Stupid question about mousse

When I was younger, I used to use mousse, but I don't think I ever used it right. I was told to use it by a hairdresser, so I did. I'm not sure what it was really supposed to do.
I now use leave-ins and sometimes curl creams to get the look I want...smoothe (less frizzy) defined curls.
What does mousse do? How do you distinguish what it does, in comparison to gels, curl creams, or other stylers?
I've been tempted to try mousse again, just to experiment. Maybe get a cheapy from the grocery store, like Herbal Essences, Garnier Fructis, etc. But I only airdry now...I don't even own a hairdryer anymore, so I don't even know if mousse would be a good option.
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Hmm, well, I used to use it too-before CG. I used the Suave in the pink can. My experience was that it created a good amount of volume, with crunch that was easily scrunched. I loved that suave mousse, too bad it's not CG. I may have to try that Clairol 3 in 1 a few on here mentioned.
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3B w/3A underneath

Medium texture
Average porosity

Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

Current products-
Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz
I'm like you, Boomygrrl -- I still don't think I fully "get" mousse. Plus, my memories of using it in the 80s are not pleasant... But I have learned a couple of things since experimenting with it in my CG days.

First, one mousse is not like the others. I used HETT and it was great but then I used JoiWhip and it was drastically different. I eventually adjusted quantities (I needed far less of the JoiWhip than the HETT) and all was well, but JoiWhip is a serious mousse whereas HETT is ... fluffier. (Plus, JoiWhip has a lot of protein.)

Mousse provides nice control and when used in the right quantity, doesn't weigh hair down. My problem is that I need more control or I get flyaways, and in general, mousse isn't enough for me. I didn't like putting gel on top of it -- seemed to defeat the purpose of using something light.

I got best results when I lightly finger-combed it through fairly wet hair and then scrunched the majority of it in. I used my Curl-Ease to get out excess water after scrunching.

I think trying a cheapie mousse is a great idea. I seem to remember that you do not use gel, is that right? If that's the case, you might really like a nice, light mousse.
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CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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This was more of a curiosity question than anything else. I've been tempted to re-visit mousse, so one of these days I might buy it. I've been happy with my simplified routine that it probably will be awhile, but sometimes it's just fun to experiment.

Jillipoo, you are correct. I don't use gel. I don't need a lot of hold in my hair (except lately, it's been windy as heck in south central Texas...ack!) I still hate gel, so I just use the forbidden hairspray. Ha!

Do people typically use a leave-in under mousse, or is it better to just put mousse straight into wet hair?
Inquiring minds wanna know.
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.


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I want to know about the leave-in question too! Picking up some Joiwhip next time I'm at the beauty store....
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Mostly CG, but I love me some amodimethicone.

Cleanse: V05 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner; CJ Hibiscus Bliss low poo; LLL Green Tea Cleanse
Rinse-Out: Kenra moisturizing conditioner, Redken All Soft (old formula), LVPNG, LVPHG
Leave-In
: Agave nectar plus Sebastian Potion 9 or Aloeba
Style: Dab of QCCC, Re:Coil or Mop-C under BRHG/HESMU combo

I use leave-in (well, I apply some extra conditioner that acts as a leave-in) under everything, including mousse. For me, it's essential or I get dry pretty easily.
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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I've had some pretty good results with HESMU mousse. I like the lighter feel, and it does scrunch out more easily. I just apply it directly to my wet hair. The weird thing is, I have no clue how to apply it, so I get a handful, rub my hands together lightly, and scrunch it in like I would do with gel. It sort of "deflates" and has less air, but it works for me that way. I love the hold of a gel, but waiting for my hair to dry with gel in it takes forever. Mousse seems to allow the air to permeate whatever clumps I have going on. I don't get the same kind of definition I would get with gel, but it does provide more hold than nothing.
2c-Coarse and Porous.
Experimenting with products right now.

My routine:
Low poo for scalp
Condition using icequeen method
rake in gel at scalp
scrunch with microfiber towel
scrunch in more gel side to side
pixiecurl diffuse side to side
SOTC

My hair hates:
Upside down diffusing
Upside down Plopping
Protein
I switch to mousse from gel. I get alot less crunch. I like all 3 of the HE mousses. Body envy does get used a bit more. I think the key to mousse is finding the right amount and adding it to soaking wet hair. I diffuse a few minutes to just set the product.

My hair does dry quicker with mousse than gel. I think texture and condition plays a roll in if gel or mousse works better for you. I get bigger clumps with mousse and less frizz. Leave in is becoming optional with the weather changing now. Before changing my products to cg mousse did not work for me.

I would say mousse is lighter, absorbs quicker, defines curls with a light/medium hold. For me it works as a curl cream with a bit of hold. I should add that my hair was very porous and since getting that under control I find alot of the products that didnt work in the past now do. I cant use KCCC or DM anymore even my KBB use had to be cut way back. I tried loob the other day and got some great curls out of it. Loob has never worked for me before. Mixed it with 1 pump of KBB SS. Curly hair will forever be a challenge to keep it happy. Mine keeps me on my toes.
I used to love Finesse mouse but sometimes it was hard to find. I am tempted to try it again but since I am happy with my gel i havent. Its not CG either. I had more body with the mousse but I have better control with the mousse. Plus the body i get with the gel is good so I figure why mess with a good thing.

I used to put in whatever leavin i was using at the time and then rake a big ol ball of mousse in on each side of my head and scrunch it when it was dry.
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Light protein use

Co-wash: Suave Daily Clarifying Co
Rinse-out: Back to Basics Pom Peach (old bottle) or GVP Conditioning Balm
DT: GVP Condidtioning Balm with heat
Leave in: Elucence MBC
Gel: HEBE or Aussie Instant Freeze gel.
Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Balance
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I always use mousse with gel, so it's almost like a curl cream for me in terms of application and function. I smooth and then rake it in after applying my leave-in, and then I scrunch in my gel. This was my routine for the summer and into the fall when I was plopping overnight, so not having a diffuser shouldn't matter.

If you're looking for a cheap experiment, I love the Clairol Condition 3-in-1 in the purple and white can. I can find it only at CVS these days, though. I also like the HETT mousse.
Fine but dense 3B: naturally red, naturally curly
CG since July 8, 2008!
Co-Wash: Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
Rinse-Out: Giovanni TTTT Conditioner
Leave-In: Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
Products: Clairol 3-in-1 Condition mousse with L.A. Looks Sport gel
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