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 haircut for you: The Blowout haircut! It might be a bit of a throw back to the last decade, but it’s still very much wearable and might be the best style for you in some cases.

Eric Mabius blow out hairstyle
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What is The Blowout Haircut

The blowout haircut 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.

Taking a look 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’.

Semi Wild Brush up Style

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 haircut was particularly popular in the early 2000s, when an overwhelming number of 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.

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How To Get This Cut

When going to a hairdresser to get this haircut, 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 are able to taper the hair off properly, or you might end up with a slightly jagged style!

Seth Green blow out hairstyle
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How To Style This Cut

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 be needing 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 you 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.

That’s all we’ve got to say about the blowout haircut. Check our gallery below for more examples:

Messy Hand Brushed
Messy Hand Brushed

Unlike many other blowout haircuts, this messy style is extremely low maintenance. There’s no gelling or spiking to do first thing in the morn — simply comb your hair back with your fingers.

Messy and Wavy Mullet
Strands All Over The Place

Riffing on the previous blowout, this cut is a more refined look with carefully-placed strands. It’s very 80s rock’n’roll, but might be very difficult for some of us to pull off.

Stand Up Blowed Wavy Strands
Stand Up Blowed Wavy Strands

Why not opt for a more mad scientist look with your blowout? With the extra length on the upper sides, this style does exactly that! The wavy, messy top is youthful and exciting.

Burhsed Up Taper Fade
Brushed Up with Faded Sides

Pair the blowout with extremely short sides, and the resulting look is surprisingly mature. Big, contrasting undercuts like this are an easy way to make your face appear longer and more square.

High Volume Brush Up
Finger Combed

Keep your top hair thick and dense for a unique look like this. With short sides and a hefty top, this one may take a fair bit of brushing to get just right.

The Blunt Push Back Blowout
The Blunt Push Back Blowout

Go for the cartel look by letting your hair grow down below the ears. Brush it all back and apply a little pomade, and you have a Latin American look perfect for the club.

Almost Blow Out
Almost Blow Out

Here’s another blowout with short sides, this time paired with some light facial hair. Notice how the temple hairline has a defined notch trimmed-in for extra angularity.

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Messy Blowout

In this blowout hairstyle, the sides are also left to grow out long. This carefully combed, precisely trimmed cut is a blowout ready for the dinner table.

Brush Up Side Swept Blonde
Undercut Blow-out

Many blowouts radiate from the center of the hairline, but this isn’t one of them. With the long top hair all leaning towards one side, the result is an incredibly unique, angular style.

Longer Quiff Brushed Beard
Blow out as Quiff

If the blowout is a little too extreme for you, why not combine it with a regular quiff? By puffing up your quiff a tad more than usual, you can get the best of both worlds.

Harry Style’s Casual Blowout
Harry Style's Casual Blowout
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Adam Huber’s Casual Casual Blow Out
Adam Huber's Casual Casual Blow Out
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Finger Combed Blow Out
Finger Combed Blow Out
Blonde Mo Hawk
Blonde Mo Hawk
Shaved Neckline with Temple Fade
Shaved Neckline with Temple Fade
Brushed Quiff Hairstyle Blonde
Blow out Blonde
High Volume Brush Up
Spiky Blow
Blow with Cowlick
Brush it up Thick Hair
Textured Blow
Wild Brush Up Skin Fade and Glasses
Messy Blow with Glasses
Brush Up Modern Shape
Full Blow Out Hairstyle