A “Scrunchie” Story: The Secret History Of The “Cockroach” Of All Hair Accessories

Recently, Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a scrunchie. In public.

I have to admit, I thought scrunchies were just a distant memory of decades past — one that most of us would like to forget, for that matter. So I expressed the general consensus — to my fellow stylish office mates — that scrunchies are over.

But then something happened. A great scrunchie debate ensued, as comments from our readers poured in, declaring things like “Who are you to approve or disapprove of scrunchies,” “You are so wrong. The scrunchie was the perfect thing to wear,” and “She can put her hair up with anything she wants.”How can so many people think that scrunchies are a fashion sin, and others vehemently come to their defense? Did the infamous “Sex and the City” anti-scrunchie episode not settle that debate for good? I decided we had to delve a little deeper into the world of these colorful, fabric-coated ponytail holders and why they’re so controversial.

What the heck are they? Where did they come from? And are they or are they not… uncool? Read more