Anyone use Mousse regularly with good results?

I wanted to experiment with mousse now that I've let my curly hair be itself because I hoped it would add some volume to my fine, low/med density hair.

Well I just did my hair and,... eh? I mean there's nothing exactly wrong with how my hair came out, I guess it looks fine (but not particularly glossy, so I'm about to use some coconut oil as a finisher), and it also feels slightly drier than the moisturized curls I try to have, plus I did NOT get any difference in volume! :-/

Are there any products you use along WITH mousse that you think make a big difference? Anything about how you apply it? Any brands of mousse that you recommend?
(And btw, I didn't use my usual hair butters today because of the high dew points where I am and my butters have glycerin in them. Don't know if that makes a difference.)
3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity

Currently Using [*Holy Grails*]
Cleansers: DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV*
Co-Washes/ROs: CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* / Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
LIs (found some!): KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses / *Honey*, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
Sealer: *DM Super Buttercreme*

Goal: APL Hair
I have been using mousse only. I get the best results with a Shea Moisture shampoo, Cure Care conditioner (sally's); Deva volumizing frizz free foam, and roller Jaw clips. I have tried other mousses but in this temperature, the Deva works the best and is also the only Deva product I like. I too have been considering coconut oil but I have held back. I dont really like the idea of using oil on my hair...may reconsider,
I've only tried HETT and HETMS mousses. I like the HETMS mousse for curl enhancement actually - for some reason it does much better in my hair than the HETT one. But both of them do zero for volume - although admittedly more volume is not something I'm after. I used to use HETMS mousse daily topped with gel because it gave me good results, but then it started really drying my hair out over time. I can still use it, but I only use it 1-2x per week now. When I do use it, I scrunch it into dripping wet hair upside down, and then scrunch in a hard hold gel over that to help hold my curl pattern while my hair dries.
I never liked HETT, but I did like the HETMS as well, and like you, I put gel over it. It worked for a while, then it did not. I dont think it was the mousse, I think it was the mousse-gel combo. I dont do well with gels, period. I dont like them, cant apply them well, dont like the finished product. I have used Pantene and Aussome as well with decent results - and no gel.
I've recently started using Foxy Curls mousse and am getting good results - including some additional volume (which is what I was hoping for). I've been using some sort of base (KCCC or TIGI's Control Freak) then the mousse, then half way through diffusing (I think it's the Smaster's method), I put a bit of gel (BRHG) mixed with just a bit of water, scrunch through. When done I SOTC either with LOOB or with Deva Set Up and Above.

(I've also used the mousse with SSCEJ and Re:coil)
Modified CG since Dec 2011
I tried HETT, and it was alright, but Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Cream Mousse it AMAZING! It has a thick, whipped cream texture. However, I bought another can of it (for only $2.75!!) but it was more of a foamy texture than the one I already had and didn't work quite as well...
Don't know what's up with that, but I guess I'll use the first can of it until it runs out.
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing

Last edited by dresdendoll; 07-11-2012 at 03:12 PM.
I would never have the patience to use all those products. I know a lot of curlies do, but it seems kind of counter intuitive; if no one product works prety well by itself, how do you know what works with all the products in the mix? anyhow, this is a personal decision I have made; I dont want to use more than 2 products, and one is preferable to 2.
I have been using mousse only. I get the best results with a Shea Moisture shampoo, Cure Care conditioner (sally's); Deva volumizing frizz free foam, and roller Jaw clips. I have tried other mousses but in this temperature, the Deva works the best and is also the only Deva product I like. I too have been considering coconut oil but I have held back. I dont really like the idea of using oil on my hair...may reconsider,
Originally Posted by Myrna
Btw, a couple of small pools (dime-sized) of warm coconut oil rubbed between my palms and then scrunched throughout my hair did a lot to help my hair look glossy (NOT greasy) and feel much softer. My hair came out perfectly fine after that.

