You may have read of a fashion trend that swept through China recently. It was mentioned in quite a few newspapers and Christoph noticed it immediately when he was in Shanghai in August. He sent pictures and we all had a good giggle.
I then thought that I would see everyone walking around with one when I got to China but unfortunately my girlfriends here have told me that the hairsprout phenomenon is over, gone; I was lucky to have missed this non-event. Every now and then, however, I do see some kids still wearing their hairsprouts and street vendors trying to sell the rest of their now unfashionable stock.
So where or why did this trend even get started? I did a bit of digging and learnt that it originated from Chengdu and the inspiration was from a children's cartoon called 'Pleasant Goat and Big Wolf'. The sprout, called smart grass, pops up on top of a character's head when they need to come up with a clever idea to escape captivity. The hairsprout idea is a good gimmick and I don't mind seeing kids wearing these plastic hairpieces; it just freaks me a bit when a grown adult walks around with one.