With the big comeback of the ’90s and early 2000s, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular haircuts of the time is making a comeback: the Rachel. Made famous by Jennifer Aniston’s character in Friends, Rachel was a haircut that so many women tried to emulate. And they’re copying it again today … well, something like that.
When I got my final haircut, I was discussing curtain bangs. The long, layered bangs have been all over Instagram and celebrities and I thought it would be a fun way to turn things upside down. But my hairdresser Andrew Daum Chung from Kim Vo Salon was basically suggesting curtain bangs. “The main thing is to know the land before you cut the grass,” he says. Translation? You have to do what works for you.
This is the case with every trend, whether it’s hair, makeup, or fashion. The trends are great for inspiration, but ultimately it comes down to what makes you feel best. Although Gen Z says parting your hair in the middle is cooler, I feel prettier when my hair is parted to one side. That’s why Andrew did long layers instead of curtain bangs to achieve a similar look. He cut the layers up to my chin to reach body and soften my forehead with no real bangs. The result? What I like to call the modern day Rachel.
Here are some fabulous ladies who have rocked the modern Rachel or Rachel 2.0 hairstyle. And if you want to step on the long layer trolley too, I’ve added the styling tools I used to dry my new hairstyle …