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Jennifer Aniston's hair: From 'The Rachel' to her signature 'do

Perhaps no one has done more for America’s definition of cool-girl hair than Jennifer Aniston.

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    Jennifer Aniston's hair: From 'The Rachel' to her signature 'do

    Jennifer Aniston's hair is perhaps the greatest inspiration for modern women. Here's a look back at her hair evolution.

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    For her role as Jeannie Bueller in the TV spin-off "Ferris Bueller," Aniston wore long strands with a few face-framing layers. 

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    A blast of volume and wispy bangs help style Aniston for the the sketch comedy series "The Edge."

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  • Friends

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    In this promo shot for the first season of "Friends," the soon-to-be Rachel Green gives us soft ringlets and a few glinting highlights. Aniston was first called in for the role of Monica, but Courtney Cox was cast instead.

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  • Friends

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    In another first-season promo shot for "Friends," flouncy spirals and few blonde streaks reigned supreme.

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  • Friends

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    And ... a star is born! The choppy, ultra-layered crop known as “The Rachel,” was the style tween, teens, and women everywhere coveted. Aniston herself, however, was not as smitten with the look. “I think it was the ugliest haircut I've ever seen,” she told Allure in 2011.

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  • Friends

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    1996 -

    A sleek barrette and a bumped-up crown gave “The Rachel” a funky edge.

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    A longer and sleeker look took hold in the late ‘90s.

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  • Image: Jennifer Aniston attends the Women in Film 2nd Annual Martini Shot Mentor Awards

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    After starring in the cult hit "Office Space," Aniston showed off below-the-shoulder strands and airy layers.

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  • Image: ''Meet Joe Black'' premeire

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    Ropey waves were the look at the "Meet Joe Black" premiere to support then-boyfriend Brad Pitt.

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    A warm, honey-blond style for the 6th season of Friends — and a July wedding to Brad Pitt.

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  • 2000 SAG Awards - 7 March 2000

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    Long spirals and a romantic half-updo helped complete her look for a red carpet in 2000.

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  • 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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    Aniston accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series with piece-y, beach waves.

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  • 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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    In 2003, Aniston won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Comedy in a sleek, mid-range pony.

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    A side-part and jagged ends completed her style for the 2nd Annual Runway for Life fashion show, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

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  • Friends

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    Blunt ends and toffee blond locks became Aniston's signature look in the early aughts, seen here at a "Friends" promo shoot.

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    For the premiere of Pitt’s movie "Troy" at the Cannes Film Festival, Aniston went long and streamlined.

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  • Los Angeles Premiere of Universal Pictures' Film "Along Came Polly"

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    After becoming the highest paid TV actress of all time, with her $1 million-per-episode salary for the 10th and final season of "Friends," Aniston opted for chunky bangs and barrel curls.

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    In 2005, Aniston divorced Pitt — and hit the premiere of her new movie "Derailed" in soft and curvy layers.

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  • Image: 78th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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    Straight, piece-y and caramel-blond hair finished her red carpet style as a presenter at the 2006 Oscars.

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  • Sony Pictures Classics Premiere Of "Friends with Money" - Arrivals

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    Aniston went with a high and tousled pony for the premiere of "Friends With Money." 

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  • Image: Chopard Flagship Boutique  Launch in Hotel La Mamounia

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    Sheer, gold-flecked highlights surrounded Aniston's face at the re-opening of Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco.

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  • Premiere Of Warner Bros. "He's Just Not That Into You" - Arrivals

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    2009 -

    Aniston rocked a flippy, flirty ponytail at the premiere of "He’s Just Not That Into You."

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  • 81st Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

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    Before braids were everywhere, Aniston chose a peek-a-boo hairline version at the Oscars.

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    At the Madrid premiere of "The Bounty Hunter," Aniston offset a sparkly black mini dress with tons of glinting, tone-on-tone highlights. 

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  • Premiere Of "The Bounty Hunter"

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    Effortless ends and tawny streaks at "The Bounty Hunter" New York premiere.

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  • 'The Late Show with David Letterman', New York, America - 15 Mar 2010

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    In a rarely seen move, Aniston rocks fuzzy, haphazard waves as she arrives at "The Late Show With David Letterman." In June of 2010, it was reported that Aniston's movies had grossed more than $1.7 billion worldwide.

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  • Image: "Horrible Bosses" London Premiere - Outside Arrivals

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    In 2011, Aniston began dating now-husband Justin Theroux. She also headed across the pond in a shoulder-skimming bob to promote "Horrible Bosses" in London.

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  • Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Horrible Bosses" - Arrivals

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    A straighter take and a middle part accompanied her at the Los Angeles premiere of "Horrible Bosses."

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  • Inside the Actors Studio - Season 17

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    The long bob is reimagined in an all-over buttery blonde for her appearance on James Lipton’s "Inside the Actor’s Studio."

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  • Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Wanderlust" - Arrivals

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    A newly engaged Aniston hits the premiere of "Wanderlust" with perfectly imperfect texture.

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  • Image: World Premiere Of The Lifetime Original Movie Event "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film"

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    For the premiere of the Lifetime Original movie "Call Me Crazy," in which she was the executive producer, Aniston went for a long, swingy ponytail.

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  • Image: "Cake" Press Conference - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

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    Doing press for "Cake" at the Toronto International Film Festival, Aniston wears a collarbone-skimming cut.

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  • Image: 87th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

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    Seen here at the Oscars with an angled part and finished ends. Somehow, Aniston makes simple hair look completely glamorous.

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  • NBC's "72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Arrivals

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    A side-part and chunky bun completed her look at the 2015 Golden Globes.

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With her girl-next-door good looks and undeniable authenticity, Aniston — originally from the Greek Anastassakis — captivated us from the start with her breakout role on the small screen in "Friends."

Sure, we loved Rachel Green’s befuddled charm and we routed for her fated romance with Ross, but we lusted after that choppy, chippy, swingy cut that quickly became known as, well, “The Rachel.”

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In 1992, Jennifer Aniston starrde in the sketch comedy TV show "The Edge."

Before “The Rachel,” the most coveted hairstyles were curled, primed, teased and overdone — and looked like they took a lot of time to get right. Instead of leading with an over-the-top hairstyle, “The Rachel” looked like one could roll out of bed, run a brush through it, and let their personality do the rest.

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Of course, Aniston once told Glamour magazine the cut was the opposite of low-maintenance: “Looking back — honestly, even during that time — I couldn't do it on my own,” she said of the style. “I needed [my hairstylist] Chris [McMillan] attached to my hip. Left to my own devices, I am not skilled with a hairbrush and blow dryer.”

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It just so happened that Aniston divorced Brad Pitt in 2005, when paparazzi culture was taking hold, and were she not brimming with lit-from-within poise, perhaps she would have crumbled under the flashbulbs, the rumors, and the intense scrutiny.

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Jennifer Aniston attends the Critics' Choice Awards on Jan. 17.

Instead, she built a career, an indestructible reputation and a signature look — turning out one easy, seemingly effortless look after the next. You’ll never catch Jennifer Aniston rocking a mullet, or rainbow highlights, or platinum waves. Aniston eschews trends in favor of the new classic, and there is something irresistible in that simplicity. Here, our tribute to the woman that knows the most about the power of a good hair day.

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This article was originally published April 20, 2016 on TODAY.com.

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