Ordinarily, I save pulling my hair up in what my husband, James refers to as "Show Pony Hair" for any time I'm not in the office. The perfect tool for this is a scrunchie. You can check out my colorful collection in the above photo. Since we've been working from home for the past few weeks now, I think I've had the chance to wear every scrunchie in my "scrunchie basket". (Yes, that's a thing!)
I should share that James is not a huge fan of "Show Pony Hair". But, then again, he's never had big, poofy hair, so how can he even begin to understand?
"I like your hair better when you wear it down," he'll say.
To which I'll reply, (with a sly grin) "The scrunchie keeps the hair out of my eyes and gets it off my neck so it's cooler. Of course, if you don't like my hair this way, I can always cut it all off!"
(This always settles the matter—James still hasn't completely forgiven me for surprising him by chopping almost all of my hair off a few years ago!)
Interestingly enough, with this pandemic going on, it's been weeks since James has gotten a hair cut. I love his "rock star hair" and hope he keeps it that way. I even pulled it back with a scrunchie just for kicks so he could see how much fun it is—
Did I mention that James is a pretty good sport? Ha!
I did a little poking around into the history of scrunchies and learned that they were invented in 1963 by Phillips E. Meyers, but not patented until 1987 by a woman named Rommy Revson. According to an article in Teen Vogue, Revson, a singer/songwriter, needed something to pull back her big, puffy hair (I can totally relate) without damaging it while she played piano. She named the fabric-covered elastic hair tie Scunci after her toy poodle. The name Scrunchie was a natural evolution since the fabric "scrunched up".
So, Are Scrunchies Cool Again?
Just like Video Killed The Radio Star, it's been said that scrunchies all but died after an episode of Sex and The City where Carrie mocks her boyfriend for mentioning a scrunchie in his novel, claiming that no New Yorker in her right mind would ever wear one.
I guess it's like the old saying: Everything comes back around again. I mean, whoever thought shag carpeting would be popular again?
Hmm—okay, that GIF is a little bizarre! This guy seems to REALLY like shag carpet!
Here are the top five things I love about scrunchies:
1. They're easy on my hair
2. They can hold all of my hair
3. They're colorful
4. They're super soft
And, last but not least -
5. They make a nifty bracelet until you're ready to use it in your hair
Hey, if they're cool enough for Aquaman, they're cool enough for me! (check out his matching pink scrunchie bracelet!)
Closet ClotheSure Week 14 Update:
I mentioned last week that I'd be saying goodbye to the Monday-Thursday outfits I selected for this week. Here's a recap and why these things didn't make me Feel Like A Ten:
Monday - Cabbit jumped in on the action when I put on this long, black & white striped dress from New York & Company. (You can see he's not thrilled about this) My mother used to refer to this maxi dress as my "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?" outfit. It's been hanging in my closet for many years and I seldom wear it. The main reason is because it's extremely clingy and makes me feel very "hippy". (and, not in a "far out and funky" kind of way) Unfortunately even the most effective "incredible fat sucker" won't do the trick where this dress is concerned.
Another one of my long dresses, this blue & black number (also from New York & Company) has always been too big for me. I love the color but hate the way it just hangs there like some kind of nun's robe! (sorry, no offense to any nun out there who may be reading this!) The fabric has a little lycra in it so it's a bit stretchy. It just makes me feel a little "bleh"—so, out it goes!
The best thing about this short, royal blue dress is that it has pockets. I don't remember how long I've had it, but I rarely wear it so it's just taking up space in my closet. Since it doesn't make me feel like a ten, it goes! Oh, and this one is also from New York & Company.
Finished up the week with this sheer, floral dress by Vera Wang. It's pleated in the front and has a matching belt that's kind of hard to see in the photo. This is another thing that's been in my closet for at least ten years. I don't hate it, but it's not Feelin' Like a Ten material—may be in part because I'm just tired of it. It's time to hand it over to someone else!
I looked back at my "scorecard" for The 2020 Closet ClotheSure Challenge and discovered that this is the first week where I'm actually getting rid of everything. I'm giving myself a little pat on the back for that.
Now, it's time to find a scrunchie, pull my hair up into the ultimate Show Pony "do", and walk down to the lake. Blessings to you all & remember:
God is in control & hope is on the move!
Me—all "scrunchied-up" at Grapevine Lake a few days ago