The ‘Monica’ Haircut Trend: Here’s Why TikTok Can’t Get Enough Of The ‘Friends’ Haircut

Ever since the dawn of time—or 1994 when Friends first aired—the world has been transfixed

Ever since the dawn of time—or 1994 when Friends first aired—the world has been transfixed by the strand styling of Jennifer Aniston. But now, fans of the ’90s sitcom are turning their attention to Monica Geller’s ‘do for inspiration.

When you think of Friends, it’s easy to immediately conjure up thoughts of Rachel Green and her timeless sense of style—as well as that iconic haircut. But her best friend and roommate Monica is often forgotten, typically remembered for her penchant for cleanliness and Type A personality. And while Monica’s fashion was just as timeless, her beauty moments often go under the radar.
Finally getting the attention it deserves, the haircut that Courteney Cox donned as Monica is now going viral on TikTok, and it’s all thanks to its ode to the textured, choppy haircuts of the decade. Garnering over 370 million views, the #MonicaGellerHair hashtag is packed with Generation Z’s take on the airy, voluminous layered bob.
What is the ‘Monica’ cut, exactly? Well, sported throughout seasons one and two of Friends, Monica donned a ‘do that graduated from a ‘bixie’ cut—a hybrid of a bob and a pixie cut that finished at the jaw—to mid-length, collarbone-scraping strands.
Paying homage to the Coastal Grandmother trend that kicked off in rom coms at the time, the style was made to proudly showcase the fluffy blow dries of the era. Jam-packed with voluminous layers, the style’s shorter length gave the ‘do a more rounded shape, emphasised by the round brush needed to style the look.

But TikTok aren’t the only ones paying attention to the ’90s style. In fact, celebrities like newlywed Sarah Hyland took to the trend, albeit accidentally, earlier this year. Back in June, the Modern Family star posted a video of her hair to Instagram, perhaps coining the term ‘Monica cut’ for 2022.

“Took out my extensions and realised my hair had grown into a Monica cut. Needless to say, I’m very excited about this,” she said in the video.

To get the look yourself, leave the responsibility to a trusted hairstylist. When you’re in said person’s hands, then try asking for a longer version of a bixie cut airing on the longer side, ending around your collarbone. If you want to commit to the look, ask for rounded layers around the chin.

Now that you have Monica’s ‘do, the next step is learning how to style the cut. Essentially, it’s rather easy, all you need to get your hands on is a good hairdryer and a round brush.
For some, a rough dry with a hairdryer post-shower is enough, but for others, follow that with a finishing spray for soft texture and hold. Then, just head to your hairdresser for a trim every 6 weeks to keep your mane looking fresh.

There you have it, make like Monica Geller and rock the ’90s haircut almost 20 years after it first hit our screens. Just make sure that you leave Monica’s frantic energy back in ’94. If you’re looking to recreate the look, take a peek at the products you’ll need, below.