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The 5 Best Hair Looks of Rachel from Friends, as Ranked by the Public

by kieran / last updated February 24, 2021

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Friends may have wrapped up 17 years ago now (we can’t believe it either), but the ongoing love for the iconic hair looks of fan-favourite character Rachel Green has never died down.

Played by Jennifer Anniston over the 10 series and 236 episodes of Friends, fashionista Rachel constantly kept her hair fresh and exciting by changing it up throughout the runtime of the show. Back in the early 90s, people would even ask for the ‘Rachel’ cut at the hairdressers – but which of these looks was the best?

Vera Clinic wanted to get to the bottom of this, so ran a survey asking 1,324 people which of Rachel’s five most iconic hairstyles was their favourite. Below are the results, listing the percentage of votes for each look, and a breakdown of each hairstyle from Vera Clinic

Hairstyle  – Percentage %

5. Bangs3%

4. Sleek and Shiny – 9%

3. So much hair!19%

2. Half up half down – 21%

1. Natural beach waves48%


5. Bangs

“Number 5 is Rachel in season 10 where she discovered bangs. Was having bangs cut in her way of proving she was still cool and fun after having a baby?”

4. Sleek and Shiny

“‘We were on a break!’ But were they? In season three we see Ross cheat on Rachel but this doesn’t stop Rachel from styling her hair with a longer layered bob. This is the iconic hairstyle the world went crazy for, requesting this cut in hairdressers across the globe.”

3. So much hair!

“Coming in at a strong third is season six where we finally see Rachel with long locks. Throughout the show, Rachel often sports the shorter styles so it’s nice to see the change with the long. Was it the long hair that attracted Elizabeth’s dad, Paul, to Rachel?”

2. Half up half down

“Season one Rachel arrives in the city after running out from her fiancé at the altar. She’s always been daddy’s little girl, and this is the first time she needs to provide for herself; “”I’m gonna go get one of those job things.” Unable to afford a blow dry at the salon, this is the first time she has had to do her own hair. She results in the iconic half up and half down look which many of us still rock to this day.”

1. Natural beach waves

“Coming in at number one is Rachel’s hair in season eight, where she drops the hair straighteners and curling irons (we know how dangerous those can be!) and let her natural beach waves flow. Who doesn’t love the natural look?”

Want some more on-screen inspiration? Check out our list of must-see movies and the iconic hairstyles that feature in them.

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