This is the first time I've used mousse in YEARS (We're talkin' since 'back in the day' when I was blowdrying my hair straight), so I won't give up on using it as as a styling right off the bat. Perhaps it was the overall combo of products I used that made the results "eh?" instead of "hey!". For the time being I think I'll just have some fun experimenting with it a little more. BUT in the end, if I can't figure out how to use mousse to get more voluminous looking hair, I'll probably decide to stop using it. :-/

Oh, forgot to say this the first time, the mousse I used was Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity Resistant Volumizing Spray Mousse (whew...what a mouthful). Hmmm...Maybe there are "creamier" mousses?
3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity

Currently Using [*Holy Grails*]
Cleansers: DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV*
Co-Washes/ROs: CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* / Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
LIs (found some!): KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses / *Honey*, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
Sealer: *DM Super Buttercreme*

Goal: APL Hair
Got2B Fat-tastic was really creamy & thick but it has alcohol denat so I dont use it much, & didnt think the results were WOW enough to use it as my favorite mousse. I like HETT mousse & tigi catwalk strong hold mousse, when I use mousse. Mousse is really my favorite styling product so far, but I dont use it constantly because I have to diffuse to get the volume & bounce benefits from it & I dont always have the time or motivation. If I air dry with mousse I dont like it for some reason.

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fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
Gels: SCC spray gel

I never got great volume from gel. What I get from mousse is generally volume, depending on the mousse. What I dont get is no frizz - but gels dont deliver for me there, either. Pantene curly mousse gives me a LOT of volume - but it includes frizz. Thats why I am thinking o
of adding a bit of coconut oil...too bad we cant get samples of coconut oil!
I use Aussie opposites attract mousse and I love it!
I use mousse, my hair doesn't do well with gel at all, gives me flat stringy curls. I use a leave-in, then an anti-frizz product (both in the shower) blot my hair then rake in the mousse (generally reclump with wet hands here and blot again). I leave it an hour or so then diffuse dry. I've tried different methods and this routine is what works best for me for reducing frizz and giving me a bit of volume.
Oh, the products I get the best results with are Beauticurls li, CIAB and Joiwhip though I do use other (Aussie) brands at times.
3b in South Australia.
Sami, I dont think I have seen that mousse; how is it different than Aussome?
Sami, I dont think I have seen that mousse; how is it different than Aussome?
Originally Posted by Myrna
I haven't tried any other Aussie mouse so I can't compare them

I will say, however, that this mousse helps a TON with reducing frizz and adding bounce! It's worth a try!
I have never liked mousse before. About a year ago my hairdresser introduced me to Paul Mitchell awapuhi mousse. I use a micro fiber towel as a turban to get moisture out. I put a tiny amount of mousse in my hands and lather my hands with it. I bend over and work it in with a shake and rake. Then I scrunch up my hair with small clips and let it air dry. Take the clips out and finger comb. The mousse does not make my hair feel grungy like other mousses I've tried.

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I think mousses are really underrated in curly styling. PM makes a mousse that used to be really highly rated here - I dont know if it is CG friendly or not, probably not, it was before the whole CG thing - but it smelled pervasively like a pina colada, and I could not tolerate that all day. I think that mousse may be different from the one you are referring to.
I'm pretty sure the PM sculpting mousse is CG, maybe not. I haven't looked at my can in a long time. I like the Clairol 3-in-1 mousse, purple can. I also like Joico JoiWhip. One of my favorites is AG Mousse/Gel. I think that's what it's called. The AG Mousse/Gel is one of my favorites because it is creamy, holds down frizz for me (I don't have high dew points...desert dweller here) and has more hold than a typical mousse.

I'm tending toward mousse more now than I used to. My curl pattern is changing toward a more loose wave pattern and I just don't want to fight with sticky gel and a long routine. I like the ease of mousse, it gives me plenty of body (I really don't need help with it, but it does give it to me) and it's completely simple.
2B...ish
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I'm pretty sure the PM sculpting mousse is CG, maybe not. I haven't looked at my can in a long time. I like the Clairol 3-in-1 mousse, purple can. I also like Joico JoiWhip. One of my favorites is AG Mousse/Gel. I think that's what it's called. The AG Mousse/Gel is one of my favorites because it is creamy, holds down frizz for me (I don't have high dew points...desert dweller here) and has more hold than a typical mousse.

