A new, fairly odd fashion trend has popped up in China in recent months, reports the New York Times, and it’s one designed to make people’s heads look like a vegetable garden. The fad began with people clipping plastic beanstalks resembling the seedling emoji into their hair. But the look is intensifying, and China’s trendsetters are now landscaping their locks with plastic fruits and vegetables. No one seems exactly sure how the trend got started or why people are actually following it — though one theory posits that it’s an attempt (if a somewhat tragic one) to reconnect with nature. The default reading is simply that everyone else is doing it. “This shows that in China now we’ll try almost anything that we see on the Internet,” a college student “wearing a sprig of clover while strolling a Beijing street” told the Times. “Nobody knows what it means, but we do it anyway.”
Here’s how the trend is showing up on social media and the streets of China:
And even the poor pets are subjected to the plastic-plant trend.