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12 Most Iconic Haircuts of All Time

Everything comes from somewhere. The saying holds especially true for hair. Shorn, beveled, layered—the haircuts of years past played a major role in defining haircut trends of the present and future. For a refresher on where the styles you’ve been taking into your stylist were born, scroll below for the most iconic haircuts of all time.

Jennifer Aniston’s The Rachel

The Rachel was everywhere in the late ’90s and early ’00s. The second Jennifer Aniston sported this iconic haircut on Friends, it was game over. The world wanted shoulder-length hair with pronounced layers that expertly framed the face.

Screening of the NBC Original Movie "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" NEW YORK, NY - 1995: American actress Jennifer Aniston of the television comedy, Friend's, attends the 1995 NBC Fall Preview circa 1995 at the Lincoln Center in New York, New York. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

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Farrah Fawcett’s Voluminous Layers

As one of the OG Charlie’s Angels, Farrah Fawcett turned heads in her voluminous shag-like haircut. To this day, people are still trying to achieve Fawcett-level volume.

Farrah Fawcett At Golden Globes American actress Farrah Fawcett arrives at the Golden Globe Awards Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, January 1977. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

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Anna Wintour’s Bob

When we think of the bob, we immediately picture Anna Wintour’s iconic haircut. The Vogue editor in chief has made the style all her own and showcased just how timeless it truly is. As long as she’s wearing it, it will never go out of style.

Celebrity Sighting : Day One - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Anna Wintour is seen, outside Louis Vuitton Parfum hosts dinner at Fondation Louis Vuitton, during Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022, on July 05, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

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Shirley Temple’s Ringlets

Never has anyone had a more perfect set of curls than Shirley Temple. Those perfectly-spiraled ringlets were truly a work of art.

Shirley Temple Shirley Temple (1928 - ) the American child star started performing in films at three years. She entered politics in the 60's and took on several ambassador positions representing her country. Pictured enjoying a soft drink with an impish grin on her face. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Angela Davis’s Afro

Activist and educator Angela Davis was a prominent figure during the Civil Rights Movement. And so was her afro. At the time, natural hairstyles didn’t receive the most positive sentiment from white people but that didn’t stop Davis from donning her iconic haircut.

Angela Davis Black activist Angela Davis is shown during a press conference. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

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Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Buns

The original space buns, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia inspired everyone to sport this intergalactic look. Though ours were never as iconic, we never stopped emulating this style.

Madame Tussauds Berlin Presents New Star Wars Wax Figures BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 08: A wax figure of the actress Carrie Fisher as the Star Wars character Leia Organa is displayed on the occasion of Madame Tussauds Berlin Presents New Star Wars Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds on May 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)

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Grace Jones’ Flat Top

There wasn’t a “rule” Grace Jones didn’t break. With her groomed flat top, the singer expertly blended femininity and masculinity for this haircut.

Grace Jones Jamaican singer Grace Jones posing for a photoshoot. Italy, 1981 (Photo by Angelo Deligio/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

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Marilyn Monroe’s Bombshell Curls

Who doesn’t want hair like Marilyn Monroe? Her effortless curls and volume are the ultimate bombshell style to this day.

Marilyn Monroe Smiling in Car (Original Caption) 6/2/1956-New York, NY: Marilyn Monroe after her arrival at Idlewild Airport from the west coast. Shortly after her 30th birthday.

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Bettie Page’s Pin-Up Bangs

Pin-up icon Bettie Page inspired generations of people to try her rockabilly style, especially when it comes to her signature blunt bangs.

Bettie Page Portrait CIRCA 1952: Pin-up model Bettie Page poses for a portrait in circa 1952. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Jane Birkin’s French Girl Hair

The singer and actress was the poster child for French girl hair in the ’60s and ’70s. Even now, people still request her signature Birkin bangs.

Jane Birkin dans les années 70 Portrait de Jane Birkin à Paris dans les années 70, France. Circa 1970. (Photo by Laurent MAOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Mia Farrow’s Pixie

Rosemary’s Baby was terrifying to watch, but we stuck through it all for Mia Farrow’s iconic pixie haircut. The shorter hairstyle was never as sought-after as it was when the horror film premiered.

Tom Wargacki Archive LONDON - MARCH 25: Mia Farrow and Andre Previn sighting on March 25, 1969 in Manhattan, New York City. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)

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Cher’s Long Black Hair

She’s Cher and she will rock waist-length black hair like no one else.

Cher At The Grammys LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Entertainer Cher attends the Grammy awards wearing a large butterfly pin in her hair on March 2, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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