Blowout with Undercut
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20 Modern Blowout Hairstyles: What, Why, How?

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.

Eric Mabius blow out hairstyle
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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.

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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!

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 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.

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Stand Up Blowed Wavy Strands
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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.

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Finger Combed Blowout

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.

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Almost Blow Out
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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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Classic Blowout with Medium Strands
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Classic Blowout with Medium Strands

This can be tossed but at the same time, the medium strands without any texture make it all cool. Next, the sides are not tapered to give a very equitable look with the mess that also looks classy. Thin hair with some hair products makes it look all shiny and silky.

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Curly Blowout

Curly Blowout

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!

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Blow out as Quiff

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.

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Harry Style's Casual Blowout
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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.

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Blowout with Tapered Undercut

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.

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Finger Combed
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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.

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Messy Hand Brushed
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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.

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Brushed Up with Faded Sides
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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.

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Strands All Over The Place
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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.

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Full Blow Out Hairstyle
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Full Blow Out Hairstyle

Can this be a combination of pompadour with combed pushed back? Thin hair with hair products and combed push back makes it a perfect style but this is also puffed which adds more panache to it. The sides are tapered with pocky textured with clean shave just blend in well.

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Messy Blow with Glasses
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Messy Blow with Glasses

Can this be the nominee for the best blowout hairstyle for 2022? This one has so much stuff going on, the messy undercut with cheeky mid fade, that’s just an amazing combination. Plus the brush up in the front makes it lively.

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Spiky Blow
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Spiky Blow

Spiky blowouts are not very common but what’s even not more common is that temple is faded but not just a normal fade. The drop fade adds more panache to the whole style. The highlighted top makes it fun and the brush-up spikes make it so cool

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 Blow out Blonde
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Blow out Blonde

Bond, James Bond is it? The blonde puff on top is almost a quiff with sides being tapered strictly. The top also has layers that add that extra flair to the style. Moreover, the side-swept texture makes it even jazzier.

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The Blunt Push Back Blowout
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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.

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Blonde Mo Hawk
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Blonde Mo Hawk

This is a different type of blowout where it is slightly slimmer and pocky. The mohawk makes it look exaggerated and that in turn makes it look puffy yet blown out. The sides in mohawk are longer than usual and the front is brushed up big time!

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Finger Combed Blow Out
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Finger Combed Blow Out

The trick here is pompadour is puffed so it is slightly quiffed at the same time. That being said, the layering in front makes it look cool Moreover, the sides are tapered, and having thin hair makes it look better. But keeping in mind, using hair products is crucial here.

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Adam Huber's Casual Casual Blow Out
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Adam Huber's Casual Casual Blow Out

Adam Huber has made this style into a statement, the side-swept with the brushed upfront makes it casual yet formal. The thick hair texture adds up to it so that it makes it look high volume. The sides are slightly tapered yet pushed back and top being longer than sides.

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Undercut Blow-out
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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.

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Messy Blowout
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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.

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Shaved Neckline with Temple Fade
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Shaved Neckline with Temple Fade

Thin hair with a temple fade with a shaved slit. Those are the basics, diving deeper, this thin hair needs a dense texture and the puff on the top is a quiff with heavy brush up. The sides are tapered yet not too short so that keeping it pushed back.

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Blow with Cowlick

Blow with Cowlick

Messy and puffy top makes it even more fun. The top is tossed with a thick rough texture. The sides are tapered slightly but the temple is still long enough to be cool. The brush up adds the trendy style to it moreover it can be casual yet formal.

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 Textured Blow

Textured Blow

Zayn Malik is that you? The top having a brush up with being messy adds so much life to it. The sides are tapered just enough to suit the style and pull attention on the top. For this blowout, you need some hair products to keep it this way and also tossed a bit for the casual touch to it.

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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.