Looking for cool girl texture but unsure about lightweight mousse styling products?
When the words “hair mousse” come up are you intimidated by all that foam?
Want more volume but shy away from anything that MIGHT leave your hair feeling stiff, looking weighed down or decidedly untouchable?
Yet if you’ve heard styling mousse is a versatile beauty secret weapon and are looking for the perfect moussing techniques, look no further.
It’s a fact. At least one out of three of us will admit to using mousse some of the time when styling our hair.
Not only that, many of those with finer locks may use it almost daily to amp up the volume or infuse their mane with the thickness it lacks naturally.
But that’s no surprise. Most know it is an awesome body booster and that’s probably the most common way it is used. Yet what is surprising is that is far from the only way you can benefit from this wonder product. That’s right. It can do a whole lot more than add fullness if you’ll just give it half a chance.
As you’ll see from the tips and tricks below, this amazingly versatile hairstyling product offers many ways to perk up your locks and aid your glamorizing efforts.
Or what about this? Do you know the seven styles most likely to benefit? Think you should? You will after checking out the mousse-tastic styling ideas shared in a bit.
Mousse – Then and Now
When mousse first made its way onto the hair styling scene back in the 1980s it had one purpose – big hair. Actually the bigger the better. Sure it may have felt stiff and not exactly touchable, but it was how you added tons of height to your ‘do without any fear of meltdown.
Yet over time it has evolved as a product – what hasn’t? Anymore you’ll find a variation of this styling product for every hair type with many designed to accomplish one specific thing for your hair. That could be to help define your curls, to make styling easier, to produce long lasting volume, to give you superior holding power, as a great thickening agent for thinning hair, or to work as a lethal frizz killer.
That’s a glance of where it’s come from and where it is now.
Of course there’s also texture. If you’ve been styling your hair for any amount of time, you’ve figured out texture is everything. Well, most everything. Basically you can use dry shampoo to give more grippiness (if that’s a word) which is helpful with updos, a pomade can give your ends better definition, while mousse applied at the roots adds unsurpassed lift and body it can prep it for things to come. But that’s far from all this airy product does.
Surprising Mousse Tips and Quick Tricks
As we said, originally mousse was given the task of providing big hair and lots of it. But it can do so much more. Let’s begin to count the ways.
Did you know….you can put a dab on a vent brush and use the brush to run this through your damp hair for a double benefit. Applied to the ends you get more body. Applied to the roots you get more lift. This works because the openings in these brushes allows the foam to slowly escape as you run it down your strands insuring thorough coverage.
If you didn’t like that idea how about instead of a brush you use your comb. Squirt a blob into your palm, dip the comb into it and run that through your still damp strands.
Did you know…mousse can speed the blow drying process if you use a product with alcohol in it. Of course this may also lead to dryer hair but still.
Did you know…if you mix a puff of this stuff with a dime sized bit of styling cream you will get amazing texture and awesome definition without the crunch.
Did you know…you can use the comb to target the hair on either side of your part. The idea is to saturate the hair with a thickening mousse and then work the comb through the rest of your strands down to the tips. Saturating the hair nearest your scalp like this will set the stage tons of volume when blow dried. Even better blow drying with your hair upside down will only turn up the volume even more. And don’t forget as some would put it big hair often means big attention. Which is why it might be good to know how to mousse your hair, don’t you think?
Most apply their volumizing products after their hair is dry. The unseen advantage to this wet head approach is there is less chance of ending up with hair that deflates under the weight of those products.
Did you know…if you slept on your hair wrong and wake up and one side of your hair is matted down but there’s no time to lather up, well then it’s mousse to the rescue. Just apply to the flattened strands and you’ll be able to revive the volume eliminating this embarrassing problem. Don’t you love it?
It’s amazing what a golf ball sized dollop of this pump-up-the-volume stuff worked from roots to ends through a towel dried mane can do for creating lift, taming frizz or eliminating static.
Eliminating static? Yes, this is just another promise those who make this stuff easily fulfill.
By my count that’s at least seven reasons to go ga-ga over this stuff.
More Surprising Uses
Okay so anymore this foam can even come loaded with ingredients that tame static and who wants a mane that is full of static. Especially when we know it is not easy to shake. But the least bit of leave in conditioner mixed with your mousse worked through your strands can prevent this from ever happening. That’s a tip worth knowing, don’t you think?
Other brands come armed to resist humidity enabling you fight frizz even in the most humid weather.
