National Scrunchie Day

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Do you remember the torturous bear claw hairclip? How about the infamous banana clip? Oh what a time it was, fighting with our hair accessories! Well, the third Sunday of the 80s, we finally got a break from the plastic monsters tearing at our scalps with the invention of a soft, supportive, and stylish buddy: The scrunchie. On that day, national Scrunchie Day was born. It was the dawn of a new era of agony-less hair styling.

When is Scrunchie Day?

It's national scrunchie day on the 16th April.

A Brief History of the Scrunchie

The first scrunchie was reportedly invented by Rommy Revson in 1987, as a gentler alternative to the common hair ties of the time. It quickly became a ubiquitous fashion accessory in the 80s and 90s, symbolizing fun, ease, and attempts at coolness some of us are still recovering from.

Enter, National Scrunchie Day

With 184 online mentions detected, it's apparent that the scrunchie frenzy is alive and kicking. The most significant spike of online cheer for National Scrunchie Day, was seen on April 16, 2018. Since then, National Scrunchie Day has been celebrated with much fanfare, featuring scrunchie-themed parties, sales, and serious hairstyling sessions.

How to Celebrate?

The ways to celebrate are as diverse as scrunchie designs themselves. Some choose to pay homage by sporting scrunchies of different materials, from velvet to satin, throughout the day. Others congregate for scrunchie swaps, sharing their collections while reminiscing about hair-raising adventures - literally. And let's not forget those brave souls who attempt to recreate iconic scrunchie hairstyles, from DJ Tanner's high side-ponytail to Phoebe Buffay's half-up, half-down hairstyle adorned with numerous scrunchies.

History behind the term 'Scrunchie'


The Invention

The scrunchie was invented in 1984 by a hairstylist named Rommy Revson. Tired of traditional hair elastics causing breakage and creasing in the hair, she came up with the idea of a fabric-covered elastic band. The scrunchie's name comes from the process of scrunching the fabric around the elastic, giving it its unique appearance.


Mass Production

In 1986, Rommy Revson patented her design for the scrunchie, and it quickly gained popularity. The scrunchie became a fashionable accessory for women and girls, offering a fun and colorful way to tie back their hair without causing damage. Revson's creation revolutionized hair accessories and became an iconic fashion item of the 1980s and 1990s.


Pop Culture Phenomenon

During the 1990s, the scrunchie became a pop culture phenomenon. It was often seen in music videos, movies, and TV shows, becoming synonymous with the fashion trends of the time. Celebrities and fashion icons embraced the scrunchie, further solidifying its status as a must-have accessory.


Decline in Popularity

As fashion trends shifted in the 2000s, the popularity of the scrunchie began to decline. It was considered outdated and associated with a previous era. Hair accessories like headbands and bobby pins took its place in mainstream fashion, and the scrunchie was mostly forgotten.


Resurgence and Modernization

In the 2010s, the scrunchie experienced a resurgence in popularity. It made a comeback as a nostalgic fashion statement, with many people embracing its retro charm. The scrunchie was also modernized with new designs, materials, and patterns, appealing to a broader audience and becoming a staple accessory once again.

Did you know?

The name 'scrunchie' was actually a marketing tool invented by marketers - the original invention was called 'the scunci', named by its creator Rommy Revson.


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