Fullness, lift, control—what can’t mousse do? The beloved foam hair styling agent has been responsible for tons of volumized looks since it hit our shores in the 1980s, revolutionizing how we handled and applied hair products. And although using hair mousse for men hasn’t been as common an occurrence (it’s typically been marketed for the ladies), it’s in no way gender-exclusive and can totally fit into any man’s styling routine, with a few how-tos.
Ready to pump up the volume (sorry, couldn’t resist) on your day-to-day regimen? Scroll on and find out our picks for fave hair mousse for men:
Hair Mousse for Men
We get it, mousse may not be the first product you think to grab when styling your strands, but this foamy product can do wonders for your hair. Check out our favorite picks below.
1. SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Defining Cream
Get a voluminous style with SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Defining Cream. Although not technically a mousse, this lightweight cream works great for men with flatter hair who want a lift, without the crunchy finish. Blended with Argan Oil and Shea Butter, this multitasker will add shine manageability without weighing down strands.
2. Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus
Achieve an extra stylized look with Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus. This product made our top 5 hair mousse for men because it is super thickening and creates its volume with Keratin protein and Ceramides. If you’re going for a more sculpted look, this is the mousse for you!
3. Suave Captivating Curls Mousse Cream
We love Suave Captivating Curls Mousse Cream for our curly-haired guys. Give this product a try to get the best hold for your natural curl patterns and to keep your hair conditioned and healthy throughout the day.
4. Suave Extra Hold Shaping Mousse
Going for a quiff or pompadour style? Then you need to use Suave Extra Hold Shaping Mousse to make sure your style doesn’t go anywhere throughout the day! This mousse is perfect for all hair types and is enriched with vitamins and protein, to protect your hair and give it the hold and lift you need.
How to Use Best Hair Mousse for Men
Now that you have an idea of what mousse to try, it’ll help if you’re confident in actually using the product. We get it, it can seem a bit intimidating at first. Keep scrolling to learn how to use your mousse.
Step 1. Prep mousse.
Apply on clean, damp hair. Then shake the mousse bottle and hold it vertically against your palm while pressing the nozzle. Dispense a golf-ball-sized amount of foam.
Step 2. Rake product through hair.
Press your palms together lightly to help spread the foam onto both hands. Then rake hands through hair until all foam is spread, i.e. all the white “bubbles” have been absorbed. Editor’s tip: Concentrate the product on the roots for more lift and to avoid any greasiness.
Step 3. Style your strands.
Depending on your style for the day, you can either blow-dry hair for more volume and polish (click here for some awesome tips on blow-drying men’s hair). You can also leave your freshly moussed locks to air-dry for a grungier, messier appeal (these surfer-dude looks are also in season, just in case you were wondering).
For fans of the classic, groomed-gentleman appearance, note that puffy pompadours, quiffs and even really trendy blow-dried undercuts all owe their staying power to a good, quality mousse. Style these looks using a fine-toothed comb at an angle. You’ll see the difference it makes in the thickness, body, and shape of your hairstyle.
These are our top 5 hair mousse picks for men this year! Try out the one that best suits your hair needs and see how it takes your style to the next level.