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Scrunchies made from bead crochet.

A scrunchie (or scrunchy) is a fabric covered elastic hair tie used to fasten medium to long hair types.[1] Large, elaborate styles and diminutive, unassuming forms are available in many different colors, fabrics, and designs.[2] Although scrunchies are most commonly used in hair, they can also be worn around the wrist or ankle as an accessory to enhance an outfit.

The Scrunchie was invented by Philips E. Meyers in 1963[3] but was not patented until 1987 by Ronny Revson, who named the decorative hair accessory the Scunci after her pet toy poodle[4]. The name Scrunchie was a natural evolution, because the fabric scrunched up. After patenting the Scrunchie, Revson spent most of her time in legal disputes, both with manufacturers and her own lawyers[5]. Scrunchies were particularly popular in the 1980s and 1990s, including larger, more elaborate versions. Scrunchies regained popularity in the mid 2010s.[6] Debbie Gibson in particular wore them; Madonna wore a large velvet scrunchie in Desperately Seeking Susan.[7] An episode of Sex and the City mocked the fashion.[2][6][8]


  1. ^ "Scrunchie", Merriam-Webster online.
  2. ^ a b Marissa Gold, "Hair Scrunchies, Explained - Scrunchie 101", StyleList, January 28, 2010, archived August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "The History of the Scrunchie | Helium Magazine | Silicon Valley". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ "The inventor of the scrunchie had a second idea that was even weirder". Trivia Happy. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  5. ^ "Lawyer, Scunci Queen Tangle Over Legal Fees". Observer. 1999-04-19. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  6. ^ a b Heather Schwedel, "Fight to the Decades: Are We Experiencing an ’80s or ’90s Comeback?", Flavorwire, August 25, 2009.
  7. ^ Mhairi Graham, "The Scrunchie Revival: AnOther considers the return of that 90's classic - the scrunchie", AnOther, May 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Sex and the City Episode 78: "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little", HBO, retrieved March 23, 2016.

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