The Rachel Haircut: How to Get This Modern Version

This style is back from the '90s, but this time it has a modern twist!

So many of our favorite shows from the ’90s and early 2000s have been getting revivals and spin-off shows, so it’s no surprise why fashion and hairstyles from those decades are so on-trend right now too. One style we’ve seen come back in a modern way is the Rachel haircut. If you aren’t familiar with the popular ’90s style, the Rachel haircut is a shoulder-length, side-parted cut that features choppy face-framing layers.

With #therachel having 2.8M views on TikTok, it’s no secret that everyone from Gen-Z to celebrities has been loving the modern version.

What makes the style modern?

girl with brunette modern rachel haircut
Emphasize the shagginess with the modern variation. Photo Credit: @salsahair

With curtain bangs and choppy styles, like the shag and mullet making a major comeback this year, we honestly aren’t super surprised that the trend carried over into this ’90s crowd favorite. The modern version is commonly worn anywhere from shoulder length to just under your collarbone and often paired with a middle part. The style has the traditional face-framing layers, but the updated version can be worn straight or wavy.

Step 1. Wash with a volume shampoo and conditioner.

Keep scrolling to learn how to achieve this style.

girl with brunette layered rachel haircut
Photo Credit: @lexyloveshair

The first step to achieving the Rachel haircut is making sure your style has loads of volume. To help with this, use a shampoo and conditioner set like Suave Up the Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. We love how this set adds instant lift to your strands while keeping them moisturized too.

Step 2. Apply an anti-frizz serum.

There’s no time for frizz with this style. On damp strands, apply Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Hair Oil. When applying the product, make sure to focus on the midshaft of your hair through the ends. If you apply the oil at the roots, it may make your strands look greasy.

Step 3. Blow-dry your hair

After your hair is washed and the oil is applied, it’s time to start drying! If you’re going for a wavy, beachy texture, you don’t need to use a brush while blow-drying your hair unless you want a smooth and straight base to start with. However, if you do want that sleek flipped-out style that the Rachel haircut is known for, grab your round brush!

To blow-dry your hair, section off your layers and drying one layer at a time while slowly running the brush through your hair. Repeat until all your hair is dry.

Step 4: Style your look.

girl with shoulder length blonde layered hair
This haircut also adds more movement to your strands. Photo Credit: @gemmacowen

Using curlers or 2-inch curling iron, create voluminous curls that add body and movement to the look. Make sure to curl the face-framing layers away from your face, and the underneath sections towards your face. This will be more flattering and create a high contrast between the layers that you’re looking for.

Are you a fan of the modern Rachel haircut? Head over at @AllThingsHairUS to let us know!

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