The opal hair craze, Millennials on “Millennials,” hipster Barbie’s Insta-game, and more trends to know and watch in the Friday Don’t Miss List.
1. Opal Hair is Here
We gave you a glimpse at some of the trends that “kids these days” are getting into (because you have to “listen to the kids”), but don’t miss one more that parents might not understand: the new opal hair craze that young beauty mavens are currently showing off. Opal hair is basically a pastel version of rainbow hair, and photos of beautifully multicolored locks are showing up all over Instagram and Tumblr—not to mention all over the media.
2. This Magazine Knows Where You’ve Been
Startups today are focusing on solving Millennials’ modern problems, both big and small, and making their experiences more seamless and rewarding. Don’t miss one with a creative solution to the modern problem of too many digital photos. Recently is a subscription that, for $8.99 a month, will take 100 of users’ iPhone camera pics each month, and print them into a customized, high-quality magazine.
3. “We Are Not Millennials.” -Millennials
Thirty-eight-year-old Kanye West might have proudly proclaimed himself a Millennial at last weekend’s MTV VMAs during his epic acceptance speech (maybe it’s more a mindset than an age?) but most Millennials don’t actually call themselves “Millennials.” Don’t miss Pew’s latest data, which shows that only 40% of the generation say the term “Millennial” applies to them. Gen Xers and Boomers are far more likely to embrace their labels. When we surveyed young consumers on the topic, only 19% of 13-32-year-olds choose “Millennial” as a term that describes who they are.
4. Sociality Barbie
When making fun of Millennials, there is a huge difference between parody and mocking. Don’t miss the beautiful Instagram account that stays just to the right side of the line: Sociality Barbie. The feed shows Barbie in typical, by now clichéd, hipster, boho Instagram shots to make fun of all the young users who use tags like #liveauthentic and #socality while posting the same pics that everyone else does. The account’s anonymous creator tells Wired, “People were all taking the same pictures in the same places and using the same captions,” she says. “I couldn’t tell any of their pictures apart so I thought, ‘What better way to make my point than with a mass-produced doll?’”
5. Links We’re Passing: Selfie Edition
Selfies are now reaching a whole new level of crazy. Don’t miss Australia’s latest contribution to selfie technology: the GIGA Selfie. Thanks to carefully placed cameras at tourist loaction, travellers can take pictures of themselves in beautiful locations with no selfie stick required, simply trigger the camera via GIGA app, and click, your larger-than-life sefie is taken. But that’s not all the selfie news of the week: Divorce Selfies are now a thing.