Looking for the perfect mousse - what's yours?!

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Soo, I have about type 3a/3b hair, and I'm not sure of the other properties but I'm looking for a good mousse that will define my curls and reduce frizz...because that's my main problem, frizz. I live in a climate that's hot and humid in the summer but very very cold and dry in the winter.

I'd prefer something cheap as I feel kind of bad spending a lot of $ on hair products that may not even work. Also, I live in a small town so I don't have many stores or options..so preferably something I could get from Target, etc... I'd prefer no silicones but I don't really care if it has some, as long as it works.

Anyone have a mousse they've tried that they love? Suggestions? Thanks!
herbal essence totoally twisted curl boosting moose is the best for me! no cones and its cg! I loove it. its great for the summer heat.
I use Joiwhip but it's expensive (over here anyway). There's a couple of threads floating around atm about Clairol 3 in 1 which sounds good. I'm not in the US so can't really help with cheaper drug store products.
3b in South Australia.
Mine is the Miracle 7 mousse from Sally's. It is alcohol free, I do think it has at least one cone, but I low-poo daily so I don't care. It is also kind of pricey for Sally's, about $12, but it takes forever to get through a bottle. I can't say enough about this mousse, I adore it, as well as the Miracle 7 leave-in. These two products have really transformed my hair.
Eventhough it has silicone in it- which my hair usually HATES...I have found my dream mousse and it is super cheap and I think regular acv rinses will take care of the cones...SUAVE CAPTIVATING CURLS WHIPPED MOUSSE!!!! Must follow directions on the can...I have had absolutely marvelous results!!! And it's only $3


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!

Daily- suave naturals coconut conditioner as was out and leave-in
Devacurl be'leavein and archangel sometimes, other times suave captivating curls whipped mousse (which I know has cones, but has been working amazingly well despite this?!?! )

Occasionally (1-2 times/week)
Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- GVP conditioning balm and Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner
ACV
Hair that freely borrows from 3a/ 3b texture schools. These are the things I use to care for it:
  • Apple Cider Vinegar rinses weekly
  • shampoos occasionally that do not contain sulfates
  • conditioners without silicones or proteins (or so I think- Keratin seems to do ok)
  • Flour sack towel
And I dont even know what else right now...thinking I may need to drop gels altogether...


Currently have Shea Moisture and DevaCurl products that I may just need to give up on and cut as a loss...
My votes on both ends of the cost spectrum: Clairol 3 in 1 which is GREAT and CHEAP, although this past week I confess I have used it with a bit of gel, because by the end of the day, with mousse, my hair gets too soft. The other is Deva's Volumizing Foam, which also gets some gel. I may eventually quit the Deva product, as I am not convinced it is so superior it is worth the price. I think I got the Clairol for $1.50 at Walgreens and it is CG friendly.
I like the 3-in-1 myself but I think I like Sally's GVP Paul Mitchell sculpting foam best out of the three I've tried. I do want to try out a few more...deva, noodle head, TIGI extra strong, and the AG mousse gel.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

$5 off 1st order under $40, $10 off over $40...at iherb use code KEY066
This weekend I tried the HE Totally Twisted mousse. I think that's what it's called; they have a few, but this one is in a purple can. I picked it up on sale for $2.77. A bargain
I waited to try it out til Sat, that way if I didn't like how my hair looked, I didn't have to go to work with bad hair. Luckily, my hair turned out really good. I applied it pretty much the same way I do FSG, scrunched into my hair upside down, and I used a good deal of mousse, but other than that, no problem. I used a small amount of Sally's bioterra light hold gel over it (I call Sally's bioterra light hold, other people don't, but for my hair it's light hold). It turned out great, and I actually got alot more volume that I do when I use FSG.

Glad I followed Myrna's example and tried out a mousse!!!
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Eventhough it has silicone in it- which my hair usually HATES...I have found my dream mousse and it is super cheap and I think regular acv rinses will take care of the cones...SUAVE CAPTIVATING CURLS WHIPPED MOUSSE!!!! Must follow directions on the can...I have had absolutely marvelous results!!! And it's only $3


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!

