Forget the 'Rachel cut'—TikTok is obsessed with Monica's hair

You've heard of the 'Rachel Cut', but now, Monica's hair is finally getting some love

Actress Courteney Cox visits 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on January 20, 1995 at Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City.
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Right now, 90s hairstyles are having a moment—from Cindy Crawford-esque 90s blowouts to swooping curtain bangs—but now there's a new style on the rise, all thanks to a certain Friends character. No, it's not Rachel Green with her iconic season one crop—TikTok is actually fawning over Monica Gellar's hair!

Some will likely remember that 90s audiences went wild for not only Rachel Green's outfits but also her hair in season one of Friends, which was actually coined the 'Rachel Cut.' But she wasn't the only cast member to have a very enviable haircut. In fact, her best friend and roommate, Monica, also had a killer look which is finally receiving some well-deserved attention.

So, if you're wanting a more classic, nostalgic cut, or just want to advertise your love for 90s shows, allow us to give you the DL on Monica's hair...

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What is the Monica hair cut?

Videos baring the hashtag 'Monica hair' are already gnarring thousands of views, with even the likes of Love Island USA's host, Sarah Hyland, jumping on the bandwagon—and it's not hard to see why...

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As far as hair trends go, the most coveted styles for all those trying to embody the 'clean-girl aesthetic' are curtain bangs and volume-giving layers—both of which feature in Monica's season one hair look.

Exhibit A, her hair is shoulder length, with face-framing layers that have been curled outwards, to create a shape. Her bangs have also been parted and swooped out on either side of her face.

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Ricky Walters Founder of SALON 64 (opens in new tab) says: "We are seeing a huge trend in “Monica hair” walking out the salon in Soho and we absolutely we love it," before sharing some insight on how to achieve the desired 'Monica' cut.

Walters says the length is very key to the look, saying: "First of all when having this cut it’s important the length hits the collar bone or near abouts. Too short and you risk being in “no mans land” leaving the hair having no point of reference or sitting well.

Layers are also crucial for the bouncy look. Walters says for the 'Monica' look, you want, "short pieces simply framing the face with a little weight removed from the underneath of thicker hair."

Monica's hair is similar to the 'wolfcut' in the sense that it's got a whole lot of layers and is supposed to be a little unkempt. You can wear it with either a middle part or a side part, but the real key to this hairstyle is volume. You want the ends to flick out and your bangs to perfect swoop around your face.

How to style the Monica Hair cut

Walters has shared some guidance on styling the 'Monica cut', he says: "Monica’s style is glam but lived in. Not a Hollywood red carpet blowdry but instead a straighter natural look with a slight bend on the end. 

"Super low maintenance and easy to do yourself use a large round brush to blow dry. Start on the top of your head and work your way down for a natural volume."

The Dyson Airwrap, or alternatively the Revlon One-Stop Styling brush are the perfect tools to recreate this blown-out, flicky look. You can also use velcro hair rollers if you want to be a bit more old-school.

To keep your new 90s hairdo looking fresh and up to Monica Geller-Bing's standards, make sure you're using hair treats like the best Olaplex products or masks, like the Coco &Eve sweet repair hair mask.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking