Meg Ryan reveals the true story behind her iconic 90s hairdo

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Susan Devaney

Some hairstyles will forever be defined by one decade.

From ‘The Rachel’ courtesy of Jennifer Aniston in Friends to Winona Ryder’s short pixie crop that had women rushing to the hairdresser’s with magazine cut-out in hand, it seems that the Nineties produced more than a fair few iconic ‘dos.

But did you know that Meg Ryan’s famous short, shaggy blonde cut was “mostly by accident”?

From You’ve Got Mail and French Kiss to When A Man Loves A Woman, it’s fair to say the Hollywood star dominated the romantic comedy scene throughout the decade.

And her androgynous sense of style was much-adored, haircut and all.

But in a recently penned essay for InStyle, Ryan revealed that an unfortunate incident involving her hairdresser, Sally Hershberger, and a curling iron resulted in the chop.

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Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in rom-com You've Got Mail

“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,” Ryan explained.

“While we were working it out during the camera test, she punctuated some remark she was making by pulling the curling iron way over her head. A sizable chunk of my hair had singed off and was still wrapped around the 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.”

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Meg Ryan as Kate with Timothy Hutton (as Charlie) in French Kiss

After years of people asking Ryan’s hairdresser to recreate the look for them, it seems like some people love it so much they’re are not willing to leave it in its founding era.

“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 Nineties after all, and its time has passed,” the actor wrote.

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