When we think of the most iconic ‘dos in Hollywood, there are a few starlets that immediately come to mind. We all remember Audrey’s chignon in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Twiggy’s androgynous pixie, and of course, “The Rachel” made famous by Jennifer Aniston. But what made these hairstyles so iconic? And why are we still so fascinated with these looks so many years later? Whether you’re searching for your next hairspiration or you just can’t resist a nostalgic look back on memorable tresses, these haircuts had us all running to our stylist at some point in our lives.
The plotline for the dreaded haircut was simple: Felicity gets dumped, and like most women, she decides that completely changing her look will also change her emotional state of being. And in theory, all of that worked, but fans of Felicity were less than impressed with Abrams break up exorcism. Russel’s dramatic cut caused the show’s ratings to plummet, as fans turned against what they once loved in protest. While things slowly bounced back to a sense of normal, Felicity’s haircut became a cautionary tale and an essential part of pop culture, without which, we may never have learned not to chop our hair when we’re feeling the sads.
The star eventually changed her length, sometimes adding bangs, and testing out different hues as she took on various roles, but fans always come back to the curls that made her because coveting any other look of hers would be a big mistake, huge!
So it’s no surprise we were all impatiently waiting for our stylist to nervously attempt the same look on our various manes around the world. The only catch is that The Rachel required some serious TLC to get the exact style Aniston emanates in the series. Unless you had your own private hairstylist ready to prep your cut each morning, there’s a good chance you never fully achieved the style you were hoping for.
Some of her most memorable styles of the ‘80s included a throwback to Marlyn Monroe’s renowned platinum blonde cut, a pixie, countless fabric headbands, and her no-shame approach to her dark brows and dark roots peeking through her blonde tresses. By the time the ‘90s rolled around, we couldn’t take our eyes off of her mile-high ponytail during the Blond Ambition tour.
The hair got bigger, and the clothes became edgier. With the release of her fifth studio album, Private Dancer, Turner had finally established herself as a legitimate solo act, perfectly capable of performing hit after hit without Ike. Her large, over the top wigs, would become synonymous with her brand and would travel with her across the world for years to come.
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Hershberger began curling parts of Ryan’s hair to create a messy look and ended up burning stands off due to the varying voltages in Europe. Instead of crying in the corner over spilled hair, Ryan and her stylist seized the moment, and the result became the iconic choppy, textured short coif we know today.