The Farrah, the Tina, the Mia, the Rachel, the Meg. These are some of the iconic haircuts made famous by the women behind them. Sometimes, we imagine these gorgeous women sitting pretty in their salon chairs, working in collaboration with their stylists to create that absolute perfect cut. Every snip is planned and deliberate. But sometimes, perfection happens by accident.
In an essay for InStyle magazine, Meg Ryan shares her thoughts on that unforgettable ’90s cropped cut.
“I am aware that I once had a famous haircut. I know this mostly because I still see it on people in New York. Occasionally, it suits the person sporting it but mainly not, because it was the ’90s after all, and its time has passed,” she shares. The woman behind her famous ‘do, Sally Hershberger, revealed to Meg that for years, clients would come to her salon with photos of the actress in hand expecting to have hair just like hers.
Meg also divulges that she hates online bullying on social media and is particularly concerned about the effect it could have on her children. More pointedly, she believes the current president isn’t really setting a good example regarding the topic. “It breaks my heart when he’s insulting. It really does. After all, I feel a fellowship with him because we both know what it feels like to have famous hair,” she writes. Though to be fair, we doubt people are rushing to salons with Trump’s photo in tow.
But how did Meg really get that famed ’90s ‘do? We’ll let her explain:
“I got the famous haircut mostly by accident—in French Kiss I played a character stranded in Paris without luggage, money, or a place to live, so it was a stretch to think she had much opportunity to shampoo. Sally had to figure out hair that looked bad but sort of good all at once,” she discloses.
Unfortunately, during the camera test, a sizeable chunk of Meg’s hair singed off while Sally was using a curling iron. “I noticed the flame first. For a second Sally looked like the Statue of Liberty: frozen, torch aloft, and a little green. You can’t really blame her for the iron’s overheating because of the different voltages in Europe. She was left to scissor away until we got what we got.”
Who knew burning your hair off could be a good thing?