How to Get Fluffy Hair

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If you’re a fan of TikTok, then you’re probably aware of the ‘90s hair trend that has made a comeback — with a vengeance. What was known as the classic blowout, and sometimes called pouffy hair back in the day, bigger hair was always better.

When you think of ‘90s supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford strutting the catwalk with big, sexy, and voluminous bouncy curls. You’ll get the idea. Now dubbed fluffy hair by the social media generation, this trend is all about the volume, darling.

The hashtag #90sblowout has multiple millions of views on just TikTok alone, and the great thing is that no matter what hair type you have, you can also follow this craze. So read on to discover how to get fluffy hair without pouffyness or frizz.


How to Get Fluffy Hair

Sexy voluminous hair is nothing new.

The glamorous Hollywood starlets of the 1950s were the real OGs in this vintage trend.

And the many women that followed the trend would spend hours at the salon each week to have their hair washed and set on rollers.

They would then sit under hooded dryers and have their hair lacquered, which would last about a week before they’d do it all over again.

girl in 50s hooded hair dryer
Future Beauty Queen. Source: Wikipedia

But these days big fluffy hair can be had by using modern styling products, a hair dryer, or curlers to give you the volume and bounce of a ’90s style queen.

For inspiration on the modern twist of the big hair revival, think Emma Chamberlain and Hailey Bieber, who have both been seen rocking the look.

And the best thing about fluffy hair is that you don’t need to spend hours at the salon or spend loads of cash for hair extensions, which can be more of a hassle than not.

To get fluffy hair, all you really need is some old-school styling tools: a blowdryer and round brush or a set of curlers.

Short Hair Fluffy Style

Another ‘90s trend that saw a comeback during the pandemic years was the bob. And when combined with the fluffy hair craze, it’s a glow-up cool cut that everyone wants — even Nicole Scherzinger has had her famous long locks chopped off for a fluffy hair bob.

How to Achieve It

Basically, you blow dry your hair, using a round brush, from back to front while smoothing it out from the root. A set of heated rollers will also work really well with making short hair fluffy, along with using a crimper at the roots to lift the hair strands even more.

Even if your hair is shorter than a bob because you have a tomboy or pixie-style cut, you can still use the same techniques above to give hair more volume and fluff.

Make sure that you use a volumizing shampoo to help your hair look bigger.

Love Beauty and Planet’s Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower shampoo  is a sulfate-free formula that also has a conditioner and dry shampoo as part of the same range.

The shampoo is also paraben-free and vegan friendly, plus it moisturizes while providing volume and extra body

Also keep in mind that you shouldn’t rinse your hair with hot water. Make sure that you finish your washing routine with a cool water rinse, which helps to seal the cuticle and eliminates the potential of frizz by locking in moisture.

Long Hair Fluffy Style

The classic blowout with a modern twist is what works best for getting long hair to look fluffy. You can rock a trendy wolf cut or classic big curls. It’s done by simply wrapping hair strands around the brush while you dry it. This causes the hair to gently change its shape temporarily.

How to Achieve It:

Divide your damp hair into sections and apply a heat protectant throughout. HSI Professional’s Heat Protector  is a chemical-free formulation that protects hair from heat exposure up to 450º F. The conditioning spray contains argan oil and vitamins A, B, C and D, which combine to not only hydrate and speed up your drying time, but will also boost the shine of your fluffy hair.

As you work your way around the sections, wrap each one around a large barrelled brush, directing the airflow to your roots.

Next, work the brush down the hair shaft, then finish by curling the ends inwards. When you finish each section, clip it into place and let it cool down.

Finally, when all your hair has cooled, take out the clips, bend over and then brush your hair forward from the nape of your neck before flipping your head back to show off your fluff.

To keep it big, you can use a finishing hairspray to keep your bounce in place. BioSilk’s Silk Therapy Finishing Spray  will provide your hair with an amazing all-day hold without drying it out like products from the 90s.

If your hair is on its second or third day after a shampoo, another alternative to get fluffy hair is to create ringlets by wrapping small sections around a hot iron. Remember to use heat protectant spray beforehand, though.

Fluffy Thin Hair

Using a set of rollers in differing sizes is a great method to use on thinner hair. They won’t cause as much damage from the extended use of a blowdryer.

But if putting your hair in hot rollers or an automatic curling iron sounds like too much effort, then you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s not the only way to get fluffy hair if your strands are on the thin side.

How to Achieve It:

Tying your hair up overnight in a bun or top knot is a fabulous way of giving your hair volume.  And you don’t need to do anything else except let it out in the morning! All you need to do is pull your hair into a high (but loose) top knot or bun using a scrunchie.

If your hair has been freshly washed and is damp, it will help with the volume, while your hair will be even softer from not having used heat to style it.

In the morning, you can enjoy your fluffy hair.

Curly Hair

If you have natural curls and want fluffier hair, then you’ll need to use a diffuser with your hair dryer. By adding this attachment, it will help to make your hair big and fluffy while keeping the frizz away.

How to Achieve It:

On damp hair, apply a generous amount of styling mousse to your hair, starting from the roots with your fingers, before using a large-tooth comb to thoroughly work it through.

SUDZZfx’s PowerFoam Styling Soufflé  is a rich, non-aerosol hair mousse with the consistency of whipped cream.

It has a velvety feel and enhances the volume of your hair as it dries, while also giving off an impressive natural shine.

After applying the product to your hair, start scrunching it with your hands. Next, attach your diffuser and turn your dryer on at its lowest heat setting, tip your hair into the bowl of the diffuser and work in sections by bringing it up to about an inch away from your scalp and hold for about 30 seconds until dry.

When your hair is fully dry, use your fingers to fluff through it, tugging a bit from the roots to give your fluffy hairdo more added lift.

Making The Cut

It may be that in order for you to get the fluffy haired look you desire, you may need to book in with a hairdresser that will know the right cutting tricks to lay a foundation of volume that will help you rock the fluff.

A professional cut that has been layered to suit your hair type will make creating a fluffy hairdo much easier.

In order to style your layers, simply blow dry small sections with a round brush and watch in wonder as the shorter strands cause a lifting effect for the longer strands that fall into them.

You can touch up your strands using a curling iron, if needed.

Long Lasting

Now that you’ve had your fluffy blowout done, you’re going to want to make it last for as long as possible. You’ll love how great it looks.

There are a few things to keep in mind to make your fluffy hair last longer.

For starters, don’t use any more products on your hair in the first 24 hours. The products that were used for styling need to do their work. And adding any more can cause your hair to become heavy with more product, which will make the fluff go limp.

Also, do your best not to touch your hair or get it wet. If you have to work out, for example, then use a moisture-wicking hairband to keep any sweat away from your face, and use a shower cap if taking a bath or shower.

If your voluminous curls go flat or lose their bounce, then you can use a large-barrelled curling iron to given them added volume. Curl sections of your hair into ringlets, brush the curls out when you finish, then top off with a sea salt mist.

Finally, dry shampoo will be your best friend. As your hair gets dirty, the fluffiness will leave as your hair becomes heavier.

Dry shampoo will absorb the excess oil on your scalp and hair strands to help it stay more volumized and fluffy-looking. Using dry shampoo on the 2nd or 3rd day of your blowout will definitely maximize the fluff.

Pro Tip: Your hair follicles are more open when you sleep. So make sure you wrap your hair in a loose top knot before going to bed, and either sleep with a silk headscarf on or get a silk or satin pillowcase so that your gorgeous blowout will last for longer.


So now that you know the ins and outs of how to get fluffy hair, you can start taking part in this retro hair trend and have fun with it.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).