It’s just a fact: ’90s babes had that whole windswept look on lock. From Julia Roberts to Cindy Crawford, tousled tresses were the quintessential aesthetic of history’s trendiest decade. And this season, that vintage vibe is making a comeback. Yes, that’s right, effortless high-volume hair is definitely in. So, with icons like Mariah Carey and Alicia Silverstone as our guides, we’re giving you the play-by-play on ’90s volume. Here’s a preview: it’s easier than you think. These three simple products are the secret to a voluminous ’90s-inspired mane.
1. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Great Body Blow Dry Crème: $32
The secret to supermodel strands is volume enhancement from the very beginning of the styling process, starting with the blow dry. Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Blow Dry Cream is the ultimate ’90s styling product. Infused with emblica technology, this rich formula protects against heat, provides hydration, and gives lasting lift to even the flattest strands. Simply incorporate a quarter size (or more, depending on your hair thickness and length) amount through your freshly washed strands, focusing on the roots. Then use a large roller brush to blow dry your hair in sections, pulling your tresses up and away from the face as you go.
2. Jumbo Hair Rollers: $17
An old school look calls for an old school process. A set of jumbo rollers is practically required if you’re going for a pre-2000s aesthetic. To get the ultimate ’90s effect, we recommend that you split your strands into three even sections as you blow dry: one section for the top of your head, and one for each side. As you style these sections, wrap the newly dried strands around a jumbo curler, again working away from your face. Continue this pattern until your entire mane is pinned in rollers. Let these bad boys sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Living Proof Style Lab Flex Hairspray: $27
Now for the final touch: a little bit of hairspray. Nineties volume strikes the ideal balance between long-lasting style and touchable texture. That’s why Living Proof’s Flex Hairspray is the ultimate finishing product. Using flexible web technology and conditioning emollients, this medium hold hairspray sets in style without resorting to a hard coating. Simply spritz, brush, and get on with the day.
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