hair mousse 101

Hair mousse is having a major revival – here’s what you need to know

Wondering how to use a volumising mousse for your hair? Or even just the right mousse hair product for your locks? Then step right this way...  

Mention hair mousse to most people and it’ll no doubt bring to mind ’80s-style manes and halos of crisp, stiff curls and waves. Dispensed from an aerosol can, the styling foam was first developed in the 1980s and quickly rose to popularity thanks to the height-defying volume it gave hair and the definition it provided curls – all of which were very fashionable at the time.

So, why should you give a hair mousse product a go these days? Well, before you write it off as a retro styling product that’s no longer relevant to today’s hair trends, hear us out….

With the right mousse hair product and a few clever hair hacks, you can style your tresses like a pro. Want to find out more? Keep reading to get the lowdown on the basics you need to know, now.

Hair mousse: All you need to know about the nifty styling product


hair mousse uses
Hair mousse has numerous uses!

1. It can be easy to over apply

As tempting as it might be, try not to overload your hair with too much product. We know it’s easier said than done – since mousses just seem to “disappear” into thin air as soon as you apply them! – but if you use excessive amounts of it, there’s a danger you’ll end up with very crunchy hair and a less-than-desirable finish.

Aim for about a tennis ball-sized amount (maybe a little bit more if you have longer, thicker hair, and a little bit less if you have a shorter crop). But remember: if in doubt, use less; you can always add more if needed.

2. It can help define natural curls and waves

If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, hair mousse can help add definition to your curl pattern. The best part? It’s super lightweight and won’t leave a residue!

Simply apply a mousse designed for curls, like the VO5 Smoothly Does It Curl Defining Mousseto damp hair and let it air dry and say hello to perfectly-defined coils!

hair mousse can be applied onto a comb
Hair mousse can be applied to a comb.

3. It can be used to give your hair volume

Mousse is a great volumiser. It has a heat-activated polymer content that when dried, swells and holds together, so gives great volume and hold – Unilever Creative Director and Head Stylist, Dan Lynes.

If you have fine or thin tresses, did you know you can use volumising mousse to give your hair the appearance of being fuller-bodied, too? “Mousse is a great volumiser,” says Dan Lynes. “But you must use heat. Try a good tennis ball-sized amount of mousse and apply on towel-dried hair before blow-drying into your desired style. Another – less messy – way of applying is to squirt the hair mousse onto a brush or comb and brush through your hair.”

Editor’s tip: When it comes to the best mousse for volume, we love the VO5 Volume Foam for helping to create visibly full styles!

4. It can help reduce frizz

If frizzy strands are your biggest hair woe, then you will be pleased to know that all can be solved with the help of a mousse.

So, if you’re prone to a frizzy strand or two, especially when visiting warmer climates, ensure you have a travel size mousse packed in your bag to help tame those unruly locks into submission.


For even more tips and tricks to get your tresses looking their best, head to our Hair Products page. From discovering your hair type to hair SOS treatments, we have it all covered, plus so much more!

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