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The Rachel

The Rachel haircut is a bouncy, square layered hairstyle introduced by Jennifer Aniston in season one of Friends and named after her character, Rachel Green. Many women in the 1990s started cutting their hair in the same hairstyle.

The style is claimed to have been created by Jennifer Aniston’s hairstylist, Chris McMillan. “The Rachel” became wildly popular among young women and was copied the world over, becoming the 1990s equivalent of Farrah Fawcett’s 1970s flip. Despite the fact that Aniston only wore that particular hairstyle during the Friends’ first and second season, the opening sequence and the Windows 95 Video Guide, at the beginning of the third season, she switched to a more traditional long-haired look, it has become indelibly associated with the character. In the second season episode “The One With The Lesbian Wedding”, Rachel Green bemoans the fact that her mother is trying to pattern her own life after hers, lamenting, “Couldn’t she just copy my haircut?”.

Rachel-friendsWe’ve gathered Aniston’s best sound bites on her famous chop—a look created by her hairstylist (and BFF) Chris McMillan. Here’s to many more iconic Aniston ‘dos!

“Let’s say there have been moments I’d rather not relive, like that whole Rachel thing. 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. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen. How did that thing have legs?” – Allure, February 2011

“‘The Rachel’ was one of the hardest hairstyles to maintain. Me and the blow dryer and the hairbrush weren’t meant for each other.” – BuzzFeed, November 2014

“He was loaded when he gave me the haircut. Stoned out of his mind.” – BuzzFeed, November 2014

“When Chris would style it my hair would be great, it would look gorgeous. But then when I was left to my own devices, it wouldn’t look the same!” – ABC News, May 2014

“It’s never honestly been a big deal to me. It’s a big deal because of Chris McMillan and a haircut I think a lot of people, a lot of gals, kind of thought was fun.”- Living Proof, May 2013

“It was all anyone ever wanted to know about, all Chris ever got asked to do…I liked it at the time, but I started to grow it out after about eight months. But it just wouldn’t die.” – WWD, February 2011

When asked “Would you rather have the Rachel haircut for the rest of your life or shave your head once?”The actress quickly replied, “Shave my hair once, definitely. ‘The Rachel’ for the rest of my life? Shave my head once! Yeah, I’d shave my head once!” – E! Online, August 2013

“It’s one of those things I think is hysterical that me of all people—who grew up with the worst hair—is known for it.”- ABC News, May 2013