Plus, eight affordable options you need to add to your hair accessories.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated January 20, 2021
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Working from home isn't my ideal 9-5 scenario, but it is a great time to give my hair a break from the hot tools I typically use on a daily basis. Over the last year, I've been skipping the curling iron and washing my strands much less often. I have two go-to items for second and third-day hair: dry shampoo and scrunchies. I love these trendy ties because they don't tear my hair out, and they look super cute during a virtual meeting or happy hour with my friends. If you're cringing at the thought of putting a '90s-favorite hair accessory in your tresses, you shouldn't. There are plenty of sophisticated options that adults can wear. (And trust me, you'll get plenty of compliments.) Here are eight scrunchies to add to your hair tie collection that look stylish and won't damage your hair.

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If you wear your hair up often, especially at night, Slip's scrunchies will be your saving grace. The silk material doesn't tug on your strands, so you don't have to worry about breakage (unlike traditional elastics). As a bonus, this option is comfortable enough to wear to bed.

Buy It: Slip Silk Scrunchies ($39 for 3-pack, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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Animal prints are in, according to Google searches, but if you're not ready to commit to thoroughly looking like a leopard, give this option a try. The playful print adds a fun spin to any outfit, especially a little black dress. It's made from shimmery silk that's gentle on hair.

Buy It: GANNI Printed Cotton Scrunchie ($25, Shopbop)

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Believe it or not, corduroy first came about in the ancient Egyptian city of Al-Fustat, according to Atlas Obscura. The ribbed fabric has been trending on and off ever since, and we suspect it's going to become popular again, so get ahead of the crowd with these scrunchies that come in five colors.

Buy It: Velvet Ribbed Scrunchies (from $5, Etsy)

Sweaty strands and tough workouts are no match for this hair tie. It's made of quick-drying material and will stay put, even through long periods of exercise. It's available in 17 colors and is machine-washable.

Buy It: Uplifting Scrunchie ($8, Lululemon)

No, florals aren't groundbreaking for spring, but they are apt for the upcoming season. This feminine option, which is available in light blue and lavender, features a bow knot at the top. It's a dual-trend piece in one.

Buy It: Rosie Printed Scrunchie ($8, Free People)

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We're not going out right now, but once the pandemic is over, this luxe option will be perfect for a night out. This set, which includes a maroon option and a black one, comes with two velvet scrunchies that feature a pearl detail. (And yes, they'll look perfect with your pearl jewelry.)

 Buy It: Velvet and Faux Pearl Scrunchies ($28 for 2, Lele Sadoughi)

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If you're ready to commit to the scrunchie trend, opt for this set that includes five ties. Each one is a different color and fabric to go with different outfits. They're all made of a soft polyester and spandex mix that won't pull your hair out.

Buy It: Days Of The Week Scrunchie Set ($10, Urban Outfitters)

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Show off your edgier side with this cool (vegan!) leather version that comes in a shiny black with small gold detail. If you do go to work right now, add this scrunchie with a power suit to amp up your office attire.

Buy It: EMI JAY Scrunchie ($32, Carbon38)

Comments (1)

April 2, 2020
Thanks for the pictures of different scrunchies. How about a tip or two on how to wear them without looking like a teenager now? Maybe placement, etc.?