When Mansur Gavriel, a New York-based brand famous for its minimalist handbags, sent models down the runway in September wearing loose ponytails secured with scrunchies, fashionistas simultaneously woo-hooed and winced.
Since then, the once-maligned hair ties have started cropping up in stores, on models and — in the ultimate seal of approval for the trend — on devastatingly hip New York teens.
Still, not everyone is sold on the scrunch. Below, two Posties take on the polarizing trend.
I’m on Team Scrunchie — and I don’t care who knows it.
As a bona fide “Sex and the City” fan, I remember the Season 6 episode when Carrie Bradshaw was fact-checking beau Jack Berger’s novel, in which his protagonist apparently oft rocked the hair tie in question. “No woman would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie!” she screeched.
I hate to inform you, Carrie, but in 2017, Berger’s book’s leading lady (who worked at W and lived on Perry Street) would be considered ahead of the curve.
Moreover, your anti-scrunchie lifestyle — along with your 245 E. 73rd St. rent-controlled apartment packed to the brim with thousands-of-dollars-worth of Manolo Blahnik stilettos — is pretty passé.
Because, believe it or not, ’80s power dressing — and shoulder pads, sequins and lamé — is a haute trend this year, so it’s comes as no shock this hair staple is also en vogue.
And while these retro hair-holders may conjure up images of DJ Tanner on “Full House,” cool girls such as model Bella Hadid and singer Ariana Grande are getting onboard to help the scrunch ditch its bad rep.
Me, I love it for its practicality: The soft, fabric-covered rubber band creates an enviably dent-free ’do — with a touch of throwback chic.
A magnet on my mom’s fridge holds a fourth-grade photo that, with the benefit of hindsight, is downright cringeworthy.
I’m sporting big red glasses, a mouth full of metal braces and a velvet scrunchie in my hair. Ugh.
They’re accessories that were embarrassing during their heyday in the 1980s and ’90s, and they’re still embarrassing now — no matter which couture company is now producing them in a throwback gamble.
Look, the scrunchie has one job, which is to hold your locks back in a ponytail, messy bun or half-up/half-down ’do. But because of its unwieldy size, all that extra fabric obscures the star of the show: your hair itself.
I’m not against hair ornaments in general. A metallic barrette with ornamental studs, for example, does the trick. Channel Rachel and Monica from “Friends” with a well-placed alligator clip. Even a headband embellished with beads adds subtle bling that can zhoosh up an LBD. (Full disclosure: I own all of these accessories.)
But because of their excessive size and severe lack of elasticity, scrunchies fall short.
Thin hair slides right out; meanwhile, thick hair gets tangled in its many folds.
Let’s just say there’s a reason ’80s sweatshirts that were recklessly bedazzled with gems and laden with puff paint haven’t resurfaced as a wearable trend: because they’re unattractive.
And so are scrunchies.