China bean sprout hair clips: Other plants and food items also involved.

People in China Are Wearing Fake Bean Sprouts In Their Hair and It’s Great

People in China Are Wearing Fake Bean Sprouts In Their Hair and It’s Great

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Oct. 7 2015 9:43 AM

People in China Are Wearing Fake Bean Sprouts In Their Hair and It’s Great

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A woman wearing sprout and flower hairpins in Beijing on Sept. 16, 2015.

Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

The New York Times reports Wednesday on an excellent new trend in China: People wearing hairpins that look like bean sprouts, cherries, flowers, and other plants.

When the trend started a few months ago, it was usually just a humble bean sprout clipped to the hair and erect like a little green flagpole. ... But as the fad ramped up, especially during the current National Day holiday week when Beijing fills with visitors, it has escalated and diversified to include a riot of plastic vegetation. Now heads are bristling with clover, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lavender, mushrooms, chilies, cherries, gourds and pine trees.
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Pine trees!

The photos above and below are from Beijing, though the Times says some believe the fad started in the city of Chengdu.

China double sprout hairpin

Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

It's not just for the ladies:

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Photo by Fred Dufour/Getty

This is an outstanding trend and the United States needs to get on board. Or should I say on gourd? Hahaha. Ha ha. Hahahahahaha.

China hairpin gourd

Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Hair vegetables!