Your Favorite '90s Sitcom Inspired Hood By Air's NYFW Hairstyles

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Models on the Hood by Air spring 2016 runway.

Hint: It's the same show that spawned a rash of layered haircuts back then, too.

It’s been more than a decade since Friends went off the air, and still it’s inspiring the fashion world. Luxury streetwear label Hood By Air may not have presented clothes that had anything to do with the ‘90s favorite on Sunday at NYFW — which included a derriere-baring jumpsuit — but its models’ hair was decidedly influenced by its three leading ladies.

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"The inspiration is a zig-zag part à la Friends meaning Rachel and Monica and Phoebe — the whole crew,” says hairstylist Amy Farid, who led the hair team for Bumble and Bumble. Hood By Air’s beauty references were contouring, plastic surgery and scars (the makeup was the beginning, unblended stage of contouring, by Inge Grognard for MAC), so Farid says they decided to create a scar-like part using zig zags, making it wearable. “We were googling zig-zag parts and [Jennifer Aniston’s] whole Rachel haircut comes up, and Courteney Cox with all her little zig-zag hairstyles, and we were like, ‘Wait a minute!’ So on our board it’s literally Courteney Cox from the ‘90s.”


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Phoebe wasn’t left out either. Says Farid, “We’re doing a half-up, half-down kind of like Lisa Kudrow thing.” First she applied Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion ($22) and Thickening Hairspray ($29) to the male and female models’ manes. Then, “I made a half-up, half-down pony and put the HBA hair clip in it at the top of the crown so it will cascade and waterfall over, like a ‘90s reference.” The hair part in that look is also a zig zag, slicked with Bumble and Bumble Bb.Gel ($26) and combed with a wide-tooth comb for added texture. Ultimately the Friends-inspired zig-zag and styles were used all models, but in an individualized way. Says Farid, “We want everyone to look like they’re in the same show, but they’re their own self.”