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What Is Hair Mousse And How To Use It

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From crimped hair to banana clips, it’s clear that throwback hair trends are having a moment—but what about throwback hair care products? We’re constantly in search of newer, better hair products to help us achieve the styles of our dreams. What if we told you you’ve already used the product that’s going to help you create all of the styles your heart desires? We’re talking about hair mousse.

Long thought of as hairspray’s sticky, crunchy sidekick, hair mousse is back and better than ever. Once you get your hands on the newest formulas and know exactly how to use them, you’ll wonder why you ever gave up mousse in the first place.

How To Use Hair Mousse

When mousse was first introduced to the hair industry, it was primarily used to create volume in hairstyles. Unfortunately, the volume often came coupled with stiff, crunchy hair that looked great but felt terrible. These days, mousse is still used to create weightless volume without any of the dreaded crunch. The best thing about newer mousse formulas is that they not only help create weightless volume, but also create definition, texture, shine, and provide hold. If we had to pick our favorite thing about hair mousse it’s that it works for literally every single head of hair.

There are a few ways to properly use hair mousse depending on your hair type and texture, but the most important thing to know is that mousse should always be used on damp hair. Because hair mousse typically comes in a foam formula, it is not as effective on dry locks. For the best results, you want to apply mousse to your roots and throughout your hair after it has been freshly washed and conditioned—but before you add any other hair products to your strands.

Pro Tip: Because hair mousse is typically very lightweight and foamy, it can be tempting to slather tons of it onto your locks. However, a little really goes a long way because mousse packs a big punch. Start with the recommended amount as suggested on the packaging and add more if need be.

If you have curly hair:

If you have naturally curly hair, mousse is a great way to define and give body to your curls without weighing them down. Simply apply the mousse throughout your hair, giving a little extra attention to your roots if you’re hoping for a voluminous final look. After you’ve evenly distributed the mousse, scrunch your curls to define them. Allow the mousse to dry completely.

If you want a bouncy blowout:

Apply mouse throughout your strands, focusing on your roots. After you’ve evenly distributed the mousse, begin to blow dry your hair. Using round brush, gently tug your locks upwards to add lift at the roots. Priming your locks with mousse will ensure your bouncy blowout never falls flat.

If you want your curls to last all night long:

Similar to a bouncy blowout, you’ll want to prime your hair with mousse before curling it for your big date night. Simply apply mousse throughout your freshly washed, damp strands, focusing on your roots. After you’ve dried your locks, your hair will be perfectly prepped to ensure your curling iron waves last all night long.

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