Remember “The Rachel?” In the ’90s, women cut up photos of Jennifer Aniston’s Friends character to take to their hairstylists, asking for the famous edgy feathered style that defined the zeitgeist at the time. The popularity launched a thousand lookalikes in its wake, and celebrities soon followed suit.
Over the last few months, fashion’s cool girls (think: Bella and Hailey) are wearing a twist on the classic—using the volume of a ’60s flip, with straight lengths and dramatically flipped ends—essentially, the ’90s take on a ’60s hairstyle. Inspired? Thankfully, it’s easy to pull off, and works for most hair types. After combing through, you can gather hair into a half-up ponytail, applying a gel or mousse to the roots, and then brushing it out into a ponytail with a smoothing brush. Then, incorporate the rest of the strands (to prevent bumps,) and then secure with a thin band. Spray all-over (and liberally,) with a hairspray, and then use a curling iron to flip out the ends, taking each section, setting it and then brushing it out.
At her concert in Mumbai, Katy Perry kept it very sleek at the top, securing her ponytail with a strand of hair to make it even more put together. The soft flip at the end adds volume without competing with her off-shouldered outfit.
At the Hustlers premiere, Jennifer Lopez’ hairstylist Chris Appleton tied the hair tight (it’s called a facelift ponytail for a reason!) to make her face look tauter. The flip was mostly outward, but some pieces were flipped inward for more movement.
At the MET Gala, Deepika Padukone wore a high ponytail fortified with hair-extensions for an exaggerated Barbie ponytail. The ends were flipped both ways, adding easy movement while the front was secured with a headband.
Hailey Baldwin’s hairstyles are not for the faint of heart (or the neophyte). This double flipped ponytail involved two separate sections curled in different directions. Try securing your out-flip single ponytail with a scrunchie for a similar (but more subtle) take, while still embracing the ’90s with on-theme accessories.
Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Sophie Turner’s flip is softer, and curled inward instead of out. Try this when you want the same pulled-up ponytail without screaming “Jackie O!”