Fashion and hairstyles have a tendency to repeat themselves in cycles. What's considered "out of style" often makes a comeback years later, often with a fresh twist.
Scrunchies have been a huge part of the 80s and 90s hairstyles. Ranging from movies with cult followings like Heathers or the TV tween darling Blossom. You'll also see the scrunchie in sitcom stars like Monica and Rachel. More recently, Eleven from Stranger Things (although the series was set in the 80s) has shown that certain hair accessories are just taking a short break.
Outside TV shows, celebrities have been rocking scrunchies for a while now, from the fresh-out-of-the-gym casual look to red-carpet high fashion.
However, it is not just about hairstyles. Scrunchies are so much better for your hair as they are made with fabric, so there's less chance to snag or cause too much damage to your hair compared to super tight ties. So, you can look gorgeous while taking care of your hair.
Now, with a little time and practice, here are 10 cute scrunchie hairstyles you can try and have fun with as the scrunchie is set to make another comeback!
1. The Classic Ponytail
It all has to start with the classic, or low ponytail. It's easy, comfortable, and just looks so effortless. Using a scrunchie to add colour and volume to your hairstyle adds more style points making the ponytail the number one go-to.
It can be messy or combed and sleek; the hairstyle can take you from morning to evening. Changing what scrunchie you use, either in colour or fabric, can drastically transform the overall look.
A simple ponytail makes for such an excellent base for other hairstyles. And the best part is, if you want to set your hair free, just put the scrunchie on your wrist as a bracelet and no one will know the difference!
2. The High Ponytail
The High ponytail, arguably brought to recent fame by Ariana Grande, takes the carefree style of the tail and brings it high up.
The hair is gathered at the crown, made slick with products like hair gel or mousse, and let loose down the back. The hair can be straight, wavy, or curly, and adding height makes for a very dramatic effect. Going for a high pony is also perfect when you have hair extensions, as it showcases the length and volume of your hair for a fuller look.
3. The Half Ponytail
Another variation of the ponytail is the half-pony. In this hairstyle, only the top half of your hair is gathered and secured with a scrunchie. The rest is left to cascade down your back or frame your face.
It can work with both short and long hair and is a great way to add layers to your hair. You can add in small braids, twists, and knots to add even more drama - and we are all here for some drama.
4. The Side Ponytail
A third variation of the ponytail is the side pony. Take your hair to the side for a laid-back, low-maintenance look with an added splash of colour with your choice scrunchie.
Though it might look like a hairstyle that people do when on the go, a side pony can be elevated with the right accessories. A velvet scrunchies paired with some loose curls can be red carpet ready.
Though you might think of pigtails as a hairstyle reserved for girls in grade school, theycan definitely be a great look when done right. It's fun and quirky and makes you more youthful.
Part your hair in two equal sections and secure each side with a scrunchie. You can use hairspray to add in a little volume for the perfect look. Using two scrunchies also allows you to mix and match designs, patterns, or colours to elevate the look.
6. Top Bun
Much like the high ponytail, the top bun gathers your hair on the top of your head. It is then secured by a scrunchie so it sits neatly at the crown. For a more sleek look, you can go for a tight bun with a velvet scrunchie and a solid colour. This makes it more sophisticated and evening.
If you prefer a more relaxed look, a loose bun paired with a brightly-coloured silk scrunchie will also look very cute!
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7. Low Bun
Gather your hair and twist it until it forms a secure bun which rests at the base of your neck or at your nape, depending on how tight or lose you wish the bun to be.
This is also a great way to incorporate some twists and knots and leave a few strands of hair at the front since this hairstyle will hide most of your hair from view. That's why choosing the right scrunchie, and some little accents will do wonders for your look!
Whether you're rocking a mermaid's tail, a French braid, a fishtail braid, or any other type of braid from the dozens available, adding in a scrunchie makes for a great look.
Braids are a popular and versatile hairstyle that can add a touch of creativity and elegance to any look. Not only that, but they are also very effective in protecting your hair by keeping it neatly styled while also being very low maintenance.
Braids can come in many shapes and styles that are only limited by what you can imagine, so you can always go wild and add in a scrunchie to add a pop of colour!
9. Jumbo Scrunchies
In this hairstyle, the scrunchie is not just a way to secure your hair or a way to add colour. For jumbo scrunchies, they take centre stage!
A Jumbo scrunchie, or oversized scrunchie, can be used with any of the previously mentioned hairstyles, be it a bun, a high pony, or pigtails, but the use of a super-sized scrunchie just adds so much personality to a look. It will definitely be a scene-stealer!
10. The High Side Ponytail
Finally, we saved this one for last. The high side ponytail was the go-to look in the 80s for every single "it girl". Though this look might scream the 80s the most, it is sure to turn heads when styled correctly.
Like the high pony, a high-side pony gathers your hair up the crown but takes it a little to the side. Secure with a scrunchie, and let your look stun the crowd. If you want to up the nostalgia, you can always add a bit of texture to your hair for maximum 80s retro chic look. Making it sleek will make it look more modern.
Hairstyles have the power to change our moods and impact our confidence levels. A good hair day can boost our self-esteem, making us feel more attractive and ready to tackle anything that comes our way.
It's amazing how something as simple as a great haircut or a well-styled coiffure can make us feel more empowered and put a spring in our step.
Add to that a splash of colour with a scrunchie, and there's just no stopping you from having a great hair day!
Frequently Asked Questions About
Can Scrunchies Damage Hair?
No, in fact, scrunchies are better for hair as they are tighter and have less chance to snag or cause any stress to your hair as compared to regular hair ties.
Are Scrunchies Good For Short Hair?
Yes, Scrunchies are a great way to secure your hair if you want to keep it tight and protected. It's also an excellent way to add some colour and style to your hair.
Do Scrunchies Look Good?
Yes, scrunchies are very versatile accessories that can work with many different hair types.
What Are Heat-less Curlers?
Heat-less curlers are usually satin-covered foam that is then secured with scrunchies. The hair can wrap around the foam and is then allowed to curl without relying on heat or chemical treatments. Using this accessory, you can rest, take a nap, go for an errand, or even sleep overnight while your hair is taking the form of curls resulting in relaxed curls with less damage.