Are "Draped Layers" the New "Rachel" Haircut?
Remember when the "Rachel" haircut was everywhere in the '90s? People couldn't get enough of the "Friends"-inspired hairstyle. Well, get ready for the 2022 version of the look to take over this autumn: "draped layers." This haircut trend features everything we loved about that '90s hairstyle — lots of movement, choppy texture, and face-framing layers — but now with a modern twist. "The layers are cut around your face at different levels of lengths that accentuate your features to give a pop," Raven Hurtado, hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, tells POPSUGAR.
What sets this haircut apart from other face-framing styles is the way the layers are cut, which, at varying levels and lengths, allows them to sit in a cascading pattern around the face. "Think of it as when you layer curtains and how it has layers that drape over each other," Hurtado says. Traditional face-framing layers are often much more subtle and blended — this style provides the opposite look. It's heavier and chunkier, and it gives lots of contrast.
Once you have the haircut, styling your hair is pretty straightforward. "Draped layers look best when blown out with a round brush going inward toward your face, so you see how the layers drape over each other," Hurtado says. Though the style is easier to spot on straight and wavy hair, it works on all hair types. Those with curly hair should diffuse their ends with a hairdryer to encourage volume and bounce so that "you'll be able to see the lengths of the layers."
Ahead, get inspiration for the draped-layers haircut trend to take to the salon with you.