Fresh off the back of Friends: The Reunion, the '90s Rachel Cut is making a comeback, with a fresher, cooler, low maintenance take that suits all hair types and ages. In the past few months, the Modern Wash 'N' Go Shag has become one of the most talked-about – and requested – styles in Hershesons salons.
So, what's all the fuss about? And will the New Shag look good on you?
“This updated take on the classic Shag has a rebellious feel that satisfies our craving for change in a post-lockdown world,” says Luke Hersheson. “The good news is that we cut it in such a way that it requires minimal styling – and works whether you have straight, wavy or curly hair”.
What is it?
The Modern Wash ‘N’ Go Shag is a layered look that takes its cue from classic ‘90s cuts – think Jennifer Aniston and Meg Ryan. The layers add instant volume and shape. However, this time around, the layers come with softness that feels fresh, modern, effortless – and definitely don’t require a bouncy blow dry and lashings of volume spray.
The A-list references
Model Julian Machann, along with Suki Waterhouse, Taylor Swift, Zendaya, and Selena Gomez, have all rocked the New Shag – proving that it works on all hair types and textures.
Who does it work on?
The New Shag is perfect if you love a bob – but feel like you want to shake things up a bit. The choppy layers add shape and bring out your natural texture; the curtain bangs frame your face and bring out your eyes. It’s super flattering on pretty much everyone.
"The one piece of advice I'd add is to keep the length around your collarbones or shorter. Anything longer, and it can tend to look a bit extreme," says Luke.
How does it work?
Unlike the old version (heavy, blunt Rachel layers), which was cut with scissors, we use a razor to create the New Shag. This means you avoid that top-heavy ‘mushroom effect’ and get something that’s softer, with wisps that hit around the jawline to help enhance your facial features and bone structure. Using a razor also lends the look a more laid-back vibe. It feels spontaneous – not like you’ve just stepped out of a salon.
What’s the best way to style it?
It really is wash ‘n’ go. The layers create the foundation for effortless shape and movement once the hair is dry. We scrunch in a pump or two of Almost Everything Cream to prevent frizz – then simply let our hair air dry. Those with curly hair might want to drop it into a diffuser for a few minutes to enhance that natural curl.
If you want to add even more depth and definition – that requires no styling at all – you can also add a few babylights.