12 Best Hair Mousses for Fine, Kinky, Curly or Wavy Hair

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As a curly girl, there are many times my hair frustrates me. Humidity will turn me into a frizz monster, planning a wash day requires the same careful attention NASA has when planning a mission, and even if I do everything perfectly well, there’s still a 50/50 chance that my hair just decides not to. cooperate. But even on the ugliest day, having curly hair also gave me a gift: the supreme satisfaction of squeezing a handful of hair mousse.

Hair mousse isn’t just for curly hair. “Lather is the golden child of stylers because it offers a variety of results that one might normally seek with multiple products,” says Pattern Beauty Brand Educator Ebony Bomani. It reduces frizz, adds definition and enhances your natural texture. If you have very fine hair that falls flat when trying to add volume, incorporating a mousse may do the trick. Discover here the 12 best hair mousses that you will love to incorporate into your routine.

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1

Best overall

R+Co

Rodeo Star Thickening Styling Mousse

Cut 5 fl. oz.
key ingredient Apricot kernel oil
2

Ideal for hydrated curls

PATTERN

Moss Loops

Cut 8 fl. oz.
key ingredient castor oil
3

Great for bouncy hair

Moroccan oil

Volumizing Mousse

Cut 8.5 fl. oz.
key ingredient Argan Oil
4

Ideal for a budget

John Frieda

Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse

Cut 7.2 fl. oz.
key ingredient Absynian Oil
5

Ideal for curly hair

SheaMoisture

Moss Loops

Cut 7.5 fl. oz.
key ingredient neem oil
6

Ideal for air drying

YEAH

Air dry foam

Cut 4 fl. oz.
key ingredient Argan Oil
seven

Ideal for wavy hair

XMONDO

Wavetech Corrugated Foam

Cut 6.7 fl. oz.
key ingredient Pro-Vitamin B5
8

Great for adding volume

IGK

Big Time volumizing and thickening mousse

Cut 6.2 ounces
key ingredient Nordic cotton
9

Ideal for beginners

Not to your mother

Not Your Mother’s Curl Talk Curl Activating Foam

Cut 7.0 ounces
key ingredient Caprylyl glycol
ten

Ideal for flat hair

WOW COLOR

Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer

Cut 6.7 fl. oz.
key ingredient Polymers
11

Ideal for straight hair

Oribe

Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse

Cut 5.7 fl. oz.
key ingredient Polymers
12

Ideal for fine hair

Vegamour

GRO hair mousse for thinning hair

Cut 1.1 fl. oz.
key ingredient Turmeric

What is hair mousse used for?

“Mousse is the golden child of hairstylists because it offers a variety of results that one would normally seek with multiple products,” says Bomani. “It provides hold, style memory, volume and body. Plus, the mousse helps define curls, reduce frizz and seal out humidity.

“The foam is usually in the form of thick foam,” adds Izquierdo. “It’s typically applied from roots to ends, combed through hair, and blow-dried. The mousse provides hold, style memory, lift, and bounce.”

Does the mousse leave hair sticky or crunchy?

“Traditional aerosol foams, especially those designed to add bulk, are often based on alcohol and polymers. This allows the formula to lift and hold for a voluminous look,” says Izquierdo. “However, these ingredients, if not offset with moisturizing ingredients, could lead to a dry or stiff feeling. It is important to look for mousses with hair moisturizers to help counteract these other materials.

Which hair types benefit the most from mousse?

“Whether you use it for blow-drying, finger waves, defining curls, twists, braids, coils or roller sets, the mousse is lightweight and offers flexible hold. Therefore, it is beneficial for all hair types,” says Bomani. “However, I particularly like the mousse for finer hair types because of the volume it gives.”

Tatjana Freund is ELLE’s e-commerce beauty editor. She has interviewed countless hair professionals and is always testing out new trending hair treatments.

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