From ear makeup and half-shaved heads to nose hair extensions and vampire facials, the strangest – and most infamous – beauty trends of the last decade have been revealed
The hair and beauty buffs at Hairtrade.com have compiled a list of the strangest trends to have swept the nation since 2008.
These are the trends that hit the headlines for being super bold and creative, and only the most confident beauty enthusiasts could pull them off. Here are their top 15:
1) Nose hair extensions
This involves cutting up false eyelashes and sticking them around the inside of each nostril and is possibly the weirdest beauty trend to be born from the internet to date.
2) Nude eyelashes
Beauty aficionados across the globe opted to ditch the traditional black mascara when this trend hit, instead opting for a pink-hued makeup look and intentional nude-coloured lashes created by using liquid lip colours.
3) Ear makeup
An area of our faces previously overlooked by makeup geeks made a high fashion comeback in 2016 when Louis Vuitton painted models’ ears for the SS17 shows.
4) Glitter roots
Glitter roots have become the “must-have” fad during festival season, but it’s not really appropriate for a day in the office. Not to mention it’s extremely messy!
5) Using household items to apply makeup
Kitchen utensils, bra padding, and Christian Louboutin shoes were all used to apply peoples’ make up – but it screams “impractical” and “unnecessary”.
6) Kylie Jenner lip challenge
Before Kylie admitted to getting lip fillers, fans attempted to recreate her statement pout with DIY-style suction cups – with dreadful results.
7) Zig-zag hair partings
Jagged hair partings were the ultimate choice for girls wanting to keep it casual yet still make a statement, but unless it’s done with precision and expertise, you could end up looking slightly dishevelled and unkempt.
8) Skinny brows
A long time ago in an alternate world to the one we now live in, tweezing almost everything away until there were just thin lines above your eyes was the done thing.
9) Dyed armpit hair
Feminists took the body positive movement a step further by growing out their armpit hair and dying it neon colours.
10) Eyebrow wigs
Human hair and synthetic eyebrow wigs are a great solution for ladies wanting a more defined brow shape, but with the number of eyebrow products on the market now, they do seem a little bit over-the-top and redundant.
11) Faux freckles
Cosmetic companies have even been making “freckle pencils” and “freckle tattoos” in response to this odd trend that is supposed to celebrate natural beauty, but rainbow freckles and metallic freckles have even become a thing too!
12) Vampire facial
Otherwise known as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) facials, this contentious procedure was put under the microscope when Kim Kardashian West tried it out during an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It essentially involves taking the blood from a patient, processing it in a centrifuge to extract the plasma – which contains platelets and growth factors – and then re-injecting it into the face… weird!
13) Reverse manicure
Painting your nails has been a ‘thing’ for decades, but had you ever considered painting the underside of the ends of your nails too before this trend hit?
14) Half-shaved head
Celebs such as Rihanna, Natalie Dormer and Avril Lavigne took hair styling to the next level when they donned a half-shaved look – a look that only the most confident, stylish and edgy personalities could ever pull off.
Glamorising your nether region isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but it was certainly a hot topic of conversation for a few months.