If we’ve learned anything from the catwalks and red carpets this season, it’s that hair mousse is making a major comeback—and we’re not mad about it! Since this product has shed its bad reputation and become the styling product everyone’s talking about, you might actually be wondering things like, “What is hair mousse and why do I need it?” and, “Is mousse bad for your hair?” 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. We’re covering the many uses of hair mousse, some of our personal favorites, and finally answering all of your questions. Read on:
Is Mousse Bad for Your Hair?
What is hair mousse?
Let’s start with the basics. Mousse is a type of hair styling product that comes in the form of a foam. It is typically applied from root to tip, combed through and blow-dried or left to air dry.
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 old formulations (and misuse) 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 the right way.
How do you use mousse?
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 typically 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 strands, use a wide-toothed comb to brush it through. For added volume and body, blow-dry your hair and watch as your gorgeous locks come to life.
3 Styling Mousses You Should Know About
1. The great all-rounder: Suave Extra Hold Shaping Mousse
Hands up: Who wants better hair days? You do, of course! 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 Suave Extra Hold Shaping Mousse can provide you with. This mousse helps give your hair the fabulous bounce, volume and hold it needs to be styled.
2. The one for fine-haired ladies: Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse
Dreaming of having more plump-looking locks? Then you need to think of Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse as your fairy godmother, as it’s about to turn those dreams into a reality.
Unilever Creative Director and Head Stylist, Dan Lynes, agrees: “Mousse is a great volumizer. It has heat-activated polymer content that, when dried, swells and holds together, giving your hair great volume.”
To style, focus on applying the mousse at the root of your hair and blow-dry 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?
3. The one for curly-haired ladies: Bed Head by TIGI Foxy Curls Mousse
Thought that because you’ve got curly locks that you had to miss out on the amazing benefits a mousse can bring to the table? Well think again, curly-haired gals, because with just few pumps of Bed Head by TIGI Foxy Curls Mousse, you’ll see why everyone’s talking about it.
This curl-defining styling mousse helps smooth down frizz and enhances the appearance of your curls, making them more prominent. Now, who’s ready for their close up?
So, next time you hear someone ask “is mousse bad for your hair,” be sure to give them the answer!