How to Use Hair Mousse in 5 Simple Steps

Learn how to use mousse like the pros!

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Hair Types

Hair mousse is one of those products that sometimes feels outdated to a lot of people. However, we’re here to help you learn how to use mousse and to learn more about all its benefits. Often touted by top stylists as being a must-have product in your styling arsenal, learning how to use mousse can do more for your mane than you might have previously thought.

Mousse is a great volumizer. 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 mousse one of the most versatile hair styling products on the market, but it’s also a great multi-tasker that helps 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.


Start on damp hair.

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

Tip: Are you 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 make sure to brush it through thoroughly to ensure it doesn’t dry stiff.



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Apply mousse.

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

We’re loving Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse for its lightweight formula that is easy to brush out, non-sticky and adds shine. Plus with 24hr humidity protection, you can wave goodbye to any frizz!


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Comb through.

Comb the mousse through your hair with a wide-tooth comb for even distribution. Once you’ve fully distributed the product, flip your head over and blast the hair with a hairdryer. This will add visible lift to your strands.


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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 overextension technique, drying as you go.

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


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

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