Like so many of our favorite ‘90s obsessions, including fishnets, fanny packs, and slip dresses, scrunchies are back too, and ready to fuel our Lisa Frank fantasy. However, even though scrunchies were the go-to accessory to pull our hair back in grade school, we don’t want to look like we’re in elementary school while wearing them today. Thanks to celebrity hairstylists, like the Kardashians’ Jen Atkin, there are plenty of examples of how to wear the accessory and look like a grown up. It also helps that there are a lot of updated options when it comes to choosing a scrunchie today. Try Free People, Urban Outfitters, and Chloe + Isabel for some of the cutest options and see yourself how a scrunchie can make the most unimpressive hairstyle look interesting. Here’s how to wear a scrunchie without looking like a 12-year-old!
1. High Ponytail
Wearing your hair like this isn’t going to give you Hailey Baldwin’s bone structure, but it’s a start. Loosely curl your hair, then gather it high up on top of your head, smooth down the front, and wrap it all up with your scrunchie.
2. Relaxed Top Knot
An already favorite hairstyle of every lazy girl out there, the top knot is super easy to recreate. Simply grab all of your hair into a bun and wrap your scrunchie around a few times. Pull out any baby hairs and shorter pieces of hair to frame your face and give the bun a relaxed feel.
3. Half Up, Half Down
Finish off your athleisure look with a sleek half up, half down hairstyle like Bella Hadid. You’ll need to hairspray and/or gel down the front of your hair and run a flat brush through it to get it as smooth as possible. Then, straighten the bottom half of your hair after the rest of it is pulled up.
4. Low Ponytail
This one is pretty self-explanatory, just grab your hair into a low ponytail and wrap the scrunchie around. This style is perfect for a busy morning when you don’t have time to spend on your hair, bust still want to look presentable.
5. Half Down Top Knot
This hairstyle can definitely be a man-repelling one, but girls get it and getting a compliment from them is better than one from a guy anyway, right? Top knot half of your hair and just let your natural texture take over the bottom.
6. Bottom of a Braid
Clearly scrunchies make for an effortless hairstyle. Just form your hair into a low, loose braid and finish it off with a scrunchie.
7. Wrapped Up Low Bun
This style is fun because it lets you use multiple scrunchies. Either French braid the top half of your hair and then wrap the bottom into a bun or skip the braiding and go straight to the bun.
8. Side Swept Bun
Try offsetting your low bun for an unexpected take on this usually typical hairstyle. This style can definitely be dressed up with your favorite pair of heels or dressed down with some sneakers.