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A Brief History of the Classic Scrunchie

July 07, 2020 2 min read

history of the scrunchie

We all know scrunchies, but how and when were they invented? And how have scrunchies influenced pop culture? In this blog post, we’ll dig into the origins of our favorite hair accessory, and share some of our favorite moments in scrunchie history.

The Invention of the Scrunchie

The scrunchie was invented by Rommy Revson in1986. Rommy was a nightclub singer and pianist who kept experiencing hair breakage with the hair elastics she was using. Inspired by the elastic in her pajama pants, the modern day scrunchie was born! Revson originally named her invention a “Scunchie”, after her adorable toy poodle.According to Revson, her sewing machine and the original prototype (black and gold with navy blue thread, for the record) can be found in the Smithsonian!

Initial Popularity

Soon after its invention, the scrunchie began to gain popularity, with A-list celebrities like Paula Abdul, Madonna, and Janet Jackson donning the hair trend. (These were the real fashion influencers of the 80s and 90s.)

Tanner sisters full house scrunchies

As the world entered the 80s and 90s, the trend continued to gain steam. Scrunchies were the hair accessory of choice for the Tanner sisters on “Full House” (Airing from 1987-1995) and were also a favorite of Phoebe Buffay on “Friends” (Running from 1994-2004, a single 1996 episode of “Friends” received52.9 million viewers).

Scrunchies in Space

Did you know that scrunchies have been to space? Colonel Pamela Melroy wore a scrunchie on her missions to the International Space Station in both 2000 and 2002 as a Space Shuttle pilot. 

After Melroy donated her space scrunchie in 2004, it can be found atThe Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. 

The Sex and The City Moment

Sadly, by the mid-2000s, scrunchies were less popular. In a 2003 episode of popular HBO show “Sex and the City”, main character Carrie Bradshaw told (her then-boyfriend) Jack Berger that no woman running around the island of Manhattan would be caughtwearing a scrunchie.

Scrunchies are Back and Here to Stay!

Scrunchies made a bigcomeback in 2018-2019, with celebrities like Lizzo, Selena Gomez, and Ariana Grande wearing the hair accessory. Scrunchies were also dubbed an important part of the “VSCO Girl” vibe, contributing to their rise in popularity.

Whether you were introduced to scrunchies in the 1990s or the 2010s, there’s no denying that scrunchies are a hair accessory with a storied history. At The Scrunchie Club, we’re proud to carry on the scrunchie legacy by creating outspoken designs that serve womxn and non-binary individuals and the causes they care about.

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