Beauty Q&A: Should I Be Washing My Hair Scrunchies?

August 26, 2021
Mary Honkus
By: Mary Honkus | by L'Oréal
Beauty Q&A: Should I Be Washing My Hair Scrunchies?

You likely reach for your favorite scrunchie every time you tie your hair back, but when was the last time you actually washed it, if ever? “When you think about it, scrunchies lay on the back of your neck and when you wear them every day it’s almost like putting on dirty clothes,” says Cassandra Thurswell, founder of hair accessories brand KITSCH. “We clean our hairbrushes and pillowcases regularly, but when it comes to hair accessories we typically don’t take as good of care of them.” But how exactly should you wash your scrunchies? Keep reading for Thurswell’s tips for keeping these hair accessories clean and functional. 

How to Wash Hair Scrunchies

Similar to clothing, how you clean your scrunchie really depends on the material it is made out of. “Some scrunchies are made out of 100% cotton, then some are made out of silk,” says Thurswell. “So first you need to gauge what the material composition is and treat it as if it were a garment.” Products made from cotton or microfiber, like the KITSCH Patented Microfiber Towel Scrunchies, can typically be thrown in the washing machine, but it’s best to hand wash delicate materials like silk or satin with gentle baby soap. “Treat those more like you would lingerie rather than a towel or a t-shirt,” says Thurswell. Once washed, let your scrunchies air dry to ensure that the elastic inside stays intact. 

KITSCH Patented Microfiber Towel Scrunchies

How Often You Should Wash Your Hair Scrunchies

The simple answer is, it depends on what you’re using them for. If you use your scrunchies in utilitarian ways like wearing them to the gym or while you sleep, you’ll want to wash those more frequently because sweat and product will build up quickly, explains Thurswell. You should be washing those accessories at least once a week to refresh them. Fashion statement scrunchies that aren’t worn as often can be washed less frequently — about every five to ten  wears, similar to jeans, since they’re worn for shorter periods of time.

Properly cleaning and taking care of your scrunchies can extend their longevity, says Thurswell. You won’t need to buy a new one unless it breaks or you lose it.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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