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…