March 4, 2021

The Modern Rachel Haircut

Sydne Style shows the modern rachel haircut for 2021 with long layers

With everything ’90s and early 2000s making a major comeback, it’s not surprising we’re seeing a resurgence of one the most popular haircuts of that era: the Rachel. Made famous by Jennifer Aniston’s character in Friends, the Rachel was a haircut that so many women tried to emulate. And they’re back to copying it today…. well sort of.

When I got my most recent haircut, I was debating curtain bangs. The long layered bangs have been all over Instagram and celebrities and I thought it would be a fun way to switch things up. But my hairstylist, Andrew Daum Chung at Kim Vo Salon, suggested quasi curtain bangs. “The main thing is about knowing the land before you cut the grass,” he says. Translation? You need to do what works for you.

This is with any trend, whether it’s hair, makeup or fashion. It’s great to get inspired by the trends but ultimately it comes down to what makes you feel the best. Even though Gen Z says it’s cooler to part your hair in the middle, I feel prettier with my hair parted to the side. That’s why instead of curtain bangs, Andrew did long layers to achieve a similar look. He cut the layers to my chin to achieve body and soften my forehead without actual bangs. The result? What I like to call the modern Rachel haircut.

Here are some fab ladies who have rocked the modern Rachel haircut, or Rachel 2.0 hairstyle. And if you want to get on the long layers bandwagon, too, I’ve included the styling tools I’ve been using to dry my new hairstyle…

Chrissy Tiegen I Selena Gomez I Hailey Beiber

Sydne Style shows how to style the modern rachel haircut for 2021
Sydne Style wears sage green dress with cardigan for spring outfit ideas

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  1. Nikki commented:

    I’m here for this haircut! It looks absolutely amazing! I’ve always been obsessed with Rachel’s looks so this is my favorite thing ever! You should recreate some of her looks from the series!

    Published 3.8.21 Reply
    • Sydne commented:

      Thank you so much! That would be so fun!

      Published 3.30.21 Reply
  2. linda goddard commented:

    nothing like a Rachel cut.

    Published 4.13.21 Reply
  3. Joyce commented:

    Is the Rachel haircut really in for Spring if 2021 or this year ? Thanks Ms. Faw

    Published 6.1.21 Reply
  4. reshine hair commented:

    do you have any advices for long curly hair?

    Published 7.28.21 Reply
  5. Emma commented:

    Your haircut is very suitable for you. Only proper care, balanced nutrition and professional tools will make your hair look really luxurious. During the pandemic, many beauty salons were closed and it became impossible to sign up for a haircut. These tools have helped me a lot in that time, I think they should be in everyone’s house

    Published 8.5.21 Reply
  6. Veronika commented:

    I like the result! The best option to quickly put yourself in order is to sign up with a professional. I have found a good specialist in this salon for a long time. A great opportunity to please yourself with a good styling with or without a reason.

    Published 3.7.22 Reply
  7. Miracle Face commented:

    This haircut is everthing!

    Published 5.22.22 Reply
  8. Jess commented:

    “You need to do what works for you”. I agree with that. I wanted to do a Bob haircut for the summer, but I have curly hair and it will be not so good to use a hair straightener every day. Friends said that I should check medium length hairstyles and some I have found at . Now I have got a haircut and I almost don’t use a straightener, because my hairstyle looks nice even with curly hair!

    Published 6.22.22 Reply
  9. Emma Rossella commented:

    Great results as always, you look amazing. I also want to achieve a good result and naturalness with the hair. I often look at photos of highlights on dark hair and I want to get this result. Probably worth going to a beauty salon

    Published 9.20.22 Reply

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