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If styling is part of your regular hair care routine but you aren’t familiar with hair mousse—or only remember what it was like many moons ago—it’s time to be introduced to a modern mousse. With new formulas that add texture and volume without any stiff or sticky residues, today’s hair mousse isn’t the old-school product you may picture in your head. Using a hair mousse can do everything from help to add definition and shape to curls to provide hold to your hairstyle, whether that's a ponytail, braid, or bun. Ready to give hair mousse a try? Keep reading for our guide to all things hair mousse—including what type of mousse to choose for your hair type, how to use it, and some fun styles to try.
Follow these steps when incorporating hair mousse into your hair styling routine.
One of the best and most common reasons to use hair mousse is to add volume to your hair. To give your locks an added boost, use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner, as well.
After you’ve turned the water off but before you hop out of the shower, flip your head over and squeeze any excess water out of your hair. Use a cotton T-shirt to gently pat your hair dry. The T-shirt will be softer than your regular towel, which could add to hair breakage when used to dry wet hair.
If you want to rock curly hair, use a diffuser. If straight hair is the look you’re going for, pop on a concentrator nozzle.
When it comes to hair mousse, keep in mind that less is more. Really, you don’t need to use a ton to get the results you want. Work about an egg-sized blob of hair mousse through your damp tresses, concentrating the product on your roots.
Just like stylists do at the salon, grab a round brush and gently pull hair upwards while blow-drying. This upward motion can add a bit of extra lift at your roots, helping to add volume. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can either tug outward, back, and away from your face with a straight concentrator for a classic blowout, or you can position the diffuser underneath your curls and blow upwards to add definition and shape to your curls.
It’s natural to want to touch up your hairstyle after you’ve blown it out. When doing so, be sure to use a gentle boar bristle brush or a wide tooth comb in order to avoid harshly tugging at your hair.
Not all hair types—or hair mousses, for that matter—are created equal. Here’s what to keep in mind when using hair mousse on different hair types.
If you have curly hair…hair mousse can help add lift to your curls. So, if you’re looking to add bounce and definition, add a half-dollar-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp hair and get to work with your diffuser, or just let your locks air dry.
If you have damaged hair…take a break from heat styling when possible. Apply a hair mousse to damp hair then let your hair air dry.
If you have fine or thin hair…you likely know a thing or two about wanting to add volume to your hair. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse before styling to help add the appearance of volume to your fine or thin hair.
If you have straight hair…it’s not so much about adding volume as it is about adding body and movement. Those with straight hair know this all too well, and that’s where hair mousse comes in. Use a dollop of mousse to add some texture and help provide structure to your hairstyle.
If you have thick or coarse hair…you’ve probably tried just about every product in the book to tame your coarse strands. But sometimes, styling products can weigh thick hair down, defeating the purpose. Instead of spritzing and spraying out the wazoo, simply try applying a few pumps of hair mousse to wet hair to help add hold without things getting too heavy.
Now that you know all about how to use hair mousse and how it can be useful for different hair types, it’s time to have some fun! You can use hair mousse to help create these three gorgeous (and fun!) hairstyles.
Since hair mousse is all about adding volume, we thought it was only appropriate to let you in on a voluminous hair gem: the faux hawk. Seen on runways and red carpets, this lifted, brushed back hairstyle is the epitome of cool girl style. Want to give it a try?
What you’ll need:
Boar bristle brush
Rat tail comb
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Get the look by following these simple steps:
Add a dollop of hair mousse to wet hair and blow-dry without a brush until your hair is about 75 percent dry. Then take a boar bristle brush and blow-dry upwards to lift your roots and add volume.
Use a rat tail comb to horizontally part your hair from ear to ear, separating the top layer of hair. Use a lobster clip to hold it out of the way.
Using your rat tail comb, section the sides of your hair into three small sections. Use lobster clips to hold each section so that no stray hair makes it into the current section you’re working with.
Starting with the first of the three sections on one side, French braid your hair from your hairline to just behind your ear and pin it in place with a couple of bobby pins.
Repeat Step 3 on the remaining two sections of hair and then start all over on the other side of your hair.
After both sides are braided, unclip the top layer of hair that you set aside in Step 2, tease it on the underside, and brush it straight back.
For added hold, spritz on a little hair spray. Et voila!
Looking for a gorgeous retro hairstyle to rock for your next ladies’ night? Turn heads and heighten your hair with this 60’s-inspired hairstyle.
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Evenly distribute a pump or two of hair mousse throughout wet hair before flipping your head over and blow-drying upside down.
Using a rat tail comb, section your hair into three sections: along your hairline, a mid-section, and your crown. Starting with your crown, tease your hair by combing down toward your roots. Repeat the process with the mid-section to complete the base of your beehive. Don’t do anything to the front section…yet.
Using a boar bristle brush, smooth the front section of hair back over the teased beehive. Gather the underside of your hair and create your bun. The key is to not disturb the hidden tangled pieces of your beehive. If you want to add extra height, flip your rat tail comb around and use the tail to gently tug your hive upwards.
To help add extra hold to your look, coat your retro hairstyle with an extra strong hold hair spray.
Want to keep it classic? This twisted updo is just the hairstyle for you!
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Massage a dollop of hair mousse through towel-dried hair and blow-dry until it’s about 95 percent dry. Allow your hair to air dry the remaining five percent so you maintain a small amount of natural body and texture.
Part your hair from ear to ear and clip the top section out of the way with a lobster clip.
Gently add texture to all of the hair that isn’t pinned back by teasing at the roots. For added definition, use a hair texturizer.
Using a smoothing boar bristle brush, unclip the front section of hair and comb it back over your teased hair.
Pull hair to one side and twist it into formation to create your gorgeous updo. Once it looks perfectly twisted, pop a few bobby pins in place to make sure it lasts throughout whatever your day has in store.
Happy styling! And once you’ve settled on the perfect hairstyle, why not try a new color? Check out our article, How to Use Colorista 1-Day Sprays.
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