Fullness, lift, control—what can’t mousse do? The beloved foam hair styling agent has been responsible for tons of volumised looks since it hit our shores in the 1980s, revolutionising how we handled and applied hair products. And although using hair mousse for men hasn’t been as common an occurrence (it’s typically been marketed for the ladies), it’s in no way gender-exclusive and can totally fit into any man’s styling routine, with a few how-tos.
Ready to pump up the volume (sorry, couldn’t resist) on your day-to-day regimen? Scroll on to find out our fave hair mousse for men:
VO5 Rework Texture Foam
Try VO5 Rework Texture Foam if you’re looking for a mousse that will get the job done without making your hair sticky. This mousse will give you all the hold with a more natural finish that won’t give you that sticky look, in your hair or on your hands.
TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse
We love the TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse for our curly-haired guys. Give this product a try to get the best hold for your natural curl patterns and to keep your hair conditioned and healthy throughout the day.
VO5 Big Volume Mousse
Get a voluminous style with the VO5 Big Volume Mousse. This mousse works great for men with flatter hair who want a lift, without a crunchy finish. This mousse protects hair and minimises frizz and flyways.
VO5 Mega Hold Mousse
Going for a quiff or pompadour style? Then you need to use to make sure your style doesn’t go anywhere throughout the day! The VO5 Mega Hold Mousse is perfect for all hair types and will give you the hold and lift you need.
TIGI Catwalk Strong Hold Mousse
If you regularly create hairstyles with lots of tousled texture or ones that require all-day hold (nobody wants a hairstyle that falls out of place, right?), then the TIGI Catwalk Strong Hold Mousse is the best hair mousse for you.
How to Use Hair Mousse for Men
1. Apply on clean, damp hair. Then shake the mousse bottle and hold it vertically against your palm while pressing the nozzle. Dispense a golf-ball-sized amount of foam.
2. Press your palms together lightly to help spread the foam onto both hands. Then rake hands through hair until all foam is spread, i.e. all the white “bubbles” have been absorbed. Editor’s tip: Concentrate the product on the roots for more lift and to avoid any greasiness.
3. Depending on your style for the day, you can either blow-dry hair for more volume and polish (click here for some awesome tips on blow-drying men’s hair). You can also leave your freshly moussed locks to air-dry for a grungier, messier appeal (these surfer-dude looks are also in season, just in case you were wondering).
For fans of the classic, groomed-gentleman appearance, note that puffy pompadours, quiffs and even really trendy blow-dried undercuts all owe their staying power to a good, quality mousse. Style these looks using a fine-toothed comb at an angle. You’ll see the difference it makes in the thickness, body, and shape of your hairstyle.