How to Wear Hair Gems, TikTok's Latest Hair Obsession

  • If you've been on TikTok lately, you've probably seen the hair-gems trend.
  • There are a few ways to wear hair gems, whether you want to stamp them on or glue them in.
  • You can style hair gems for everyday wear or go for a more glam look.

For the next '90s hair trend that's making a comeback, we have hair gems. These sparkly sensations are popping up all over, from viral TikTok videos to festivals to the red carpet (on celebs like Ashley Tisdale, Sydney Sweeney, and Alicia Keys). The good news is that this trend is not hard to re-create at home. All of the pieces are affordable, fun to play with, and almost impossible to mess up.

We rounded up some of our favorite hair-gem styles ahead, and you'll see that the looks run the gamut from super subtle to fully bedazzled. (We love them all!) To get started, all you'll need are a gem stamper or hair glue, a hair spinner or two, and gems from your favorite store. The only thing left to do is to start accessorizing.

How to Wear Hair Gems

Hair Gems: Large Pearls

This showstopping look is all about the pearls, evenly placed from the model's ponytail to her cheekbone. We love that the pearls don't just stop at the hairline — why should they? They're a beautiful accent to her eyeshadow and bold red lips.

Hair Gems: Elegant Diamonds

This look is giving us serious princess vibes. You don't need a crown when you have small gems perfectly placed atop your head. It's just enough sparkle for a special event or wedding without being too flashy. Subtle and sophisticated, fit for royalty.

Hair Gems: Face-Framing Sparkle

This look is an exercise in restraint. You may even miss the sparkle if you look too quickly. But that's part of the fun: catching the gems in the right light and seeing them shine. They're a beautiful accent to the model's zigzag parts and face-framing baby hairs.

Hair Gems: Star Stamps

Here, Ashley Tisdale shows off hair gems placed along her pulled-back waves. The mix of stars and tiny gems makes it all the more dynamic: the stars leaving stardust in their tracks.

Hair Gems: Glitter

Heading to a festival where hair gems are all the rage? Try this look that piles on the sparkle with a crown of glued-on gems and lots of glitter. As you dance and party, you may lose a few, but that's all part of the fun.

Hair Gems: Glitter Plus Gems

Here's another festival-ready look that combines glitter along the parts with gems placed throughout long, loose curls. No matter which way you turn, your sparkles will catch the light. It's boho, but bedazzled.

Hair Gems: Shapes

Fit for the runway, a cameo on "Euphoria," or a rock concert, these gems create an eye-catching angular headpiece. What's more, the flat, styled side offsets the gorgeous volume on the other. A few gems on the lashes and brows and a deep black lip bring the whole look together.