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How To Perfect the Iconic 90s Blowout with Natural Curls

How To Perfect the Iconic 90s Blowout with Natural Curls

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From butterfly clips to low-rise jeans, the 90s are back in a big way, & so are the decade’s iconic hairstyles. Whether you’re a sucker for 90s rom coms or have always loved runway legends like Claudia Schiffer & Naomi Campbell, you’re probably already familiar with the effortless, fluffy blowout from this era. 

If you’re lucky enough to have natural curls, you may be wondering whether you can achieve this timeless look with your natural hair type. Fear not: the 90s blowout hairstyle is for everyone. With the right tips & techniques, you can style your tresses just like the icons of this era (halter top & bucket hat not included).

Keep reading to explore how to perfect a 90s blowout with natural curls, compare this style to a silk press, & discover how the brush attachment of your styling tool can make all the difference. 

What Is a 90s Blowout?

So it’s all the rage, but what really is the 90s blowout hairstyle? Complete with tons of bounce & volume, this look is all about sleek, chic & effortless hair. While it may seem like a style that’s easier to sport if you have straighter hair, your curls’ natural volume & shine give a blowout extra oomph

If you’re a fan of sleeker hairstyles, you may already know about another popular method for turning your curls into straight, shiny tresses: a silk press. When crafting a silk press, you’ll probably use two heat-styling tools; a blow dryer & a flat iron.

To craft a breezy, bouncy blowout, you’ll probably use a blow dryer & a round brush or brush attachment, such as The Brush Attachment by PATTERN. Regardless of whether you go for a silk press or a 90s blowout, with the right tools & a little time, there’s no stopping the looks you can achieve with a head full of naturally curly hair.

6 Steps to Craft the Classic 90s Blowout

Ready to recreate this classic cool-girl style? Here’s how to do a 90s blowout with your natural texture.

Step 1: Understanding Your Curl Pattern

Whether you have 3c coils or 2a waves, understanding your curl pattern can help you apply the heating & styling techniques you’ll need to craft this look. For coilies with particularly tight textures, you may need additional heat styling products to create this iconic 90s style (think somewhere between a feathery blowout & a sleek silk press). 

Step 2: Prepping Your Hair for the Perfect Blowout

Once you know what your curls need, it's time to prep the hair. Refresh your strands with a nourishing shampoo & conditioner for curly hair to prepare them for greatness. For the best results (& minimal flyaways) make sure your strands are nice & hydrated by choosing a conditioner that contains moisturizing ingredients like olive oil & jojoba oil, like PATTERN’s Medium Conditioner.

Step 3: Choosing the Right Products for Natural Curls

For added hold, you’ll want to use curly hair stylers with a lightweight to medium amount of hold like a mousse, like PATTERN’s Curl Mousse, or PATTERN’s Styling Cream. This can lock in your results & support the longevity of the style without weighing your hair down. 

When used for styling, mousse can mimic the hold of a hairspray while giving your tresses the flexibility they need to move & bounce naturally (without the sturdy “helmet” hold hairspray can create).

Step 4: Sectioning Your Hair for Precision Styling

Once your tresses are ready to style, section your hair off into equal parts. The number of sections will likely depend on your hair density & thickness. Try to keep them as equal as possible to ensure all of your strands receive the attention they need.

Step 5: Blow Drying Techniques for Achieving Volume

To achieve the sky-high volume of this 90’s ‘do, grab your blow dryer & round brush. Start with one of the bottom sections of your curls, gently rolling the round brush with an upward motion at your roots. 

For an elevated blowout (that looks styled by Rachel Green herself), you can use a brush attachment with your blow dryer. The PATTERN Blow Dryer paired with The Brush Attachment is designed with your curls in mind, helping you achieve the va-va-voom volume you need to create an effortless, eye-catching blowout.

Step 6: Achieving the Iconic Flip at the Ends

If extra volume is a key ingredient in the perfect blowout, the effortlessly flipped ends are the bonus icing on top. If you have rollers on hand, you can wrap your dry locks around rollers & secure them into place. 

Another easy approach is to pin-curl each section by rolling them up with your fingers from end to root & securing them into place with a duckbill clip. The key to crafting the perfect 90s blowout is time: the longer you secure them with rollers or duckbill clips, the more bounce & definition you can expect.

Embrace Your Curls’ Versatility with PATTERN

At PATTERN, we know how important it is to embrace the true versatility of curly hair. That’s why we offer a line of heat tools for hair such as The PATTERN Interchangeable Curling Iron & strengthening hair products to help you celebrate the versatility of your locks while supporting your natural texture. 

Whether you’re after a chic 90s blowout or another popular, sleek style, PATTERN’s Heat Collection is here to keep your bounce & shine intact as you transform your tresses. 


BeautyAnswered. What Is Hair Mousse? https://www.beautyanswered.com/what-is-hair-mousse.htm 

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Reviewed by Ashley Ludgood

With over 12 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry, Ashley Ludgood brings a wealth of expertise to her current role at PATTERN. Her insights have been featured in reputable publications like American Salon Magazine, American Spa Magazine, and Skin, Inc. Ashley has also shared her knowledge at conferences, including Face & Body, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to contributing to the industry. Having been an integral part of the team at PATTERN for nearly 4 years, Ashley continues to make significant contributions. Holding a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, she remains passionate about her field. Among her favorite products, Ashley turns to the PATTERN Styling Cream, Moisture Milk, and the Cleansing Shampoo as her go-to essentials.

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