Many people turn to styling products to increase the hold, reduce the frizz and add some volume to their locks. Hair mousse, also known as styling foam, is a product that helps to protect, stiffen and style your hair for an all-day hold. It is a lighter-weight hair styling product, so it won't feel too heavy or sticky after application, and it usually does not have an overpowering scent. Its light weight also won't weigh down your hair causing it to look flat.
Hair mousse is usually made with alcohol and water mixed with active ingredients. It has a foamy appearance since it is often dispensed using an aerosol can. If searching for a mousse, pay attention to the ingredients. Oils add a moisturizing and shiny effect. Polymers create volume by binding to hair strands. Smoothing agents prevent frizz and keep hair in place.
To use hair mousse, you will want to add it to clean, wet hair that has not yet been dried or styled. Squeeze any excess water out of your hair before applying the mousse and then style it as you want. Focus on blow drying your hair upwards to give a bit of extra lift to your roots. After styling, use a comb or gentle boar bristle brush to touch up your hair without harshly tugging at it.
Mousse is a great product for use on all hair types, including naturally curly or permed hair to reduce frizz and define curl. You will want to vary your styling and prepping routine based on your hair type, whether damaged, fine, straight, or thick. Your hair type will determine how much mousse to use and which ingredients are best suited to your luscious locks.