Daily- suave naturals coconut conditioner as was out and leave-in
Devacurl be'leavein and archangel sometimes, other times suave captivating curls whipped mousse (which I know has cones, but has been working amazingly well despite this?!?! )

Occasionally (1-2 times/week)
Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- GVP conditioning balm and Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner
ACV
Originally Posted by summersOVER
Completely agree about the suave mousse!!! After reading NUMEROUS fantastic reviews I picked up a bottle for $2 at walmart and OMG! bouncy super defined frizz free spirals! All I need to use is a leave in conditioner and this! A bonus is that this causes hart never dry crunchy and a leeeetle bit goes a looong way! Once when I used it I accidentally put waaay too much and my hair dried with only the tiniest bit of crunch which I scrunched out in literally a second love this mousse!
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The only mousse I love so far is Deva Frizz-free volumizing foam - which is unfortunate because you have to sacrifice your first-born to pay for it. But it gave me perfect curls and the shiniest hair I've ever had!

Great thread - maybe I can find something just as good but cheaper - but I thought I'd throw this out there because I didn't need to use much and I loved the result. No silicones or other evildoers in it.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Question: Re: the Suave mousse which sounds terrific - is anyone getting buildup from the silicone in it?
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
The only mousse I love so far is Deva Frizz-free volumizing foam - which is unfortunate because you have to sacrifice your first-born to pay for it. But it gave me perfect curls and the shiniest hair I've ever had!
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Originally Posted by curlypearl
Hmmm....are you using the deva foam by itself?
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

$5 off 1st order under $40, $10 off over $40...at iherb use code KEY066
Yes, but the dews aren't high today and I'm inside in an air-conditioned office.

If I were going to be outside in higher dews, I would mix in some KCCC or BRHG (hope I got those acronyms right - some harder hold gel).

Another product I got great curls with was AG: recoil. I'm going to be experimenting with that. Have you tried it?
ETA the AG is a sort of curl cream but different from other ones that I've used.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift

Last edited by curlypearl; 08-13-2012 at 12:08 PM.
Yes, but the dews aren't high today and I'm inside in an air-conditioned office.

If I were going to be outside in higher dews, I would mix in some KCCC or BRHG (hope I got those acronyms right - some harder hold gel).

Another product I got great curls with was AG: recoil. I'm going to be experimenting with that. Have you tried it?
ETA the AG is a sort of curl cream but different from other ones that I've used.
Originally Posted by curlypearl
Yes, I've tried the Recoil. Funny, it seemed good at first but then seemed to be too heavy/greasy. My hair can usually take oils and emollients really well. It started feeling "producty" after a while. So, I got tired of trying to figure it out.
I've been using BB's FSG and Mudd and LOVING them both!! Our dews are usually low..I think the highest has been in the 50's this summer. I want to try out the Deva Foam but don't want to buy a whole bottle and it not work for me. I'm really liking the simplicity of one "styling" product this summer and hope the same products work in the winter. I don't need another styler but just can't help myself .
Honestly, BB's products and another FSG I found at etsy are working fabulously. I had a list of stuff I still wanted to test out, but noT so much anymore.....except the Deva (I've always liked Deva products). Plus, it's something I can order at aveyou.com.
I like to have a few products that work consistently just in case one is ever discontinued, thus, the search for a mousse that works for me.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

$5 off 1st order under $40, $10 off over $40...at iherb use code KEY066
I'm looking forward to trying the Suave Mousse! So far I've tried HETT Mousse - nothing special for my hair, sadly - and Pantene Curly Hair Mousse, which I just tried today and worked out very nicely! I put a pea sized bit of BRHG over it just because I was afraid not to - going out later and have high dews - but will try it alone soon! So glad to have found mousse again!
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48 y/o married mom of 3
3a Baby fine Cherub Curls! Low porosity, normal elasticity

No longer CG - I use cones & shampoo every 2 - 3 days

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Currently trying: Aveda Shampure Shampoo & Conditioner, Aveda Be Curly Shampoo & Conditioner, Suave Captivating Curls Mousse, Condition 3 in 1 Mousse
BB's products have a great reputation. Down, pj, down!!!
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Wait --- who is BB again?

I used Kenra mousse and Jessicurl over it today. Good hold, but one side has dumb-looking curls (they kind of went in the wrong direction, somehow).

Curious now about the Suave.

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It's the surfactants in the L'Oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo which get the cones out, not the ACV.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
If you are referring to the Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Cream Mousse, which has non-watersoluble cones, they will stay on your hair unless and until you use surfactants to remove them. You might not be aware of them because of a feeling of buildup, but they will be there.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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