Scrunchies In 2018: How To Rock This Fun Retro Trend

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How To Wear Scrunchies Without Looking Like It's 1997

03 August 2018
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

Over the past several years, the retro trend has risen to the forefront of all things hair. From feathered '80s hair to vintage pin curls—just to name a few—throwback styles are in. With all the hairstyles having a moment in the spotlight, we can’t forget about one beloved throwback accessory that’s made its way back into our styling routines: the scrunchie.

When you think of scrunchies, you probably remember teased, sky-high '90s hair or your grammar school class photos, but scrunchies have made a serious comeback in the past few years.

Stumped about how to wear scrunchies in 2018? We’re breaking down the top five styles you need to know in order to make the trend work for you.

Half Up Top Knot

If we had to choose one hairstyle that has defined the hair world for the past few years, it would be the half top knot. From tight and sleek to undone and messy, there are countless ways to wear the look. The next time you’re feeling a half top knot, try replacing your regular hair tie with a scrunchie.

Messy Bun

If you have curls, chances are good you’ve struggled with regular hair ties breaking or getting tangled in your mane. Luckily, scrunchies are designed to lock in styles without creating snarls or creases in your hair. For curly girls, we love the look of a scrunchie paired with a messy bun.

To begin, gently gather all of your hair into a messy bun at the top of your head. Add a few bobby pins to tame any loose strands and wrap a scrunchie around the bun to secure the style. Apply a few spritzes of Mizani Lived-In Finishing Spray to add natural looking hold for a flexible soft-matte finish that lasts.

Low Ponytail

It’s no secret that the ‘90s were all about the high pony. If you’re looking to modernize your look a bit, opt for a ponytail style that falls at the nape of your neck. Low ponytail styles a celeb favorite to wear on the red carpet and take just a few simple steps to complete.

Starting with dry hair, add volume at the root by applying a root boosting spray like the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter all over the crown of your head. Next, gather your strands into a low ponytail and secure it with a scrunchie. Finish the look with a light spritz of hairspray.

Ballerina Bun

There are plenty of reasons to try a ballerina bun. They’re quick to style, low maintenance, and work for just about any occasion.

To create a ballerina bun, simply brush your hair back to create a sleek look and gather it into a high ponytail. Once the ponytail is secure, split the hair into two sections and wrap the sections around each other until you reach your ends. Twist the hair around the base of the ponytail to create a bun and lock it in with bobby pins. Top it off by wrapping a scrunchie around the bun.

Fishtail Braid

We’re firm believers that all braided hairstyles could use an accessory or two. Add your favorite scrunchie to a fishtail braid to create the perfect summertime look.

To begin, create a simple fishtail braid starting at the nape of your neck all the way to your ends. Secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic. Finish off by wrapping your scrunchie around the beginning of your braid and hold the look in place with a splash of hairspray.

Now that you have the 411 on the best scrunchie styles to wear in 2018, you’re ready to test them out for yourself.

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