In the 1950s, it was Lucille Ball’s I Love Lucy pompadour. In the '70s, it was Farrah Fawcett’s Charlie’s Angels’ feathered ‘do. And in the '90s, there was no hairstyle more iconic than Rachel Green’s chic layered locks on the hit sitcom Friends.
Even though the show debuted on September 22, 1994, it wasn’t until the 20th episode of the series that the haircut — which came to be known as "The Rachel" – made its debut on actress Jennifer Aniston.
Since the end of Friends, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress has starred in movies like The Break-Up (2006) and Cake (2014), and even returned to TV with the series The Morning Show. But no matter where her career takes her, she remains grateful for her Friends roots.in 2019. “I miss getting to be with people I love massively and respect beyond words.”
Despite that tug, there’s one thing she clearly doesn’t miss about the time — "The Rachel." “How do I say this?”. “I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.”
Aniston's longtime hairstylist came up with 'The Rachel'
雷电竞娱乐Although the hairstyle became a major symbol of the show, it wasn’t a calculated move, per se.
“I first created 'The Rachel' back when I met Jennifer, which was more than 20 years ago,” hairstylist Chris McMillan . “Back then, Jennifer had really long hair with a fringe.”: “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 he did.”
Fans and celebrities tried to mimic the haircut
What Aniston discovered right away was also what fans around the world quickly found out — although it looks simple and chic, the style was quite challenging to recreate.
“'The Rachel' was high maintenance,” Aniston told . “I'd curse Chris every time I had to blowdry. It took three brushes — it was like doing surgery!”admitted to having tried the look.
Even other sitcoms at the time wanted a piece of the popularity. Will & Grace star Debra Messing told that she tried out the look in the '90s. “Partway through the series, when Friends雷电竞娱乐 was also on TV, we were like, ‘Wait a minute, look at Jennifer Aniston's hair — everyone loves it,’” she recalled. “They said, ‘Maybe we should try and make you look like her.’ So I went to Jennifer’s hairstylist and got the cut.”
Even though McMillan himself cut Messing's hair, the actress’ team back at Will & Grace雷电竞娱乐 still couldn’t get it quite right. “It was a whole debacle when we tried to do it on the show,” she continued. “They literally tried for three hours to straighten my hair like hers. It was so full and poofy that it looked like a mushroom. The whole thing was just a disaster, so [the producers] decided to just keep it curly.”
And it’s because of the detailed complications that Aniston declared to Glamour: “I was not a fan of the 'Rachel.' That was kind of cringe-y for me.”if she’d rather sport the Friends style for the rest of her life or shave her head one time. “Shave my hair once, definitely,” she replied defiantly.
Ultimately, as perfect as the locks were for her, Aniston and the iconic hairstyle just weren’t a happy match. As she told Allure雷电竞娱乐, “I love Chris and he’s the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn 'Rachel,' which was not my best look.”