21 April 2024

The Rachel Revival – Jen Wows on the Red Carpet!

Jennifer Aniston’s treated us to the Rachel Revival hair look at the 2024 Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards! This led to demand for the hairstyle going up by 300% across all platforms. Paul Watts, Salon Owner and Senior Creative Colour Artist for Joico, discusses the iconic look and how to recreate it.

The Rachel Revival
Jennifer Aniston attends the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston stole our hearts on and off screen, staring as Rachel Green in the hit sitcom, Friends. Rachel quickly became a fashion icon in the 90s style, but it wasn’t just her style that garnered attention. The Rachel is perhaps one of the most famous haircuts in pop-culture history, renowned for it’s flicky, feathered, voluminous shape.

“Jen has debuted a more beach inspired version of the look,” says Paul Watts, Salon Owner and Senior Creative Colour Artist for Joico. “It’s hard to not love it – you get the shaggy volume without having to cut all the hair off. The haircut, which is very similar to the kitty cut, was notoriously difficult to cut due to its flicky layers, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! The look is made up of long bangs which frame the face, subtle long layers throughout and a side parting. To achieve that lighter look, the layers are soft on the edges and heavier around the face to frame it. The lengths of the hair float just above the collarbone.

How to recreate the look with Paul Watts

  • To recreate, section the hair into two ponytails to achieve the different lengths of layers. Take one section to the front of the head and the other sectioned at the crown.
  • With the first section, we want to hair the swoop over the ears and up, almost framing the face like a turban. We need to maintain density in the layers, being careful not to take too much off. You should work the hair at 90 degrees from the head, working in a nice straight line along the ends then cutting a deep point to even the bluntness.
  • With the second section, you want to pull this to the front of the head when cutting. In this way, when it falls, it maintains the length required to create a stronger silhouette. Be sure not to cut too much off!
  • With the result, the bangs should fall on the jawline to create definition. The longer layers throughout add volume, resulting in a beachy, modern day ‘Rachel’ look. Be sure to blow-dry the hair away from the face, with focus on the ends, to achieve that effortless style.

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