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13th Aug 2023

There’s a modern day version of the Rachel haircut – here’s how to achieve it

It’s hard to explain the literal chokehold Rachel Greene’s hair had on Friends fans in the ’90s.

Let’s face it, it was a cultural phenomenon.

Jennifer Aniston’s iconic layered, shoulder-length cut was an instant classic when she first appeared on the sitcom in 1995 and it became one of the most popular hairstyles of the decade.

With all things ’90s making a comeback, it was only a matter of time before The Rachel reared its head too.

The haircut is still high in demand in 2023, and it’s back with a more modern twist. While the original was choppy, short, and feathered, the newer version is softer, longer, and face-framing.

Hailey Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Bella Hadid are just some of the celebrities who recently sported a look inspired by the iconic hairdo.

As iconic as it might be though, it might not be so easy to re-create.

Jennifer Aniston herself once told Marie Claire that she wasn’t a fan of the look for that reason: “The Rachel was high-maintenance… I’d curse Chris [hairstylist] every time I had to blowdry. It took three brushes – it was like doing surgery!”

Naturally, that hasn’t stopped TikTokers from attempting it, using rollers and curling irons.

@asapabesattempted rachel’s 90s hairstyle ?♬ original sound – meme rivera ミ☆

TikTok user, @asapabes, tried her hand at the trend by sectioning her hair and blow-drying each piece away from her face using a hot barrel brush, then pinnings the curls in place with rollers.

And judging by her results, it looks like it’s not quite as unachievable as Jennifer made it out to be.

However, one thing that takes The OG Rachel to the next level is Jennifer’s contrasting blonde highlights. If you’re thinking of going all out, we recommend making an appointment with a professional.