As a millennial born in the mid-’90s, ‘90s hair trends being popular again gives me major nostalgia. Between claw clips, scrunchies, and grunge styles and hair colors, I feel like I'm reliving my childhood every time I scroll through my Instagram feed. Recently, however, my daily scroll through TikTok has proven that fluffy blowouts are the latest ‘90s trend to make their way into 2021. Think smooth yet bouncy strands inspired by a certain blonde bombshell movie character from the time.
Clueless (see what we did there) about how to achieve fluffy hair? We’re here to help! We’re breaking down everything you need to know about how to get fluffy hair. We even share some of the best hair volume products you’ll need to perfect the look.
What does fluffy hair look like?
Are you convinced that fluffy hair is the same as frizzy or poofy hair? As if! Frizzy or poofy hair is often confused with fluffy hair, but they’re actually very different. While poofy hair and frizz are difficult to manage (and not created purposefully), fluffy hair is a modern take on a classic ‘90s blowout. Unlike the sleek, defined salon blowouts you’re used to seeing on your Instagram feed, fluffy hairstyles embrace imperfections like flyaways and undefined parts. Think bouncy, airy hair that you can run your fingers through, created using lightweight products that won’t weigh hair down.
Who does fluffy hair work best for?
Whether you’re looking to try a fluffy blowout on curly hair or make the trend work for your waves, this trend is customizable for all hair types. Creating a fluffy look will require you to use heat, however, so make sure your strands are in a healthy enough state to withstand the damaging effects hot tools can cause.
How do I get fluffy hair?
If you’re wondering how to make your hair fluffy, it’s all about using the right products (but not too much product). Begin by prepping your hair for styling with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner system like Redken’s Volume Injection Shampoo and Conditioner. These lightweight formulas help to provide instant volume to fine, flat, or processed hair. If you want to focus on taming frizz, use a system like Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Conditioner that smooths and detangles while adding softness and shine.
When it comes to styling products, the less you use, the bouncier and fluffier your hair will be. Choose lightweight formulas that promote body and shine, like Redken’s Big Blowout Heat Protecting Jelly Serum. This shine-boosting, heat protectant blowdry gel provides instant volume with a soft, frizz-free, bouncy finish.
To achieve a fluffy hairstyle, you’ll need a hair dryer and a round brush. Start by rough drying your hair until it's 70 percent dry. Pro tip: Try drying your hair upside down to create more volume at the roots. Blow dry your hair in sections as if you are creating a regular blowout, saving the hair around your face frame for last. Be sure to wrap each section of hair over the round brush and twist under to tuck in the ends of your hair. Once you finish styling your entire mane, move on to your face frame. Blow dry this section upwards to create volume.
Styling is key for achieving a fluffy hairstyle, but you should also consider your cut. While shaggy, textured hair is achieved with lots of layers, you’ll want a cut with long blended layers (or no layers at all) to recreate Tik Tok’s version of fluffy hair. Ask your stylist for a long layered haircut or a blunt cut with face-framing layers that begin at your jawline. Seal your look with a few spritzes of shine spray like Redken Shine Flash Hair Spray.
If you're dealing with damaged hair or tend to stay away from heat styling, you can also get fluffy strands with velcro rollers. These heat-free tools are ideal for creating long-lasting volume.
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