With all those big hairstyles, one needed big accessories, and during the 1980s, one of the items of choice was the scrunchie.
This fabric-covered hair elastic was the perfect way to make a ponytail, a top knot or add a bit of sassy style to longer hair.
Since it was an easy twist to tighten, it was a styling aid that could be used by anyone and used anywhere, so everyone kept one in their purse, just in case.
From stripes to plaid, from velvet to satin, the scrunchie could be used for all occasions – weekends, daywear, evening wear and at the gym.
From young girls to 30 somethings, everyone had a selection of scrunchies.
So I did wear scrunchies. I had them in several colours – basic neutrals, a few bright neon colours and a few shiny ones. But ok, I was young and thought that was the thing to use to style my hair. And then I got older and knew better. The decade had passed, and so the scrunchie should be in the past.
But what makes me wonder now is why anyone would think they were something to wear on a daily basis. No no no! No more scrunchies – it’s not stylish or necessary, despite what American Apparel tries to tell us:
So I hope the scrunchie stays in the past, because there really is no reason for it to come back, unless you’re under the age of 12.