How to Get Voluminous Straight Styles Using Natural Hair Mousse

The truth about mousse on black girl hair. Our editor investigates!

If you’ve been following along with our ‘What’s in My Hair Today‘ features, you know that we love to test out hair products. Oftentimes, we test-drive products that aren’t conventionally used for our hair types out of sheer curiosity. This time around, for me it was natural hair mousse.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that mousse doesn’t work on or for natural hair types. It’s just one of those products (like hairspray), we won’t normally use to style our hair. What I learned thus far: Where there is a will, there is a way. My will: Straight and voluminous hair. The way: Using a mousse! Read on as I unfold how my styling session at the Nexxus New York Salon in TriBeCa with hairstylist Matthew Tuozzoli really went down.

Natural Hair Mousse: The Nexxus Experience

Some of you readers may recall me using TRESemmé Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse, but that was for styling my hair in its naturally curly state. What I have not done, however, (since my High School days when my hair was relaxed) was use a natural hair mousse on my hair for creating straight styles. At the Nexxus Salon, Matthew suggested using a mousse to create a voluminous, light and airy flawless straight style on my natural hair.

mousse on natural hair
Top shelf: All of this goodness was used to create my look.

Truth be told: I was a little skeptical about how the mousse would react on my hair as I haven’t found a mousse for natural hair that works for me. In my head, I was imagining curls crunchy like popcorn before heat styling. But since I’m so curious, we experimented anyway. Now, this is not to say Matthew didn’t know if it would work. He 100% knew, duh! Me on the other hand? Not so much. Anyway, let’s cut to the chase!

After washing my hair, Matthew worked a golf-ball sized of mousse into my curls (which by the way, melted right into my strands and softened immediately), then applied Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil to lock in moisture, add shine and prep before heat styling. In the end, Matthew applied a few pumps of Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum (a strengthening serum) onto my hair before locking in my look with Nexxus Styling Comb Thru Finishing MistI was left with straight, extremely soft, shiny and voluminous hair.

mousse on natural hair final look

What does this mean for you? Well, based on my experience, if you want to try a natural hair mousse for straight styles, you can. Why should you even use a mousse on natural hair? Let’s just say if you want weightless and voluminous straight styles, the key is to use products that are formulated to give you the results you want. This Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus, in particular, is a hair thickening mousse. It creates volume and lasting body, and if you have a finer hair type, it’ll lift your hair while retaining natural movement.

How to Use Mousse for Natural Hair at Home to Create Straight Styles:

Step 1: Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

Step 2: Apply a leave-in conditioner and detangle hair with a detangling brush.

Step 3: Dispense some mousse into your palms and work it through your hair, focusing on your roots. This is where you want to create the most volume. Apply a lightweight hair oil or heat protectant to guard your hair against the damaging effects of heat styling tools.

Step 4: Blow-dry your hair swiftly in small sections with a round brush. If you want a straighter style, go back in with your flat iron.

Step 5: Set your voluminous hairstyle with a flexible hold hairspray like Nexxus Styling Comb Thru Finishing Mist and you’re set!

mousse on natural hair final style
Light, bouncy and shiny, just the way I like it!

Looking for more information on hair mousse? Check out if you should use a mousse or a blow dry lotion.

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