20 Modern Blowout Hairstyles: What, Why, How?
From creative mess to chaos - anything is possible with a blowout hairstyle
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.
What is The Blowout Hairstyle
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 This Style
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 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 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:
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.
Finger Combed Blowout
Do you have slightly longer hair that gets into your eyes or distracts you when you move? Instead of cutting it, you should reconsider learning how to style it! With just a few steps such as applying a volumizing mousse to the roots and using a thin round brush to blow out the hair can make not just a big but a huge difference. The secret is in the way you hold the hairdryer and the angle that you use to send the airflow: just keep in mind to always hold your dryer facing your way to sleek the hair back.
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.
Classic Blowout with Medium Strands
The versatility of curly hair is underrated. And one of the easiest ways to achieve a trendy look is with a curly blowout. Grow your hair to at least two to three inches on top, and blow dry it after washing. Insider tip: the direction of your brush or hair when you blow dry your curls influence the outcome of your blowout. So if you want it to stand up a bit, just like in this photo, run your hands or brush from roots to tips while blow drying. You can definitely experiment with this look without having to cut it!
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 style never goes out of style. The dense volume is a result of puffy thick hair with a quiffed texture. Moreover, the sides are longer than usual and not tapered so this style is definitely not your usual trendy style. Not to mention one will need some hair products to keep this in shape.
Blowout with Tapered Undercut
Who says blowouts are only for females? This hairstyle is also recommended for males who like to style and prep their hair every now and then. To achieve the look, allow at least 5 to 10 minutes of blowdry time for thin hair and 15 to 30 for thicker hair. The great thing about this is if you’re not in the mood for a blowout, you can always wear your hair down, and it will still look clean and neat as the sides are tapered. Go beardless for full focus on the blowout.
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.
Messy Hand Brushed
Unlike many other blowout hairstyles, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Huber's Casual Casual 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.
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.
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.