While those who want thicker strands, like yesterday, well products like Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse might be just what you need for crazy big, sexy hair. Products like these work by inflating the strands without sacrificing softness or bounce. Yes, such products can make your mane look way fuller and thicker letting you ignore the fact you weren’t born with lush, thick hair. (Of course the trick is finding the optimal amount to use without ending up with strands that feel greasy and all. Another is to bother to read the instructions on the can. If they say shake vigorously then please do. Otherwise don’t blame the product if your hair falls flat.)
Those with break-your-heart thin or baby fine tresses will find mousse to be a fab “bodyfier”. So if you want bigger, lusher hair, an ultra lightweight foam can leave your otherwise body-challenged strands looking like you slept in volumizing Velcro rollers. Mousse truly is a bodylicious body booster. (Okay I’ll stop with the play on body words.)
Easily Get Mousse-tastic Styling
Then there are hairstyles that can benefit from a little (or a lot) or mousse. (Is it even possible to use too much?) So let’s quickly look at seven different ways of using it to achieve the style you want.
- CURLS: If it’s curls you want then it’s a two-step process for you. The first is to liberally apply curling mouse. Then blow dry. Next you want to fire up your hot rollers and leave them in your hair for say 20 minutes. All that’s left is to unroll and brush. Which product might do the trick? Foaming Air Mousse by Vidal Sassoon might be the styling foam of choice to make those curls soft and bouncy. Whether this one or another, you want something that leaves them touchable while helping to define your curls plus helping them to hold their natural curl pattern. It’s not asking too much to get all that without leaving them feeling crunchy.Of course those who want springy curls are not left out. Try this. Simply mix some smoothing cream (like TIGI Bed Head After the Party Smoothing Cream) with curling mousse together between your palms. This little trick ensures a consistent application of both products throughout your hair. The result should be sculpted curls to die for.
- SLICK and SLEEK: The slicked back style is another that benefits from an application of this product. Sleekness is a term used to describe this look but you want to achieve it without suffocating the volume. In this case you want to apply a body boosting foam to wet strands, then slick back the sides and coif the top as you will.
- GOING UP? Or if a glossy, ultrasmooth updo is the desired effect try this to get add some height. The foolproof way to make the right things happen is to load up your wide tooth comb with product. Rake that through your dry mane before putting it up. What this trick gets you is a small amount of volumizer distributed more evenly than you ever could by using your palms. This should insure you get extra boost but don’t end up with a wet or greasy finished product.
- TEXTURED WAVES: Those with stick straight strands who crave ultra-cool mermaid, beachy or surfer girl waves that are laden with soft texture may want to reach for the mousse before bedtime. Here you want to spray or apply the product through your damp tresses then braid your hair. In the morning when you undo the braided hair you can dry with a diffuser if need be and lock in the sultry waviness with a light hairspray. In this case the mousse works to hold in the waves giving you an entire day of notice me hair.
- BLOWOUTS: Your everyday, garden variety blowout can be transformed into something larger than life with the aid of this terrific volumizer. That and using a round brush during the process can amp up the volume giving you hair that is noticeably lush and full.
- BANGED UP BANGS: Bangs are an interesting bit of hair. They can change your look without changing your overall length, yet some find them hard to tame. No longer. If you have bangs that like to misbehave or are in need of a trim see if a puff of mousse might bring them in line. Expect them to stay aloft exactly where you put them plus the foam should help pump them up at least a little if they are on the wispy side.
- BOB THAT ARE FAUX: The trick behind a faux bob, which as you know is a good change of pace style for anyone who has bra strap length hair or longer, is plenty of volume and texture. After all you need something to hold this twisted look together. And that something is mousse with a hand from volumizing cream.To make this happen you want to apply it to your damp roots and then hit the ends with either a volumizing spray or cream. This should help in the development of what you might term a texturized tousled look. From there create the your faux bob as you normally would. If you need help check out the Foxy Faux Bob. Just a reminder this isn’t supposed to be a perfectly put together look. A little bit of imperfection and random runaway bits of hair are perfectly fine. Well, imperfectly fine I guess you would say.
Anyway…this stuff we call mousse is a great way to infuse your look with voluptuous volume and far more density than it has on its own. Whether you are looking to take advantage of its newly learned magic tricks which include decimating frizz or rely on it to build your hair to the sky, this targeted spray foam-in-a-can is a must have texturizer we all must know how to use. No longer the strand drying, alcohol laden shine killer your mom may have used during the heydays of the 80’s, you can have volume and a shiny, soft mane your boyfriend can run his fingers through that still magically keeps it shape without giving away its secrets.