SUMMER updos can only mean one thing: hair accessories, so we’ve picked out our favourite scrunchies for adding a pop of fun and colour to your style this season.
They may be the hair accessory you forever associate with childhood, but scrunchies have made a massive comeback in the past few years to become a fashion staple once again – and the surprising news is, they can look seriously luxe…as well as complementing your at-home attire, obvs.
Brands from Versace to Ganni have jumped on the scrunchie train, and while you might not be able to justify paying upwards of £100 for a designer version, the good news is: you don’t have to fork out loads to get a slice of the fun. The high street is bursting with beautiful scrunchies, with affordable versions coming in at only a few pounds.
The beauty of hair scrunchies is how easy it is to dip your toe (or hair) into different styles and trends. From edgy faux leathers and chic organzas to oversized designs and every print under the sun, the scrunchie is your chance to mix it up and make a statement.
Loose, relaxed styles work effortlessly with a scrunchie: a low pony with a few loose strands can look really chic and elevated. For a sleeker do, you can also follow the lead of celebs like Bella Hadid, J-Lo and Lizzo, who wear theirs with their hair pulled back tight and piled high.
Check out our pick of the best scrunchies below.
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1. Aadya Pair of Large 12cm Velvet Hair Scrunchies
- (AD) Aadya Pair of Large 12cm Velvet Hair Scrunchies in Black, £2.29 from Amazon – buy here
Proof that the hair scrunchie can look perfectly luxe and dressed-up, this pack of two by Aadya is available in 26 shades of velvet.
We’ve opted for classic black, which will go with any number of looks. Shoppers are impressed with the quality, too, with one reviewer saying: “They hold my hair in place all day and my hair doesn’t feel like it is being tugged or pulled harshly. I honestly haven’t used another scrunchie or bobble since using these ones.”
2. Kueimovi 5Pcs Satin Bowknot Scarf Scrunchies
- (AD) Kueimovi 5Pcs Satin Bowknot Floral Hair Scarf Scrunchies , £7.59 from Amazon – buy here
If you love the hair scarf trend but find it too fiddly to master, this 5 pack of scarf-style scrunchies by Kueimovi is a clever solution.
We love the whimsical floral design of these pieces, which will add a soft and romantic vibe to your hairstyles. Pop one in your hair for an instantly elevated look.
3. Ganni Cotton Poplin Scrunchie
- Cotton Poplin Scrunchie, £20 from Ganni – buy here
Copenhagen-based fashion favourite, Ganni, embodies cool Scandi style dressing, so we knew we’d find a plethora of eyecatching scrunchies on offer.
This bright and beautiful style certainly stood out from the bunch: featuring a striking pink floral print with ‘Ganni’ text, it’s made from 100% certified organic cotton which is proven to have a lower environmental impact than conventional cotton.
A stylish choice for the eco-conscious shopper.
4. Arket Oversized Organza Scrunchie
- Oversized Organza Scrunchie, £8.50 from Arket – buy here
Organza might just be our favourite way to do scrunchies: just look at how chic this cream iteration is, by Arket!
Designed to be oversized, it’s perfect for statement ponytails and buns – plus it also comes in light green and black if you want a trio of organza options.
At £8.50 a piece, we’ll be snapping up all three.
5. River Island Black Faux Leather Scrunchie
- Black faux leather scrunchie, £6 from River Island – buy here
Leather scrunchies can be seriously expensive (Jil Sander’s is an eye-watering £170), so we were pleased to spy this faux leather version at River Island for just £6.
Team it with your favourite biker jacket and cowboy boots for an edgy look that means business.
6. Versace Logo-print Elasticated Scrunchie
- Versace logo-print elasticated scrunchie, £90 from Farfetch – buy here
Want to inject some designer style into any outfit? Add a pop of signature Versace luxury with the fashion house’s logo-print scrunchie.
At £90, it may seem like a lot for a hair accessory, but the classic and instantly recognisable motif makes this a worthy investment in our eyes. We love that it’s supersized too, so it’ll add instant volume and drama to your updo.
7. & Other Stories Striped Bow Hair Scrunchie
- Striped Bow Hair Scrunchie, £8 from & Other Stories – buy here
If you thought this striped scrunchie from & Other Stories has a chic French feel, then you’d be right: it was designed in Paris and is perfect for channelling Anna Karina vibes.
The extra fabric can be worn loose or tied into the sweetest of little bows. Team with a cigarette trouser, Mary Janes and a form-fitting cardigan for extra Godard-girl appeal.
8. Oliver Bonas Bonbon Spotty Print Bow Hair Scrunchie
- Bonbon Spotty Print Bow Hair Scrunchie, £12.50 from Oliver Bonas – buy here
Another scrunchie with a bow detail, this one lends a more fun and playful feel, thanks to an abstract spot and stripe design in yellow and pink tones. Cute!
We love that it adds a pop of fun and colour when worn on the wrist, too – who said scrunchies were just for hair?
9. Oliver Bonas Bamboo Ivory Towel Scrunchies
- Bamboo Ivory Towel Scrunchies, £14.50 from Oliver Bonas – buy here
If you’re looking to add extra spa vibes to your post-shower routine, these eco-friendly and super absorbent towel scrunchies are ideal.
Made from organic cotton and bamboo, they’ve been consciously created and are a great sustainable choice for using again and again. They’re gentle on hair, so you can tie your hair back after you’ve washed it – without worrying about damage.
10. Gymshark Swim Scrunchies 2pk
- Swim Scrunchies 2pk, £8 from Swim Shark – buy here
Swimmer? There’s no need to worry about your hair accessories getting ruined in the water: Swim Shark has your back with this pack of two waterproof scrunchies!
Available in orange print and turquoise or orange print and plain orange, each scrunchie is fully waterproof and is finished with a Gymshark logo tab to the side.
A pretty but practical choice, whether you’re hanging out by the seaside or the pool this summer.
11. Kitsch Satin Sleep Scrunchies 5s – Blush
- Kitsch Satin Sleep Scrunchies 5s – Blush, £6.50 from Boots – buy here
Going to bed with your hair tied up and then having to spend the next morning dealing with kinks and frizz is a hair-fail plenty of us have experienced.
Luckily, Kitsch has the solution: satin sleep scrunchies! Made from satin, these hair ties promise not to ‘crimp or agitate’ strands while you sleep and will also fight breakage.
Each pack includes five pink scrunchies, and they also come in black, too.
12. New Look 6 Pack Multicoloured Leopard Print Mini Scrunchies
- 6 Pack Multicoloured Leopard Print Mini Scrunchies, £4.99 from New Look – buy here
New Look has a stylish assortment of scrunchies available to shop right now, and we’re especially loving this multipack of six leopard print mini scrunchies.
Ideal for adding a pop of print to your day, there’s also a plain black and plain white design included when you want to go for something more subtle.
The soft satin fabric feels super-luxe, too: not bad when the whole pack will set you back just £4.99.
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