Achieve the Look: 90s Bombshell Blowout

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If you want a fresh, bold, new look this semester, the 90s Bombshell Blowout hairstyle is the way to go. With the comeback of in-person classes this semester, this iconic 90s hairstyle will give you the freedom, volume, and confidence you need for your return to campus this fall.

The 90s Blowout hairstyle is a style that has consistent traits of bounciness and fullness in a way to get a sleek and fluffy look, specifically after drying your hair after washing. It isn’t a surprise that this trend found a way to resurface as well with the other number of 90s trends from platform shoes, slip dresses and mom jeans. Even celebrities and influencers such as Emma Chamberlain, Addison Rae, Kim Kardashian, and Hailey Bieber are jumping on the trend. This time it came full force and it’s here to stay for the remainder of 2021.

Iconic 90s Inspirations

These hairstyles have been pioneered by these 90s icons that we know and love today.

Jennifer Aniston

From “Friends”, Aniston has popularized the infamous hairstyle known as “The Rachel” from her character portrayal as Rachel Green on the show. This has been a precedent go-to style for anyone who wants a blowout for short to mid-length hair.

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Danielle Fishel

In “Boy Meets World”, Topanga Lawrence was the staple for long and gorgeous, healthy hair. So, when Fishel cut her real hair on-screen in the 1996 episode “Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow,” she gave us another hairstyle to marvel over in the 90s. This layered, voluminous hairstyle is great for anyone who wants a lengthy, bold, yet natural look.

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Alicia Silverstone

Known for playing Cher Horowitz in the 1995 hit “Clueless”, Silverstone’s character dons a classic, fluffy blowout that emulates effortless vibes similar to her character in the movie. This style is an inspiration for anyone with medium-to-long hair.

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Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford is a well-known supermodel of the 90s and not just because of her constant appearances on fashion magazines, runways, campaigns or Pepsi commercials. She revolutionized the thick, full, and bouncy blowout hairstyle and became an inspiration for anyone who wants the full, classic blowout look.

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How to Achieve the Look:

*The products and tools listed below are ones that VALLEY suggests based on affordability and effectiveness.

What You’ll Need:
What You’ll Do:
  1. First things first, it is vital to make sure that you have clean, healthy hair. Without having clean hair, the blowout will not have the full, bouncy look and your hair wouldn’t be able to hold the style up without clean hair. So before you do anything, wash your hair the way you normally would.
  2. After washing your hair, take your damp hair and start to apply the heat protectant. To get an even distribution, use a wide-toothed comb and run it through your hair. We need to do this so when we start rough drying in the next step, our hair is protected and ready.
  3. As said in the previous step, we are going to rough dry our hair before we get to the actual blowout. Rough drying is when we take our hairdryer without the nozzle and we start to dry on low to medium heat. In this part we don’t want to dry the hair completely, we only want to get the hair to be around 60-70 percent dry.
  4. Now that the hair is around 70 percent dry, we are going to start to achieve the blowout look. To do this, take one-inch sections of the hair and in each section wrap them around a round brush and start to stretch the hair out away from the face, and then roll it back towards your face. According to Allure, when using a round brush, the size of the barrel can affect your results. If you use a large brush, you will get larger curls, however, if you use a smaller brush, you will get smaller curls.
  5. As your hair is now wrapped around the round brush and curled towards your face, take your blow-dryer (now with the narrow nozzle on) and apply heat to the curl for 10 to 15 seconds. Allure suggests placing the blow-dryer nozzle downward at the base of the root to achieve a smoother, sleek look. If you want a more sleek and smooth look, take your round brush and stretch the hair away from the face again, and then slowly roll it back towards your face while adding heat from the blow-dryer for 10 to 15 seconds. Then, after applying medium to cool heat, remove it so that the section can cool down. Lastly, take your velcro rollers and roll up that section of hair you just blew out for a more voluminous effect. Repeat until all sections of your hair are covered in rollers. After 20 minutes, begin to take the rollers out.
    • *If you are on the go and you still want the same effect with the blow dryer and round brush, then use a hairdryer brush in this step, using the same technique of rolling the hair forward and then towards your face for 10 to 15 seconds in the same sections on a medium to cool heat. Then, as the sections cool down roll up those sections in velcro rollers. After repeating the same process for each section of hair, leave rollers in for 20 minutes.
  6. After you take the rollers out, gently brush out your hair and run your fingers through to style your hair accordingly.
  7. Finally, spray some voluminous hair spray or apply some styling cream—based on your personal preference—on your blowout to keep the fullness and body of your new hairstyle and now you’re good to go!

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