There's a modern day version of the Rachel haircut - here's how to achieve it 11 months ago

There's a modern day version of the Rachel haircut - here's how to achieve it

The '90s nostalgia never ends.

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.

Searches for 'The Rachel haircut' have increased by a whopping 174 percent in 2021 after Friends: The Reunion, according to a survey by beauty retailer JustMyLook.

It's still high in demand in 2022, and it's back with a more modern twist. While the original was choppy, short, and feathered, the newer version is a 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's 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!"

And she said at the 2018 InStyle Awards: “I got that haircut and was like, ‘Wow this is amazing,’ and then I was totally left with this frizzy mop on my head, because I had no idea how to do what Chris did.”


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 her contrasting blonde highlights. If you're thinking of going all out, we recommend making an appointment with a professional.