How to Create the ‘90s Supermodel Blowout

May 15, 2024

Picture yourself amidst the glitz and glamor of a bygone era, where styling was key and the ’90s supermodel blowout was featured on magazine covers and worn on the runways and red carpets by… you guessed it – the supermodels and celebs!

Among them, two names and their iconic ’90s blowouts stand out: one of the original supermodels Cindy Crawford, whose ample volume at the roots along with powerful face-framing layers exuded power and sex appeal, and the preppy chic style of “Clueless” protagonist Cher Horowitz, with perfectly bouncy waves and impeccable shine showcasing the epitome of ’90s glamor.

Well dream no more! The ‘90s blowout is back and 2024’s version is now paired with the most on trend colors that really make it the most wanted look of the season! Read on for some more style inspiration.

What Is a ’90s Blowout?

The ’90s blowout is a hairstyle characterized by voluminous, bouncy locks with ample volume at the roots and polished movement throughout the lengths.   

How to Achieve the ‘90s Blow-Dry Look

To achieve the perfect ’90s blowout, you’ll need the right tools, products and technique. Here are our pro tips to help you create volume, texture, and smoothness.

  1. Start with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add body and fullness to the hair. We recommend the RE/START™ VOLUME MAGNIFYING MICELLAR SHAMPOO. This micellar shampoo is designed for clients with fine hair, and offers gentle cleansing and volumizing benefits. Formulated with micellar technology and rice protein, it balances the scalp’s microbiome, adds natural body, shine, volume, and moisturizes the hair without weighing it down. 
  2. RE/START™ VOLUME MAGNIFYING MELTING CONDITIONER. This melting volumizing conditioner is ideal for clients with fine hair who are seeking to add volume and improve manageability. It is formulated with rice protein and softens the hair without weighing it down. It also enhances smoothness and shine. Perfect for simplifying the detangling process while providing moisturizing benefits for a healthier-looking hair appearance. Just make sure that you thoroughly rinse out the products to ensure that the hair is clean and ready for styling.
  3. After washing, towel-dry the hair to remove excess moisture. Next we recommend applying the RE/START COLOR BALAYAGE CARE CREAM. This lightweight vegan formula provides the ultimate defense against external aggressors like heat up to 230ºC, color fading from washes, and UV exposure.
  4. Rough-dry the hair upwards until it’s about 70-80% dry. This initial rough drying helps create volume and texture at the roots. For added oomph, we recommend applying the RE/START™ VOLUME LIFT-UP BODY FOAM to damp hair to enhance texture and amplify volume at the roots. This lightweight hair thickening foam will help create the foundation for your blowout, adding lift and hold to your hairstyle. 
  5. Of course, you need a quality large round brush and a professional blow dryer to achieve a smooth and polished blowout. Don’t forget the nozzle that will help you to control the direction of airflow and create volume at the roots while smoothing out the lengths of the hair. 
  6. Divide hair into manageable sections using clips or hair ties. Start with the bottom sections and work your way up to ensure even drying and styling.
  7. Velcro rollers are perfect for setting the hair and locking in volume and bounce. Choose rollers of varying sizes to create different levels of volume and texture throughout the hair (the bigger the roller the larger the wave). Take small sections of hair and wrap them around velcro rollers, starting from the ends and rolling towards the roots. 
  8. Use duckbill clips or pins to secure pin curls and velcro rollers in place while the hair sets. These clips ensure that the curls stay intact and help to create long-lasting volume and hold.
  9. Once all sections are set in velcro rollers, allow the hair to cool completely before removing the rollers. Cooling helps to set the style and lock in volume and bounce.
  10. Carefully remove the velcro rollers and gently rake your fingers through the hair to loosen the waves and create natural-looking volume. 
  11. Finish the look with a light mist of strong-hold hairspray like STYLE MASTERS™ VOLUME ELEVATOR SPRAY™ to set the style in place and add shine. This root lifting volumizer is ideal for fine or limp hair requiring maximum root volume and hairstyles that demand extra height and strong-hold hairspray. It helps achieve voluminous styles with long-lasting effects, providing supreme volume while preserving hair color.


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Blowout Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Over-Drying: Excessive heat exposure during blow-drying can lead to damage, frizz, and moisture loss, resulting in a lackluster finish. Ensure a gentle, controlled drying process to prevent this.
  2. Over-Heating: Too much heat from styling tools can weaken the hair shaft. Use heat protectant products and adjust temperature settings to minimize heat damage.
  3. Skipping Heat Protectant: Neglecting heat protectant spray leaves hair vulnerable to damage. Always apply it to shield hair from high temperatures.
  4. Not Allowing Sections to Cool: Complete cooling of each hair section is essential for setting the style and maintaining volume and bounce. Rushing this process can lead to lifeless looking hair and losing that sought after volume and movement.
  5. Using Incorrect Tools or Techniques: Using tools unsuitable for the hair type can yield subpar results. Experiment with different tools and techniques to find what works best.
  6. Ignoring Product Build-Up: Product build-up can weigh hair down, affecting volume and bounce. Ensure the hair is clean and rinsed thoroughly to remove residues and to start with the perfect base.
  7. Skipping Regular Trims: Regular trims maintain hair health and vitality. Schedule appointments to prevent split ends and damage. The best haircuts for the ‘90s blowout are those that have layers so for extra style points – we recommend the trending butterfly haircut.

Revlon professional hair products

Finding the ideal salon for your ’90s blowout transformation is now a breeze! Click here to find a salon near you, where you can book your appointment and achieve your desired blowout hairstyle. To maintain the stunning look of your blowout at home, ask your favorite stylist about the Stylemasters™ range. 

If you’re a hair professional looking to master the latest techniques, you can access our 24/7 educational platform, #AlwaysOn (for clients only, so click the link to become one). For all your professional product needs, visit our 24/7 online Revlon ProShop.


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