Get the Look: How to Recreate Cindy Crawford’s Iconic ’90s Blowout

Orin Carlin

If, like us, you’ve found yourself painstakingly trying to emulate the Swedish influencer Mathilde Djerf(How the hell does she make it look so easy?) signature fluffy hair dryer, we feel compelled to remind you that sexy, bouncy locks are not a passing fad. Granted, ultra-volume blow-drying is definitely having a moment right now, but the look is something of a hair classic – just ask. Cindy Crawford.

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Our obsession for 90s models knows no bounds, and that naturally extends to Cindy’s trademark. Think intense root volume, a major parting moment, and big, explosive waves to add a touch of drama.

Good morning! Fashion caught up Neil Moodiecelebrity hairstylist and founder of Studio Neil Moodiewho over the years has worked her magic on Georgia May Jagger, Cara Delevingne and Gemma Chan, to figure out exactly how to reach Cindy’s iconic brushing.

How to Recreate Cindy Crawford90s hair dryer

“This blow-dry was the quintessential look of the late ’80s and early ’90s, before the advent of grunge,” says Neil. “To achieve that ultra-bulky look, it’s really important to select the right products and equipment.”

Step 1

“First, add a heat-protecting detangling spray and then layer on a mousse such as Weightless Volume Mousse by Pureology. It’s essential to apply the mousse to the roots of your hair because that’s where the volume comes from.”

Pureology Volume Weightless Mousse, £17.95, Toni & Guy


2nd step

“Then take a large round brush and blow-dry the hair in sections from roots to ends, always keeping the roots away from the head as you run the brush through your hair, followed by the hair dryer which should preferably have a nozzle at the end. ‘end to concentrate the flow of hot air on each section.

Step 3

“Make sure the roots are dry, and if you have a cold button on your dryer, that’s even better. With the hair wrapped around the brush, cool each section before moving on to the next section. When the hair is hot, it can still change shape, so it is imperative to cool it to adjust the volume.”

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Step 4

“Decide on your parting and work towards it on both sides, repeating the techniques listed above. Without the root lift, you won’t achieve the required volume.”

Step 5

“Once all the hair is dry, I recommend a spritz of Sam McKnight’s Cool Girl Spray to the hairline on top. You can also backcomb the root a bit if you need to. For that extra lift to the front, backcomb at the root just behind the hairline.”

Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely-ther Texture Mist, £25, Cult Beauty


Step 6

“Finally, take a brush with flat bristles – like a Mason Pearson – and slightly brush your hair into the finished style. Spray with a little hairspray to hold in place – I like Redken’s No18 because it’s a super thin hairspray that stays on well, but brushes out easily.”

Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, £15.80, Toni & Guy


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