Childhood photos show my long hair in almost every style, including pig tails, high buns, braids, and half up/half down ’dos. But no matter how I styled it, I almost always used the same accessory: a scrunchie. No longer relegated to a few hooks in a drugstore beauty aisle (where I’d discreetly buy them years ago when Carrie Bradshaw first derided them), the scrunchies I loved as a kid are again ubiquitous. Our current scrunchie renaissance has resulted in a wave of different styles, which I’ve spotted at department stores like Nordstrom and Barney’s, smaller boutiques like Forty Five Ten and LoveShackFancy, and of course my local Rite Aid in Greenpoint.

I have about 15 in my regular rotation, many of them with a bow and each of which I like to wear for a very specific purpose. There’s the leopard-print scrunchie I throw on to look more put together when running errands. The quick-drying one I wear to work out. And even specific silk ones I’ll wear to bed that help prevent my long, thin locks from breaking while I sleep. Below, these and other scrunchies I own, plus others I want to buy, for practically any occasion.

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