We Asked a Stylist How to Get the Perfect ‘90s Blowout — Here’s What You Need

Create gorgeous '90s volume with a few upgrades to your hair routine.

January 12, 2024
By: Amanda Mushro

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Photo by: Jamie Grill

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The big and bouncy hair from the ‘90s is making a comeback in a big way. Instead of sleek hairstyles or gentle waves, it’s the major volume styles from the ‘90s that are turning heads.

Grace Evans is the owner of Honeycomb Hair Studio in Maryland and she says many of her clients are asking how to get a perfect ‘90s blowout at home.

"Trends go around and come around, and now that ‘90s styles are coming back, it makes perfect sense why this done up, higher maintenance hair is coming back," says Evans. "TikTok also has a huge hand in what is popular."

But Evans tells her clients, this style is a bit more intensive than a stick straight hair. "A traditional ‘90s blowout is a little harder to style, but not impossible. It is just not as easy as a wake up and go that the trend a few years ago was. But there are a couple ways to do it and you need a few new hair tools to achieve that look."

So, if you are looking to get this fabulous hairstyle at home, it’s time to upgrade your products. Here’s what you’ll need.

Heat Protectant

A’ 90s blowout requires a lot of extra heat on your hair — and to protect your locks, you’ll want to start with a heat protectant. This puts a barrier between your hair and the heat from blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, and makes sure your hair isn’t damaged while you style.

Mousse

To create volume in your roots, you’ll want a mousse that can create texture and will help hold the blowout. Start by putting the mousse into your hands and rub it into your roots. Flip over your head, rub the mousse into your roots, and work through the ends of your hair.

Round Brush

Next, you’ll need a large round brush (between 2 or 3 inches) that will help you blow dry your hair, lift the roots, and smooth out the ends. The larger brushes take a little practice to use, but they’ll help give you that distinctive 90s look.

Hair Clips

Since you will be blow drying and curling in sections, these clips help to separate your hair without creating a crease or kink in your locks.

Volumizing Spray

Give your roots some extra lift right before you start curling your hair. This spray is a great option and can be applied to almost dry or completely dry hair.

2-Inch Curling Iron

To achieve the big curls, you’ll need a 2-inch curling iron. This one is highly rated on Amazon and it will help you get the big volume needed for this style.

Velcro Rollers

If you want to skip the curling iron, you can set your hair in velcro rollers to achieve the same look. You’ll get smooth and loose curls with the rollers, but it’s helpful to watch a few TikToks or YouTube videos to get the perfect curl each time.

Teasing Comb

The finishing touch! Tease the hair for an extra big finish. This comb will make sure you don’t damage your hair, but still get the extra volume you need.

Volumizing Hairspray

To lock in the curls and ensure your hair stays put all day long, you’ll need hairspray with a strong hold and one that adds volume. Flipping your head upside down and spraying adds extra volume to your finished style.

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