If you’ve been paying attention to style trends, you may have noticed that 90s blowout hair is back in a BIG way (pun totally intended).
Don’t worry, this isn’t your mama’s high school yearbook photo blowout!
Like all things, Millennials and Gen Z put a whole new spin on this trend, so even if you’re a child of the 90s, you’ll want to keep reading!
Below, I’ll walk you through a few simple steps to pull off that “big hair, don’t care” 90s-era blowout with a more modern twist.
Table of Contents
List of Things You Need to Keep Handy for the Successful Look
- Round brush
- Rollers/ Velcro rollers
- Volumizing spray
- Blow dryer
- Heat protectant spray
How to Do 90s Blowout Hairstyle at Home
The 90s blowout trend is great on so many levels (or, more accurately, layers).
It enhances your hair’s volume, makes it super silky, and perhaps most importantly, it’s pretty low maintenance. Here’s how to get it.
Step 1: Wash your hair
This may appear to be an obvious step, but I include it nevertheless. This style looks best on freshly washed hair.
Comb out tangles (use a good detangling spray if necessary), then let it dry naturally. It should be at least 70-80% dry before you style it.
If you can’t wait that long, don’t worry, you won’t ruin your locks entirely by starting the process earlier. Ensure you give it a good (but gentle) towel-dry with a microfiber towel.
As Dr. Dominic Burg tells Well + Good,
“It is important to remove as much surface water as possible before you start blow-drying…”
“If you are trying to blow-dry hair that is saturated and covered with water it will take much longer and require more heat—remember the length of time that the hair is wet and the temperature used to dry it are the two most damaging factors. 
Step 2: Apply a heat protectant
Apply a heat protectant properly to protect your hair. I believe hair protectant is a vital step while styling my hair.
And since we are creating a voluminous look, use a volumizing spray to give your hair additional volume .
Step 4: Create sections
Using a round brush, divide your hair into four sections: top, left, right, and back.
You may want to do more than four sections if you have super-thick or very long hair. You want to create manageable chunks, so use your judgment.
Check out the video below from the experts at Vidal Sassoon for how to do it the right way :
Step 5: Begin blow drying
Begin with the left section of your hair. With a round brush, brush the end of your hair towards your face.
Hold on firmly. After you have completed one part, use a roller to roll your hair upwards and fasten it with a hair clip or bobby pins.
Do this for the entire left section.
Repeat the same for the right section.
You can also create waves with a roller brush as an alternative. If you’re using a roller brush, curl from the base and away from your face.
Check out this video for tips on how to use rollers to achieve the 90s blowout hairstyle:
Step 6: Finish the top and back sections
The only difference between these and the other sections is that you must move the brush from hair ends to hair roots. Remember that you want your curls to be loose.
For those wondering how to blow dry medium length hair, the approach might differ slightly, but the principle remains similar. Keeping in mind the length and volume, it’s crucial to ensure even drying and avoid over-styling.
Complete the back portion of your hair similarly, then fix it with rollers and pins.
If you’re using Velcro rollers, use your hairdryer to provide heat for 10-15 minutes once you’ve finished rolling. Your curls will not be bouncy if you do not use heat.
Now, you have two options: leave all the rollers in your hair for 10-15 minutes or apply a hair spray to keep the look in place. Either way is good, but I prefer letting the rollers sit.
For the exciting part, now that your hair is in place, flip it from side to side to find your parting. You can choose between a center part or a side part.
If you need a video reference, you can use this video I used as a reference for my style .
What exactly is a 90s blowout hairstyle?
Supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Emma Chamberlain, and Claudia Schiffer had this hairstyle back then. The hairstyle boasted great volume, bounce, and glam with shine.
How do you do a 90s blowout on short hair?
It’s essentially the same procedure. The steps outlined above apply to all hair lengths. You wash your hair, use a heat protectant and volumizer on damp hair, make sections, place your rollers, and finish with a finishing spray to complete the appearance.
Will 90s hair come back?
It’s already here, and it is trending everywhere. People are increasingly choosing to let their hair be bouncy and flow freely. Add in some bangs and layers; the style becomes even more striking than it was.
I hope you found these steps beneficial. I’ve already said that I adore this hairstyle. It’s new and nostalgic, liberating and elegant.
I can use many more oxymorons to describe this style, but I believe you understand what I am trying to say. I hope you have lots of fun with your 90s blowout hairstyle.
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