Get the Iconic '90s Blowout: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Retro Glam

Get the Iconic '90s Blowout: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Retro Glam

The '90s blowout is a timeless hairstyle that has made a comeback in recent years. This voluminous and bouncy look was a staple among Hollywood stars and fashion icons of the decade, and its revival has captured the hearts of modern-day trendsetters. The '90s blowout is all about big, glossy, cascading waves that add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. If you're ready to rock this iconic hairstyle, follow Frankie’s step-by-step guide to achieving the perfect 90’s blowout for your hair.


Prep Your Hair:

  1. Start with Clean Hair: For this we recommend you use Oribe’s Magnificent Volume or Signature shampoo to add fullness and body to your roots, and pair it with a moisturising conditioner for the ends. Depending on your hair type, we may suggest Oribe’s Hair alchemy, Gold Lust or Moisture and Control. Pro tip: if you are feeling like your hair is being weighed down, chances are you need to add a clarifying shampoo into your regimen to remove any product buildup that is preventing your hair from being its biggest, bounciest self! 
  2. Towel-Dry: After washing your hair, gently towel-dry it to remove excess water. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this can cause unruly texture and damage. Frankie recommends using a microfibre towel if you can. 
  3. Prime the hair: Mist the hair with Oribe’s Foundation Mist or Run-Through detangling primer. This is a crucial step to even the porosity, untangle the knots, and add a solid foundation for the products that create body.
  4. Apply Heat Protectant: We recommend balm d’or, or Royal blowout before exposing your hair to heat styling tools and shield your locks from damage.
  5. Apply your volumizers that will achieve a hold so that all your hard work stays and slays all day. Try Oribe’s Tres Set or Imperial Blowout.

The Blowout Process:

  1. Section Your Hair: Divide your hair into manageable sections. Start by parting your hair in the middle or on the side, according to your preference. Clip the top section of your hair to keep it out of the way.
  2. Begin at the Bottom: Start blow-drying the bottom section of your hair first. Use a round brush with a large barrel to add volume and create the bouncy waves typical of the '90s blowout. Pro tip: dry the hair 90% of the way through by using your fingers in order to remove the majority of the moisture before busting out the round brush and making your arms tired. 
  3. Roll It Up: Take a small section of hair and place the round brush underneath it. Roll the brush up towards your scalp while blow-drying. Hold the brush in place for a few seconds to set the curl, then release and move on to the next section.
  4. Focus on the Crown: Pay special attention to the crown area, as this is where you want the most volume. Take smaller sections of hair at the crown and hold the round brush vertically to lift the roots while blow-drying. This technique will add height and fullness to your blowout.
  5. Create Smooth Ends: As you reach the ends of your hair, switch to a downward motion with the round brush while blow-drying to create a smooth and polished finish. Avoid over-drying the ends to prevent damage.
  6. Roll and Set: For an authentic '90s blowout, set each curled section in place by rolling it back up in the brush while it's still warm and pinning it to your head. Allow the hair to cool and set for a few minutes before releasing the curls. This step ensures the waves hold their shape for a longer-lasting blowout.
  7. Volume-Boosting Tricks: For an extra boost of volume, consider using Oribe Dry Texture Spray after tousling your pinned curls. This adds the perfect amount of grit and hold to prevent the hair deflating.

Finishing Touches:

  1. Add Shine: The '90s blowout is known for its glossy finish. To achieve that radiant shine, finish your hairstyle with Oribe’s Split End Serum or Gold Lust Nourishing Oil. This step will add a polished touch to your bouncy waves.
  2. Hold it in Place: For a long-lasting blowout, use a flexible hold hairspray to keep the waves in place without making them stiff or crunchy. Lightly mist the hairspray over your hair, holding the can at least 12 inches away to avoid heavy buildup.


Maintenance Tips:

  1. Preserve Your Blowout: To prolong your blowout's lifespan, sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase to prevent friction and frizz. You can also use a silk scarf to wrap your hair before bedtime.
  2. Touch Up with a Round Brush: As the days go by, you may want to touch up your blowout. Grab a round brush and use it with your blow dryer to refresh the waves and add volume to any flattened areas.
  3. Dry Shampoo for Volume: On days when your hair needs a little boost, reach for Oribe’s dry shampoo. Spray it at the roots to absorb excess oil and give your blowout a voluminous lift.

Aaaaaaand if all else fails, leave it to the professionals and Frankie by booking in for a blowout and we will take care of it for you!