Troll doll hair might just be the weirdest trend of 2019- here’s what you should know

We thought we’d seen it all with hair trends. From the festive Christmas tree hair, to autumn-inspired colours and every shade of pastille possible, vintage hairbands and the slicked-back look, 2018 was quite an eventful year in the hair industry. But, by the looks of the latest 2019 trend- troll doll hair- the world of all things nonconformism knows no limits.

In case you’re too young to know what a troll doll is, it’s a plastic doll with furry up-combed hair that was big in the nineties, but has continued to prove popular today. If you’ve seen the 2016 movie, creatively named Trolls, you’ll have a good idea of the hair type we’re talking about.

We were never huge fans of the sticking-straight-up electric-shock hairstyle ourselves, but apparently, Chanel are, because all of the brand’s models walking the runway at the Paris Couture Fashion Week were sporting variations of this exact ‘do.

We’re not sure whether to be impressed or appalled by the zero gravity look, which must have taken impossible amounts of hair gel and spray (and potentially upside-down head-hanging) to keep everything in place, and yet somehow looks completely effortless.

It’s not just Chanel showing off their intense leaf blower effects, either. Designer Thom Browne also introduced the style during his Paris runway show, although his model’s styles had a slight difference: the coiffed hairstyles all leaned deliberately to one side or another. Oh, and Thom’s models were all male. Yes, this is a look for all genders, it seems.

So, the only appropriate question to follow up our observations with is, how can we achieve the look ourselves? Purely hypothetically, of course- somehow we don’t think this is a look designed for showing up at the office on a normal workday.

Although there is no solid step-by-step instructions on exactly how to master the anti-gravity hair, it’s fairly obvious what you need to replicate the look successfully: a back comb, a willing friend, and several bottles of the best quality hairspray. If you’ve ever wanted to hang your head upside down while an accomplice backcombs your hair to within an inch of its life and nearly chokes you to death with hairspray fumes, please feel free to give this look a go, and let us know your verdict.  

Troll doll hair is a bizarre trend, undeniably, and can we see it taking off? Probably not. As with many sights you see on the runway, troll doll hair is probably a look best not replicating on yourself. This is a style that hasn’t even made it onto Instagram, which everyone knows is the real test of a trend’s potential for popularity- although we will, of course, keep an eye on the #trolldollhair hashtag for any posts that pop up after 2013.

Our verdict: Sometimes it’s easier for everyone if certain things aren’t brought into the public sphere.  

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Laura Shallcross