Which Mousse for Curly Hair Gives the Best Shine and Definition?

Different curls, different curling mousse needs. Pretty simple.

Let it be known that here at All Things Hair, we consider curls a godsend. Texture is to be celebrated, not hidden—and if you have natural curls, embrace them! On the flipside, if you’re a fan of this hair type but have not been #blessed with ringlets from the womb, we salute the effort to recreate them just the same. Either way, we’re here to help, and one of the ways to make the curlfriend life easier is to know which mousse for curly hair is best for your needs.

Generally, curling mousse is a foam product that helps you retain and define the shape of natural curls, with minimal to no stiffness or crunch. For people with straight or mildly wavy hair, curl mousse can also refer to a styling product that helps urge in and actually create a curl while styling.

Whether you already have curls and are looking to just enhance them or are planning to create a curly look from scratch, scroll on for the best curling mousse varieties we’ve come across that address your particular need:

1. Definition

mousse for curly hair with natural textures
Naturally curly hair needs shine, definition and frizz protection. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Natural curls tend to separate and lose their shape after washing or styling. Curly girls usually rely on products like mousse to help re-define and re-shape their ringlets. In this case, pick up a hair mousse for curly hair types, specifically. Foams that help define your spirals and spring them back into shape. We love Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse for the job. This non-drying product softens your hair and helps curls stay together. It also keeps them frizz-resistant—crucial benefits every curly girl can appreciate.

Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse Cream is another great alternative, especially for those with natural textures. Its combo of conditioning yet control-imparting ingredients gives curly hair the touchable definition it craves.

TRESemmé Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse, another frizz-controlling wünderkind, goes the extra mile for an enhanced look to those ringlets—all the while giving them extra hold, without the stickiness.

2. Styling

mousse for curly hair styles
Styled curls require a conditioning product that also imparts control and hold. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The best hair mousse for curly hair is a product that styles and creates ringlets from scratch. Especially when you’re not born with that natural texture, as it also offers volume, lift and moisture. These benefits will come in good stead once you’re on to the heat-styling process.

In for an elegant look, like a softly curled blowout? We like the simple, straightforward benefits we get from Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus, a luxurious formula that provides softness and natural body to hair. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we also appreciate the integrity our curls get with Bed Head by TIGI Foxy Curls Mousse, which conditions as it provides extra strong control to waves and curls.

If all-out volume is what you’re after, pick up products that add both fullness and structure, from root to tip. Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse does just that, along with a 24-hour body and bounce.

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