to the question, “Are banana clips back in style?” is yes — big time. We have TikTok, the resurrector of bygone trends, to thank for that. After peaking in the late ‘90s and all but disappearing, banana clips have suddenly and without warning been making a TikTok-fueled revival. The banana clip ponytail and other banana clip-inspired hairstyles and hacks are dominating our feeds, with users like Adara Tran showing off the way the clip makes her hair “look way longer,” and noting in the captions that it’s “better for hair health and better than claw clips for long or thick hair.”
TikTok may just be onto something, because — compared to traditional elastic bands — banana clips are indeed better for your hair. Not only are they gentler on your hair, but they don’t leave dents.
In addition, banana clips work on virtually any type or texture of hair and are super easy to use. Plus, they’re — dare we say it? — bananas cheap, with the most affordable options falling under $5 a pack.
7 Banana Clip Hairstyles
1. Banana Clip Ponytail
The most popular banana clip hairstyle is arguably the easiest to get, as TikTok user Alyssa Richardson demos in her video. You can likely rock this look with a classic Scunci 5-inch if you have fine to medium hair, but if you’ve got thicker locks, you might want to try banana clips for thick hair — like this 6-inch model.
2. Banana Clip Curly Hairstyle
One of our favorite things about banana clips is the way they can tame even the bounciest of locks — as TikTok user Sojazzaye shows off in this video. If you’ve got super curly hair, you might want to opt for thick-hair friendlier versions rather than some of the more traditional banana clips for thin hair or medium hair. We recommend trying this stretchy version, which features a unique, elastic double-insertion design for a sturdier hold on thicker locks
Price: $5.88 on Amazon
3. Banana Clip Half-up Ponytail
As TikTok user Toni Rose demonstrates, you can use a banana clip to create a flowy, princess-like half-ponytail in seconds. You can easily get the look with banana clips for thin hair that are on the shorter side, like this retro two-tone one from Nordstrom.
Price: $5 at Nordstrom
4. Banana Clip Bohemian Side Roll
TikTok user Barbara gets creative with this bohemian side roll hairdo. To get the super simple look, gather all your hair to one side of your head, clip the banana clip at the end of your hair and roll it up toward your head. Pin it in place with bobby pins. Influencer tip: Barbara recommends using one of these classic Scunci banana combs from Walgreens.
5. Banana Clip Braid
TikTok user Sophiemariecurly has gorgeous curly hair, but you can get a banana clip braid with straight hair too. To nail the hairstyle, just put your hair in a banana clip ponytail and braid the tail. As she demos, you can elevate the clip and pull out a few flyaway strands to get the messy look, and either tuck in or leave your braid swinging free.
6. Banana Clip Bun
To get a voluminous bun, try this super straightforward banana clip hack from TikTok user Amy Schafer. All you need to do is gather your hair into a bun, then wrap a banana clip around it horizontally, clamping down on the other end. Complete the look by pulling to expand and volumize the bun. Loo for banana clips for thick hair like this one from Target, which is designed to be poof friendly.
Price: $4.99 at Target
7. Banana Clip Workout Hair
Want to protect your hairdo from getting sweaty or squished during your workout? Skip the dent-leaving, damaging elastics and try this banana clip workout hair hack. As TikTok Stephanie Mendoza shows us, you can use a long banana clip to secure your hair into a ponytail (with the clip facing down for a more secure hold), then twist the tail into a bun and clip it with a smaller banana clip. All the pieces you need are included in this nine-piece set, which includes banana clips of three different sizes.