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Flower fad grows on ULV campus

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Chantel Chan, a University of La Verne freshman from Hawaii, wears a flower in her hair almost every day. Her habit, she said, is cultural as opposed to being a fashion statement. / photo by Amy Babin

Chantel Chan, a University of La Verne freshman from Hawaii, wears a flower in her hair almost every day. Her habit, she said, is cultural as opposed to being a fashion statement. / photo by Amy Babin

by Valerie Rojas
Assistant Editor

Whether they are artificial or fresh from the garden, flowers are becoming essential to some of today’s hottest hair styles.

With their hair pinned in a dazzling little up-does, many women sport the fresh floral look nearly every day.

And now that summer has come and gone, this new trend has become even more noticeable, especially on college campuses and in shopping malls.

“I was on campus a lot during the summer and I would wear flowers in my hair; when the first week of school started there were just so many people wearing them, I had to stop,” said Jessica Valerio, a ULV student.

It’s true. With fall upon us, flowers can still be spotted across campus: pinned behind the ear or into the hair ­ even attached to a hair-tie at the base of one’s ponytail.

Girls and women ­ elementary students to their grandmas ­ are wearing them.

And why not? They are a simple way to add just a little more pizazz to one’s style.

Melissa Massey, an assistant manager of a local accessory store is familiar with the new trend.

“As fast as we get the flowers in, they’re gone,” Massey said. “At least twice a day someone comes in asking for flowers. Most of the time, I have to tell them we are out. They just go so fast.”

If accessory stores run out, however, there are other places to find these hair ornaments, such as convenient craft stores, where women craving the floral look can purchase single artificial flowers.

With a bobby pin and some spare time, you can create your very own floral accent to spruce up daily attire ­ if you have the time and tendency to do it yourself.

“Sometimes when you don’t have the time to make one, you just want to buy your own pin,” Chino resident Raquel Gondocs said after she was unable to purchase one at a retail store. “They’re so hard to find.”

The flowers come in all different colors and styles. One of the most popular types is the hibiscus flower. Worn just behind the ear, this flower is a real attention grabber.

They can be worn many different ways, depending on what flower you use, how you style your hair and why you wear one. The fresh look that the flower lends your appearance seems to be the appeal.

“I like the look because it is very neat and unique,” Valerio said.

Although she was one of the first to be spotted sporting the flowers in her hair, Valerio has not been wearing them lately.

“I think once the trend dies out a little, I will go back to wearing them more often,” Valerio said.

With the flower popularity at such a high, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. Like most trends, however, eventually the flower craze is bound to subside. But for now, the flowers are in high-demand, one that even the retailers seem to have a hard time meeting.

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