I'm tending toward mousse more now than I used to. My curl pattern is changing toward a more loose wave pattern and I just don't want to fight with sticky gel and a long routine. I like the ease of mousse, it gives me plenty of body (I really don't need help with it, but it does give it to me) and it's completely simple.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
When you use mousse, are you using it alone or with other stylers?
I'm auditioning some mousses (?) this week since I'll be home for the most part. Tonight I tried the 3-in-1 mousse (purple) with a little conditioner left in from my shower and a tad bit of oil (babassu) and my hair turned out surprisingly well. I didn't think it would have enough hold on its own, but so far so good. I'll see how well it holds up tomorrow. I also have the 3-in-1 pink mousse, GVP Paul Mitchell mousse and joiwhip. You've piqued my interest about the AG mousse gel. I will have to look into that one. I'm hoping that I can get good consistent results with one of the less expensive mousses I mentioned since they are easily found. I do like the fact that the 3-in-1 feels light weight yet moisturizing and I'm thrilled that I didn't need gel or another product along with the mousse. I will report back later after trying out the other mousses mentioned.
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I'm pretty sure the PM sculpting mousse is CG, maybe not. I haven't looked at my can in a long time. I like the Clairol 3-in-1 mousse, purple can. I also like Joico JoiWhip. One of my favorites is AG Mousse/Gel. I think that's what it's called. The AG Mousse/Gel is one of my favorites because it is creamy, holds down frizz for me (I don't have high dew points...desert dweller here) and has more hold than a typical mousse.

I'm tending toward mousse more now than I used to. My curl pattern is changing toward a more loose wave pattern and I just don't want to fight with sticky gel and a long routine. I like the ease of mousse, it gives me plenty of body (I really don't need help with it, but it does give it to me) and it's completely simple.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
When you use mousse, are you using it alone or with other stylers?
I'm auditioning some mousses (?) this week since I'll be home for the most part. Tonight I tried the 3-in-1 mousse (purple) with a little conditioner left in from my shower and a tad bit of oil (babassu) and my hair turned out surprisingly well. I didn't think it would have enough hold on its own, but so far so good. I'll see how well it holds up tomorrow. I also have the 3-in-1 pink mousse, GVP Paul Mitchell mousse and joiwhip. You've piqued my interest about the AG mousse gel. I will have to look into that one. I'm hoping that I can get good consistent results with one of the less expensive mousses I mentioned since they are easily found. I do like the fact that the 3-in-1 feels light weight yet moisturizing and I'm thrilled that I didn't need gel or another product along with the mousse. I will report back later after trying out the other mousses mentioned.
Originally Posted by Curlsnswirls
I tend to use a leave-in simply because I have areas of my hair that tangle so badly, it needs the leave-in for detangling purposes, not moisture purposes. After that, I only use mouse, then maybe an oil/butter to scrunch out crunch if I haven't used a diffuser and let my sunroof do the drying on the way to work.

Honestly, I just got so tired of all the combos and trying to keep track of what worked and what didn't. Gel actually works well for me, but mousse is less hassle and gives me more consistent results.

My work and physical well being take up enough of my time. Ease and comfort of my hair routine really is needed. Especially since it's mostly been in some kind of messy bun/pony combo for probably at least 6 months because I didn't want to fuss with everything. Now that I've rediscovered the wonders of mousse, life is much better in the hair department!

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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I agree. I cannot do the combos, dependent upon weather, dew points, alignment of the planets, etc. I just basically use the Deva method and leave my RO conditioner in after a light rinse. As I have said, so far I have gotten the best results with Deva styling foam. I tried Aussie Opposites Attract yesterday, and wound up with the biggest head of frizz I have had in years.

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