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20 Modern Blowout Hairstyles: Plus How to Style and Cut

From creative mess to chaos - anything is possible with a blowout hairstyle

written by Danny Puopolo

Have you ever wanted to look like you just walked through a hurricane and came out alive on the other side? Well then, we have the perfect hairstyle for you: The blowout hairstyle! It might be a bit of a throwback to the last decade, but it’s still very much wearable and might be the best style for you in some cases.

The blowout hairstyle can have any length on top, often styled back, while the sides are kept quite short and slowly taper off — especially around the temple region.

Looking at all the photos on this page, you’ll see that this style can vary quite a bit. This is mainly because the fade below the forehead is what characterizes this cut, hence its other name, the ‘Temple Fade.’ Most often, the top hair will either be gelled and combed back/up — like the TV personality Pauly D — or styled into spikes (and sometimes even an afro!

This hairstyle was trendy in the early 2000s when many young males wore it in college. That doesn’t mean it can’t look good now — in fact, it can be one of the best hairstyles for a round face shape.

How to get it?

When going to a hairdresser to get this hairstyle, simply asking for a temple fade or blowout should do the job. Otherwise, describe the fade-out from 1 cm long hair below the sides of the forehead, and explain whatever you’d like the top to look like.

Should one of your friends or family members be helping you to cut your hair, simply using photos as a reference should work? Before beginning, make sure that they can taper the hair off properly, or you might end up with a slightly jagged style!

How to style it?

Styling this cut is the fun, creative part! You’re relatively free to do whatever you please here, so don’t be shy. Moreover, you won’t need any specific products unless you choose to include them in your styling process.

Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Gel the top up and back. This is particularly good for that ‘I-walked-through-a-tornado’ look and is the most popular accompaniment to the characteristic blowout fade.
  • Spike it up and around. This style can be good if you have only medium-length hair but still want to do something with it.
  • Pull out the afro! Hand in hand with a temple fade, this is probably one of the neatest ways to wear an afro. This style really does look sporty.

Check our gallery below for more examples:

Danny Puopolo is an expert that works at Rakis, a professional hairdressing salon in Melbourne. His work has been featured in a variety of publications such as OK Magazine, Vogue, and INSTYLE. He has also managed classes for Shu Uemura Australia and Loreal Professional.