Mariah Carey shows ‘sad attempt at the Rachel hairdo’ from ‘Friends’


Jennifer Aniston was a style inspiration for Mariah Carey.

The five-time Grammy award winner revealed Aniston’s famous haircut from “Friends” encouraged her to try the bouncy look for herself. 

In a Flashback Friday post she shared to Instagram, Carey wrote: “#FBF A sad attempt at the Rachel hairdo #friends.” 

However, Carey’s voluminous side-swept bang and high ponytail received a stamp of approval from Aniston on Saturday.

“LOVE IT,” Aniston commented under the image along with a fire emoji.

While the hairstyle Carey sported in her photo is not an exact haircut Aniston had when she played Rachel Green in the second season of “Friends,” it had visual similarities.

The second season was notably the peak of the series with 29.4 million viewers on average, according to archived Nielsen data.

Mariah Carey is seen during Nabco Benefit Party at City Center in New York City on June 2, 1998.
Mariah Carey is seen during Nabco Benefit Party at City Center in New York City on June 2, 1998.
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During this time, Aniston’s haircut became known as “The Rachel” and grew to become a popular hairstyle that celebrities and everyday women would request in the late 90s, Biography.com reports

Although Aniston, 52, complimented Carey, 51, on her Rachel-inspired hairstyle, the actress has gone on record saying she didn’t like the haircut on herself.

“I was not a fan of the ‘Rachel.’ That was kind of cringe-y for me,” Aniston told Glamour magazine in 2015. “Looking back—honestly, even during that time—I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed [my hairstylist] Chris [McMillan] attached to my hip. Left to my own devices, I am not skilled with a hairbrush and blow-dryer.”

In recent years, Aniston has mostly donned long and sleek hairstyles that have now become her new signature look.

Jennifer Aniston sports her famous haircut as Rachen Green in “Friends”.
Jennifer Aniston sports her famous haircut as Rachel Green in “Friends”.
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Aniston notably wore this style in the “Friends: The Reunion” special, which made its HBO Max debut on Thursday, May 27.



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