How to Use Hair Mousse (The Right Way)

Learn how to use hair mousse and change the way you style forever!

Hair mousse is one of those products that many have bad retro associations with. However, we’re here to bust those fears! Often touted by top stylists as being a must-have product in your styling arsenal, learning how to use a hair mousse can do more for your mane than many people would think…

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


Not only is it one of the most versatile hair styling products on the market, but it’s also a great multi-tasker – helping to add volume to fine, limp locks, setting styles in place, and helping de-frizz curls.

However, in order to do all of these amazing things, the mousse has to be applied to your strands properly.

So, if you’re unsure about how to do this, don’t stress: simply read on and let the ATH experts give you some handy tips and tricks!

Step 1

Start on damp hair.

Before you apply your mousse, start with damp hair. If you’ve just stepped out of the shower and have wet hair, lightly dry your tresses first.

Wondering if you can put mousse in dry hair? You can, but if you do choose to style with mousse on dry hair, be sure not to overload on product and brush it through thoroughly to ensure it doesn’t dry stiff

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Step 2

Apply mousse.

For overall volume and texture, dispense a golf ball-sized amount of mousse into the palm of your hand. 

We’re loving the VO5 Extra Body Mousse for its lightweight formula that is easy to brush out, non-sticky and adds shine. Plus with 24hr humidity protection, you can wave bye-bye to any frizz!

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Step 3

Comb through.

Comb the mousse through the hair with a wide-tooth comb to create even distribution. This method is effective if the desired style is quite undone. 

Once you’ve fully distributed the product, flip your head over and blast dry the hair with a hairdryer. This will leave your strands with lift and texture.

Tip: Really want to give your mane that textured finish? Then you need to know how to scrunch hair with mousse. Simply rumple your locks while blowdrying and you’ll have a look with tonnes of undone attitude.

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Step 4

Alternative method.

If you want to create a more smooth and refined look, or if you only want to create volume in certain areas (i.e. the crown), apply the mousse to these areas and use a round brush and the technique of overextension, drying as you go.

This method will help build volume where you want it most with a polished finish.

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Step 5


Continue to brush through and blowdry until your hair is completely dry, ensuring there are no sticky patches of product.

And there you go, you’ve just learned how to use hair mousse the right way! Now, which other styles will you try?

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