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Meg Ryan: 'My famous hairstyle doesn't suit everyone'

The actress' much-copied 1990s look came about by accident.

Meg Ryan can't believe her famous shaggy 1990s hairdo is still in vogue two decades after she became a style icon in films like When Harry Met Sally.

In a new essay the actress has written for InStyle magazine, Meg opens up about her "famous hair", revealing she often sees women who look just like she did 20-plus years ago on the streets of New York.

”I am aware that I once had a famous haircut," she explains. "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.

"I also know this because Sally Hershberger, the stylist who put it on my head to begin with, told me so. Apparently, there were years and years when people would come to her with crumpled magazine pages and expect to leave her salon with the same cut as mine.

"She obliged as much as she could, but in some impossible cases - namely, for super-straight or very curly hair - she would have to deny the request. You can't please everybody."

But Meg will always be happy with her hair: "For a while there was so much product in my hair that if you set the microwave on high and stuck my head in it for 30 seconds, I’d come out a muffin. Happily, I don’t really have a lot of complaints about my hair. It takes direction well, meaning it mostly does what it’s coaxed into doing. I like that it isn’t terribly weather-dependent, and on a good day it tends to help my face out."

And she explains her famous 90s 'do' came about 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," the actress recalls. "Sally had to figure out hair that looked bad but sort of good all at once. 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 sizeable 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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