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Trend Alert: The Scunchie Returns

When Carrie criticised Jack Berger in Sex and The City, season six, for giving his novel's leading lady a hair scrunchie, she was talking for all of us. What sophisticated New York woman would run around town in a scrunchie? Of course, Jack later broke up with Carrie on a post-it note, begging the question – was the scrunchie to blame?

Perhaps Mr Berger was actually ahead of his time, because this season it's all about the scrunchie. Hip young things are wearing them, 80s-style in side-ponytails, or high on the head for a retro, aerobics-instructor vibe. It's a look that's mainly come from the streets – you can't move in Brick Lane on a Sunday without seeing lycra-wearing girls with scrunchies, either in their hair, or around their wrists.

It's a playfully, tongue-in-cheek trend that relies on mixing the demure with the trashy. For some tips just

Wear a red velvet scrunchie from your local chemist (they're so cheap too, £2 at most) with natural, dewy skin and just a touch of black eyeliner. Or go for an edgy, trashy look by matching your print scrunchie – Boots do some hilarious ones – with bright, yellow nail varnish from Nails Inc,(£9.50). Add some coral makeup, like a cream blush and you're hot to trot. Becca Lip and Cheek creme, in petal, (£22), is a pale coral that looks on-trend, but still pretty.

Keep hair messy and textured, like Pat Benatar in the Love is a Battlefield video. Remember 13 Going On 30? Try the Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity texturiser, (£11.99). Simply apply to wet hair and blow dry. For extra oomph dry your hair upside down, lifting with your fingers from the roots.

Not for the fainthearted, I admit. But for an irreverent style, it's bang on-trend. Get ready for some reactions though - fashion is a battlefield. No promises, no demands. Just a little fun...


ZippyGirl8231982 ZippyGirl8231982 9 years
oh who cares? lol ok actually i wouldn't wear any out in public but i do wear them when im having a lazy day lounging around in my jammies and slippers lol
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
rofl - thanks the cat. Some things of your past you just can't let go. I've even hung on to my hubby since the 80's.
the-cat the-cat 9 years
AmberHoney you are way cool! Just wait till this trend goes mainstream. I like the idea of velvet scrunchies too.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I hate scrunchies!
dukegirl dukegirl 9 years
Painful news.
raieven raieven 9 years
i guess this is how people who lived through high waisted bell bottoms, shoulder pads, and leg warmers feel.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Um, NO.
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i noticed that when i was in europe last summer, there were more than a few scrunchies haunting me. especially in spain. mine have been retired since middle school. and i hope to keep it that way!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
fashion4ward - I'm dying over here. I just picture you seeing me in public.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Oh, crap...
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
NOOOOOO! I'm not wearing one. I don't even tie my hair most of the time. I already wore 80s/90s stuff as a kid. Never again!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I still have scrunchies in my linen closet and I do use them. You'll know me when you see me on the streets.
tototee tototee 9 years
no no no no... scrunchies will not be making a comeback! well certainly not in my hair! Last time I saw a scrunchie was at the SATC movie on a european lady with too much make up and hair spray on.. very ironic considering the Burger episode!
Advah Advah 9 years
I don't mind the scrunchie that much, if you don't pick a neon colour it can actually be pretty nice. (I love the suggestion of eyeliner+red scrunchie) It's the side ponytail that gives me the chillz.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I hate the way scrunchies look, but I have to admit they weere good for holding your hair without breaking it. Even then, I seriously doubt I'll actually use one ever again! I can't believe I left scrinchies out of my blog post on the 80s!
OliveBlack OliveBlack 9 years
I think I can say with complete certainty that a scrunchie will never find its way onto my head again. I might have bought leg warmers and leggings, but the scrunchie is one early 90s/late 80s relic too far.
scissorz scissorz 9 years
hahaha it was only a matter of time -- 80s and early 90s are really coming back hard! i keep having my boyfriend grow out his stache cause i'm convinced that they are coming back too! but seriously neon, leggings, skater cuts (more on girls this time around though), AND scrunchies
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