Do you think of the 80s when you hear the word scrunchies? Don’t be so hasty! Scrunchies are back in fashion and they are still one of the best accessories you can get for your hair. Not only do they come in a variety of fabrics, textures and colours, but they are also extremely gentle on your hair. In this article, we’ll explain how to wash your favorite scrunchies and keep them as fresh for as long as possible.
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Scrunchies are used daily by women all over the world and they work especially well for women with curly hair.
Scrunchies are most often made from a soft material that doesn’t cause friction or damage your hair.
Just like with other accessories, you will have to clean your scrunchies on a regular basis. It is also important to store them correctly to avoid them smelling.
There are two ways to wash scrunchies. You can either hand-wash scrunchies or put them in the washing machine. Make sure you know what fabric they are made from as this will determine the way in which you should wash them.
Scrunchies are very easy to keep clean. They don’t require much effort to maintain and they work so well as an accessory.
Finding the time to wash your scrunchies should not be too difficult and require minimal effort.
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How To Wash Scrunchies
The first thing to do is to identify what kind of fabric your scrunchies are made from.
This will help you get a clearer picture of how you should go about washing your scrunchies and will prolong their usage and lifespan.
There are so many different materials used in making scrunchies these days. These materials range from silk to cotton, to corduroy and sometimes linen.
There are essentially two ways of washing scrunchies. They are; machine washing and hand washing.
Now, it goes without saying that there are some scrunchies that can be machine washed while others cannot.
It really depends on the kind of material they are made from. Scrunchies that cannot be washed with a machine should be washed with your hands.
Scrunchies made from the following material should be hand-washed:
Scrunchies made from the following material should be machine-washed:
Let’s take a closer look at the two ways in which you can wash your scrunchies.
How To Hand-Wash Scrunchies
Hand-washing your scrunchies is really easy, and the best part about it is that there are lots of ways you can go about it. You can use the following ways for hand-washing scrunchies:
- Handwash in the sink
- Handwash in a large plastic bowl
- Handwash in a plastic container
You can use regular shampoo or laundry detergent to wash your scrunchies with, but the best thing to get is detergent designed for handwashing fabrics.
Not only will these detergents get the stain out, but they will also keep your scrunchies looking and smelling fresh.
1. Empty the dirty scrunchies into a sink, container, or bowl
2. Add water and swirl them around in the container.
3. Add your favorite fabric detergent to the water
4. Wash them with your hands thoroughly
5. Add clean cold cold water and rinse the scrunchies thoroughly.
Then lay them out to dry on top of a towel. Place the towel with scrunchies beside a window with some sunlight for a faster drying process.
How To Machine-Wash Scrunchies
If you have scrunchies that can be washed with a machine, then you should wash them this way.
However, be sure not to just throw those scrunchies in the machine, otherwise, you may never see them again and it could also cause a lot of problems for the machine.
You should definitely take note of this, especially if you make use of a communal laundry room!
Place your scrunchies in a sock, a lingerie bag or a net bag, and tie it up carefully before throwing it in the machine for washing.
I use these Gogooda laundry machine mesh bags I found on Amazon.
Of course, any sock does the trick, just make sure to tie it properly.
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Drying Your Scrunchies
After washing, here are a few ways to dry your scrunchies.
1. Air dry
Squeeze out the excess water after rinsing the scrunchies and then place them in a bowl. Leave outside to dry.
You could also lay them out on a towel and place them beside a window or anywhere you can get sunlight so that they dry faster.
Note that air-drying your scrunchies is a lot slower than when meet you use a machine dryer.
Alternatively, you can as well hang your scrunchies and dry them inside your house.
2. Machine dry
After washing with a machine or perhaps your hands, you can place these semi-dried scrunchies ( that is if you used a machine to wash them) in your dryer and dry it.
It usually takes less time to dry with a machine than when you air dry them.
But remember don’t throw your scrunchies into the dryer just like that. Make sure you bag them before drying.
Caring For Your Scrunchies
Here is how you can care for your scrunchies:
1. Storing your scrunchies
Storing your scrunchies properly can make them last a lot longer and smell a lot better.
It keeps dust and other materials from coming in contact with them. Here are a few tips you can use:
- Don’t hang them by the elastic, especially in doorknobs. Instead, use a clip or a peg.
- Always keep them in a cool and dry place. Make sure to avoid moisture and unnecessary heat when you store them.
- Always keep them together.
- Get yourself a scrunchie holder. They are cheap and widely available.
2. How to keep them fresh at all times
Want to keep your scrunchies fresh every single time, here is how you can do it
- Wash regularly. Once a month is okay but if you wear your scrunchies often then you should wash them more often too.
- Store properly.
- Don’t air dry them for too long or expose them to excess heat for a long period of time.
3. How to avoid smelling scrunchies
If you want to make sure that your scrunchies don’t smell whenever you use them, then you should do the following
- Wash them as soon as they are dirty or as often as you can
- Dry them properly and make sure that they are not soaked or drenched when you store them
- Keep them in a cool an dry place.
How To Use Scrunchies
Scrunchies are an excellent accessory and can work so well for many different hairstyles.
They are particularly great for women with curly hair as the scrunchie’s soft material helps protect the definition of the curls.
Here are a few ways you can utilize scrunchies:
1. Use Whilst Sleeping To Protect Your Hair
If you are a follower of the Curly Girl Method, you’ll know the importance of maintaining your curls at night.
You may already know about the benefits of using a silk satin cap or silk pillows, but you can also use satin scrunchies like these to tie your hair up into a pineapple.
2. Use For Ponytails And Buns To Avoid Hair Breaking
If you suffer from hair breakage or have fine hair, you’ll want to use a scrunchie instead of a hair tie when styling your hair.
Hair ties are notorious for causing damage and split ends so a scrunchie made from soft materials will really benefit your hair.
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3. Make It Fashion!
You can wear scrunchies in so many different ways!
Check out Abby Smith’s 9 cute ways to style your hair with scrunchies!
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Dee has been following the Curly Girl Method for over four years and is our in-house Curly Girl expert. She has a keen interest in natural haircare and has tried and tested her share of CGM products. She has a photographic memory of most sulfate and silicone-free hair products available on the high street and she’s always happy to recommend you her favorites.