A mousse is a styling product. A fluffy white cloud that promises curl definition of our dreams! Could a mousse be a one-product-wonder? Does it really do all that? Much like dry skin that needs lotion, dry curly hair needs styling products. Styling serves as protection, maintaining curl. formation for many days! This way us curly girls don’t have to wash and style everyday. That’s where mousses come in, to style hair curly hair. Please note this article reader-supported. If you use affiliated links to purchase I may earn a commission from it. Let me know what you get and if this guide helps you!
6 Reasons to use Mousse in Your Curly Routine
- Acts like a curl activator to enhance curl clumps (curl families).
- Fine or low density hair types can work with a mousse alone, one and done!
- Curls will stay curled for longer days, get more days out of your styling.
- It’s lightweight to achieve bouncy, defined curls!
- Get instagram-worthy volume with a mousse, best for low density hair.
- Mousse protects making it humidity-proof!! [curly hair styling hack down below]
I won a mousse in an international giveaway in Nov 2017 – goes to show giveaways are real :) Since then I’ve tested several other mousses. Read on to learn how to use a mousse to achieve curl-crush worthy hair!
Hair Mousse Vs Gel? Is Mousse better?
Residue: Sometimes, using a lot of gel creates white flaky residue; you don’t get that problem with a mousse.
Versatility: Mousse is very versatile and works to enhance volume and shine. Not all gels serve like that. In fact, some gels may weigh your hair down! Use a mousse when you need volume.
Hold: You can choose gels depending on the hold you desire – soft, medium, or hard hold gels. Mousse have soft hold when used alone. If you prefer soft curls (like me!) try using it alone.
Packaging: This is a primary difference between a mousse and a gel. A mousse comes in an aerosol spray bottle, hence the foamy texture. Gels come in bottles or tubs and have runnier/goopier texture.
How to use a curly hair mousse?
This is the best part. Depending on which brand of mousse, you can use this on dry, wet or damp hair. Here are estimations to work with:
- Short Hair – dollar coin
- Medium Hair – golf ball
- Long Hair – billiard ball
If you have thick high density hair like me, remember to section/part your hair, apply one pump of styling mousse to each section. Me? I usually just scrunch a mousse in directly – no hair brushes, no manipulation like finger coils with it. Nada. Peekaboo my styling video here.
Best Hair Mousse in India
Remember depending on which mousse or foam you buy, some may feel sticky. If that happens you’ve used too much! Next time try less with more water. Some of these mousses can buildup over time. Same is the case for any styling product to be honest. Make sure you detox your hair from time to time.
Disclaimer: Ingredients listed may vary slightly from products received. Before use, refer to packaging for most up-to-date in ingredient information and any warnings or instructions.
Here are my tried and tested recommendations: All safe for curly hair – sulfate/silicone/paraben free!
- Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS Grip Mousse (protein-free and affordable!)
- Dippity-Do Girls with Curls (protein-free)
- AG Cloud Air Light Volumizing Mousse (protein-free)
- Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse(protein-free)
- AG MOUSSE GEL Extra-Firm Curl Retention (protein)
- Flora & Curl Sweet Hibiscus (protein) – use my code HONESTLIZ on the link, for 10% off in India.
- Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse (protein)
- Laaayed Curl Defining Mousse (protein) use my code HONESTLIZ on the link, for 15% off USA.
Other popular mousses like Pantene and Herbal Essences are always trending on Instagram. I do not recommend products with the controversial ingredient DM DM Hydatoinin.
How do I use Mousse on my curly hair
With wet hair, the DD Curls Mousse gave me shine and hold. On dry hair, it gave the hold, but not the shine so I recommend you use this or any mousse on wet/damp hair only. Look for that squishy sound when you squeeze and scrunch your hair after. That’s when you know you got enough water and product in your hair. Don’t hear it? Add more water.
Shake the bottle like no one’s watching before you dispense the product.
Leslie, I won my first mousse from a giveaway she hosted. She uses this mousse on wash days also and it works so great for her! She uses the mousse by itself and for refreshes too but only if it was applied on wash day before.
Curly Hair Hack: Sandwich Style Method with Hair Mousse
For definition and hold, I recommend you use a curly hair mousse in between your moisturiser and gel. A moisturiser is typically a leave-in or hair cream.
If you have Fine hair use a leavein to moisturise your hair or try using mousse alone for best results.
Coarse hair: I prefer using creams. So cream+mousse+gel give me the best volume and definition. Sandwich style. Boom!
My curl friend Kelly is the Mousse queen! Check out her page for more recommendations.
You will have to try and see what works for you. Trial and error is is key.