Anyone use mousse instead of gel?

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I'm looking to try mousse instead of gel and I haven't used mousse for years and was looking for recommendations and opinions on mousse in comparison to the results you get from gel
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I've begun replacing my gel with curling mousse. I use the Suave curling mousse and it works really well. I am pleased with the results.
By itself mousse doesn't have enough hold for me. But under a gel it works. What I like about it is it distributes through the hair well and can make the curl pattern more uniform. It also is lighter on the hair and weighs it down less, thus giving more volume. In the past I've tried Giovanni mousse. I don't currently use it because of the PVP, which gives me buildup if I don't use 'poo every time I wash my hair. However it was a nice mousse and I did really like it.
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2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP), AO Natural Missst super hold hairspray (used as gel)
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
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I've begun replacing my gel with curling mousse. I use the Suave curling mousse and it works really well. I am pleased with the results.
Originally Posted by AngelaE8654
I hear a lot about this brand but you can't get it in uk
So I found this bristows curls and wave mousse locally (never heard of it before) and just washed my hair , I used a bristows spray leave in I found to as they were only a pound used that and added mousse on top and diffused and I'm quite surprised with the result!

My hair is a lot lighter and has a lot more volume than when I use gel and still has curl definition. But I'm most surprised with the fact that after blowdried my hair was less frizzy than usual . The only thing still to test is hold and lasting power . It is not sticky either
With the warm weather approaching I purchased the Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse by Design Essentials. I've not yet given it a try but am planning to try it out before the super humid weather arrives to see how my hair behaves as well as see if I need to pair it with a another styler in order to get the longevity and hold I demand from my styling products.
  • Oils: EVOO,Argan,JBCO,Jojoba,
  • Cleanse: SM JBCO Replenishing Shampoo, Devacurl No-Poo Decadence
  • Pre-poo: JBCO, SM Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Masque, TJ Nourish Spa Balanced Moisturizing Conditioner
  • LI: Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner
  • DC: Crece Pelo, Lotus by Alesia Hydrating Mango & Hemp Deep Moisture Masque
  • PT: CJ Repair Me
  • Style: CRN Curl Maker, WetLine Xtreme Gel,Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
Mostly mousses don't have enough hold for my babyfine 2A type hair either as Naturecat mentioned above. however one exception is John Frieda curl reviving mousse.
The old formula had lots of silicones but I believe the newer one does not.
I have experimented with one mousse/gel Tressa transfoaming gel/mousse used to buy it at my salon(it's expensive, though!!) but I believe it's been discontinued they don't carry it and I can't find it online.

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I alternate between mousse and DIY jelly. Mousse definitely has less hold but define and clump my hair without having to dump gel on my head and get the waves stuck to my scalp because it's so heavy. My last formula of DIY okra jelly was lightweight as well, but it's not perfect. Until I perfect my recipe, I'll definitely always keep a can of mousse around.
2B/C canopy & 2A/B underlayer
coarse | low-normal porosity | normal elasticity | low-med density
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Clarify: North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo, Citric acid rinse
CO
/RO/LI: Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera / The Body Shop Banana
Styler: DIY Okra Jelly / Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam / Suave Pro Captivating Curls Mousse
Treatment: H&B Wonder Oil + VCO, Honey-Cardamom-EVOO-Chamomile
I've been getting better results with gel lately but still have some mousse on hand - suave captivating curls and clairol toussling. My fave mousse used to be Kenra - a lot more expensive but it was very thick.
I always use mousse, have never been able to get gel to work for me - stringy curls and no volume. I use an Alfaparf one, I used to really like it but they changed the formula (sigh) and although I still like it it doesn't have as much hold. I used to use Joico's Joiwhip, it stopped working for me (couldn't seem to scrunch it out any more) but was always quite popular on the boards. I tried a Tresemme one which was so bad I threw it away, and a Giovanni one suffered the same fate. I have a Pureology one atm but don't like that either, no hold and makes my hair fluffy. Like everything else curly, it's a lot of trial and error!
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I like Paul Mitchell sculpting foam. It has a nice hold and provides some volume and definition. The results don't last quite as long as a gel does for me and second day hair is not as great but I really like this mousse. It does have cones (they may be water soluble not exactly sure). It has a strong tropical coconutty smell but it isn't too strong once your hair is dry.
3b/a
Cowash - No Poo
Conditioner - One Condition
Gel - Light Defining Gel

