90s Supermodel Explosion Tutorial

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    • Supermodel-inspired bangs of the ’90s are trending in 2022.
    • The people on TikTok are recreating this bouncy hairstyle at home.
    • Hairstylists share a step-by-step tutorial for doing the ’90s blowout below.

    There are two hairstyle trends that are prevalent now and they are polar opposites. In one corner, you have the sleek, low-cut supermodel bun (a la Hayley Bieber and Normani), and in the other, you have a larger-than-life ’90s supermodel (like not Cindy Crawford). Although the two styles can’t be different anymore, they exist in harmony with Generation Z beauty fans on TikTok moving alternately between the two looks.

    While it is very easy to pull off a sleek low bun, you might look at the bouncy blast and think to yourself, There is no way to do that. But we’re here to prove that it’s easier than you think with some help from the professionals.

    “The supermodel’s ’90s blowout is a classic,” celebrity hairstylist Graham Nation previously told POPSUGAR. “The blasts are fun, bouncy, and can be messy but still look very cohesive.” Tom Smith, celebrity hairstylist and international creative director of color at Evo Hair, predicts “thin” bangs will be one of the biggest hair trends in 2022.

    “Generation Zs call Adele’s blonde style a ‘dry fluffy blow,’ and it’s going to be even bigger in 2022,” Smith told POPSUGAR. “The ’90s layers are all about bounce and volume, great for longer, thicker hair, providing effortless, subtle luster.”

    For a step-by-step tutorial on giving yourself a ’90s-inspired “fluffy” blowout, keep reading.

    Step 1: Prepare the hair

    To get started, prep wet hair with a product that protects against damage and boosts volume without weighing down the ends. We love the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($29) because it does it all: protect, volumize, and smooth. “Puffy hair is about cushioned, airy volume with soft, blended contrast,” says Smith. “The fluff was better. Use your product to smooth and lift, not add weight.”

    Step 2: Dry hair up to 80%

    Now it’s time to dry your hair. If you have straight or slightly wavy hair, you can use a blowdryer, such as the T3 AireBrush Duo Interchangeable Hot Air Drying Brush ($190) or the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Plus 2.0 Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush ($70). If your hair is curly or wavy, you can also try rough drying with a regular hair dryer or air drying.

    Step 3: Apply the Velcro hair rollers

    For those with straight or slightly wavy hair types, the key to staying styled are Velcro rollers (you can skip this step if you prefer your hair curly). Once your hair is completely dry—preferably hot if you’re using heat—use Velcro rollers, like the Conair Assorted Sized Self Grip Roller Set ($9), to set your voluminous blowout and prevent it from falling out. Start at the bottom of your head and work your way up in sections, using slightly smaller rollers for the sections of hair underneath and larger options for the upper sections of your hair. Then let it cool for as long as time permits.

    Step 4: Apply the condensing spray

    Once you have all the velcro rollers out, it’s time to apply some intense spray. “I spray through the roots and mid-lengths of the hair,” he says. “Evo’s Root Canal Volumizing Spray ($29) is great because you can layer it on to give cushioned, airy volume, without hair feeling stiff or frizzy—perfect for getting an airy look on thinning hair.”

    Step 5: Finish with Lifting Powder

    Although you’ll definitely get a big boost from the intense spray, Smith encourages you to take it a step further. “To give a long-lasting result, I lift sections of hair and sprinkle Evo Haze Styling Powder under it ($30), allowing the powder to settle inside the hair shaft,” he says. Another option is Kristen Ice Working Texture Loose Styling Powder ($11).

    “Once the powder has settled, I use my fingertips on the scalp area, gently massaging upwards to lift the roots and encourage a sleek, subtle finish through the layers of the hair,” Smith says.