“Here’s the thing. Here’s my crucial point. No woman who works at W Magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a SCRUNCHIE!” – Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City

Fine, Carrie, mock all you want, but back in OUR day, no self-respecting girl would dare leave the house WITHOUT a scrunchie. Not only fashionable (and, yes, they were uber-fashionable), scrunchies were also as practical as they come in our favorite decade. After years of tying our hair back with rubber bands (OUCH!), we finally had a way to keep our beauteous locks out of our face and off our shoulders without yanking hundreds of hairs out at their roots every time we turned our head.

As the story goes, scrunchies were developed by single mom Rommy Revson, a former night club singer who was house-sitting at the beach in the summer of 1986. She wanted to invent something to replace elastic hair bands, and one night, as she plodded off to bed, she noticed the elastic band holding her pants in place…particularly how it bunched up the waistline.

A little bit of fabric and a sewing machine was all she needed to make the first prototype, and it wasn’t long after that that everyone from Madonna to the Full House girls to Paula Abdul was sporting the handy hair holder.

And let’s not forget perhaps the 80s’ greatest scrunchie ambassador–young Debbie Gibson.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the scrunchie’s awesomeness is that they’re still around even today, and, despite Miss Bradshaw’s misgivings, they’re as functional and cool as they ever were. Some things never go out of style, and for us, scrunchies are right up there at the top of the list. It’s no wonder they came from the 80s.

We ♥ scrunchies.


~ by weheart80s on April 25, 2017.

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