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What is hair mousse and why is it making a comeback? We spill the tea on this mane essential!

Has wondering 'Is mousse bad for your hair?' stopped you from trying it out? Well, we've got a few reasons why your mane game will be changed forever with this must-have product...  

If we’ve learnt anything from the catwalks and red carpets this season, it’s that hair mousse is making major comeback — and we’re not even mad about it! Since the product has shed its bad reputation and become the product everyone’s talking about, you might actually be wondering: what is hair mousse and why do I need it? If so, we’re about to give you lesson on all things mousse.

Excited? Keep on reading to learn more about this throwback hair product and see which ones we’re currently lusting over.

What is hair mousse and how does it work?


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So, what is hair mousse? Is mousse bad for your hair? Here’s the answer!

What is hair mousse?

Mousse is a type of hair styling product that comes in the form of a thick foam. It is typically applied from root to tip, combed through and blow-dried or left to air dry. And when you think of mousse, it’s hard not to think about all the big, bold and budge-proof ’80s hairstyles it became associated with.

Though it was popular during this time, it got a bad rep because it often left hair feeling crunchy and sticky, which is why people like to question: “Is mousse bad for your hair?”.

If that’s something you’re wondering, we’re here to put your mind at ease. When applied correctly, mousse can work wonders for your mane – meaning it isn’t ‘bad’ to use, if you know how to use it!

So, how do you use it?

When applying styling mousse to your mane, you should always do so when your hair is damp. This way, the mousse won’t leave your hair looking or feeling sticky. And in terms of quantity, we recommend using a golf ball-sized amount (you can alter this depending on your hair length and thickness, of course!).

Then, to ensure the product is distributed evenly throughout your mane, use a wide tooth comb to brush it through. For added volume and body, blow dry your mane and just watch as your gorgeous locks come to life.

Once you know how, the styling possibilities are endless. Whether you crave volume or big bouncy curls, want long-lasting hold or want to show your curls who’s boss, hair mousse can do it all!

3 styling mousses you should know about


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Want to know the secret to great hair? It’s all about the mousse. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. The great all-rounder: VO5 Big Volume Mousse

Hands up — who wants better hair days? You do, of course! So if you’re always looking out for the latest hair trends and giving them a go, the key to actually achieving them is a great base (which the VO5 Big Volume Mousse can provide you with).

Not only does this curl-inducing mousse offer you heat protection, but it also gives your hair the fabulous bounce, volume and hold it needs to be styled.

So, which look will you go for? From Hollywood waves to a messy half-up, half-down bun, whatever you’ll pick, you’ll #slay.

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Want to create texture and define your hair? A mousse can do that for you! Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. The one for fine-haired ladies: Bed Head Rockaholic Amped Up Volumizing Mousse

Dreaming of having more plump-looking locks? Then you need to think of the Bed Head Rockaholic Amped Up Volumizing Mousse as your fairy god-mother, as its about to turn those dreams into a reality.

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

Focus on applying this mousse at the root of your hair and blowdry from the root up, pulling the hair upwards to dry, instead of aiming the hair dryer down. This will give your hair the volume you’ve been waiting for. Who knew getting fuller-looking locks could be so easy?

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Curly hair? It’s high-time you gave mousse a chance! Credit: indigitalimages,com

3. The one for curly-haired ladies: VO5 Curl Defining Mousse

Thought that because you’ve got curly locks that you had to miss out on the amazing mane benefits a mousse can bring to the table? Well think again, curly-haired gals, because with just few pumps of the VO5 Curl Defining Mousseyou’ll see why everyone’s talking about it.

This curl-defining styling mousse will help smooth down frizz and enhance the appearance of your curls, making them more prominent. Now, who’s ready for their close up?


So, next time you hear someone ask “what is a hair mousse?”, be sure to give them the answer! But if you’re thirst for insider know-how and expert tips hasn’t been quenched, head on over to our Hair Products page, where can discover which other must-have products we’re loving and how to use them.

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