Trends are CyclicalI think it hit me after watching Bruno Mars and Cardi B dance across my screen in their freshest 90’s gear in the Finesse video. What goes around really does come back around. I remember watching my mom clean out her closet and showing me this fly leather skirt. I had to have been in 8th grade, a time that I was too young to appreciate a good leather piece and had no idea why anyone would wear a knee-length skirt. I scoffed at the vintage goods and went back to cleaning my converse sneakers as I commented that she was crazy. Now in my twenty-somethings, I realize that it was me who was out of my mind and I would have slayed in these streets with that form-fitting skirt. Sorry PETA, I am not sorry! So now that I am older and wiser, I can appreciate that a trend I was able to participate in as a child, is now circling back around. The scrunchie/barrette trend. However, this trend did have me a little worried. I mean aside from Hillary Clinton, I could not think of a grown woman in her right mind bold enough to wear a scrunchie or barrette in their everyday life, and let’s be honest...that is because it is tough to even consider pulling off that look without resembling an overgrown toddler. But keep reading, because I have gathered some hacks for you to successfully rock this trend and still preserve your sexy!
With Scrunchies Do…
Experiment with texturesBasic is not always best, and that is a phrase that you should keep in mind when shopping for your perfect throwback scrunchie. The basic single color cotton scrunch will have you looking like an extra on Barney and Friends. Instead, try buying a silk or crushed velvet scrunchie to give your hair tie some edge! You can also try scrunchies made of a lace or organza material if you want to add an elegant flair to an otherwise saucy outfit. Some brands even take the basic cotton scrunchie and add ribbing, something as simple as that can give your scrunchie the umph it needs to go to the next level. The scrunchie texture shows you're old enough to know that the trend requires some elevation, having you going from 3 to 30 real quick!
Stick to a Monochromatic LookRecently, it girl Jasmine Sanders was seen partying poolside in Vegas with her celebrity boo Terrence J and a scrunchie! That’s right, the runway model sported her blunt cut bob in a half up half down style and used an oversized hair tie to create a throwback, nostalgic feel. Let me tell you, it worked. However, what I noticed was that her looks went off without a hitch because her scrunchies and her outfits were all the same color. Take a page out of her books and do the same. Make you scrunchie match your top and pants or your shoes to tie the look together and add some color to your locs. Think of it as something to break up the color block that is your hair.
Dress too CasualScrunchies have a way of taking you from casual to bummy very quickly. So we do caution again dressing too casual when attempting to take part in this trend. We realize it is hard with the current athleisure trend covering every magazine and billboard with a five-mile radius, but whenever I think of a large scrunchie and sweats, I think of the Olsen twins on Full House. As cute as those twins were back in the 90's nothing will make me get my slay together quicker! If you are looking for age appropriate hairstyles to try out with your new scrunchies try:
1. Half Up & Half DownJust split your hair into a top section and a bottom section, proceed to gather the hair at the top of your head with a plain hair tie to secure it. You want the look to be sleek and polished, so a thinner elastic will do the trick! Then, cover that elastic with your decorative scrunchie and straighten the bottom half of your hair to show your length.
2. A French BraidFor those of you that have mastered the art of french braids and fishtails, large scrunchies can make your braid look even more on trend. Give yourself a side part and braid your hair down to the end of your length. Using your fingers go up your braid about 2 inches from the bottom and secure it with a smaller elastic. Cover that elastic with a cheetah print or satin scrunchie and go on with your slay!
3. A Super High Pony!The high pony will always be the GOAT! However, if you are into experimenting with your hair texture, you can still use a scrunchie to draw attention to your look. Before creating your ponytail try throwing a couple of braids in your hair the night before. In the morning take those braids down and brush your hair up to the top of your head. Secure your wavy tresses with an elastic and be sure to slick down the base of your ponytail. Cover that elastic with a scrunchie of your choice and look at how the textures and the large hair tie play off each other for drastic touch!
With Barrettes Do…
Pay Attention to PlacementMuch like the hair bow, your mom would place on the top of your head as a child to let everyone know you were a girl. The placement of a hair barrette does matter! In fact, the same barrette that can make you look on trend can make you 13 if put in the wrong spot on your head. Keeping this in mind, the hot spots for barrettes when you are over 21 are as follows:
- Stacked behind either ear or both (think the decorative bobby pin tend)
- The nape of your neck when securing a low ponytail.
- Right at your temple when you want to keep your bangs or shorter front layers out of your face.