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I should mention something about the Suave mousse. Unlike other mousses, which foam up into a ball but are thin and the "white part" disappears quickly, the Suave Mousse is more like a cream. When you rub your hands together after putting the ball of mousse onto one hand, the mousse does not thin out at all, it's like putting a cream on your hair. Obviously the "white part" does dissipate once it's on the hair but this mousse is MUCH more like a cream than any of the other mousses I've been trying recently.
I should mention something about the Suave mousse. Unlike other mousses, which foam up into a ball but are thin and the "white part" disappears quickly, the Suave Mousse is more like a cream. When you rub your hands together after putting the ball of mousse onto one hand, the mousse does not thin out at all, it's like putting a cream on your hair. Obviously the "white part" does dissipate once it's on the hair but this mousse is MUCH more like a cream than any of the other mousses I've been trying recently.
Originally Posted by AngelaE8654
This. They don't put "Whipped Cream" in the product name for no reason. It really does feel like smothering whipped cream between your hands, but it feels light on the hair. Heck, it's still the most volumizing product among all my staple lineup!
2B/C canopy & 2A/B underlayer
coarse | low-normal porosity | normal elasticity | low-med density
(by GoosefootPrints)

Clarify: North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo, Citric acid rinse
CO
/RO/LI: Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera / The Body Shop Banana
Styler: DIY Okra Jelly / Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam / Suave Pro Captivating Curls Mousse
Treatment: H&B Wonder Oil + VCO, Honey-Cardamom-EVOO-Chamomile
I use the Suave Curl Control Mousse (formerly Captivating Curls). I've tried other styling agents but still keep coming back to Suave. It has decent hold AND volume.
CG since Dec. 2013
3b/c ~ fine ~ high porosity ~ low density
No-Poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine
RO: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Styler: La Bella Extreme Sport Styling Gel
I don't use mousse, but I've been REALLY curious about the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse. I'm tempted to give it a whirl
3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
I need a mousse with that creamy texture too, the watery ones that just disappear in your hands are rubbish for me.
I'd forgotten about the Paul Mitchell one, I've used that in the past and liked it.
3b in South Australia.
I dont really get second day hair either but then I hardly ever get it with gel either, I try using water and add some cream serum but I always end up with frizz dry bits so I have to always soak my hairwhich is annoying and I don't have time for that everyday so I scrape it back which isn't good.and I also have some tangles
As a wavy I don't get enough hold usually with just mousse but my hands down favorite mousse so far is Oscar Blandi Hair Lift mousse. If you have an Ulta you can return it if you don't like it. I can't think of a person this wouldn't do some good for. I top it with a bit of gel, but my friend who is just a 2a, but with a stronger pattern than I used it and it gives her PERFECT hair. She looks like she spent an hour with a curling iron and 4 products (as in all those 'how to get beachy waves' videos on youtubes. Hers just ends up LOOKING like that with out all the fuss. Normally, we have to work at her waves with stronger products. I think the difference between us is her hair is very fine. Mine is more coarse, so it always takes more product).
2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
Is there such thing as a mousse that does not contain polyquats?
Graduated to 2b after latest trim, 2b/2c in back
Low density, High porosity
Course texture, Medium length
Naturally dry, protein sensitive
Prewash: Coconut oil
Lo poo: Suave Clarifying or HE Naked
Cowash: Tresemme Perfectly Undone condish
RO: GVP CB, Yes to Coconuts Ultra Moist Condish
Leave In: KCKT
Deep condition: GVP CB
Styler: HETT, MTCC, KCCC, CRNCM, and LALESG
I use the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curling Mousse, when I want to take a break from gels.

It comes out as a true foam, watery feeling. I rake and then smooth it in on the 1st day. When I want extra volume, I use a diffuser and blow dryer set on cool w/ cold shot. Afterwards, I just re-dampen my hair and scrunch it in for the next 2-3 days.

This mousse plays well with other products, for now. I hth!

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